Put on the firing line during Thursday’s presidential debates because of the police shooting in his city, South Bend, In., Mayor Pete Buttigieg admitted that efforts to make cops more accountable and avoid bias had failed. ‘I couldn’t get it done,’ he conceded, ensuring the issue of what he called “systemic police racism” will continue to have salience during the 2020 campaign.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and ten civil rights organizations complained that Attorney General William Barr scheduled a meeting with civil rights groups to discuss policing consent decrees but invited only a few organizations working on the issue.
Can integrity and ethical decision-making be an integral part of police officers’ training? Can it be sustained in the hard realities of police work? In a new podcast on policing, researchers and officers themselves offer candid assessments.
California legislators reacting to the shooting in Sacramento of Stephon Clark are weighing a pair of bills to reform police conduct that would precipitate a significant shift in officer training statewide.
A new algorithm software used by the NYPD, dubbed Patternizr, allows crime analysts stationed in each of the department’s 77 precincts to compare robberies, larcenies and thefts to hundreds of thousands of crimes logged in the NYPD’s database.
New Orleans, a city whose police department less than a decade ago ranked as America’s most corrupt, has become a pioneer in humanistic policing. Can its approach to greater accountability and community outreach work elsewhere?
Two years after the Trump Justice Department cooled on the prospect of a federal consent decree with the Chicago Police Department, a judge approved a similar agreement between the city and the Illinois attorney general.
Governing magazine spent six months examining the systems that promote racial segregation in several downstate Illinois cities. This look at policing shows what aggressive enforcement of minor offenses does over the long term.
When then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions shut down the Justice Department’s efforts to end bias in U.S. police departments, many police reformers lapsed into despair. But reform is alive and well across the country, if you look in the right places, says a policing scholar.
The use of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams and other forms of “militarized policing” doesn’t deter violent crime or provide the safety benefits (either to the public or to police officers) that many police administrators claim–and it disproportionately affects black communities, according to a study by the National Academy of Sciences.