Cleveland police are operating under a 2015 federal consent decree after findings of civil rights violations, racial bias and excessive use of force by officers. The proposed new policy would require officers who use and observe force to provide a detailed account of what happened leading up to the force. It would also require an accounting of efforts to de-escalate the situation.
Among the many recent headlines concerning the travails of Seattle's police department, including what's called “de-policing,” one in particular stood out: “Report Cites Plunge in the [Seattle PD's] Enforcement of Low-Level Crimes.” The story's takeaway was that court filings for misdemeanor offenses in Seattle had dropped by almost 50 percent from 2005 to 2013. The revelation, according to the Seattle Times, “set off alarm bells in City Hall.” Mayor Ed Murray accused the department of participating in a “steep decline […]