Maryland lawmakers appear likely to let city voters decide whether to put the Baltimore Police Department entirely back under the mayor and City Council. Baltimore has not had full control of its police force since the Civil War almost 160 years ago.
While the city hopes to establish a line of honest communication between communities that often do not follow mainstream media sources and city communication channels, a general distrust of government raises concerns about transparency.
A car chase and shootout that crossed the Utah and Colorado state lines and ended in the Navajo Nation is one of only a few times that an officer in either state has been held accountable for their actions.
Maryland’s historic push to transform how police do their jobs and are disciplined has created a rift in the General Assembly’s Democratic caucus, with some members of the party’s left flank concerned the bills don’t go far enough. Opponents of reform want to removes civilian oversight.
Ohio’s capital and largest city is proceeding with its next class of police recruits following a debate over the future of law enforcement that would have put the class on hold. The Columbus Division of Police – like many big-city agencies – is juggling calls for internal change even as it battles unprecedented street violence.
The failure to punish an NYPD officer with 46 misconduct allegations, 32 involving excessive or unnecessary force, highlights the inadequacies of a disciplinary process mired in bureaucracy, a lack of transparency, and the department’s reluctance to discipline officers, according to an investigation.
While the Supreme Court has decided that a police officer does not need a warrant to enter someone’s home while in pursuit of a fleeing felon, justices appear conflicted over whether the decision should allow officers the same access for petty crimes.