Key Findings of DOJ Report on Baltimore Police

Read the Summary of Findings from the 162 page report issued August 10, 2016 by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. The report documented extensive racial-based policing practices and impact validating claims and expectations of the African American community but angering the police community and others as being unduly inflammatory stoking hostile reactions against the police. See the full … Read More

Five Chicago police officers to be terminated for false statements. A sixth resigned.

CNN. In the latest step of an ongoing effort to heal the mistrust between Chicago law enforcement and city residents, the head of the police department formally moved to fire five officers involved in the fatal shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014. A sixth officer resigned Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson filed administrative charges against Officers Jason Van Dyke, … Read More

Report: Black Men, Boys Shot Most By Chicago Police

Chicago: Police shootings declined from more than 100 in 2011 to 44 in 2015. There were 435 police shootings from 2010 through 2015, in which officers killed 92 people and wounded 170 others. The vast majority of those hit were black men or boys. August 27, 2016 CHICAGO (AP) — After threatening to sue, the Chicago Tribune has obtained Police … Read More

Report: Foot Chases Factor In Many Chicago Police Shootings

Report: Foot Chases Factor in Many Chicago Police Shootings September 7th, 2016 A newspaper’s analysis of Chicago police shootings from 2010 through 2015 found that foot chases played a role in more than a third of the 235 cases that ended with someone wounded or killed. About half of the pursuits began as police attempted to stop or question people for curfew … Read More

Third of Police Shootings Started With Foot Chases, Tribune Analysis Finds

Third of Police Shootings Started With Foot Chases, Tribune Analysis Finds Levail Smith had just cracked open a can of beer outside a Rogers Park laundromat on the Fourth of July two years ago when a Chicago police tactical officer pulled over his unmarked car and approached him. Smith, a 45-year-old ex-Marine with a history of mental problems, walked away … Read More

Ex-Atlanta Police Officer Indicted In Death of Unarmed Man Caine Rogers

Ex-Atlanta Police Officer Indicted in Death of Unarmed Man Caine Rogers by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA — A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a white former Atlanta police officer for murder and other counts in the death of an unarmed black man. The Fulton County grand jury indicted James Burns on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, making a false statement … Read More

Salt Lake Police Officers ‘Not Within Policy’ In Shooting, Board Finds; Board Critiques Utah Police Shooting That Wounded Teen

 Salt Lake Police Officers ‘Not Within Policy’ In Shooting, Board Finds September 2, 2016 By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) – A Salt Lake City civilian review board said in a report on Friday that two white police officers who shot and wounded a black teenager acted outside their department’s policy on use of force. The finding by the Police Civilian Review … Read More

Harrisburg’s Use-of-Force Policy Bans Several Controversial Police Techniques

Harrisburg’s Use-Of-Force Policy Bans Several Controversial Police Techniques By Christine Vendel | cvendel@pennlive.com September 01, 2016 at 6:45 AM, updated September 01, 2016 at 7:35 AM HARRISBURG—The Harrisburg Police Department’s use of force policy bans several controversial practices, such as neck restraints or hog-tying suspects, and it restricts officers from firing at moving vehicles except under very limited circumstances. The … Read More

4 Savannah-Chatham Police Officers Suspended After Mistaken Identity Taser Case

4 Savannah-Chatham Police Officers Suspended After Mistaken Identity Taser Case By SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS Saturday, August 27, 2016 SAVANNAH | Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin says that four officers have been suspended after one of them used a Taser on a Savannah man in a case of mistaken identity earlier this year. On Friday, Lumpkin sent a statement to news media … Read More

Two Wisconsin Lawmakers Weigh In On Possible Change to Use of Force Standards

Two Wisconsin Lawmakers Weigh In On Possible Change to Use-of-Force Standards Rep. Chris Taylor Plans To Introduce Bill in Upcoming Session By Chris Malina Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 7:00am New legislation could be coming that would tighten standards for the use of deadly force by police officers in Wisconsin. Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming session … Read More

Long Beach Police Officers Cleared In Fatal 2014 Shooting Of Man Fleeing Down Stairs

Long Beach Police Officers Won’t Be Charged In Fatal 2014 Shooting Of Man Fleeing Down Stairs By James Queally September 1, 2016 Two Long Beach police officers who shot and killed a fleeing suspect in a 2014 incident that was captured on video will not face criminal charges, prosecutors announced this week. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office determined there … Read More

Cleveland Police Chase Policy Called Into Question

Cleveland Police Chase Policy Called Into Question Chase Called Off Overnight Due to Strict Policy by Derick Waller 6:19 PM, Sep 1, 2016 CLEVELAND – Cleveland Police officers, in pursuit of a car that was stolen at gunpoint, were ordered to end their chase after it was discovered the initial crime happened too long ago. Officers on the lookout for … Read More

Watch: Oklahoma Police Pepper Spray 84-Year-Old Woman in Her Own Home

Watch: Oklahoma Police Pepper Spray 84-Year-Old Woman in Her Own Home after Kicking In Her Door Without A Warrant August 30, 2016 by Personal Liberty News Desk It sure is a good thing to live in a country where there is a Bill of Rights with a 4th Amendment requiring a warrant for searches and seizure and that prohibits police from … Read More

Should Police Training Videos Be Public?

Should Police Training Videos be Public? September 07, 2016 MADISON, WI (Wisconsin Radio Network) – The state Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether law enforcement training videos can be held under Wisconsin’s open records laws. The state Democratic Party is seeking the release of the two videos that include presentations Attorney General Brad Schimel made to investigators in … Read More