A key sticking point was GOP resistance to rethinking qualified immunity for police officers, but negotiators couldn’t even agree on a “slimmed-down” version, remaining apart on issues like restrictions on the deadly use of force and the creation of a national database on officer misconduct.
In response to calls for reform, the University of California police force is creating independent accountability boards and other measures to boost transparency. But some students and profs say on-campus policing should be abolished altogether.
For over half a century, U.S. presidents of both parties have approved major spending on developing overseas police institutions. Now is a very good time to review that spending ― especially how it is being spent, writes the chair of a National Academies of Science Committee addressing global police reform, which released its first report last week.
While the appetite for police reform among advocates and policymakers has remained remarkably strong, many of the most popular reforms settle for quick fixes rather than research-backed measures that would have deeper, longer-lasting impacts, writes the Executive Director of the Task Force on Policing at the Council on Criminal Justice.
Three women now hold the most powerful jobs in UK policing. But as their counterparts in the U.S. have discovered, female law enforcement executives are often undermined by weak official support and activists who charge they have done little to curb aggressive policing.
Even before police “defunding” became a slogan, a number of cities were working on strategies that replace some policing functions with civilian personnel. Widespread coverage of one such program, called CAHOOTS, is an example of how the media can make a contribution to a debate that is fogged by partisan rhetoric, writes journalist Mark Obbie.
In light of recent studies showing that children are particularly susceptible to the common police practice of lying to suspects, as well as the high rate of resulting false confessions, Illinois moves to protect them.