Treating minor gun crimes as future homicides has helped to cut down on violence in Houston, and a key tool for investigators is the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network, now much improved from the original program first introduced by the feds in 1999.
An Urban Institute study released June 21 says body cameras have a “civilizing effect” on police encounters even when a civilian is unaware that an officer is wearing a camera– suggesting that the cameras may be changing the way officers behave.
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said a special week-long deployment of more officers showed that “when we have police officers in uniform on the streets of Baltimore, it does have an impact on the violence.” Still, the year is on pace to be the deadliest in the city’s history.
Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas measured self-control based on eight indicators, including whether the officer had financial problems or had been in a car accident. Each indicator increased the likelihood of an officer’s involvement in a shooting by 21 percent.
African-American plaintiffs and Black Lives Matter Chicago are among those joining in the lawsuit. Mayor Rahm Emanuel this month backed away from seeking federal court supervision of the police department.