The agreement will allow a seven-member commission to take a vote of no confidence concerning the Chicago police superintendent, the chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability and any Police Board member, triggering a vote by the City Council’s Committee.
The California Department of Justice expects to investigate between 40 and 50 deadly police shootings of unarmed civilians every year, under a new state bill requiring the state to investigate such shootings, with the aim of removing any conflicts of interest brought about by law enforcement leading the investigation.
Every major police agency in the U.S. has an Office of Internal Affairs to identify corrupt or abusive officers. But by the time investigators step in, the damage is often done. Here’s one way to get ahead of the problem, suggested by a TCR columnist.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has delivered a plan for civilian police oversight that fails to include the sweeping policymaking, budgeting and hiring and firing powers she promised during the mayoral campaign.
The Justice Department will follow up the guilty verdict against former police officer Derek Chauvin with a probe into the practices and culture of the Minneapolis Police Department, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday.
The appointment of Tom Ross, who headed the Bountiful, Utah force for 14 years, is a first in the nearly 40-year history of the state’s Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. It comes after repeated calls for police reform in the state, part of a national reckoning on racial justice.
President Donald Trump’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice mixed support for policies curbing excessive force with sharp criticism for prosecutors who undermine justice by “deciding not to enforce certain laws.” President-elect Joe Biden, who plans to create his own policing commission, has said he would review previous administrations’ recommendations on “their merits.”
The prohibition of chokeholds, “except in situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law,” is part of the new Standards of Certification to be used by police agencies around the country, under President Trump’s June Executive Order 13929, “Safe Policing for Safe Communities.”