Is There a Double Standard When it Comes to the Murder of Cops?

Writing in the National Review on November 22, 2016 David French says there is a double standard when it comes to outrage about deaths of police officers. (excerpt) “Where is the progressive outrage when police officers are murdered?  “Last weekend, four police officers were shot on a “bloody Sunday” for our nation’s law enforcement, three of them in what appeared to be … Read More

Consent Decree, Community Perception Survey and Monitor Reports- Seattle Police Department 2015

Seattle Police Monitor Reports and Website http://www.seattlemonitor.com/reports-resources Basic Documents DOJ Findings Letter (December 2011) Consent Decree Memorandum of Understanding Order Approving Merrick Bobb as Federal Monitor Assessments of Community Perceptions  Community Perception Survey (October 2013) Executive Summary (by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research) Purpose Statement + Key Findings This research was commissioned by the federal monitoring team to assess community perceptions … 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

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: The Science of Justice – Race, Arrests, and Police Use of Force – Center for Policing Equity

Analyses of 12 law enforcement departments from geographically and demographically diverse locations revealed that racial disparities in police use of force persist even when controlling for racial distribution of local arrest rates.  – Center for Policing Equity Executive Summary Despite the importance of understanding how race intersects with police use of force, little research has used police administrative data to … Read More

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, … Read More

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

Landmark Decision: Floyd v. City of New York – Federal Judge Rules NYPD Stop and Frisk Practices Unconstitutional, Racially Discriminatory

August 12, 2013, New York – In a landmark decision, a federal court found the New York City Police Department’s highly controversial stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional. In her thorough, 198-page ruling, Judge Shira Scheindlin found the NYPD’s practices to violate New Yorkers’ Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and also found that the practices were racially … Read More