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    A Utah cop who showed off explicit photos of a sexploitation victim days before she was murdered has been fired from the force, his police chief has confirmed. University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey, 21, went to campus cops in October 2018 because she was terrified of twisted ex Melvin Rowland, 37, a sex offender who was blackmailing her and would later kill her. While he was supposed to be helping her, university police officer Miguel Deras kept explicit photos of McCluskey — bragging to colleagues that he could “look at them whenever he wants,” an investigation concluded, according to The Salt Lake Tribune, the paper which first revealed the scandal. Deras showed them off to at least three...
    The Associated Press’ Amy Forliti writes: “A Minneapolis commission decided Wednesday to take more time to review a City Council amendment to dismantle the Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death, ending the possibility of voters deciding the issue in November. Members of the Charter Commission expressed concern that the process to change the city’s charter was being rushed after Floyd died following an encounter with police. While several commissioners said changing the Police Department was necessary, they said the amendment before them was flawed. Several said it faced legal barriers, was created without input from key community members who oppose it, and that it gave too much power to the City Council.” At WCCO-TV Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield says,...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – An outside review of Fort Worth’s police department found officers are not consistently following policies to de-escalate situations to avoid using force, and that the department is not enforcing those policies. The review also found the police department has a deeper lack of trust with communities of color, and low income communities. Read The Report The expert review panel is scheduled to present the interim findings to the city council Tuesday afternoon. The city commissioned the review last year, after the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson. The 28-year-old was shot inside her mother’s home by former officer Aaron Dean. He is waiting for trail on a murder charge. The police department announced last week...
    Anaheim Police Chief Jorge Cisneros is declining to implement recommendations from two police review groups that could affect the accuracy of officers’ testimonies following shootings. The city’s community-driven Police Review Board and the external Office of Investigative Review Group recommended that the police department have officers provide testimony the day a critical incident occurs, rather than within seven days, which is the current policy. The OIR Group also recommended that officers not be shown body-cam footage from incidents they’re involved in before providing their statement. Those recommendations were presented at this week’s council meeting as part of both groups’ annual reports. “In our view, it makes sense to have that statement occur much sooner to reduce the chance that anything...
    SEATTLE (AP) — A King County judge has revised his ruling, ordering Friday that either he or a special master first will conduct a review of five Seattle news outlets’ unpublished protest photos and videos before deciding whether any should be turned over to Seattle police for an ongoing criminal investigation. Superior Court Judge Nelson Lee said he added the provision for the review of the news images — taken during a protest May 30 downtown by journalists for The Seattle Times and television stations KIRO, KING, KOMO and KCPQ — after grappling with his July 23 ruling that the media outlets must comply with a police subpoena. Despite the revisions, Seattle Times Executive Editor Michele Matassa Flores said the...
    This story is a reporting partnership between WBEZ Chicago public radio and Chalkbeat Chicago. CHICAGO — In the midst of a heated debate last year about whether police officers should work in Chicago’s public schools, district leaders agreed to pay up to the full salary and benefits of staff assigned to the $33 million program, even though they are police department employees. Chalkbeat Chicago and WBEZ have learned that the school district agreed to pay $152,000 per police officer and $172,000 per sergeant on a 12-month contract. School is in session for 10 months, and officers have other police department duties during the summer months and other times they are not in schools. On Wednesday, in response to months of reporters’ questions...
    Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump’s campaign has frozen a majority of its TV spending less than 100 days before the 2020 election. A campaign official said the demotion of former campaign manager Brad Parscale has led them to start a “review” and “fine-tuning” of their re-election strategy. “With the leadership change in the campaign, there’s understandably a review and fine-tuning of the campaign’s strategy. We’ll be back on the air shortly, even more forcefully exposing Joe Biden as a puppet of the radical left-wing,” a Trump campaign official told NBC News. Parscale was demoted from campaign manager to being a senior adviser on the campaign on July 15, while deputy campaign manager Bill Stepien was promoted. Nearly every nationwide poll has Trump...
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.Win McNamee | Getty Images President Donald Trump's campaign has virtually disappeared from the airwaves as it undertakes "a review and fine-tuning of the campaign's strategy" as an official put it after the replacement of campaign manager Brad Parscale. With less than 100 days until Election Day, the Trump campaign spent virtually nothing on television or radio ads on Wednesday and Thursday, according to data from Advertising Analytics. And it has effectively nothing booked through August. Meanwhile, Joe Biden's campaign has spent $3.9 million over those two days and has another almost $6 million booked through the end of August. When asked...
