A judge cleared Sgt. Hugh Barry in the fatal 2016 shooting of bat-wielding, mentally ill Deborah Danner, 66. Her death became a flash point in the national, racially charged debate over whether police officers are too quick to shoot people and whether they are adequately trained in dealing with people suffering from severe mental illness.
An emergency town hall meeting after the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Los Angeles was halted Wednesday night as the teen’s family and residents demanded answers from Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials. Deputies shot and killed Anthony Weber during a foot chase. They said they spotted a handgun tucked into his pants, but investigators never recovered a weapon.
The public and the media often demand swift punishment for cops identified in deadly use-of-force incidents. But a new research paper suggests that the best way of preventing future incidents is to look for the “root causes” of misbehavior in a police agency’s procedures and culture.
Lakewood, Wa., and its police chief will appeal a $15.1 million federal jury verdict for the 2013 shooting death of a 30-year-old unarmed black man killed on his front porch in front of his son by a SWAT team sniper. A judge rejected motions for a new trial.
As Beck prepares to retire after eight years, he leaves behind a police agency that has dramatically changed its image as an “occupying force” in the city’s black and brown neighborhoods, and become a national model for police reform, writes Joe Domanick, author of two books about the LAPD.
If cops charged with fatal shootings rarely get convicted, is there a better way of dealing with such incidents before they happen? According to a study published this month in the Annual Review of Criminology, there is.
An internal review concluded that Washington, D.C., police Officer Brian Trainer had no reason to shoot an unarmed motorcyclist following a pursuit in 2016. Terrence Sterling, 31, was killed in the controversial encounter.