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.
Joe Arpaio, America’s self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff,” may face jail time or a takeover of his Maricopa County sheriff’s office after a federal judge found him in contempt of court for deliberating violating an order to stop profiling Latinos solely on the assumption that they’re in the country illegally.
By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times A Los Angeles police official defended the actions of officers who detained “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts as “basic police work” amid claims that she was mistreated. According to the police account of the incident, officers were responding to a 911 complaint that a couple was engaged in indecent […]
By David E. Early, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — It’s the time of year when hundreds of thousands of American parents are shipping their children off to college for the first time. For most, it’s a time of celebration. But for the black parents of college-bound sons, the rite of passage has […]
By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Police Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger sat with increasing unease at a church in South Los Angeles as residents rose one at a time to berate his department. The meeting had been called to reassure locals about how the LAPD and other agencies were investigating […]
By Matt Pearce, Lauren Raab and Maya Srikrishnan, Los Angeles Times Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, addressing the urgent situation in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday, said he was making “a number of operational shifts” that will change the tone in the St. Louis suburb after five nights of unrest, marked by police firing tear gas and […]
By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times NEW YORK — Amadou Diallo. Manuel Loggins Jr. Ronald Madison. Sean Bell. Eric Garner. And now, Michael Brown. All of them were black men who died at the hands of law enforcement officers. They are a handful of such cases since 1999, when Diallo, an unarmed man standing in […]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch FERGUSON, Mo. — Law enforcement officials on Wednesday asked for patience to allow the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown to take its course as tension over the Missouri teenager’s death continued for a fifth straight day. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said his office will take as much […]
By Jeremy Gorner and Matthew Walberg, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — Police across Illinois have made little progress combating racial profiling, searching the cars of black and Latino drivers far more often than those of whites. At the same time, a decade of studying routine traffic stops shows that officers find drugs and other contraband more […]
By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times FERGUSON, Mo. — As demonstrators gathered for the fourth straight day Tuesday, the Ferguson, Mo., police chief said that because of death threats he will not publicly release the name of the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager whose killing has roiled racial tensions in the […]
By Matt Pearce, Maya Srikrishnan, and David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times FERGUSON, Mo. — The protesters, almost all of them black, raised their fists and chanted: “We shall not be moved!” Down the hill, advancing against them late Monday night were police officers in gas masks and riot gear, most of them white. “Don’t shoot!” […]
By Maya Srikrishnan, Los Angeles Times An unarmed black teenager fatally shot Saturday by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., had been struggling for the officer’s gun, law enforcement officials said Sunday as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the police department. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the youth, Michael Brown, 18, allegedly […]
By Hannan Adely, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) HACKENSACK, N.J. — Civil rights advocates said they were troubled by the dismissal of a federal lawsuit that challenged broad surveillance of Muslims by the New York Police Department and feared it would give law enforcement a “green light” to spy on people based on their religion. Muslim Advocates, […]