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Before Ferguson, it seemed a puzzle. Since the early 1990s, crime in the United States had fallen sharply. Yet public opinions of the police had not improved. Minorities in particular continued to take a critical view of police trustworthiness and fairness, despite the fact that minority communities benefited most from the crime decline. What, asked the small number of police officers and academics who puzzled over such things, was going on? Post-Ferguson, minority skepticism seems a lot less puzzling. Increased […]

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The LAPD and the End of Charlie Beck’s Honeymoon

By the summer of 2014, Charlie Beck should have been cakewalking on the road to being rehired for a second term as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). But it didn’t turn out that way. Instead, his reputation as a straight-shooting, stand-up guy with a sharp instinct for getting the right things done in the right way took a big hit—about which more shortly. But for most of his first five years as chief, that reputation had been […]

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Bratton: 'No Quick Fix' for Oakland PD

Last month, the Bratton Group released a report on its “findings and recommendations” for reforming the Oakland Police Department's structure, tactics and deployment to make it more effective in preventing and reducing crime. Oakland PD Chief Howard Jordan had resigned a day earlier. The report was commissioned at a time when Oakland was among the most violent U.S. cities. The Bratton Group is headed by William Bratton, who served from 2002 to 2009 as chief of the Los Angeles Police […]