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The city of Cleveland and the Department of Justice (DOJ) reached an agreement Tuesday that will implement broad policing reforms focused on reducing the use of force and racial bias. The agreement follows a DOJ investigation in December that found the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) "engages in a pattern or practice of the use of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution."

Cleveland has been one of the focal points of recent discussions and protests regarding police violence following the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and the acquittal of Officer Michael Brelo, who fired 49 shots at an unarmed couple following a police chase in 2012, killing them both.

Somebody smashed your car windows. Somebody stole your bike. Somebody mugged you in a dark alley after a night at the bar. Somebody assaulted you while you were drunk.

When you go to the police, they refuse to investigate your case. There are lots of reasons police won't pursue a case. Maybe the value of your loss is too little. Maybe after an initial look, there is just no evidence to warrant further work. Or bottom line, maybe the police think an investigation just isn't worth their very limited time and money.

Regardless of the reason given, what can you do if the police refuse to investigate your case?

Are police-civilian shootings happening more often, or do we just hear about them more now because of news and social media?

On March 6, 2015, police responded to several 911 calls reporting that a man was acting erratic and hurting people. Once they arrived on the scene, they found 19 year old Tony Terrell Robinson Jr., a biracial man, reportedly acting violently. Officer Matt Kenny, who is white, engaged in an altercation with Robinson, and in the melee, Kenny fatally shot him.

Yesterday, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne decided not to file charges, calling the shooting a lawful use of deadly police force.

Have you heard of bath salts?

No. not the ones you put in your tub and relax in. I'm talking about Bliss, Blue Light, Cosmic Blast, Raving Dragon, Purple Tranquility. These are synthetic drugs. Bath salts and synthetic marijuana, also known as synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones, have properties and effects similar to known hallucinogens and narcotics. The drugs are frequently modified to attempt to evade current illegal substance restrictions.

However, regardless of the names, these drugs are dangerous and illegal.

There's an intruder in your house. Your ex-husband just told you he's coming to kill you. You've been beaten repeatedly by your father. Who can you call to protect you?

The police! Well, not really. You can try calling the police. Whether they'll come to help you or not is another matter. The National Emergency Number Association estimates that an estimated 657,000 calls are made to 911 everyday. If you've ever called for the police after a car accident, you probably know it can take forever for police to arrive. Sometimes, they don't even show up.

If police don't show up to a minor car crash, that's fine and dandy. But, what if the police didn't show up, and your ex-boyfriend shot you in the head?

Can your loved ones sue the police for not showing up to protect you?

Officer, anything you do will be recorded and can be used against you in the court of public opinion.

It all started with the video of Rodney King being beaten by police. In the years since then, almost every man, woman, and even child has come to have a camera on their phone with which to record the police's actions on the street. While police may not be happy about being recorded, it's your right to do so. Unsurprisingly, some people have reported police trying to delete videos from their phones or destroying the phones altogether.

But there might be a new way to protect your videos from police interference; use the ACLU's new apps.

The Baltimore medical examiner ruled the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody a homicide. And an investigation by the state's attorney's office has led to charges against six Baltimore police officers.

Baltimore's lead prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby announced the charges this morning, ranging from second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter to assault and official misconduct. The investigation also ruled Gray's arrest was illegal in the first place, and warrants have been issued for all six officers.

Here are the charges:

The police know when you check in to a hotel, motel, or Holiday Inn. Or, at least sometimes they do.

A Motel 6 in Rhode Island has agreed to turn over daily guest lists to the police. This is one of many steps the motel chain is taking to curb the number of criminal incidents occurring at the hotel. The hotel does not directly alert guests during check-in that their names will be turned over to the police.

Is that legal? Don't hotel guests have a right to privacy?

The governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency in Baltimore after protestors in the city clashed with police and others engaged in looting and extensive property damage on Monday. The night of violence followed the daytime funeral for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died from a severed spine while in police custody. It's the second time in six months that a city has called on the National Guard to help quell violent protests, after Missouri deployed Guard troops in Ferguson in response to protests last summer and fall over the shooting of Michael Brown and the failure to indict the officer who shot him.

Declaring a state of emergency allows a government to alter some executive functions and institute temporary laws until the crisis is over. Here is how a state of emergency works generally and how it might look in Baltimore this week.

You're driving along on the freeway when, out of the corner of your eye, you spot a police car parked on the shoulder of the road. You hit your breaks and slow to the speed limit. You drop your cell phone on the passenger seat. As you drive by, you nervously peer into the rear view mirror to see if you're going to be pulled over.

Your worries may be legitimate. Here are our picks for the top 5 reasons people get pulled over: