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    HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department's chief said she expects to complete the rollout of a body-worn camera program for officers by the end of March. Chief Susan Ballard provided the update during a report on the department's five-year plan to the Honolulu Police Commission Feb. 17, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. The department began outfitting officers with 1,200 cameras in August 2018, including personnel in all eight patrol districts and the department’s traffic division. "I believe that they are already shipped. So it’s a matter of logistics for us to administer, train and have them all available for those remaining units,” Deputy Chief Aaron Takasaki-Young told the police commission. The implementation of body-worn cameras is part of an effort to make the force more transparent, joining other cities nationwide whose officers already use the cameras. Department officials told the commission there has been a 78% distribution of the...
    Undoing a 120-year-old injustice, the Los Angeles Police Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to posthumously reinstate and retire with honor one of the LAPD’s first Black officers, who they say was pushed out of the department in 1900 based on false allegations against him. Born into slavery in Kentucky in 1850, Robert William Stewart later made his way to Los Angeles and was one of the first two Black policemen to make it onto the LAPD force, which he joined in 1889, said Fred Booker, a special assistant to LAPD Chief Michel Moore. Records from the time showed Stewart had an “exemplary career,” Booker told commissioners. But in 1900, he was terminated after being falsely accused of assaulting a teenager while on patrol, Booker said. The commission at the time approved Stewart’s firing without waiting for his trial, and “though he was ultimately acquitted of all charges, the same...
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — The San Francisco Police Commission on Wednesday night unanimously voted 4-0 to reject a proposed 11 percent budget cut to the city’s Police Department that would have included layoffs. Under the proposal, some 210 full-time positions within the department would be cut, including 167 sworn officers and 43 civilian positions, during the upcoming fiscal year 2022-2023. The proposed cuts were part of the two-year budget presented by Mayor London Breed last year. “I do not agree with what the cuts are, as they would be devastating to our department,” Police Chief Bill Scott said during the meeting. Citing an uptick in gun violence, not just citywide but also nationwide, Scott said now is not the time for cuts. “Violence is up,” he said. “We need additional officers to address this, and it’s self-explanatory. We do no want violence to go in the direction that it’s going.”...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMajor union that backed Biden in 2020 endorses Foy in Virginia governors race The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden navigates pressures from Dems Pelosi's '9/11-type' commission to investigate Capitol riot could prove dangerous for Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) says that the 9/11-style commission that will investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill should have subpoena power.  “There’s really strong support in the country for us to seek the truth, find the truth, but also understand how we have to protect the American people from what might be out there in terms of domestic terrorism and the rest,” Pelosi said at her Thursday press conference, an apparent reference to the far-right rioters.  “You have to have subpoena power,” she responded when asked if it should have the ability to demand testimony. Pelosi first announced Monday that a commission will probe the events of Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob stormed...
    WASHINGTON — An independent, 9/11-style commission will be established to review the deadly security failures at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday. In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said a preliminary review by retired four-star general Russel Honoré indicated that a full commission was needed to ensure against another deadly breach of Congress. “It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened,” Pelosi wrote. “To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission,” she continued. The body will “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex.” It will also review how Capitol Police and local law enforcement were easily overpowered by thousands of pro-Trump...
    Miami : A commission similar to the one that investigated the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 will be in charge of clarifying “the facts and causes” of the attack suffered by the Capitol, on Wednesday, January 6. That day, a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the headquarters of Congress and stormed its facilities. With his actions, the followers of the Republican they tried to prevent Joe Biden’s electoral victory from being certified, the Democrat who won the elections last November and now occupies the Oval Office. The incident, which led Trump to a second impeachment trial, in which he was exonerated, caused the death of a quintet of people, including a police officer. The investigation will be led by Lieutenant General Rusell Honoré, a retired officer who went on to serve as the commanding general of the United States First Army. The designation is...
    New Milford residents and merchants are invited to give their opinion of the borough police department as part of a process known as accreditation. Members of the department and borough employees are encouraged to call, as well, during the scheduled phone-in period between 10-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15. THE NUMBER: (201) 739-4232 Or email comments to [email protected] Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and “must address the agency’s ability to comply with the accreditation standards,” Police Chief Brian T. Clancy said. (You can also write to the at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053 or email [email protected]) A team of assessors from NJSACOP will examine all aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Clancy said. “Verification by the team that the New Milford Police Department meets the...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– The Aurora Civil Service Commission has upheld the termination of three Aurora police officers who took pictures near where Elijah McClain was detained before his death. The Aurora Police Department fired two of the three officers who posed for photos at the Elijah McClain memorial. The other officer resigned. (courtesy: Aurora Police) One photo shows the officers reenacting the chokehold used on McClain, 23, who later died after an encounter with police. RELATED: Comedy Fort Opening In Old Town Fort Collins On Friday Jaron Jones, in the center of the photos, resigned. His record shows that he was going to be terminated and he will not be allowed to be a police officer anywhere in Colorado. (credit: CBS) Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich, also seen in the photos, were fired. RELATED: Bald Eagles, Raptors Enjoying Chilly February In Colorado “I fully supported Chief Wilson’s firing of Officers...
    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill is headed to the House floor for a vote that would open up state courts to a variety of civil rights claims against police agencies and local governments. A House committee on judicial affairs on Monday endorsed the bill that would allow damage awards of up to $2 million and court intervention in state and local government affairs where civil rights guarantees are violated under the New Mexico Constitution. Democratic legislators advance the bill on a party-line 8-4 vote without Republican support. Approval by the House would send the Bill to the Democrat-led Senate for consideration. The proposal would rein in immunity from prosecution for public officials and builds on recommendations of a civil rights commission, chartered by the Legislature and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in June as protests over police brutality and racial injustice swept the nation...
    Fort Lee residents and merchants are invited to give their opinion of the borough police department as part of a process known as accreditation. Members of the department and borough employees are encouraged to call, as well, during the scheduled phone-in period between 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. THE NUMBER: (201) 592-3521 / Or email: [email protected] Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and “must address the agency’s ability to comply with the accreditation standards,” according to Police Chief Matthew Hintze. (You can also write to the at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053 or email [email protected]) A team of assessors from NJSACOP will examine all aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Hintze said. “Verification by the team that the Fort Lee Police Department meets the Commission’s ‘best...
    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill that would strip police officers of immunity from civil rights lawsuits in state court is being rewritten to cap potential damage awards at $2 million, in a concession to critics who warned of dire financial consequences for local governments and taxpayers. Bill sponsor and state Rep. Georgene Louis of Albuquerque announced the revisions Friday to the bill that would also waive personal liability in lawsuits against police and other government officials for violations of an array of civil rights under the state constitution. The bill confronts a crucial hurdle at a hearing scheduled for Monday in the Democrat led state House. New Mexico, the state with the largest percentage of Latino residents in the nation, routinely ranks first or second among states for per-capita annual killings by police, according to a national database maintained by The Washington Post....
    President Joe Biden is set to sign executive orders Tuesday afternoon that deal with 'equity,' including one that creates a national policing commission to prevent deaths like that of George Floyd.  CNN reported that Biden's order also target police departments use of military-grade equipment.  Beyond police reform, the executive orders will focus on prison reform and public housing. Susan Rice, the director of the United States Domestic Policy Council, explained at Tuesday's press briefing that Biden will instruct the Department of Justice not to renew any contracts with private prisons.  She also said Biden will sign a memorandum directing the Department of Housing and Urban Development to mitigate racial bias in housing.  Biden will also reaffirm the federal government's commitment to tribal sovereignty.  And he'll also sign a memorandum condemning xenophobia against Asian Americans, which has been on the rise since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic - in effect taking aim at Donald...
    Several Fairfield County businesses were recently busted for selling vaping/nicotine products to minors during a special detail. The detail, or sting operation, took place on Thursday, Jan. 21, after the department received numerous complaints from concerned Norwalk parents, said Sgt. Sofia Gulino. During the operation, the Norwalk Police Department Special Services Division conducted the checks at multiple package stores and vape shops with the assistance of cooperating minors. The following locations were found not to be in compliance: VapeWise – 203 Liberty Square; arrested: Employee Ali Naji Murshad Al-Sadi Abdullah of Danbury was charged with the sale or delivery of electronic nicotine to a minor and fined $500. Mohegan Smoke Shop - 82-84 North Main Street; arrested: Employee-Yassin Adrian of Bridgeport was charged with sale or delivery of electronic nicotine to a minor and was fined $250. Tropical Grocery - 79 Cedar Street: Charge: Sale of alcohol to a minor, referral to State Liquor...