    Police in New Jersey are investigating an incident involving two officers who were seen on video pulling a 15-year-old boy from his bicycle and pinning him to the ground during an arrest over the weekend, officials said. Ridgewood Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit is probing Saturday’s arrest of the teenager, who was with a “large group of bicyclists in the road obstructing traffic and causing safety hazards,” according to a Sunday press release. Officials said he and the group tried to evade police, who eventually caught up to them. But after the officers stopped the cyclists, the teen “disregarded the safety of others and began to pass the Officer as the Officer was speaking with the group," police said. NYPD: 303...
    Federal security forces during a demonstration in Portland: REUTERS The UK government has given the green light for the export of British tear gas and rubber bullets to the US despite the continuing use of force against protesters – and warnings from the United Nations. Whitehall officials secretly suspended the issue of new arms export licences to the US for a month at the height of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations so a review could be carried out amid concerns about police conduct, The Independent can reveal. But the review, which the government has refused to make public or comment on, concluded that the violence did not amount to “internal repression”. US police have used gas and rubber bullets...
              Minnesota’s House and Senate approved the SSHF1 amendment last Monday, a big bill positioned to issue widespread police reform throughout the state. Since its passage 102-29 in the House and 60-7 in the Senate, the bill now rests in the hands of Governor Tim Walz. SSHF1 is as long as it is weighty in its impact, with around 15 action items up for approval. Not only does it endeavor to further define legal use of force, but it creates and funds an administrative host of units, councils, and boards. It establishes: peer counseling and critical incident stress management for officers; the Use of Force Investigations Unit to review officer-involved deaths, potential conflicts of interest,...
    London (CNN)Police are reviewing a string of anti-Semitic messages allegedly posted by the British grime musician Wiley on social media.The artist has received a seven-day Twitter ban and has been dropped by his management company as a result of the comments, according to PA Media. When asked to comment on Wiley's remarks, the Metropolitan Police referred CNN to a statement that reads: "We have received a number of reports relating to alleged anti-Semitic tweets posted on social media."The Met takes all reports of anti-Semitism extremely seriously. The relevant material is being assessed," it added. After he was given a shorter ban for posting a series of comments on Friday, Twitter decided to block him from his account for a week...
    Cold Spring Mayor Dave Merandy said he wants “everyone to relax a bit” as the village prepares to review its Police Department in compliance with a state requirement that municipalities review their law-enforcement policies and operations.  The issue, he said at the Tuesday (July 21) meeting of the Village Board, has prompted “a few more emails than usual” in his inbox. Merandy said Larry Burke, the officer-in-charge of the Cold Spring Police Department, plans to attend a July 27 meeting with officials from Putnam County and other local police forces. “He wants to see how other villages and towns will handle the review,” the mayor said. “Once he knows, we’ll move forward.” The state order, issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo...
    Families of victims of Canada's deadliest shooting have called a planned review of the April incident "wholly insufficient". The shooting, where a gunman posing as a police officer went on a rampage across Nova Scotia, left 22 dead. A three-member panel will review what occurred, the police response and recommend preventative measures. But many family members are concerned about the limits of the inquiry and say they feel excluded by it. "I'm not really happy. I really feel that a full inquiry is necessary," Charlene Bagley, who lost her father, Tom Bagley, in the shooting, told the CBC. "We all deserve the truth and full transparency and I don't feel like we're going to get that." Since the...
    DENVER (AP) – An Aurora police officer fired for his reaction to photos appearing to mock the death of a Black man who was stopped by police last year says he was denied a review hearing before he was terminated as required by city and police regulations. In a lawsuit filed on the eve of his firing, Jason Rosenblatt asked a judge to declare he had a right to an independent review board hearing before being disciplined by Aurora police. According to the lawsuit, interim police Chief Vanessa Wilson said she had discretion on whether to hold a hearing. (© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    COLUMBUS (AP) — A thorough research-based review will be conducted to evaluate Columbus’ preparedness, communication and response to protests, according to City Attorney Zach Klein. The review will be similar to those conducted in cities like Charlottesville, Virginia, following the death a counterprotester in 2017, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Klein said that the review will be lead by Carter Stewart, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, with the assistance of the John Glenn College and will be funded mostly by the police division’s drug seizure account. The review will cost $250,000, with about $49,000 coming from the city's general fund and over $200,000 from the seizure account. “It’s a process where businesses, protesters, police all could look...
