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Monday, March 19, 2018

How Jeff Sessions Misrepresented The Trump Administration’s Expansion Of Military Supplies For Police

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday that President Trump would make defensive gear available to police again by undoing a policy from the Obama administration. Trump then signed an executive order whose title emphasized that branding: “Restoring State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement’s Access to Life-Saving Equipment and Resources.”

September 2, 2017
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Curbing Traffic Stops Would Save Lives

When an officer stops and approaches a vehicle, both the cop and the driver are vulnerable. Any wrong move or misjudgment can turn the encounter deadly.

July 20, 2017
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10 Times Police Killed The People They Were Called To Save

To the contrary of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s claim at the 2016 Republican National Convention, police don’t always “just come to save you.” Here are 10 times police killed the very people they were called to help.

September 30, 2016
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Trump Praises ‘Stop-And-Frisk’ Police Tactic

“I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to,” Trump said, according to excerpts of a Fox News “town hall” in Cleveland, after a listener asked what he would do to reduce crime in predominantly black communities across the nation. “I see what’s going on here, I see what’s going on in Chicago, I think stop-and-frisk. In New York City it was so incredible, the way it worked,” he added.

September 22, 2016

DNA Dragnet: In Some Cities, Police Go From Stop-And-Frisk To Stop-And-Spit

Over the last decade, collecting DNA from people who are not charged with — or even suspected of — any particular crime has become an increasingly routine practice for police in smaller cities not only in Florida, but in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and North Carolina as well.

September 13, 2016
A Dallas police sergeant wears a mourning band on his badge during a prayer vigil in a park following the multiple police shooting in Dallas. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Study Illuminates The Way Cops Die In The Line Of Duty

Slow down, buckle up and take special care around fighting family members. Sounds like wisdom a parent might bestow. But, in layman’s terms, those are the recommendations of a new study of law enforcement deaths while on duty. In short, police will be more likely to return home safely after their shifts if more of them wear seat belts, take more care when racing to high-priority calls, wear their issued body armor and remember that calls involving domestic disturbances are often the most dangerous.

August 5, 2016
Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team survey the crime scene two days after a lone gunman ambushed and killed five police officers at a protest decrying police shootings of black men, in Dallas, Texas, U.S., July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

One Shooter; No Snipers—Grossly Inaccurate Police And Media Information About Dallas Killings

The misinformation spread public fear of a nonexistent cabal of snipers, and attacked Black Lives Matter.

July 9, 2016

#EndorseThis: After Dallas, Messages Of Unity And Peace Across The Country

Political leaders responded to last night’s shootings on TV and social media with an outpouring of compassion and support.

July 8, 2016

Black Man Shot, Killed By Police After Following Orders

It was another traffic stop. Philando Castile was driving with his girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, when they were pulled over at a traffic stop for a broken taillight, according to a video Reynolds posted on Facebook just after he was shot.

July 7, 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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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

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