    OAKLAND — A civilian commission that already oversees Oakland’s police department could take over all investigations into officers’ alleged misconduct under a proposal that will be going to the City Council in a few months as part of its budget deliberations. The Oakland Police Commission on Thursday night endorsed the proposal, which would place its investigatory arm, the Community Police Review Agency, in charge of investigating all public complaints against officers involving misconduct and use of force. The move would strip the police department of the authority to conduct its own internal affairs investigations. Making the shift would be no small task, warned John Alden, executive director of the agency, who now will bring the proposal to the city’s administration for review. The City Council would have to approve it in the coming months, as well as the federal monitor overseeing the police department. And the police union would have...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the Los Angeles Police Department's use of facial recognition software to identify potential suspects.The policy was approved with a modification for the Inspector General to work with the commission's executive committee to develop and ensure a "strong oversight system," according to Commission President Eileen Decker.The department uses photo comparison technology from Los Angeles County's Digital Mugshot System to identify suspects in three situations:-- to investigate crimes;-- to mitigate an imminent threat to life; and-- to help identify a person who is incapable of identifyingthemselves, including when the person is incapacitated, deceased or at-risk.The LAPD does not allow facial recognition platforms outside the county's mugshot system to be used, and the computer-generated list of comparisons must be investigated further by human analysis.Civil liberties advocates say facial recognition software systems are less accurate for people of color,...
    Former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Sunday urged for the creation of a commission similar to the one that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to investigate Wednesday’s pro-Trump riot at the Capitol.  The world watched Wednesday as Trump supporters stormed the historic building, breaking windows and ransacking offices, as well as destroying artifacts and other structures.  Five people died amid the chaos, including a woman who was shot by a Capitol Police officer and an officer who died after sustaining injuries while responding to the riot. Three others died after experiencing “medical emergencies” near the Capitol grounds. During an interview with John Catsimatidis on his radio show on WABC 770 AM, Bratton said “it is quite clear” that law enforcement agencies were not prepared for the events that took place following a Trump rally on the National Mall.  “The Capital Police and other agencies that gather intelligence did...
    The Federal Communications Commission has taken additional steps to protect consumers from unwanted and illegal robocalls. In the first action, the Commission adopted restrictions on non-telemarketing robocalls to consumers’ home phones. In the second action, the Commission required terminating voice service providers to take new steps to ensure their networks are not used to transmit illegal robocalls, while making certain that consumers continue to receive wanted calls. “Americans are sick and tired of unwanted and illegal robocalls, and today’s separate actions are like a one-two punch to ward them off,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “Today, we are putting much needed limitations on robocalls to our homes, and taking additional steps regarding call blocking that will yield significant improvements for consumers.” In the first Order, pursuant to Section 8 of the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act...
    New York Democrat Jamaal Bowman Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week 12 DAYS UNTIL JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE Kara Voght at Mother Jones writes—Democrat Introduces Bill to Investigate If Capitol Police Have Ties to White Supremacist Groups.  Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) is drafting legislation to call for a commission to investigate Capitol Police and whether any of its members have ties, directly or indirectly, to white nationalists and white nationalist sympathizers. “It’s critical when you look at the disparity in terms of how the Capitol Police responded to the insurrection on Wednesday, versus how they responded to—not just [Black Lives Matter] protestors this summer, but other people of color, and people who are disabled, historically,” Bowman tells me. The Capitol Police have come under intense scrutiny after a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol to stop...
    The River Vale Police Department is seeking qualified candidates for a police officer opening. It’s a full-time spot with “excellent salary and benefits,” the department said. Applications close on Jan. 31, 2021. Candidates at the time of their application must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. citizen and New Jersey resident with a valid NJ driver’s license and either one of the following: Certified in Basic Course for Police Officers (BCPO) by the NJ Police Training Commission (PTC) with less than three (3) years of full-time police experience, or; Currently enrolled in a Police Training Commission (PTC) certified New Jersey Police Academy, or: Certified as a NJ Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II (SLEO II). In addition to one of those three qualifications, candidates must meet the requirements of the NJ Police Training Commission (PTC) to be eligible for a waiver to a Basic...
    A commission created by President TrumpDonald TrumpAppeals court dismisses Gohmert's election suit against Pence Kentucky governor calls vandalism to McConnell's home 'unacceptable' Pence 'welcomes' efforts of lawmakers to 'raise objections' to Electoral College results MORE to study how to improve the criminal justice system recommended requiring all police departments to have independent agencies investigate serious use-of-force incidents and expanding the use of technology in fighting crime. The he 332-page report included 170 recommendations to restore faith in police forces in the U.S. Attorney General William BarrBill BarrSenate Democrats rebuke GOP colleagues who say they'll oppose Electoral College results 11 Senate Republicans say they will oppose Electoral College results Wednesday Proud Boys to attend Jan. 6 DC rallies 'incognito' MORE announced the policing commission in January of 2020, pursuant to an executive order from Trump, to “conduct a modern fresh evaluation of the salient issues affecting American law enforcement and the communities they protect.” The panel was...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – In light of San Francisco Police Commission Vice President Damali Taylor’s announcement that she’s resigning from the position, Mayor London Breed’s office said it’s already started interviewing potential candidates for the spot. In a letter to Breed on Monday, Taylor said her resignation would be effective on Thursday and cited work commitments and other public service projects as the reason for her departure. Breed appointed Taylor to the commission back in 2018. “Damali Taylor has been effective commissioner and the mayor is grateful for her service during what has been a particularly challenging but important time for the Police Commission,” mayoral spokesman Andy Lynch said in an email. “Whether it was the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, or the continued efforts to reform the Police Department, this year has required a lot of difficult conversations that Commissioner Taylor has helped shape. We are currently...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco Police Commission Vice President Damali Taylor announced on Monday she’s resigning after having served on the commission for two years. In a letter to Mayor London Breed, who appointed Taylor to the commission, Taylor said her resignation would be effective on Thursday. Taylor cited work commitments and other public service projects as the reason for her departure. “While leaving is bittersweet, I am extremely proud of the accomplishments we have made during my time acting as chair of the commission,” she said in the letter. “As chair, I strove to be thoughtful and, most importantly, to leave the Department better than I found it. While there are still miles to go, I leave confident in that being the case.” In her letter, Taylor also touted some of the commission’s achievements under her leadership, including the Police Department’s updated use-of-force policy that bans knee-to-neck...
    Protesters and Alamance County sheriff's deputies in riot gear face off in front of the courthouse in Graham, N.C. on Saturday, Oct. 31. In 1968, in the wake of racism-sparked uprisings by African Americans and the government response in some 150 cities, the Johnson administration issued its 426-page Kerner Commission report, formally known as the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. Two million copies were sold. This week, outgoing Attorney General William Barr released the 332-page President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice in the wake of police killings that have kindled unprecedented multiracial protests. The queue to buy up copies is likely to be short. The chasm between the quality of analysis and conclusions in these two reports published a half-century apart is deep and wide. Indeed, the Los Angeles Times editorial board labeled the latest report “illegitimate and self-serving.”  The 11 members appointed to the Kerner Commission by President Lyndon Johnson in...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Common Council members are blasting ousted Police Chief Alfonso Morales' attorney for making what they consider racist remarks on a radio show. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Franklyn Gimbel told WTMJ-AM on Monday that former Milwaukee Police Chief Harold Brier was “an old-fashioned law and order guy if ever there was one.” The Common Council condemned Briar in 1984 for making racist remarks. Gimbel also said that the city’s police commission has faltered because commissioners are appointed according to zip codes instead of their IQs. Eleven council members issued a statement calling Gimbel's remarks about Brier “disturbing" and his comments about the commission “inaccurate and racist.” Gimbel said in response that he's always been on the side of side of racial justice and his comment about Brier wasn't a compliment. He also said that his remarks about the commission were poorly articulated. People of color...
