The department, which has been criticized for racial bias in its traffic stops, is preparing to comply with a new state law that takes effect on July 1. It mandates collection of detailed data on all officer interactions with the public in an effort to study and curb racial profiling.
The suit by several subordinates accuses State Police Chief Pete Kassetas of “blatant, ongoing and systematic discrimination” against officers based on gender and sexual orientation. The governor’s office called the allegations “ridiculous.”
The federal lawsuit alleges that the use of sound cannons by the NYPD against protesters constitutes excessive force. Police claimed immunity, but the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the case can proceed to trial.
A rookie cop fired two shots at a fleeing auto burglary suspect, an apparent violation of a 2016 policy reform. The police union is defending the officer, but an expert on the discredited practice says, “It is insanely reckless and dangerous to shoot at moving vehicles.”
New Jersey police Sgt. Philip Seidle shot and killed his wife in 2015, three weeks after their divorce became final. A lawsuit by the victim’s children says police officials ignored numerous signs of his potential for violence, including a long record of excessive force complaints and 12 different calls for help from the victim, Tamara Wilson-Seidle.
As Miami Police Officer Mario Figueroa was charged with misdemeanor assault for apparently trying to kick a handcuffed man in the head, the city’s police union insisted the cop was using a “de-escalation technique” and had not broken the law or violated policy.
Officers from nearby Coral Springs took charge during the Feb. 14 high school mass shooting as Broward sheriff’s deputies seemed to dither. The Miami Herald says the deputies had not been through active shooter training since 2015 or 2016, while Coral Springs cops were trained just last year.
The decision puts the Los Angeles Police Commission at odds with Chief Charlie Beck, who determined that all aspects of the May 8, 2017, shooting followed policy. A report says officers fired at least 40 rounds at a man who shot at the police helicopter while barricaded in a hilltop home. The man was killed.
Officer Alan Buford was terminated after Cleveland officials found that he used excessive force in the March 19, 2015, death of Brandon Jones, 18. Buford was acquitted of misdemeanor negligent homicide earlier this year.
At least 53 officers who were fired or pushed out of police jobs in New Orleans over the past decade have landed jobs in other law enforcement agencies, including many smaller police departments in nearby parishes and colleges.