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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Oakland Loses Third Police Chief In Nine Days, Will Operate Under Civilian Control

Paul Figueroa had briefly replaced Ben Fairow, whose tenure as Oakland’s top cop lasted just six days. Fairow had been appointed to replace Chief Sean Whent, who resigned in the wake of a widening sexual misconduct scandal.

June 19, 2016
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr speaks during a media briefing on security arrangements for Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, California February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

SF Police Chief Quits Amid Growing Scandals, Racial Bias Claims Against Department

In a surprise announcement Thursday afternoon, Mayor Ed Lee said that after the latest fatal shooting, of an unarmed woman in a suspected stolen car in the city’s Bayview neighborhood, he had lost faith that Suhr could mend the department’s relationship with the community.

May 20, 2016
Ted Cruz Muslims Norah O'Donnell Morning Show

Endorse This: Ted Cruz ‘Doesn’t Know What The Hell He’s Talking About’

Ted Cruz got flustered today when CBS’ This Morning’s anchors pointed out the logical fallacies in his argument that the U.S. needs to spy on Muslim communities to weed out radical jihadists.

March 23, 2016

Justice For Caroline Small, A Small Step Toward Justice For All

Unless you live in Georgia or North Florida, you probably don’t know her story. And you should.

February 3, 2016
Protesters demonstrate at City Hall in Chicago

Chicago Police Trained To Not Shoot Innocent People, But It Still Happens

In their training, Chicago police officers are presented with scenarios in which they’re confronted by dangerous individuals while other people are nearby. The goal is to eliminate the threat while keeping bystanders safe. Yet over the years, innocent victims have been shot by police.

December 31, 2015

Chicago Police Chief Out, Inquiry Launched Over Black Teen’s Death

Chief ousted after mass protests over a white officer’s shooting of a black teenager 16 times, department’s refusal to release video for more than a year.

December 1, 2015

Chicago Officer, Charged With Murdering Black Teen, Posts Bond

The police union president said union members were helping Van Dyke’s family raise the amount needed for Van Dyke to get out of jail.

November 30, 2015
Protestors engage with Chicago Police after the release of the 2014 video of Laquan McDonald being shot by Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke, near Michigan Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 24 2015, in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Videos Of Police Shootings Don’t Always Tell The Full Story, Experts Warn

“Knowing what happens on video after it happens is totally different than knowing what the cop was thinking and what he will say he was thinking,” says one criminal justice expert.

November 25, 2015
Black lives matter civil rights activists

Longtime LA Civil Rights Leaders Dismayed By In-Your-Face Tactics Of New Crop Of Activists

For the veteran activists — many of whom grew up in the era when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached nonviolence — the actions of some of the protesters distract from their message.

November 2, 2015

No Data Exists To Support Police Claims Of Victimization

Many rank-and-file officers and their superiors have assumed the mantle of victims, complaining that the Black Lives Matter movement disrespects, and even endangers, police. It keeps them from doing their jobs, they say.

October 31, 2015
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Sheriff Asks FBI, Justice Department To Investigate Arrest Of Student In Viral Video

Another disturbing incident of abuse of power.

October 27, 2015
Police Line

Where There Is No Police Accountability, Justice Is Tenuous

There is a virtually foolproof strategy for police to avoid Internet mortification. Three syllables: Do your job. Then there’ll be no YouTube videos to worry about.

October 26, 2015
Wayne LaPierre

Concealed-Carry Crazy: What Gun Lobbyists Mean When They Tout ‘Gun Safety’

Even with the best training, studies show that police have a very hard time hitting their intended targets. New York City’s Police Department has some of the best-trained officers in the country. But when 12 Brooklyn cops opened fire on a fleeing gunman last month, only one of 84 shots fired hit the suspect.

October 10, 2015
Officers Joan Glover Straughter and Dondrell Harris pose for a portrait on Aug. 19, 2015 in St. Louis. The two St. Louis police officers are being honored and called heroes for an incident in 2013 when they stopped a would-be robber in a restaurant full of people. The two officers were working a secondary job when an armed man came into the restaurant and pointed a gun at them. Straughter was forced to shoot the robber when he refused to put the gun down. (J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Police Reaching Out To Colleagues With Fragile Mental Health

Poor mental health cannot be an excuse for misconduct, and especially with increased scrutiny on police officers’ actions, some departments are looking into ways to treat their own.

October 6, 2015
Amarion Allen, 11-years-old, and his mother Amima stand in front of a police line shortly before shots were fired in a police-officer involved shooting in Ferguson

We Need Cops With People Skills

How much can we trust either a police force or the institution of policing itself when they operate under such a blatantly different set of rules?

October 5, 2015
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett speaks at a news conference in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Mayor Wants To Outfit All Patrol Officers With Body Cameras

Mayor Tom Barrett: “I want our police officers to be in a position to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that they are acting professionally.”

August 31, 2015
Police hold a protester who was detained in Ferguson

State Of Emergency Ends In Ferguson, Missouri, As Violence Recedes

Ferguson saw a fresh wave of demonstrations beginning last weekend, marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown.

August 14, 2015
Protesters prepare to march in downtown St. Louis

State Of Emergency Called In Ferguson After Gunfire Mars Protests

It’s another story of police vs. activists again in Ferguson, Mo.

August 10, 2015
Protesters lie down in the street in a "die-in" outside the police department in Ferguson

Fear, Mistrust Linger In Ferguson Despite Reform Efforts By Police

The depths of Ferguson’s policing problems were laid bare in a scathing Justice Department report that accused the Ferguson police of illegal and discriminatory enforcement actions.

August 8, 2015
Terina Allen, the sister of Samuel Dubose, speaks to the press outside of the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati, Ohio

Judge Sets $1 Million Bond For Ohio Officer Charged In Murder

The incident is the latest in a series of fatal police confrontations in the United States that have raised questions about law enforcement’s use of force against minorities.

July 30, 2015
Bystanders watch over the scene at a movie theatre where a man opened fire on film goers in Lafayette, Louisiana

Gunman Kills 2, Wounds 7 In Louisiana Theater Before Killing Himself: Police

The Louisiana shootings took place almost three years to the day after 12 people were killed at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado.

July 24, 2015
Tamir Rice

Judge Finds Probable Cause For Murder Charge Against Cleveland Officer Who Shot Tamir Rice

No charges have been filed; Cleveland Municipal Judge Ronald Adrine’s ruling is advisory. City and county prosecutors will review the decision.

June 11, 2015
Ferguson grand jury decision

2 Admit Plot To Blow Up Police Station, Prosecutor And Ferguson Police Chief

Two men who met at the Ferguson protests and plotted violence against law enforcement admitted in federal court here Tuesday that they planned to blow up a police station

June 2, 2015
black lives matter madison wisconsin tony robinson

Police Chief’s Viewpoint Is An Antidote To Distrust

“The police are the public and the public are the police.” But that sentiment is only as valid as the trust between the two, and that trust frays more with every controversial shooting.

June 1, 2015

Late Night Roundup: The Loose Cannon Cop Meets Reality

On The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore looked at the new police reforms in Cleveland to stop brutality and build community trust — and the negative impact they will have on the kind of loose cannon cop that Americans love to watch in the movies.

May 28, 2015
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