    HAMMOND, Ind. (CBS) — A Chicago Police sergeant has been relieved of her duties after an incident in the fall where she was arrested on charges of striking an Indiana Gaming Commission officer at the Horseshoe Hammond Casino in Northwest Indiana. Lori Cooper was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct in the Oct. 30 incident. Lori Cooper (Credit: Hammond Police) A police report obtained by CBS 2 said around 4 a.m. Oct. 30, the casino contacted Hammond police saying two women were in the restroom intoxicated and one of them, Cooper, had battered a casino worker. The casino worker told a Hammond police officer she did not want to seek charges, the police report said. Cooper and the woman who was with her were then ordered to leave the casino, the police report said. They began walking toward the exit after being told multiple times that they had to...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge has given Milwaukee’s ousted police chief his job back, just a day after the board that demoted him selected a new acting chief. Judge Christopher Foley on Friday reversed the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission’s August decision to demote Alfonso Morales, the Journal Sentinel reported. After his demotion, Morales retired, sued and requested a judicial review. Morales sought $625,000 in damages from the city. It’s unclear what happens next. The judge reversed the decision to demote Morales to captain but did not give further instructions — something he said he could not do. “I acknowledge that from the City’s perspective there is great benefit in remand with directions,” Foley wrote. “Remand continues the status quo as of the conclusion of the Commission hearing with Mr. Morales demoted to captain and appealing that demotion. It avoids the potential, noted in media accounts, of ‘two chiefs.’ “But...
    The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled Tuesday that LAPD Officer Toni McBride broke department policy when she continued shooting Daniel Hernandez during a fatal encounter in April — deciding McBride’s first four shots were justified, but her fifth and sixth shots were not. Hernandez had been involved in a vehicle collision on San Pedro Street near East 32nd Street on April 22 when McBride and her partner arrived on the scene. Video showed McBride repeatedly advised Hernandez to drop a box cutter that he was holding as he approached her, then shot him six times in a matter of seconds. Hernandez went down to the asphalt after the first two shots, but quickly pushed himself up and forward again. McBride then fired four more rounds — the final two coming as Hernandez was on the ground. The commission’s decision in the controversial case — which it made in a...
    By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker sent a major police reform bill that lawmakers approved last week back to the Democratic-led state legislature, saying he opposed certain provisions and that absent any changes he would not sign it. Leaders of the state House of Representatives and Senate had called the legislation one of the most comprehensive reform packages to be adopted nationally following George Floyd's death in Minneapolis while in police custody in May. A central provision was the establishment of a new, independent commission that would have the authority to certify and decertify officers, oversee misconduct investigations and standardize training. The bill also limits legal protections for officers the commission decertifies for violating a person's right to bias-free professional policing. It also bars officers from using "chokeholds" and places restrictions on "no-knock warrants." Baker, a Republican, said he was prepared to accept having the commission...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – In St. Paul, the debate over policing turns to a group of citizens. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced a Community-First Safety Commission on Thursday. The 48 members cover a broad range of voices from public and private sectors, as well as education and nonprofit groups. The group will focus on alternatives to police response and approaches for ongoing community involvement. They will also consider whether to create a city-staffed office to drive and integrate the work. The commission will provide recommendations by May 2021. RELATED: Minneapolis Approves Cuts To Police Budget, Not Staffing “The broad spectrum of voices on this commission will be invaluable in transforming our emergency response systems for the future,” said Mayor Carter. “I thank the members for committing to this effort and look forward to their recommendations.” In addition to the 48 members, various city and governmental partners will provide additional support, including representatives from...
    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker returned a police accountability bill to state lawmakers Thursday, asking for changes before he can sign the legislation. A key element of the long-debated bill is the creation of a civilian-led commission to standardize the certification, training and decertification of police officers. Baker had wanted the commission to be part of the administration under the Executive Office of Public Safety. The Legislature’s bill would instead create an independent commission. Baker said he can accept that change, provided the tasks given to the commission are achievable and it has the resources it needs. In a letter to lawmakers dated Thursday, Baker praised the bill overall, but said there are elements that “introduce barriers to effective administration and the protection of public safety without advancing the central goal of improving police accountability and professionalism.” Baker said he opposes the bill’s moratorium on facial recognition...
    Joe Biden told civil rights leaders, according to a Thursday report, that the 'defund police' slogan was the reason Democrats experienced widespread losses in congressional races across the country on November 3. 'That's how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we're talking about defunding the police,' Biden said during a two-hour closed-door meeting with civil rights leaders on Tuesday, according to audio of the meeting obtained by Bad News. More progressive factions of the Democratic Party have embraced the movement to defund law enforcement, which gained popularity over the summer following George Floyd's death. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has pushed the slogan, and establishment Democrats blame her and others for this rhetoric allowing Republicans to flip 14 House seats from blue to red.  Joe Biden told civil rights leaders during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday that the 'defund police' slogan is how Republicans...
    Civilian watchdog agencies marked an early effort at police reform, with decidedly mixed results. While such oversight efforts have provided an outside check on policing, they have faced criticism for not having enough power to force real changes in a state where the laws offer an array of protections for officers. But in the wake of protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a growing number of California cities are turning to civilian review as the public demands action. This fall voters across the state, from Sonoma County to San Diego, overwhelmingly granted more authority to these overseers, often called civilian oversight commissions, giving some the power to investigate police shootings or to subpoena key documents and testimony. California has already emerged as a laboratory for criminal justice reform, from reducing tough sentencing laws to the recent election of George Gascón as Los Angeles County district...
    (CNN)A Black former Massachusetts state trooper who served on Gov. Deval Patrick's protection detail from 2007 to 2013 was the victim of racial and age-related discrimination when he was removed from that unit, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination has ruled.The ruling, which was made in June, was first reported Wednesday by The Boston Globe.The ruling details the complaint brought forward by Sgt. Cleveland Coats, 63, against the Massachusetts State Police. Coats began serving on Patrick's protection detail when Patrick was a candidate in 2006. During his tenure on the detail, Coats was one of four Black officers on the 10-member team, and the only non-White sergeant of the detail's four.Coats was named the detail's second-in-command in 2009, according to the ruling, but given no responsibilities or power to go with that title.Coats also alleged, per the ruling, that the unit's commander routinely referred to him as "Grady," a pejorative nickname...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A policing commission said Baltimore city police lacks the ability to detect and punish officer misconduct. The Commission To Restore Public Trust In Policing was created to get to the bottom the corruption in the Gun Trace Task Force and how it went unchecked for so long. Several members of the GTTF, an elite city police unit, were convicted of corruption. Its effects of mistrust and civil lawsuits are still being felt. A 184-page document released on Dec. 2 lays out what went wrong and how to better prevent future corruption at the city police department. “What was the agency doing to detect this? What was the agency doing to deter this?” said Sean Malone, a commission member. Malone said Baltimore Police Department’s current leadership is on the right track. But, internal affairs complaints against the corrupt GTTF members piled up. Two of the officers had twenty...
    BALTIMORE — A state commission that is investigating the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force scandal has concluded there were leadership failures at the department’s highest levels. The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the commission also recommended changes to Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights. The Commission to Restore Trust in Policing released a 184-page report. Its investigation saw “little evidence” that integrity was a top priority even while top Baltimore Police officials said that it was paramount. Investigators also faulted the department for not taking serious steps to investigate the scandal after it became public. Authorities said the gun task force was a rogue police unit that committed brazen robberies and other illegal activities. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BOSTON (AP) — A Black state trooper who worked on the security detail of former Gov. Deval Patrick was the victim of racial discrimination when he was removed from the team in 2013, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination has ruled. The commission didn’t blame Patrick, the state’s first Black governor, in the June decision, but concluded that State Police supervisors had discriminated against Sergeant Cleveland Coats when they removed him instead of less-experienced white officers from the detail, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday. The commission’s hearing officer also found evidence that white officers referred to Coats by a racially insensitive nickname. Coats has been awarded a judgment that has grown to more than $1.2 million. Patrick, a Democrat, wrote a personal letter to his successor, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, pushing back at the idea that race was a factor in Coats’s removal. The letter was dated Aug. 30 but released...
