Americans’ Respect for Local Police Jumped To Highest Levels since 1967

Three-Quarters of Americans say they have great respect for their local police.   The poll,  According to an October 24, 2016 Gallup poll 76% of Americans said they have “a great deal” of respect for police in their area, up 12 percentage points from last year. The poll revealed racial disparities in attitudes toward police, with 67% of nonwhites saying they have a great … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

L.A. Police Commission Reverses Chief; Finds Unnecessary Force in Two Separate Shootings

September 20, 2016 Los Angeles Police Commission reverses chief, faults officers in two deadly shootings  The Los Angeles Police Commission, a civilian panel that oversees the LAPD, disagreeing with the conclusions of Police Chief Charlie Beck, ruled that LAPD officers violated deadly-force rules in two controversial shootings last year. In both cases, the commission determined that the officers could have and … 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