“You don’t want to give up. You want to catch the (driver),” said criminologist Geoffrey Alpert of the University of South Carolina. “Now the problem with that is the risk factors — traffic, congestion, this guy’s blowing lights. Every intersection is like playing Russian roulette.”
New King County, Wa., Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht wants to bring unity and healing to an office bruised by sexual-misconduct allegations leveled at former Sheriff John Urquhart and scarred by what several deputies say has become a toxic work environment.
A sheriff’s deputy in suburban Denver’s Douglas County was killed and four others were wounded. The gunman, Matthew Riehl, had made veiled threats against professors at the University of Wyoming law school, where he earned a degree.
John Hayden, 55 and a St. Louis native, is picked over three outside candidates and two internal ones after a national search to replace Sam Dotson. Lawrence O’Toole, the interim chief, was one of the finalists.
The total–128 through Thursday–is the second-lowest in 50 years. Geoffrey P. Alpert, who researches high-risk police activities, explained, “We’re starting to see the impact of all this new training and equipment, and a shift because of the overall concern for officer safety.”
Five South Florida cities have hired female police chiefs in the past 18 months, reflecting a national trend. Gender parity is still a distant goal: Just 16 of the 300-plus top cops in Florida are women.
An encounter between two Pasadena, Ca., police officers and a black motorist has reignited the heated debate over how police use force and sparked outrage in a city with long-simmering complaints about how law enforcement treats African-American men.
As demographics shift, activity that was previously considered normal becomes suspicious, and newcomers—many of whom are white—are more inclined to get police involved. Loitering, people hanging out in the street, and noise violations often get reported, especially in racially diverse neighborhoods.