State Policies on Release of Police Videos

State Policies on Release of Police Videos – States Have Been Rushing To Catch Up With the Widespread Use of Police Body Cameras by Passing Laws That Govern When and How Footage Can Be Released To the Public Police Body Worn Cameras: A Policy Scorecard August 2016 The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has compiled current laws re: body camera … Read More

NYPD Watchdog Say Bratton’s ‘Broken Windows’ Hasn’t Worked

Outgoing (now gone) NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton vigorously disagrees . One of Bill Bratton’s signature programs (along with Comp Stat) is adoption of the :Broken Windows” strategy based on the notion that nipping bad behavior in the bud will prevent worse behavior. The theory was introduced in a 1982 article by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kellin based on … Read More

Castle Rock v. Gonzales – Police not liable for failing to enforce a restraining order

In Castle Rock v. Gonzales, 545 U.S. 748 (2005), the Supreme Court ruled, 7–2, that a town and its police department could not be sued for failing to enforce a restraining order, which led to the murder of a woman’s three children by her estranged husband. From Wikipedia: “During divorce proceedings, Jessica Lenahan-Gonzales, a resident of Castle Rock, Colorado, obtained a permanent … Read More

The Blue Ribbon Panel Report

Report of The Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, & Fairness in Law Enforcement July 2016 www.SFBlueRibbonPanel.com Introduction The Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement (the Panel) was established as an advisory body to the San Francisco District Attorney in May 2015 in the wake of revelations that 14 San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officers … Read More

Baltimore: Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department. DOJ Civil Rights Division, 2016

   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Today, we announce the outcome of the Department of Justice’s investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD). 1 After engaging in a thorough investigation, initiated at the request of the City of Baltimore and BPD, the Department of Justice concludes that there is reasonable cause to believe that BPD engages in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates … Read More

Building Communities of Trust: A Guidance for Community Leaders – DOJ, Homeland Security, & IACC

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Building Communities of Trust (BCOT) Initiative focuses on developing trust between law enforcement, fusion centers, and the communities they serve, particularly immigrant and minority communities, so that crime and terrorism can be addressed. This initiative has been administered primarily by the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI), a program that provides law enforcement with a capacity … Read More