A recent Pittsburgh Police Department newsletter suggested prayer and community engagement as strategies to “Stop the Violence.” But it failed to mention cops’ own role in perpetrating the violence that has resulted in the death or injury of local residents, writes local poet Joy Katz.
An undercover detective from the NYPD wrote a deathbed confession detailing his involvement in the assassination of Malcolm X. The Black Power icon’s three surviving daughters are now calling for the investigation to be re-opened.
Since testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd began on March 29, the toll from police violence has averaged more than three killings a day. Black and Latino people represented more than half of the dead.
By focusing only on automobile violations that are an immediate concern to public safety, a city in North Carolina was able to save lives and reign in officer misconduct. Supporters suggest it could be a nationwide model for replacing the practice of pretext traffic stops which disproportionately affect people of color.
A national database of decertified officers and new approaches to civilian oversight were among the recommendations contained in the latest report of the Council on Criminal Justice Task Force on Policing.
Minneapolis experiments with a new approach to public safety through groups of former felons and gang members who can intervene when violence seems imminent and avoid the dangers of involving the police.
Designated to investigate and report on corruption and misconduct in the New York Police Department, New York’s Inspector General has spent years fighting against an uncooperative police department and now may lose even more of its authority.