The trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin has put America’s struggle with police misconduct and violent use of force on an international stage, underlining the complex landscape of policing today in our country. Even in the week preceding the Chauvin verdict, TCR found at least seven incidents involving violent police interaction with civilians.
Police and city officials claim State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s new push for justice reform, highlighted by her avoidance of low-level crime prosecutions, is a political stunt that distracts from an ongoing federal investigation into her finances and impedes the solving of serious crimes.
The Kentucky state legislature passed a bill on Tuesday setting restrictions on warrants authorizing entry without notice, more commonly known as no-knock warrants, limiting the circumstances in which they can be used but failing to outlaw them outright.
The city’s watchdog has found that the Chicago Police Department has “fallen critically short” on its vow to replace and improve its gang database, which reports have described as an error-laden tool of racial discrimination.
Commentators argue that African Americans in law enforcement can play a primary role in tackling the historic legacy of police racism. But first they have to get in the door. In interviews with The Crime Report, senior Black officers say police recruitment practices are riddled with both overt and implicit bias.
As Congress prepares to vote on the Justice in Policing Act for a second time, Massachusetts Democrats renew their efforts to remove an age-old protection that promotes systemic racism and a lack of accountability in policing.
A forthcoming paper in the Columbia Law Review argues that calls to disband or defund police agencies should not be dismissed out of hand. The authors argue that reassessing the function of institutions that are failing to live up to their mission “should be routine in a properly functioning democracy.”