A new, automated DNA testing tool, which speeds up the time it takes to analyze crime scene samples, is welcomed by law enforcement and supported by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The ACLU says it’s equivalent to a “nuclear bomb” aimed at privacy rights—and is unnecessary.
An estimated 10,000 pet dogs are shot by police officers in the line of duty each year. While officers usually explain the shooting of a pet as ‘self-defense,’ a California law professor argues that there is no requirement of public accountability to test their claims.
A chief of police is one of the nation’s toughest jobs today. Choosing the right one may be even tougher. As Los Angeles scouts a replacement for Charlie Beck, other cities might pick up some pointers.
The reflex reaction to cops caught lying on the witness stand is punishment. But if we really want to curb “testilying,” we need to look deeper at the systemic factors that make the practice all too common, says a Boston attorney.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is now recognized as a serious and sometimes deadly risk for police officers. But experts say law enforcement managers still have a long way to go in addressing the problem.
Some police chiefs have worried about a decline in crime reporting. In some at-risk neighborhoods and in some situations, it’s not hard to understand why cops aren’t called when an emergency happens, argues a TCR columnist.
It’s easy to see why the victims of domestic violence may see getting protective orders as a waste of time. But although there are limits to the protections such orders offer, they’re still valuable tools that can help keep victims safe, writes TCR’s legal affairs columnist.
The total–128 through Thursday–is the second-lowest in 50 years. Geoffrey P. Alpert, who researches high-risk police activities, explained, “We’re starting to see the impact of all this new training and equipment, and a shift because of the overall concern for officer safety.”