Missouri Prof Gets Deferred Prosecution In Journalist Assault Case

The prosecutor in Columbia, Mo., has deferred the prosecution of a University of Missouri professor charged with assault for an altercation with journalists during protests on campus in November, reports the Columbia. Mo., Daily Tribune. Melissa Click, 45, an assistant professor of communication, agreed to a deal in which city Prosecutor Steve Richey will forgo prosecution for misdemeanor assault as long as she completes 20 hours of community service and does not break the law for one year. “This disposition is in keeping with my office's handling of dozens of similar municipal cases and adequately serves the interest of justice by ensuring the defendant will not engage in similar conduct,” Richey said. Click drew attention and widespread scorn after a video of her asking for “some muscle” to clear two student journalists, photographer Tim Tai and videographer Mark Schierbecker, on Nov.

CT Police Fired Stun Guns More At Minorities Than At Whites

Connecticut police officers last year fired stun guns at blacks and Hispanics at a higher rate than at white suspects, and warned but didn’t fire at white suspects at a higher rate than they did blacks or Hispanics, according to preliminary data from the first state to require police to document their use of stun guns. The new data come as police across the U.S. face increasing scrutiny over their use of force, after high-profile fatal shootings by officers, especially of black suspects. Although stun guns have been billed as non-lethal alternatives to guns, they have resulted in deaths, and reliable information on how police use them has been lacking. The figures were obtained by the Associated Press. State and municipal police reported 641 incidents involving stun guns last year, including 437 actual firings and 204 threats of use.

Racial Disparity In Philadelphia Police Screening Tied To One Psych Test

When Gerald Cooke heard that African Americans were less likely than whites to pass a psychological evaluation to become Philadelphia police officers, it sounded familiar. He tried to fix the same problem two decades ago, says the Philadelphia Inquirer. From 2011 to 2014, 72.5 percent of black police applicants passed the department’s psych evaluation, compared with 81.2 percent of white candidates. In the early 1990s, the disparity was even greater, said Cooke, a forensic psychologist. Then, the passing rate for black applicants was less than 80 percent of that for whites, failing to meet a guideline set by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.