Restoring Bonds between Police, Inner-City Kids, In an Era of Mistrust

Restoring Bonds between Police, Inner-City Kids, In an Era of Mistrust By Eric Frazier October 8, 2016  “They hate the police.” That’s former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police Officer Vernon Cathcart talking. He was telling me about kids he worked with as a school resource officer at Druid Hills Academy, a high-poverty K-8 campus two miles north of uptown. It’s the same … Read More

Terrence Sterling Shot and Killed by D.C. Officer Who Claims Sterling Intentionally Drove His Motorcycle Into Passenger Door of Cruiser as Officer was Exiting

Terrence Sterling, Motorcyclist Killed by D.C. Police. Dispute re: circumstances compounded by failure of officer who shot Sterling to activate his body cam; new policy announced requiring officers to confirm that that camera is on. Terrence Sterling, was shot and killed by a D.C. police officer, Brian Trainer, 27, who has been with the department for four years, on September 11, … Read More

Use of Deadly Force: Shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon, CA

Questions raised : Did officers have a choice as to their use of lethal force once Olango took a shooting stance with a device that looked like a gun? What could they have done before it became a critical shoot/no shoot situation? Was Olango mentally ill? Should strategies have been different if  was suffering from mental illness? Should officers been … Read More

Hero Citizens: Man Gives Charlotte Police Hugs Not Hate, Another Intervenes to Assure Peace During Citizen Protest

Hugs Rather Than Hate; Peacefulness Not Violence In the midst of a sometimes violent protest of the police shooting of  Ken Nwadike, an African American man wearing a “Free Hugs” shirt and is with a group that travels to cities during unrest, WSOC TV reports. Amidst the demonstrations and marches Channel 9 witnessed several people helping protesters and police officers better understand … Read More

All About Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott

Basic facts: On  September 20, police on another assignment say they saw a man exit a vehicle with a gun. After he went back to the car and reemerged, he was repeatedly told to “drop the gun” and when he didn’t, Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by officer Brentley Vinson, both black. Initial reports on broadcast and social media … Read More

DOJ Civil Rights Division Investigation of the Ferguson Police Dept.

REPORT SUMMARY Investigation reveals a pattern or practice of unlawful conduct within the Ferguson Police Department that violates the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and federal statutory law. Notwithstanding our findings about Ferguson’s approach to law enforcement and the policing culture it creates, we found many Ferguson police officers and other City employees to be … Read More

Off-Duty Massachusetts Police Officer Lauded as Good Samaritan

Massachusetts Police Officer Lauded as Good Samaritan

There Are Good People Out There Michael Szawlowski, an off-duty police officer in Northampton, Massachusetts, made the day of a man who was about to be reported to police for being unable to pay for gas he had pumped into his car and won praise for being a good person”. The beneficiary of the good deed was Paul Zabawa who … Read More

Slain Baton Rouge Officer: “I swear I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat.”

Montrell Jackson, slain police officer: ‘If you need a hug … I got you’ By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN July 19, 2016 In a post accompanied by his holding his newborn son, Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson described himself as “tired physically and emotionally” but swore he’d not give in. By Victor Morton – The Washington Times – Sunday, July 17, 2016 A … 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

Community-Police Relations Final Report, Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations, 2015

State Task Force Publishes Report on Community-Police Relations  May 4, 2015 In December, Gov. John Kasich commissioned a task force to “address the fractured relationships that exist between some communities and the police dedicated to serving them.” In short, the task force’s recommendations, published this past week, urge a greater emphasis on training, accountability and oversight. Read the executive summary: … 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

President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential in a democracy. It is key to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services.

Strengthening the Relationship between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color

Report: Strengthening the Relationship between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color – COPS, 2014 Two competing and destructive narratives that have emerged between police and communities of color: Many in the African-American community feel that most cops are dishonest and out to get them. . . . On the other hand, the cops will say the community is complicit, that … Read More