Would anyone bring a 10-year old suffering from the flu to a doctor who had not been required to pass state-level medical boards? Two youth advocates wonder why there aren’t similar state agencies setting standards for police behavior with young people.
The mainstream press is less likely to favor authorities in cases of police misconduct, according to a study of how three newspapers reported on deadly use-of-force incidents. The shift in coverage is a key driver of debates over the future of policing, argues the forthcoming analysis in the Police Quarterly.
Video evidence has allowed prosecutors to bring criminal charges against officers involved in controversial shootings, but a recent series of acquittals demonstrates its limitations. “It’s not the end-all, be-all,” says the Milwaukee district attorney.
Five months before Michael Brown’s death, African-American students at his St. Louis high school gave one educator a striking lesson in the importance of empowering role models. The national debate since then continues to miss the point.
The phrase gained prominence after the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida in 2013, but a scholar suggests the police-involved death of Michael Brown near St. Louis propelled Black Lives Matter into a national movement.
Despite speculation that police anger over anti-cop protests following the 2014 killing of an unarmed young black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. led to an increase in crime, recent data shows no change in crime trends aside from an increase in robberies, researchers say.