Houston’s City Council approved a $1.2 million settlement with the family of a black man fatally shot by a police officer, resolving litigation that exposed a pattern of cops absolved by internal affairs investigations for shooting unarmed people.
In 2019, Phoenix police officers shot at 15 people, a significant drop from 2018, when the department had the grim distinction of having the most police shootings in the nation. The police department made several policy changes that may have contributed to the decline.
Prosecutors in Fairfax County, Va., are pursuing a possible criminal case against two U.S. Park Police officers in the fatal shooting of unarmed motorist Bijan Ghaisar in 2017. The Justice Department declined to file charges in the case.
Pregnant black women who lived near the site of California officer-involved fatalities had babies sooner than mothers who weren’t exposed to such incidents during their pregnancies, researchers found. Those infants had significantly lower birth weights.
Federal prosecutors have decided not to file any criminal charges against two U.S. Park Police officers who fatally shot an unarmed motorist in Virginia in 2017. The officers fired nine times into a vehicle that drove away from them after a highway stop.
In an op-ed about avoiding tragedy in “suicide by cop” incidents, Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo calls for a new approach to training police on using guns in confrontations with disturbed people armed with knives.
Crime rates and police use of force are at historic lows in New York City, but this year police have fired their weapons far more often this year. The police commissioner says there’s no change in policy or pattern to explain it.
Former DeKalb County, Ga., police officer Robert “Chip” Olsen was sentenced to a 12-year prison term for killing an naked mentally ill Afghanistan war veteran. Olsen was acquitted of felony murder charges.
Almost one year after a San Bernardino, Ca., police officer shot to death a man who had put down his gun, the police chief said he was no longer on the force. The district attorney still is investigating.