Chicago Cops Ask for Outside Help in Solving Homicides, Shootings

Police officials will bring in experts from the Los Angeles Police Department and U.S. Justice Department to address the low clearance rates. Prodded by a critical DOJ report in the wake of the Laquan McDonald police shooting scandal, they also announced plans to add 50 more sergeants next year to improve supervision of detectives investigating violent crime.

PA High Court to Look At How Police Use Social Media

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider whether state police must disclose more details about how they use information from social media to investigate crimes and make hiring decisions. The high court will hear an American Civil Liberties Union appeal of a lower court ruling that upheld the police agency’s decision to black out large sections of its policies.

Police Code of Silence on Trial in Chicago

Three white Chicago police officers are on trial in connection with the fatal shooting of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald. These officers never fired their guns. Their alleged crime was concocting a story to cover up for a colleague who did. Such a code of silence is common, critics say.