A federal indictment charged that three officers beat a 22-year police veteran and a fourth officer lied to a grand jury about the incident. It happened last year amid protests after another officer was acquitted of murder charges in a fatal shooting.
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New Jersey cops were ordered by state officials almost two decades ago to document all incidents when police used force. A team of reporters built a database after locating the reports and found what they called a “monument to failure.”
Since 1980, the U.S. has recorded 248,933 unsolved homicides, and the number is growing ominously each year. An expert on cold-case investigations writes that a forthcoming federal “Best Practices Guide” offers a path forward—if police are willing to take it.
Raimundo Atesiano, the former Biscayne Park, Fl., police chief who directed his officers to frame innocent black men for a series of unsolved burglaries, was sentenced to three years in prison. Atesiano admitted he wanted to appease community leaders and polish the village’s property crimes record.
Little-known sheriff’s lieutenant Alex Villanueva upsets incumbent Los Angeles County sheriff Jim McDonnell. Villaneuva campaigned in the independent race as a Democrat. A supporter says anti-Trump sentiment by Latinos was key.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross has doubled down on his fiery criticism of an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit over the city’s gang database. Gross says the ACLU is ignoring the MS-13 gang’s “atrocities.”
The borough of East Pittsburgh, Pa., will close its police department this coming Saturday, and the Pennsylvania State Police will take over. The move follows the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose, 17, by East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, who is charged with homicide.