Officers in Salem, Ore., are “problem-solvers” on the front line of a burgeoning homelessness problem. They say the city needs public storage for homeless people to temporarily secure their belongings and sobering stations where people can recover from alcohol, meth or opioids.
Amazon has joined the growing number of companies selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies, offering to “identify persons of interest against a collection of millions of faces in real-time.” Civil libertarians are nettled. “This is a perfect example of technology outpacing the law,” says the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
New Jersey police Sgt. Philip Seidle shot and killed his wife in 2015, three weeks after their divorce became final. A lawsuit by the victim’s children says police officials ignored numerous signs of his potential for violence, including a long record of excessive force complaints and 12 different calls for help from the victim, Tamara Wilson-Seidle.
An Amnesty International report says half of a sample of Belgian police officers surveyed identified the use of racial profiling by local police forces as a problem. While government officials pushed back against the report, the human rights organization said its results constitute a “cause for concern.”
The lack of adequate alternatives to jail or prison to help mentally troubled individuals who run afoul of the law is a “horrible American tragedy,” judges and prosecutors from around the country were told at a New York University School of Law conference.
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.