The six-officer Critical Incident Response Team will automatically investigate when a state trooper shoots somebody and will be available to other police agencies. State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders said the unit isn’t tasked with determining whether a shooting was justifiable. “Our objective is just to gather the facts,” he said.
Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, of the St. Louis County police, charges in a lawsuit that he was passed over for promotions because his “behavior, mannerisms, and/or appearance do not fit the stereotypical norms of what a ‘male’ should be.”
Infractions that can disqualify barbers or child-care providers from state certification don’t necessarily bar officers from retaining jobs or getting new ones. The Wall Street Journal traced outcomes for nearly 3,500 cops whose arrests resulted in lost jobs, conviction or both. About 1,900 of them were not working in law enforcement in 2015 but had not been placed on any list of decertified officers. Almost 10 percent, 332 of the officers, remained in law enforcement.
Officers from 47 law enforcement agencies in Maryland fired their Tasers at suspects 944 times in 2015, a 3.4 percent decline from the previous year. But Taser use in Baltimore increased 10.5 percent over 2014. Both in Baltimore and statewide, the vast majority of the Taser targets were African-Americans.
The Baltimore Sun had requested copies of emails to and from Marcos Zarragoitia, a former police official who oversaw a secretive program to observe and record the city from the air. The paper was told that IT experts “could not access” his emails because Zarragoitia’s address was “not configured in the archive manager.”
After announcing plans to equip officers with AXON II body cameras in all 22 police districts by the end of 2018, officials on Wednesday said the deployment of the devices will be accelerated by a full year, to late 2017.
A lawsuit by a former homicide detective alleges she was transferred after she sent supervisors an email criticizing her colleagues for, among other things, making false statements in court during a murder trial. An attorney says she has been targeted for crossing “the thin blue line.”
Court documents suggest that King County, Wash., Sheriff John Urquhart directed his department’s internal investigations squad not to formally document a female deputy’s allegation this year that he raped her 14 years ago, contrary to department protocols. The allegation is included in depositions given as part of an ongoing lawsuit against King County alleging discrimination against female deputies.