Many police chiefs attribute their declining numbers to a diminished perception of police since the Ferguson, Mo., fatal shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. One police official says he would prefer that his children enter another profession, “even lawyers.”
A San Francisco police strategy to reassign dozens of officers to neighborhood foot beats has contributed to a significant decline in thefts and assaults, a study by the University of California Berkeley found. The city remains in an auto-burglary epidemic, however.
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.
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.
Emantic Bradford Jr, the 21-year-old African-American man who was killed by a police officer on Thanksgiving at a mall in Hoover, Al., was shot three times from behind, according to an independent autopsy released by civil rights attorney Ben Crump.
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.
Five full-time officers have left in Randolph, Vt., since spring, the last one in September. The now-vanished police force cost taxpayers roughly $600,000. The current stop-gap contract with the Orange County sheriff’s office is $287,000.
Fired officer Amber Guyger was indicted for killing Botham Jean, an unarmed black man, in his apartment. Guyger says she mistakenly thought Jean was an intruder in her apartment and that he didn’t respond to her commands.
Gurbir Grewal, the state’s AG since January 2018, was responding to the findings of a team of New Jersey journalists who compiled a database of long-ignored reports documenting the use of force by police agencies around the state. The findings included evidence of racial bias.