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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 …

James Comey, FBI Director: Avoid the temptations to abuse your power.

James Comey, FBI Director: Using Force and Police Power with Reverence and Responsibility, James Comey, FBI Director

In May, 2015, in an important speech on police community relations, FBI Director James Comey urged the law enforcement community to be vigilant to avoid the temptations to abuse their power. “[B]ecause we have [great] power, we … need to constantly remind ourselves of the dangers of power. John Adams once wrote to Thomas Jefferson, “Power always thinks it has …

Philando Castile – MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY NEWS RELEASE

Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications ST. PAUL — Several individuals involved in an officer-involved shooting incident that happened on July 6 in Falcon Heights have been identified. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is conducting an independent investigation into the incident. Officer Jeronimo Yanez and Officer Joseph Kauser have both been with the St. Anthony …

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Consent Decree: Albuquerque, NM 2014

Since 2014 Albuquerque has been under supervision of a federal monitor resulting from DOJ finding that the department was characterized by a “culture of aggression,” that lead to numerous rough arrests, dozens of officer-involved shootings and several costly civil lawsuits . On July 1, 2016 an article by the Associated Press claims: “Albuquerque police failed in use-of-force reviews. A federal …

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Consent Decree: Detroit, MI

After 13 years of being watched by the federal government, scrutinized over how it handles arrests and lockups, the Detroit Police Department is officially free from court and department of justice oversight. In 2003, the city entered into two consent decrees with the Justice Department after police were accused of unconstitutional conduct, including excessive use of force and illegal detentions. Assistant Police …

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Consent Decree: Cleveland, OH

An 18-month federal investigation that gave rise to the consent decree and the employment of a team of 15 experts from around the country to oversee the Cleveland police department’s compliance. A Los Angeles-based police consulting firm, Police Assessment Resource Center. The group will be paid $4.9 million by the city. Six months into the reform effort, the Center filed a …

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Consent Decree: Los Angeles, CA

Download Executive Summary(PDF, 2 pages, 19 KB) Download Full Report(PDF, 68 pages, 453 KB) LAPD Consent Decree Overview Civil Rights Consent Decree Following the discovery and disclosure of the Rampart Area Corruption Incident by the Los Angeles Police Department, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) notified the City of Los Angeles that it intended to file a civil suit …

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Report: This Is Not Your Grandparents’ Prejudice: The Implications of the Modern Science of Bias for Police Training – Lorie Fridell

Bias starts with our automatic tendency to categorize individuals. We categorize individuals and objects to make sense of the world, which includes categorizing people we don’t know according to group membership. We then attribute to these individuals the stereotypes associated with their group. This does not require animus; it requires only knowledge of the stereotype. Implicit bias, like explicit bias, …

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Report: Debunks Claim That Black Teens Are “Vastly More Likely” To Be Killed By Police

A 2014 Report of the Crime Prevention Research Center analyzes and debunks claims that black teens are vastly more likely to be killed by police than white teens. According to the report: “Sometimes racial discrimination is occurring and should be pointed out, but sometimes false information is being used to unjustifiably inflame concerns. The claims being put forward by Slate …