As Use-of-Force Policy Stalls, SF Officials Blame Police Union

San Francisco officials approved a new law enforcement use-of-force policy earlier this year, inspired by a controversial police shooting last December. But the local police union is being accused of hindering its implementation. At a meeting Tuesday, a city supervisor criticized the union’s “outsized influence” and suggested it seeks to “hark back to the 1950s.”

Rachel Locke

‘Violence Can Be Prevented’

A strategy of concentrating on interventions with the small number of high-risk individuals responsible for murderous violence has delivered promising results in many U.S. cities. Early evidence from Honduras suggests it can work in other countries as well.

Chertoff on Trump’s Safety Plan: ‘Offensive, Waste of Time’

The GOP presidential candidate says his vague plan to crackdown on crime and terrorism would benefit white Americans and racial minorities alike. But his sketchy ideas have stirred concern among some experts in national security and law enforcement, including Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security secretary. “Not only is it a waste of time, but you’re offending people who in many ways you want to be your allies,” Chertoff said.

Michele Hanisee

Does the Current Bail System Penalize the Poor?

Not really, suggests the president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys. She warns that if the Obama Administration’s recent call for the abolition of fixed bail schedules were adopted, the consequences for California’s justice system would be significant.

George Soros . Photo by Heinrich-Boll Stiftung via Flickr

Under Radar, Soros Promotes Progressive Justice Reforms

The billionaire financier has channeled more than $3 million into seven local district attorney campaigns in six states over the past year — a sum that exceeds the total spent on the 2016 presidential campaign by all but a handful of rival super-donors. His money has supported African-American and Hispanic candidates for these powerful local roles.