    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition presidential hopeful and musician Bobi Wine said Wednesday he would resume his campaign after suspending it in protest over police brutality. Wine spoke to journalists in the capital, Kampala, after meeting the head of the country’s electoral body. He suspended his campaign on Tuesday after police shot his car tires and fired rubber bullets that injured his bodyguards and supporters. “We came here to tell the electoral commission to take charge of the electoral process or resign if they cannot stop police brutality,” Wine said after meeting with electoral commission chief Simon Byabakama. Wine, who carried photos of his injured supporters to the meeting, said the commission promised to address his concerns. The singer has captured the imagination of many in Uganda as he challenges President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 36 years. Police accuse Wine of flouting COVID-19...
    BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House and Senate voted Tuesday to approve a compromise bill backers say would increase police accountability — including, for the first time, creating an independent, civilian-led commission to standardize the certification, training and decertification of police officers. The bill would also ban the use of chokeholds, limit the use of deadly force, and create a duty to intervene for police officers when witnessing another officer using force beyond what is necessary or reasonable under the circumstances. The legislation would also take steps to break the school-to-prison pipeline and create what lawmakers described as a first-in-the-nation statewide moratorium on biometric surveillance systems, which include facial recognition technology. The House voted 92-67 to approve the final bill. The Senate approved the bill on a 28-12 vote. Both chambers must take a final largely perfunctory vote before sending the bill to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. The legislation...
    By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House and Senate are expected to vote as early as Tuesday on a compromise bill backers say would increase police accountability — including, for the first time, creating an independent, civilian-led commission to standardize the certification, training and decertification of police officers, The bill would also ban the use of chokeholds, limit the use of deadly force, and create a duty to intervene for police officers when witnessing another officer using force beyond what is necessary or reasonable under the circumstances. The legislation would also take steps to break the school-to-prison pipeline and create what lawmakers described as a first-in-the-nation statewide moratorium on biometric surveillance systems, which include facial recognition technology. The legislation is the product of months of closed-door negotiations meant to hammer out a compromise bill between separate bills approved by the House and Senate earlier this year....
    A D.C. Council-appointed panel plans to host a virtual public forum on policing just days after a major shake-up at the top of the District’s local law enforcement body. D.C. Police Reform Commission, which has several smaller panels investigating specific racial and justice reform matters, said its MPD Accountability and Oversight Committee will be holding a public comment event Thursday night. The commission encourages the public to sign up to testify and offer reform suggestions or view the proceeding. Announcing the news on social media, the commission said the forum welcomes “experiences, insights, and ideas to strengthen oversight & accountability” of D.C. police. On December 3rd at 6:30 pm, the MPD Accountability and Oversight Committee will host a community forum to hear experiences, insights, and ideas to strengthen oversight & accountability of MPD. Click the link below to learn how to testify or view the forumhttps://t.co/U0xRNBl2ym — DC Police Reform...
    PARIS (AP) — Critics of a proposed French security law that would restrict sharing images of police are gathering across the country in protest on Saturday. Dozens of rallies are taking place against the controversial bill, which was approved by the lower house of Parliament this week but still awaits a green light from the Senate. Civil liberties groups and journalists are concerned that the measure will stymie press freedoms and allow police brutality to go undiscovered and unpunished. The cause has gained renewed importance in recent days after footage emerged of French police officers beating up a Black man, triggering a nationwide outcry. French President Emmanuel Macron spoke out against the video images on Friday, saying “they shame us.” Macron’s remarks were his first since apparently unwarranted use of force by police was spotlighted. Video that surfaced Thursday showed the beating, days earlier, of music producer Michel Zecler,...
    The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled Tuesday that an LAPD sergeant acted within department policy when he fatally shot a 31-year-old man who was holding a bicycle part that resembled a handgun in Culver City in January. The unanimous decision, justifying the sergeant’s actions and clearing him of any punishment, came after family members of Victor Valencia told the commission during a virtual Zoom meeting that Valencia suffered from mental illness, was of little threat and deserved better. “There’s other ways to go about things,” said Sara Cervantes, Valencia’s cousin. “What gave the reason for this officer to shoot down my cousin like he was nothing?” Cervantes and another family member said that officers should be better trained to understand people with mental illness and see them as people deserving of compassion. Commission President Eileen Decker told the family that the commission would hear all the evidence...
              Nashville Mayor John Cooper this week released a Policing Policy Commission report to review use-of-force policies within the Metro Nashville Police Department. This, according to a press release that members of Cooper’s staff emailed this week. As The Tennessee Star reported in August, many of the commission members lean left politically. The report said that the Metro Nashville Police Department staff members must better reflect the diversity of Nashville and more often document how they use force against citizens. “In particular, MNPD must build trust with African Americans, Muslim Americans, immigrant-origin communities, and the LGBTQ+ communities,” according to the report. Cooper asked commission members to produce a report on standards no later than October. That report, Cooper added, will influence who he and other city officials select to replace former Police Chief Steve Anderson. Community Oversight Board Chair Ashlee Davis, in a press release last summer...
    By ANDY TSUBASA FIELD, Associated Press/Report for America TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commission Gov. Laura Kelly established to examine policing and other racial justice issues after George Floyd's death plans to recommend that Kansas law enforcement agencies no longer use unmarked police vehicles during traffic stops — unless police believe they are needed to avoid endangering officers or public safety. The Commission on Racial Equity and Justice on Thursday approved a recommendation for law enforcement vehicles to be “uniformly labelled and clearly identifiable by members of the public." The recommendation, approved on a 13-1 vote, was among the last that the commission approved to appear in a report it plans to present to the governor by Dec. 1. However, it faced opposition from the police chief of Kansas’ largest city, who also sits on the commission. “We need unmarked cars to perform traffic enforcement. It’s just a basic tenant...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Police Commission voted Tuesday to continue to explore ways to reduce racial disparities in traffic stops, following a report that examined hundreds of thousands of police actions last year.The commission also voted to add language to the officers' field notebooks that requires them to state they are asking for consent to search someone's vehicle and to clearly state that the driver has the right to refuse.It also outlines when a search can be conducted without someone's consent during situations perceived as dangerous by officers.The report by the Los Angeles Police Department's Office of the Inspector General, published late last month, found "racial disproportions in stops for every type of violation.''Commissioners described the report as the genesis for creating policies that could reduce the number of stops for minor violations as well as altering the methods of "pretext stops'' that are conducted based on...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has nominated attorney William Briggs to replace nonprofit executive Shane Murphy Goldsmith on the city’s five-member Police Commission, his office said Tuesday. Goldsmith, who has been on the civilian oversight commission since 2016 and serves as its vice president, is stepping down, Garcetti’s office said. A reason was not given, and Goldsmith could not immediately be reached for comment. Briggs, a partner at Venable LLP, has worked as a trial lawyer and litigator and has “broad experience in the entertainment industry and ample time spent in state and federal courtrooms across various practices of law,” according to Garcetti’s office. His appointment is subject to approval by the City Council. If confirmed, Briggs would be the second newcomer to the Police Commission in recent months. Youth advocate Lou Calanche joined the board in August after Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa stepped down amid illness. In a statement,...
    ST. PAUL (WCCO) — The City of St. Paul is counting on a group of business, law enforcement and community leaders to re-envision emergency response in the city. Crime and calls for service have increased substantially this year in the capitol city. So far in 2020, 1,900 shots have been fired, and 30 people have lost their lives. The Community-First Public Safety Commission will focus on alternative first-response options to calls for service that can free up officers so they can focus on responding and preventing crime. “We’re working hard to get in front of this. We’re working hard with our partners,” St. Paul Police spokesperson Steve Linders said. That work will now include the launch of the safety commission. A 40-person commission led by business leaders from Xcel Enegry and the Greater Twin Cities United Way will workin collaboration with the Citizen League. “St. Paul will engage a broad...
    The Los Angeles Police Commission approved a new policy Tuesday that requires LAPD officers to more carefully document instances in which people give them permission to search them on the street. In the past, an officer could search a person, their vehicle or their belongings — regardless of whether they had reasonable suspicion that a crime had been committed or probable cause to make an arrest — if that person verbally consented to the search or gave “implied consent” through their actions or gestures. Under the new policy, which the commission unanimously approved, officers can still conduct so-called “consent searches,” but only after securing proof of that consent — either by capturing the person giving their consent on body-worn video or by getting the person to sign off on a written consent form. The policy also states that as a matter of best practice, officers should make clear — including...
