"Assassination." That's the word U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder used Monday night when he called the murders of two New York City police officers on Saturday.
New York and police departments nationwide are on high alert for copycat attacks in the wake of the brutal execution. The NYPD is investigating at least 15 online threats. The NYPD released new surveillance video today that captures the shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, just before he went on his murderous rampage. The video shows the 28-year-old in a New York mall, carrying what appears to be a white styrofoam box Saturday afternoon. Police say the box ilprobably holds the gun he used to kill officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
Investigators also discovered video on Brinsley's cellphone of a New York City protest earlier this month. They say Brinsley was a spectator on a day of nationwide protests over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
Authorities are still trying to determine Brinsley's motivation as well as what he did during the crucial two-and-a-half hours before the shooting.
CNN Miguels Marquez has more on the events leading up to the shooting of two NYPD officers, and thereafter.
Plans are being finalized to prepare Ferguson for what might come from the grand jury's decision on whether to charge Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Gun sales spike as Ferguson area braces for grand jury decision
The state's governor along with leaders from Missouri's law enforcement agencies made it clear that they will not tolerate a repeat of the violence and looting that erupted in the days and weeks that followed Brown's death three months ago.
Governor Jay Nixon said he's willing to call the National Guard to Ferguson if necessary. The state is also preparing itself with new riot gear to fight back against protesters who defy the law.
Sara Sidner has more OutFront in Ferguson, Missouri.
Bakersfield police are accused of beating a man to death and then confiscating videos of the incident.
Family members of the man who died are fighting for access to video and audio tape taken by bystanders at the scene.
David Sal Silva, the father of four young children died, after police say they were responding to reports of possible public intoxication and the 33-year-old resisted arrest.
OutFront tonight: CNN's Stephanie Elam is in Bakersfield, California.
The federal government file two charges against Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Monday, counts that could result in the death penalty if he's convicted.
The charges put an end to speculation that Tsarnaev would be tried as an enemy combatant. White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen and cannot be tried by a military commission.
That decision intensified a debate over how to handle terrorism cases in this country. Today Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) urged the White House to reconsider.
"I am asking this administration to leave on the table the option that the evidence warrants to designate this individual as an enemy combatant. " Graham added, "The ability to have access to this suspect without a lawyer present to gather intelligence about a future attack is absolutely essential to our national security. "
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff - a member of the House Intelligence committee is OutFront.
"The worst jail in the United States" that's what one expert calls a New Orleans jail.
Inmates out of control. Several of them waving around a gun in their cell, doing drugs and drinking booze.
The New Orleans sheriff who was in charge of this jail is speaking out and insisting he is in no way responsible.
Sara Ganim is OutFront with the story.
Erin Burnett OutFront airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET. Designed to showcase Erin's unique style--casual, smart, and confident--OutFront stays ahead of the headlines, delivering a show that's in-depth and informative.
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