NEW GALLUP POLL: 76% of Americans have “a great deal” of respect for police — up 12%

– Public respect for police surged and is at a near-record high — across age, race and political persuasion. – FROM  ALASKA DISPATCH https://www.adn.com/opinions/2016/12/28/police-should-take-heart-in-gallup-poll/ A 2016 Gallup poll shows: • Seventy-six percent of Americans have “a great deal” of respect for police — up 12 percent from last year • Among conservatives – 85 percent respect police “a great deal” … Read More

DOJ Review of San Francisco Police Department (2016) Leads to 272 Recommendations

Justice Department investigation found deficient practices and policies, recommends 272 changes at San Francisco Police Department; Chief resigns In a 387-page report, the Justice Department said it found the majority of deadly use of force incidents by San Francisco officers involved people of color. The report said, “The deficiencies identified range from outdated use of force policies to inadequate data … Read More

CAN MILITARIZATION BE A GOOD THING FOR AMERICA’S POLICE?

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 by Jason Fritz In Sangin, Afghanistan, during the fall of 2011, Marine Lieutenant Joshua Waddell identified a suspected bomb-maker while conducting surveillance operations. After obtaining permission from his battalion headquarters, Waddell ordered his men to engage the bomb-maker, wounding the suspected insurgent. As soon as the bomb-maker was hit, a group of civilians — possibly teenagers — rushed … 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

FBI Director Comey: History Justifies Cynicism and Distrust from African Americans

FBI Director Comey: History Justifies Cynicism and Distrust from African Americans

In a candid reflection of the history of the relationship between police and the African American community, FBI Director James Comey asks the policing professionals to better understand and address the roots of cynicism and distrust. “We in law enforcement have to see ourselves clearly. We need to understand our history, much of which is not pretty. The truth is … Read More

North Miami officer on paid leave after shooting unarmed black man

Officer on paid leave after shooting unarmed black man

NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A therapist who works at a group home for the disabled is still in shock after a North Miami Police officer shot him, but according to the Police Union president, that officer may have been aiming for someone else. Thursday afternoon, the North Miami Police Department released a statement saying that officer has been placed … 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

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.

Report: Murder & Homicide Rates – Before & After Gun Bans

MURDER AND HOMICIDE RATES BEFORE AND AFTER GUN BANS Every place that has been banned guns (either all guns or all handguns) has seen murder rates go up. You cannot point to one place where murder rates have fallen, whether it’s Chicago or D.C. or even island nations such as England, Jamaica, or Ireland. For an example of homicide rates before and after … Read More