Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he didn’t want to make promises he couldn’t keep to police chiefs at a time of proposed cuts to the Justice Department budget. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson sought more federal prosecutions of gun crimes.
Engineers and executives from T-Mobile flew into the city after WFAA-TV reported that a baby sitter had trouble reaching 911 when a 6-month-old boy named Brandon needed medical assistance. The sitter was left on hold for 30 minutes. Brandon later died.
“It’s important that we try with all our might to hire people who are mirroring our communities,” says police Commander Dave Bertini in Menlo Park, Ca., “You’re dealing with people of different cultures, different backgrounds, different experiences, who perceive things differently.”
Officer Houston Largo was killed answering a domestic violence call. Tribal officers patrol the rural roads alone. That can leave them without backup during a life-or-death situation, especially in circumstances where the nearest fellow officer is more than an hour away.
Next week, Texas legislators will begin examining a package of bills aimed at cooling off the strained relations between cops and civilians, after a year in which the state suffered the deadliest attack on law enforcement in America since 9/11.
Police Chief James Craig said that when the officers approached a man who was “acting fidgety,” he pulled a handgun and opened fire. The incident happened in the same area where a Wayne State University officer was killed last November.
All but a handful of trainees graduate from the academy and become cops, raising concerns about how rigorous and selective the department is in inducting new officers. Over a recent four-year period, the academy graduated more than 97 percent of its recruits, compared with a national average of 86 percent.
Chicago police expand their unique drug diversion program that began in early 2016. Until now, the program was limited to people who were caught selling small quantities of drugs — mostly to pay for their own drug habits. Friday, cops offered treatment to heroin buyers.