The focus comes as the Justice Department issues two reports focusing on the mental health and safety of the nation’s police officers. One example given is the trauma experienced by members of the SWAT team that went to Columbine High School in 1999.
The four officers fighting their dismissals are accused of falsifying or approving police reports that exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was high on PCP as he refused police commands to drop a knife while walking away from police on a Southwest Side street.
Members of the Los Angeles police civilian oversight panel are raising questions about whether a police data analysis program aimed at reducing property crime disproportionately targets black and Latino communities.
A Minneapolis police officer who killed an unarmed Australian woman as she approached his squad car after calling 911 was reacting to a loud noise and feared an ambush, his attorney told a jury, calling the shooting “a perfect storm with tragic consequences.”
A Princeton University researcher confirms what many advocates of preventative policing have argued: the visible presence of more cops on the streets, rather than the number of arrests they make, can reduce crime.