    For the Associated Press, James MacPherson writes: “North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum ordered a statewide mask mandate and imposed several business restrictions late Friday in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus that has stressed the state’s hospital capacity. The Republican governor’s executive order comes after increased pressure from doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to require face coverings. The directive goes into effect Saturday and will last until Dec. 13. Burgum said in a statement that doctors and nurses ‘need our help, and they need it now.’” WCCO-TV reports: “A portion of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was evacuated Friday evening after reports of a security threat. MnDOT cameras showed a large police presence on the roadways around the airport. Inbound access to Terminal 1 has been closed off. A spokesperson for the airport said that after they received word of the potential threat, airport police...
    DENVER (CBS4/AP) – An Aurora police officer fired for not helping a restrained Black woman who begged for help after she became lodged upside down in the back of his patrol car is appealing his termination. In a lawsuit filed last week, former Aurora officer Levi Huffine claims officials unfairly painted him as a racist even though there was no evidence that racial bias played a role in what happened. Levi Huffine (credit: CBS) Last month, four members of Aurora’s Civil Service Commission upheld the firing of Huffine. Commission members said Huffine violated department directives during the transport of Shataeah Kelly, 28, on Aug. 27, 2019. RELATED: Commission Upholds Aurora Officer Levi Huffine Firing: Officer ‘Blatantly Disregarded’ Safety Chief Vanessa Wilson fired Huffine in February, overriding an advisory panel’s recommendation that he only be suspended. “It is simply not acceptable to refuse to believe a detainee who is screaming for help...
    Amazon’s property-surveillance company Ring has “recalled” hundreds of thousands of its namesake doorbell video cameras after some caught fire and people were burned. The company said there’s only a risk if the wrong screws were used for installation. “Ring has received 85 incident reports of incorrect doorbell screws installed, with 23 of those doorbells igniting, resulting in minor property damage,” the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission said in an advisory. “The firm has received eight reports of minor burns.” Ring said in its own advisory that if the doorbell is installed correctly, “there is no risk to consumers or potential hazard.” Though classified by Ring and the commission as a “recall,” the problem with the 2nd Generation devices, model number 5UM5E5, should be addressed via re-installation, the company and commission said. “You do not need to return your device,” Ring said. “Simply follow the revised instructions.” Those instructions are available...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A proposal to change policing in the city of Minneapolis has been officially rejected by the Charter Commission. The Minneapolis City Council was hoping for an amendment. Since early summer, members of the Minneapolis Charter Commission has been investigating the call from city leaders to change policing in the city of Minneapolis. “There was no evidence that we were able to collect that showed how the charter change specifically would facilitate police reform,” Charter Commissioner Andrea Rubenstein said. Rubenstein says the commission declined to bring the concept before voters and now reject the amendment all together. Rubenstein says there were some missing pieces. “Things that haven’t happened yet that we would need to take into account before considering what would be useful as a charter change to facilitate reform,” Rubenstein said. She points to the investigation into Minneapolis Police by the State’s Civil Rights Commission, as well...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — By a wide margin, San Jose voters approved a measure to expand the authority of the civilian police watchdog. With 100 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday morning, Measure G passed with 78 percent of the 227,000 votes cast. Measure G establishes a charter amendment that expands the Independent Police Auditor’s authority, alters San Jose’s Planning Commission size and composition and creates new redistricting rules. ELECTION RESULTS – SANTA CLARA COUNTY FULL ELECTION RESULTS The measure comes after weeks of civil unrest and significant scrutiny of police practices by residents. If passed, the changes may be implemented in January. San Jose’s Independent Police Auditor currently acts as the civilian watchdog and investigates civilian-initiated complaints. The measure allows the City Council to change the auditor’s roles without a public vote. “It gives the IPA expanded authority to be able to investigate and review...
    A judge ruled Monday to allow President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump in survey of Texas voters from left-leaning pollster On The Trail: Making sense of Super Poll Sunday Trump rebukes FBI for investigating supporters accused of harassing Biden bus MORE’s police panel to publish its report and recommendations as long as it includes a disclaimer that the report was drafted in violation of federal open meeting laws. U.S. District Judge John Bates, who was appointed by George W. Bush, issued his decision after he temporarily blocked the law enforcement commission from releasing its report last month. Bates initially halted the report’s publication after the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (NAACP LDF) filed a lawsuit arguing that the panel disobeyed the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which requires “advisory” committee meetings to be “open to the public.” On Monday, he said he agreed the commission “certainly has not met...
    By CARA ANNA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Tanzanian opposition leader says police have arrested several opposition figures and sealed off areas where a peaceful demonstration was to begin Monday morning over last week’s election that they call too flawed to stand. Emmanuel Mvula, campaign manager with the ACT Wazalendo party, told The Associated Press “there is heavy deployment of security forces” in the commercial hub of Dar es Salaam, where the two main opposition parties planned to march to the national electoral commission. The chair of the CHADEMA opposition party, Freeman Mbowe, was among those arrested overnight, Mvula said. The arrest also was reported by Robert Amsterdam, lawyer for CHADEMA's presidential candidate, Tundu Lissu. Those arrested are accused of organizing illegal demonstrations, Mvula said. “If you ask for permission (to protest), they tell you ‘No,’” he added. The ACT Wazalendo and CHADEMA parties have accused Tanzania's ruling...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Tanzanian opposition leader says police have arrested several opposition figures and sealed off areas where a peaceful demonstration was to begin Monday morning over last week’s election that they call too flawed to stand. Emmanuel Mvula, campaign manager with the ACT Wazalendo party, told The Associated Press “there is heavy deployment of security forces” in the commercial hub of Dar es Salaam, where the two main opposition parties planned to march to the national electoral commission. The chair of the CHADEMA opposition party, Freeman Mbowe, was among those arrested overnight, Mvula said. The arrest also was reported by Robert Amsterdam, lawyer for CHADEMA’s presidential candidate, Tundu Lissu. Those arrested are accused of organizing illegal demonstrations, Mvula said. “If you ask for permission (to protest), they tell you ‘No,’” he added. The ACT Wazalendo and CHADEMA parties have accused Tanzania’s ruling party of a “butchering of...
    The names of four finalists for Oakland Police Chief were made public this weekend and the list includes two high-ranking Oakland officers, a Pennsylvania police commander who recently applied to be chief of Milwaukee, and the current chief of Seaside in Monterey County. The two internal candidates are husband and wife: Oakland deputy chiefs LeRonne Armstrong and Drennon Lindsey. Oakland’s citizen police commission on Friday evening announced the finalists on its official twitter account and invited the public to meet them at a virtual forum scheduled Nov. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Oakland Police Commission, which oversaw the search for a new chief, and Mayor Libby Schaaf, who gets to pick one of the four finalists, are hosting the event. Pittsburgh police Commander Jason Lando and Seaside police Chief Abdul Pridgen are also finalists. Lando was one of six finalists for the Milwaukee police chief job but...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for a Wisconsin police officer who has fatally shot three people since 2015 says his client shouldn’t be disciplined or fired simply because city officials are worried he might do it again. Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah, who is Black, has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in all three cases. The most recent shooting took place in February, when Mensah shot an armed teenager during a chase outside a mall. The decision this month not to charge him in that shooting sparked several nights of protests in the Milwaukee suburb, some of which turned violent. The city’s police commission suspended Mensah in July and is expected to decide his fate in November. Former federal prosecutor Steven Biskupic issued a report in early October saying Mensah should be fired because the risk that he would kill a fourth person and expose the city to...
    By ANDY TSUBASA FIELD, Associated Press/Report for America TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some members of a commission established by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly to examine policing and other racial justice issues are critical of rules set by the Kansas chapter of the National Fraternal Order of Police union for an upcoming discussion. The Kansas FOP is allowing a maximum of five to six members of the 15-member Commission on Racial Equity and Justice to participate in a planned “listening session" scheduled for next month, commission members said in a meeting Thursday. The police group is also requiring commissioners to send their questions ahead of the discussion. The Kansas FOP is the local chapter of the National Fraternal Order of Police, an organization that represents close to 350,000 officers nationally. Kelly created the commission in June, about a month after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis after a white officer pressed his...
