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Crime at Hofstra Reported In 2015 Includes Five Rapes, Negligent Manslaughter

Reports of one negligent manslaughter, five rapes, one fondling, two aggravated assaults and one religious hate crime were among more than 100 incidents from 2015 revealed in the 2016 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, released by Hofstra per federal requirement. Of the five rapes reported, four occurred in residence halls, meaning the fifth occurred elsewhere on campus. In the context of …

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Protest, Arrests Over Hartford Police Use-Of-Force Video

Black Lives Matter activists protested outside City Hall and blocked streets in Hartford, Connecticut in response to a police dash cam video released last week that depicts a case of possible excessive use of force. The video shows the aftermath of a car chase in June. Police Sergeant Sean Spell, who is white, appears to calmly stomp a Hispanic man …

Access to Police Body-Worn Camera Video

See a current and comprehensive summary of legislation on access to police videos compiled the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Access to Police Body-Worn Camera Video State legislation and case law Access to Police Body-Worn Camera Video This map shows the current status of state legislation and police department policies regarding public access to police body-worn cameras (“bodycams” …

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L.A. Police Commission Approves Proposals To Increase Transparency, Training For How L.A.P.D. Officers Use Force

LAPD Police Commission Adopts New Use of Force Policies Despite Concerns of Chief and Officers’ Union October 16, 2016. A five-member civilian police commission, appointed by the mayor and empowered by the city charter, sets policy for the LAPD. Several months ago, the commission asked the city’s Inspector General to look into use of force and transparency policies at other …

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Hundreds Of Police Departments In Texas, California Broke Laws On Reporting Police Shootings, Study Finds

Hundreds Of Police Departments In Texas, California Broke Laws On Reporting Police Shootings, Study Finds Hundreds of police departments in Texas and California failed to report officer-involved shooting deaths as required by law in the past decade according to a recent study by Texas State University. The research revealed that registries created by the two states to report all in-custody deaths did …

Unarmed Black Man Fatally Shot by Tulsa Officer Had PCP in His System, Autopsy Says

Terrence Crutcher, the unarmed black man who was fatally shot by Officer Betty Shelby, a five-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, had PCP in his system according to a medical examiner’s report. Crutcher, 40, suffered a “penetrating gunshot wound of chest,” states the report. Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter by Tulsa District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler who concluded: Shelby …

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DOJ Awards $9.4 Million to Identify and Prevent Gender Bias in Policing

October 5, 2016 The Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) have awarded a total of nine grants worth $9.4 million to various national and local organizations that will use the funding to implement the department’s Guidance on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. The …

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Settlement between Yonkers, NY and the U.S. Justice Department Over Unconstitutional Policing Will Cost the City about $1 Million in Extra Training

Neither The Justice Department Nor Any Court Would Oversee The Agreement Or Have Control Over The Yonkers Police Department’s Operations A settlement between Yonkers and the U.S. Justice Department over unconstitutional policing will cost the city about $1 million in extra training. The training is intended to reduce use-of-force incidents and improve stop-and-search protocols, reporting and supervision. Yonkers is promising to implement about 150 …

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Raleigh Police Department to Begin Testing Body Cameras

Each system tested will offer integrated body-worn and in-car cameras to comprehensively record when either one is activated. Around 20 body cameras and five dash cameras are expected to be temporarily supplied by vendors who have offered the Raleigh Police Department their technology to test. After finishing the testing and evaluating results, the department will decide whether to purchase the …

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UK: Guidance Launched To Give Consistency to Mental Health Policing

Guidance Launched To Give Consistency to Mental Health Policing 10 Oct 2016 New authorised professional practice (APP) and training has been launched to end a “postcode lottery” of policing encounters with vulnerable people with mental health conditions. The guidance and training set minimum standards against which Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary will assess forces. The development comes as over half …

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Wealthy Houston Suburb Concerned With High Crime; Considering Purchasing Surveillance Cameras

HOUSTON – People in one of Houston’s wealthiest neighborhoods say crime has gotten so bad, they’re scared. Those who live in West University Place say the crime is out of control and they won’t even go out at night anymore.  It was recently ranked as one of the Top Ten wealthiest towns in America, but residents are learning firsthand that …

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Two Men Charged in Kidnapping, Assault of Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy

Two Men Charged in Kidnapping, Assault of Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy By Tony Rizzo Two men were charged Tuesday with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy who was abducted late Friday outside the Olathe detention facility where she worked. William Luth, 24, of Blue Springs, and Brady Newman-Caddell, 21, of Independence, were each charged Tuesday in Johnson …

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Clery Act & Campus Crime Reports In 1990, the Clery Act was passed requiring colleges and universities that receive federal funding to disclose campus safety information. It also sets requirements for handling sexual violence. In addition to information about policies, procedures and victim’s rights, the reports contain statistics of reported crimes that have occurred during the last three years on …

Chicago Police Department Drafts New Use-Of-Force Policy; Seeks Public Input

Chicago Police Propose New Use-Of-Force Policies Aimed At Reducing Controversies By Annie Sweeney, Jeremy Gorner and Dan Hinkel October 7, 2016 The Chicago Police Department, pressured by a U.S. Justice Department investigation and public outrage over police misconduct, has unveiled proposed policy changes aimed at cutting down on the kinds of controversial uses of force that have plagued the city. The draft policies released Friday …

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Editorial: Police Review Should Help Prevent Shootings

Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive directive as well as a multi-bill package that instructs the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) to review and update its standards for police officer conduct. Editorial: Police Review Should Help Prevent Shootings October 8, 2016 Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan lawmakers took a proactive step last week to try to improve community …