Almost six months after Hurricane Maria, residents are still suffering from the breakdown of an already-troubled justice system, aggravated by a police walkout and a rise in domestic violence calls, according to the latest episode of John Jay College’s “Criminal Justice Matters” program. Experts said the island’s problems serve as a warning for other communities where climate change increases the risk and frequency of weather catastrophes.
Can changing the way cops think on the job make communities trust them more? The results of a Seattle experiment that trained officers to gather and process information differently showed participants made fewer arrests and were involved in fewer use-of-force incidents, according to a study released Wednesday.
A new policy approved recently by a coalition of law enforcement groups endorses the use of warning shots by police to de-escalate potentially deadly confrontations. The controversial issue broke into the open this week during a national meeting of police executives in Philadelphia. “I think it’s a stupid idea,” said one attendee.
Under the proposal, Austin cops would agree to expanded powers for the police monitor’s office and the Citizen Review Panel. A police watchdog group criticized the deal, saying contracts should not leverage accountability in exchange for money.
The firing of Chief Tom Lewis is the latest development in a bizarre case that has roiled the drowsy retirement town of Punta Gorda. An officer, believing he was firing blanks, shot and killed a retired librarian in August 2016 during a shoot/don’t shoot training exercise for citizens.
A preliminary draft report by the U.S. Department of Justice suggests that Milwaukee police communicate poorly, make too many traffic stops, and apply inconsistent standards when disciplining officers. The DOJ said the MPD has given too little attention to nurturing trust with “the people they protect and serve.”
Scotland Yard reports a recent spike in the use of force against black citizens. They make up just 13 percent of London’s population but were the targets 36 percent of the time when police used force in April, May and June.
The device, still in development, would allow a police officer to quickly check whether a cellphone had been in use before a crash. A civil liberties advocate called the technology “incredibly problematic.”