    Demonstrators protest the death of Walter Wallace Jr.The Washington Post/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.On Monday afternoon, nearly an hour into a virtual public hearing on how Philadelphia should oversee its police department, the Reverend Mark Kelly Tyler jumped into the video meeting, turning on his camera and microphone to inform the members of the city council’s Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform that a young Black man had just been fatally shot by the cops.  Walter Wallace Jr., 27, had been killed on a street in West Philadelphia by police responding to a 911 call from Wallace’s relatives, who, according to a lawyer for the family, requested an ambulance because Wallace was experiencing a mental health crisis. A video of the shooting that circulated immediately on social media showed Wallace walking toward officers, who backed away from him...
              During a meeting last week, Mayor John Cooper’s Policing Policies Commission (PCC) Policies Group indicated aims to diminish police and stated that criminals aren’t entirely at fault for their crimes. Gideon’s Army Founder and CEO Rasheedat Fetuga was the main guest speaker. Vice Chair Amanda Lucas brought on Fetuga to speak, calling her a “visionary.” Gideon’s Army is an organization that seeks to “eliminate the root causes of the prison pipeline” for troubled youths. The organization assisted in recovery efforts after the tornado hit Nashville this spring. Gideon’s Army was also involved in the Black Lives Matter Nashville rally-turned-riot following George Floyd’s death. During her speech, Fetuga asserted that police aren’t qualified for some of the aspects of policing. “Metro police officers are doing jobs that they’re not qualified for. It is not on their job description. Metro police officers aren’t mental health...
    NORTH BRADDOCK (KDKA) — The North Braddock Borough Council has voted against joining a commission to create a regional police force in the Mon Valley. North Braddock was the only borough to vote against joining the commission. Braddock, Rankin and East Pittsburgh voted for the measure. North Braddock currently has nine police officers – a police chief who is full-time and eight part-time officers. (Photo Credit: KDKA) The vote against joining the commission means their officers would not be part of a regional police department. The council vote was 5-4 against joining. Council member Lisa Franklin-Robinson, a fourth-generation resident of the borough, believes the decision is disappointing for the officers. “There are those of us on that council who convinced residents and others that it was in their best interest not to pursue better policing for police officers who are overworked and underpaid,” said Franklin-Robinson. Many...
    OAKLAND — The city is withdrawing its participation in a controversial FBI counter terrorism task force at the urging of privacy and civil liberties advocates who say federal surveillance of citizens is overly broad and discriminatory and worry that the city’s participation in the task force would interfere with its own civil rights laws. “We’re not terminating all interactions (with the FBi); this is specific to the joint terrorism task force,” said City Council President Rebecca Kaplan during Tuesday’s council meeting, noting that the FBI “has a troubling history of profiling” and that the task force “undermines community safety and does not strengthen community’s ability to solve crimes.” A letter sent earlier this month to the City Council from the FBI’s Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco division, John Bennett, pushed back on that idea, noting that it is the “expectation” that Oakland police command staff typically provide...
    Get more in-depth, daily coverage of Chicago politics at The Daily Line. CITY HALL — A pair of coalitions pitching dueling plans for civilian-run police oversight councils faced a grilling from aldermen Tuesday on which proposal holds up better under legal and practical scrutiny, even as neither is likely to get a vote in its current form. By the end of the more than four-hour hearing of the City Council Committee on Public Safety, aldermen had voiced a broad preference for a proposal by the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA), whose proposed ordinance appeared on the verge of passing before Mayor Lori Lightfoot put a brick on it earlier this year. Leaders of GAPA and the authors of a competing proposal for a Chicago Police Accountability Council, which would put power directly in the hands of an elected oversight agency, both submitted updated versions of their proposals on Tuesday aimed at addressing...
    The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled Tuesday that the fatal police shooting of 34-year-old Alex Flores Jr. as he charged at an LAPD officer with a kitchen knife in November was justified and within department policy, though they disapproved of the tactics used in the lead-up to the shooting. The 4-0 ruling — which matched the findings of LAPD Chief Michel Moore — came during a closed portion of the commission’s virtual meeting Tuesday, after a public portion in which Flores’ sister and parents denounced the shooting as unnecessary and racist and called for the officer who opened fire to be prosecuted. The shooting occurred shortly before 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 19 near East 28th Street and South Central Avenue after a witness reported seeing an agitated man walking with a knife down Central in an area where children were walking to school. Body-camera video released by the LAPD...
    The D.C. Police Reform Commission has hired an outside consultant to help examine police practices and the criminal justice system. Impact Justice, a research center based in D.C. and Oakland, California, will provide assistance in the coming months. The Police Reform Commission was launched just months ago as part of the Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, which the D.C. council passed in June. It called for the formation of the commission from various backgrounds to examine and analyze six topics: the role of police in schools, alternatives to police responses, police discipline, the integration of conflict resolution strategies and restorative justice practices into policing and provisions from the act. According to its website, Impact Justice was established to imagine, innovate and challenge the status quo when it comes to our current justice system. “As an innovation and research center, we work to foster a more...
    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr expressed confidence on Friday that the Trump administration's law enforcement commission will publish its report on police reform soon, even though a federal judge temporarily blocked the work of the commission earlier this month. "The final report has been drafted. I think there are many excellent, constructive ideas," Barr told the Major Cities Chiefs Association in New Orleans in his first public remarks about the commission since its work was halted. "I do expect and hope and believe we will be able to get those out very shortly." Barr unveiled the policing commission in January following an executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump. It had planned to deliver a slate of proposals shortly before the presidential election on Nov. 3. But a lack of diversity on the panel and the secretive process it used to develop its...
    Reuters October 16, 2020 0 Comments U.S. Attorney General William Barr expressed confidence on Friday that the Trump administration’s law enforcement commission will publish its report on police reform soon, even though a federal judge temporarily blocked the work of the commission earlier this month. “The final report has been drafted. I think there are many excellent, constructive ideas,” Barr told the Major Cities Chiefs Association in New Orleans in his first public remarks about the commission since its work was halted. “I do expect and hope and believe we will be able to get those out very shortly.” Barr unveiled the policing commission in January following an executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump. It had planned to deliver a slate of proposals shortly before the presidential election on Nov. 3. But a lack of diversity on the panel and the secretive process it used to develop its...
    NORTH BRADDOCK (KDKA) — A regional Mon Valley police department could be one step closer after a vote by the Braddock Borough Council Tuesday night. If it’s approved, the regional police department would consist of four boroughs — Braddock, North Braddock, Rankin and East Pittsburgh. The East Pittsburgh department was disbanded back in 2018 after the shooting of Antwon Rose. Mayor Chardae Jones, of Braddock, says she thinks a regional department would be good for economic and safety reasons. The Braddock Council voted 3-3 on whether to form a commission to begin the process of a creating a regional police department. The tie-breaking vote, in favor of a commission, was made by Mayor Jones. “This gives us a fighting chance to come out as a safer community and a financial stability,” Jones told KDKA’s Lisa Washington. RELATED STORIES: 4 Mon Valley Boroughs Considering ‘Regionalized Police Department’ Proposal North...
    By The Associated Press Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: The American People Need the Truth The New York Times Oct. 4 The American people deserve better than to be misled about the health of the president. Several days into President Trump’s battle with Covid-19, even basic facts about his illness — when he was diagnosed, how high his fever climbed, what triggered his hospitalization — remain hard to come by. The White House is being evasive and secretive. That’s nothing new, nor is it unreasonable to withhold some sensitive information from the public. But too often in the past few days, the administration has appeared to be actively misleading the American people. Administration insiders are expressing frustration that no one even among Mr. Trump’s own staff seems to know what is going on. Among the broader public, anxious speculation and wild conspiracy theories are...
    OAKLAND — City and police officials are making moves to ban certain controversial police restraints that render people unconscious, but the Oakland Police Department and the police commission responsible for its oversight are split on defining the policy’s specifics. While the police department already does not authorize “chokeholds,” which obstruct a person’s ability to breathe, it has still been allowing for and training officers to use carotid restraint holds — intended to slow or stop bloodflow to the brain — that until recently have been part of statewide police training curriculum. The restraint has proved especially controversial since the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed in May in Minneapolis by an officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes as he begged for relief and said he could not breathe. The New York Police Department passed an ordinance to ban the restraint this summer, and other...
    A former police officer who ignored a detainee's cries for help when she fell head-first while hogtied in his patrol car will not get his job back, the Civil Service Commission in Aurora, Colorado, said Tuesday. The commission unanimously denied former officer Levi Huffine's appeal of his termination, writing that he "blatantly disregarded" his detainee's pleas for more than 20 minutes during the August 2019 incident.  The commission said in a six-page decision on Tuesday that "It is simply not acceptable to refuse to believe a detainee who is screaming for help — screaming 'I can't breathe; my neck is breaking,' without making any effort to confirm that she is safe."  "Huffine's callous and intentional disregard for the safety and well-being of Ms. Kelly was so egregious that the ultimate sanction of termination was warranted," the commission said.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said...
    CHICAGO -- Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mauricio Araujo resigned Thursday, according to the Judicial Inquiry Board. His resignation will take effect on Monday.Araujo was facing the possibility of removal from the bench after the Illinois Courts Commission found Tuesday that there was "clear and convincing evidence" that he engaged in a pattern of inappropriate and harassing behavior toward women.The commission of five judges and two members appointed by the governor was set to hand down a sanction next week.___The nonprofit news outlet Injustice Watch provided this article to The Associated Press through a collaboration with Institute for Nonprofit News.___The decision followed a two-day hearing before the commission, during which three women testified that Araujo had sexually harassed or demeaned them in several incidents between 2011 and 2018. Araujo admitted to making one inappropriate comment about a Cook County assistant state's attorney, but disputed the accounts of a Chicago police...
    WASHINGTON - Before a U.S. federal judge on Thursday halted the work of a Trump administration law enforcement commission - saying it had violated public meetings laws - the panel had been warned about shutting out public input by several of its own participants, internal records reviewed by Reuters show.   The commission had planned to deliver a slate of proposals recommending sweeping new powers for police shortly before the November presidential election, the documents show. It also called for bolstering due-process protections for officers accused of wrongdoing, according to draft proposals reviewed by Reuters.   But the secretive process to produce the planned report drew criticism from some law enforcement representatives helping draft the document, internal emails among the participants show.   The order to halt the commission's work, from U.S. District Judge John Bates, came in response to a lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and...
    A federal judge's ruling on Thursday stopped next month's expected release of a report from a presidential commission created to study American law enforcement. Judge John Bates ruled that the commission, comprised solely of current and former law enforcement officials, lacked the diversity necessary to address issues plaguing policing.  None of the 18 commissioners appointed to "study a broad range of issues regarding law enforcement and the criminal justice system," and then make recommendations to the president through the report, have any background in "criminal defense, civil rights, or community organization," Bates noted in his decision.  "Especially in 2020," Bates wrote, "when racial justice and civil rights issues involving law enforcement have erupted across the nation, one may legitimately question whether it is sound policy to have a group with little diversity of experience examine, behind closed doors, the sensitive issues facing law enforcement and the criminal justice system in...
    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Before a U.S. federal judge on Thursday halted the work of a Trump administration law enforcement commission - saying it had violated public meetings laws - the panel had been warned about shutting out public input by several of its own participants, internal records reviewed by Reuters show. The commission had planned to deliver a slate of proposals recommending sweeping new powers for police shortly before the November presidential election, the documents show. It also called for bolstering due-process protections for officers accused of wrongdoing, according to draft proposals reviewed by Reuters. But the secretive process to produce the planned report drew criticism from some law enforcement representatives helping draft the document, internal emails among the participants show. The order to halt the commission's work, from U.S. District Judge John Bates, came in response to a lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Commission to Restore Trust in Policing, formed last year in response to the illegal activity of the Gun Trace Task Force, hoped officers would participate in mass to a survey on misconduct. But that didn’t quite happen. Less than nine percent of city police officers responded when sent an ethics and misconduct survey. “The culture of BPD is still not good,” Commissioner Parker said. “Even the police officers don’t trust where they work,” Commissioner Robb said. Attorneys hired by a state commission sent the survey and said neither the department nor the union wanted to disseminate it. “We have an organization where not everybody is pulling an oar in the same direction. They seem to be battling each other,” attorney Peter Keith said. Of those who did participate, overtime fraud was the most common type of misconduct witnessed, and a frequent practice of the disgraced Gun...
    By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut commission on Thursday is nominating the first inspector general to investigate police officers' use of deadly force, a position created in a new, wide-ranging police accountability law. The Criminal Justice Commission is scheduled to interview two veteran state prosecutors named as the finalists: C. Robert Satti Jr., the supervisory assistant state's attorney in the Bridgeport-area judicial district, and State's Attorney Brian Preleski, who leads the New Britain-area district. The panel also is expected to appoint a new state's attorney to lead the Hartford district for an eight-year term. The inspector general will investigate whether an officer's use of deadly force was justified and, if it was not, to prosecute the officer. The official, who must be confirmed by the legislature for a four-year term, also will recommend whether an officer's state certification should be suspended or revoked. The position...
    Oakland needs tough police accountability. But it also needs citizen oversight that’s professional and respectful, and it doesn’t need wasteful layers of bureaucracy that undermine the effort. Measure S1 on the Nov. 3 ballot would increase the authority, autonomy and responsibilities of the city’s Police Commission and Community Police Review Agency. It would also add a new Office of Inspector General to investigate and review the city’s handling of police misconduct. The changes would strengthen the independent citizen oversight of the city’s troubled Police Department, which is why voters should approve Measure S1. But, while many of the changes individually make sense, they collectively create troubling overlap of oversight that the City Council should correct where it can by eliminating duplication in the Police Department. And, while Measure S1 would make structural improvements, the public will have confidence in the oversight system only if the appointed police commissioners behave professionally,...
    The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday said it would review the city Police Department’s use of facial recognition software and how it compared with programs in other major cities. The commission did so after citing reporting by The Times this week that publicly revealed the scope of the LAPD’s use of facial recognition for the first time — including that hundreds of LAPD officers have used it nearly 30,000 times since 2009. Critics say police denials of its use are part of a long pattern of deception and that transparency is essential, given potential privacy and civil rights infringements. Commission President Eileen Decker said a subcommittee of the commission would “do a deeper dive” into the technology’s use and “work with the department in terms of analyzing the oversight mechanisms” for the system. “It’s a good time to take a global look at this issue,” Decker said. Decker...
    MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city is appealing a ruling that could force it to rehire a former police chief and pay him the wages he has lost the past several months. A civil service commission in McComb ruled Friday that the city had wrongfully fired Damian Gatlin as chief in mid-April. McComb officials decided Monday to appeal the commission's ruling, the Enterprise-Journal reported. “Everything is going to be on hold until the appeal is heard,” Mayor Quordiniah Lockley said. Gatlin appealed his firing to the civil service commission. That prompted a legal battle between the city board, which argued that Gatlin served at its will and pleasure, and the commission, which said Gatlin — like other public safety employees — was entitled to a hearing to determine if he was fired unfairly. After multiple attempts from the board to prevent the hearing, including a failed restraining order, the commission...
    LONDON (AP) — British police said Wednesday that three historically and religiously important bronze sculptures are being returned from the U.K. to a temple in India from which they were stolen more than 40 years ago. Police said in a statement that the works were removed in 1978 from a temple in the Tanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. Although the thieves were caught and convicted in India, the bronzes remained missing for the next four decades. The High Commission of India in London tweeted photos of the bronzes, describing them as “priceless” statues from the Vijayanagara period, which dated from the 14th to the 17th century. In 2019, the High Commission alerted specialist art and antiques detectives at the Metropolitan Police that one of the sculptures was being offered for sale by a U.K.-based dealer. Police said the dealer had bought the sculpture in good faith and no criminal...
    The Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) announced its order today with regards to Rhea Chakraborty’s visit to the hospital mortuary where Sushant Singh Rajput’s mortal remains were kept and have stated that there was no breach on the part of Cooper hospital or the police. After Sushant’s death on June 14, Rhea had visited the Cooper Hospital mortuary with her brother Showik Chakraborty and recently, her visit came under the scanner for which SHRC taking a note of it. The Human Rights Commission is reported to have questioned the hospital staff and also Rhea Chakraborty. Sushant Singh Rajput’s Former Manager Shruti Modi’s Interrogation Halted As NCB Official Tests Positive for COVID-19. As per ANI, SHRC has now stated that no breach took place. In their statement, they said, “Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission announces its order over Rhea Chakraborty’s visit to the mortuary. Commission says that there was no...
    The Office of the D.C. Auditor is investigating a deadly shooting involving a police officer earlier this month in Southeast. Deon Kay, 18, was shot and killed during a police chase after officers said they saw a gun in his hand, and the auditor’s office plans to help answer questions about how the incident unfolded. “We will be meeting with the auditor to make sure the auditor has all of our questions,” said Christy Lopez, co-chair of the D.C. Police Reform Commission. “What we’re going to do is have everybody on the commission put all of our requests in one place and give those directly to the auditor.” The 20-member commission was formed in June through police reform legislation passed by the D.C. Council. Its primary role is to review the police department’s policies and make recommendations to the council on how to improve policing in D.C. It does not have...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A series of weekly public forums kicked off Friday to look at police-community relations in Minneapolis, and the city’s response following the death of George Floyd. The volunteer organization Communities United Against Police Brutality is hosting the meetings titled the People’s Floyd Commission. Michelle Gross, the president of CUAPB, says it’s work the city has failed to do this summer. “The whole goal is to gather all of this testimony, and then produce a report with recommendations afterward so that we can avoid this from ever happening again,” Gross said. Organizer Toussaint Morrison compared the meetings to the Christopher Commission, which examined the Los Angeles Police Department in the wake of the Rodney King beating in 1991. “This is kind of a means of catharsis for people to actually, you know, state their narrative, state their story,” Morrison said. Speakers were encouraged to testify to their experiences...
    Click here for a complete list of our election recommendations. San Jose’s Measure G is clearly in the running for the quirkiest measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. Measure G asks voters to approve three unrelated changes to the city’s charter: • Enable the San Jose City Council to expand the authority of the Independent Police Auditor — now and in the future. • Increase the size of the city’s Planning Commission from seven to 11 members. • Allow the City Council to adjust the timeline for drawing new council district boundaries when the results from the Census count are late. Don’t be put off by the unusual nature of the ballot measure. All three of the changes are worthy of support. Vote yes on Measure G. The City Council could have broken them up into three separate issues. But it had set aside $2.7 million for the November 2020 election...
    The commission approved not to increase taxes many residents could pay more for the value of their properties and the increase of some rates. For more than 5 hours the commission met last night virtually to discuss the budget for the county in an unprecedented year. Most residents hope that their decisions will not affect their pockets. The marathon gathering started with the participation of dozens of residents who said they wanted cuts for police and prisons and more funds for public health and housing. Mayor Carlos Giménez was the first to respond: “The police are vital to our safety here in Miami Dade and all citizens and that is why we have not seen the same type of violence here in Miami in Miami Dade County that I have seen in other parts of the nation.” Mayor Giménez’s proposed budget...
    The D.C. Police Reform Commission grilled Chief Peter Newsham with questions surrounding the shooting of Deon Kay during a emergency virtual meeting on Friday. Newsham informed the committee that the use-of-force review board will be looking into the incident in which 18-year-old Kay was shot and killed by a police officer Wednesday on Orange Street Southeast, just east of Joint Base Anacostia. The commission questioned Newsham on several aspects of the shooting investigation including use of force, whether Kay was part of a gang and the release of the body camera footage of the incident. Police said they responded to reports of a man with a gun on Wednesday, and when they arrived, officers found people in and around a vehicle. Upon seeing police, two people fled on foot and police said one of them, identified as Kay, pulled out a gun while being pursued on foot, and an officer...
    A team of Los Angeles police officers crafted a poor plan to catch a homicide suspect but were justified in shooting him after he drew a gun during a foot pursuit in October, the city’s civilian Police Commission has ruled. By a 4-0 vote Tuesday, the panel formally disapproved of the tactics deployed by a captain, a detective and an officer involved in the incident, in which Lazzeri Frazier Jr., 21, was shot and killed. The panel also ordered additional tactical training for three detectives, two officers and a sergeant. However, based on a report on the incident presented to them by LAPD Chief Michel Moore, the panel found the drawing of weapons by three detectives and two officers and the fatal shooting of Frazier by a detective were all within department policy. According to the chief’s report, police had identified Frazier as a suspect in a homicide...
    (CNN)A Maryland official who oversaw the state's commission on Black history is out of a job after he posted memes that appeared to show support for the teen gunman who allegedly killed two men during unrest that followed a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.Arthur Love IV, the deputy director for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI), was fired for posting the memes on a private Facebook account, Steven McAdams, the executive director for the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives, said. The images referenced 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, the white teenager who allegedly killed the men amid protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man. Jacob Blakes sister at March on Washington: Black America, I hold you accountableThe images appeared on a Facebook account believed to belong to the staffer named "Mac Love," according to Maryland Matters, an independent news site focusing on Maryland government and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade County Commission voted Monday to bring back the independent civilian panel for police accountability. Commissioners had passed this two previous times but Mayor Carlos Gimenez vetoed the panel. He said if it passed a third time he would not veto it again. The panel will investigate civilian complaints and make final recommendations about police department policies.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO — There is debate over if the public is getting a full picture of disciplinary action within the Minneapolis Police Department. Commissioner Abigail Cerra, head of the Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission, says she’s found an anomaly where some action has been classified as something called “coaching” instead of “discipline.” “So all of these coachings have been designated as private data, and the public has not been able to view them,” Cerra said. Data provided to WCCO shows from September of 2013 through 2019, there were more than 2,000 complaints against officers. Thirty-nine resulted in disciplinary action. There were 334 coaching decisions over that same time period. Another 99 were in the grievance process or pending discipline decision The Minneapolis Police Officers Federation told WCCO complaints can’t come from outside the department and result in coaching. And coaching is non-disciplinary, reserved for the most minor infractions. Examples...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously confirmed former supervisor Malia Cohen to the San Francisco Police Commission on Tuesday. Mayor London Breed nominated Cohen, a former supervisor and current member of the State Board of Equalization, last month.  “I’m proud to have nominated Malia Cohen to the Police Commission & I’m excited that she will serve in this role,” Breed said in a press release. “We have the opportunity to reimagine what policing and the criminal justice system looks like & Malia will be a critical voice in this work.” In this new position, 42-year-old Cohen will oversee reforms at the San Francisco Police Department in a crucial time. After years of protests over the controversial officer-involved killings of Alex Nieto and Mario Woods, and further uproar across the nation over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others, the police commission...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed Lou Calanche, a youth advocate and nonprofit executive from Ramona Gardens, to the city’s five-member Police Commission, pending approval by the City Council. Calanche, founder and executive director of the organization Legacy LA, will replace Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa, who has not attended commission meetings in months because of an illness and recently told Garcetti that she wished to step down from the unpaid board. Garcetti said Figueroa-Villa is “irreplaceable,” but Calanche “is somebody who meets the moment” in that she doesn’t shy away from a challenge and has a track record of working as a “bridge builder” between officers and community members. “She is somebody who knows how to go up to a beat cop and work with her closer and get her to integrate in the community, and she knows how to get a young person headed in the wrong direction...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An effort to reform immunity provisions that protect police officers from lawsuits against misconduct got underway in New Mexico, with the first meeting Friday of a newly appointed civil rights commission. The nine-member commission has until Nov. 15 to present findings and recommendations to the Legislature and governor, leaving two additional months for lawmaker to craft legislation before the next regular legislative session. The commission is being led by Supreme Court Justice Richard Bosson as chairman and former federal prosecutor Mark Baker, both of Santa Fe. The commissioners voted unanimously to conduct meetings in public view. The commission is consulting with the Legislature's legal affairs office and state risk management officials who provide the legal defense for state employees accused of civil rights violations. Protests over racial injustice and police brutality have prompted several states to pass significant policing reforms at a quick pace, often...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee’s former police chief is seeking damages of $625,000 from the city following his recent demotion, a reduction in rank he did not accept. Alfonso Morales filed a damage claim against the city Thursday for breach of contract, denial of due process and loss of reputation. The Fire and Police Commission demoted Morales to captain on Aug. 6, about two weeks after giving him a long list of directives with the threat of discipline or termination if he failed to complete them. Commissioners criticized how Morales handled multiple incidents involving Black people, including the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown. They were also critical of his decision to use tear gas and pepper spray against protesters who demonstrated after George Floyd’s death May 25 in Minneapolis. The seven-member civilian commission voted unanimously for Morales’ demotion. Morales filed for retirement the following week. His...
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