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka City Council has banned the use of no-knock warrants by law enforcement within city limits. The council voted 8-to-1 Tuesday night to adopt the ordinance banning the controversial practice, the Capital-Journal reported. Police Chief Bill Cochran has said this department already had a policy of not allowing no-knock warrants before the ban was made local law. A no-knock warrant is an order from a judge that allows police to enter a home without ringing a doorbell or banging on the door. The practice has come under increasing scrutiny following the March 13 death of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police conducting a no-knock warrant at her home in Louisville, Kentucky. Topeka's new...
    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There were calls Tuesday for a citizens complaint review board on Long Island, in the aftermath of a police-involved fatal shooting in 2018. Two other people came forward claiming they, too, experienced excessive force by the same officer, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported. “I’m here today to hopefully get justice for my husband, Walter Kellogg,” Terry Kellogg said. Terry Kellogg claims there was no reason for police to kill her husband in 2018, adding he was suicidal, threatening himself with a knife, but not police. “My husband didn’t deserve to get shot six times,” Terry Kellogg said. The case was being presented to a grand jury as two other women spoke out Tuesday, claiming they, too,...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – In a unanimous vote Monday night, Aurora City Council adopted a resolution calling for an independent investigation into Elijah McClain‘s death. Jonathan Smith of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs was selected to lead the investigation. Elijah McClain (credit: Mari Newman) From 2010 to 2015, Smith helped investigate civil rights violations by law enforcement for the United States Department of Justice. Smith also helped lead the civil investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department following the death of Michael Brown. The investigation into McClain’s death will include a three-member team with at least three additional consultants. Council members said they are looking for panelists with backgrounds in civil rights, criminal justice and...
    Voters in Ohios capital city would decide on the creation of an independent civilian review board to investigate police misconduct, according to a proposal Monday by the Columbus mayor, prosecutor and city council president. The board would direct, fund and staff an independent Inspector General department that would investigate allegations of misconduct and other police actions. The board would have subpoena powers and authority to conduct independent investigations and recommend disciplinary action, said Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther. Ginther said Columbus, the biggest city in Ohio and among the largest in the U.S., is one of the few big cities without some form of civilian police overnight. The City Council was expected to approve the measure Wednesday, which would place it...
    An NYPD officer arrives for the funeral service of fallen NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen at the Church of St. Rosalie, February 20, 2019 in Hampton Bays, New York. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) In recent weeks, following the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, so many family members, friends, colleagues, and even strangers have asked me the same question: “What can I do?” The answer goes beyond any one action step for any one person or institution. Addressing the systemic racism, injustice, and inequities that exist in and outside of this country is a multi-faceted endeavor. But there’s one major step that everyone who cares about police accountability ought to pursue: advocating...
    A 15-member citizen group in Virginia’s Arlington County will review and report on police practices and policies following recent racial justice rallies across the country. The review will “ensure that the Arlington County Police Department is current with policing best practices and continue to build trust between our police and the community,” Arlington County said in a news release. The first step includes an external review and assessment of current policies and practices in six key areas including use of force, training and supervision, cameras, recruitment and retention, internal affairs and data on arrests and stops over the past three years. This external assessment will begin on Monday, July 20 and will be led by Marcia K. Thompson, attorney and...
    Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks with a BLM demonstrator outside city hall on June 2, 2020.Marlo Miller Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced recommended changes to the city’s largely toothless police Citizen Review Board (CRB), but City Council will have to vote on them before they are enacted. Castor—flanked by Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan and current CRB chair Rasheed Ali Aquil—made the announcement during a 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon press conference where media was asked to submit questions by text message. Among the notable recommendations made by Castor on Thursday: The police hiring process will be reviewed with, and by the CRB moving forward The CRB will also participate in a newly formed TPD interview panel made up of...
    Body camera footage from three Union County police departments will be reviewed in a new program designed to improve training. The Union County Prosecutor's Office will be reviewing footage from Roselle, Cranford and Plainfield police departments as part of the 90-day program. Law enforcement agencies that utilize body cameras have greater officer accountability, safety and a “quicker resolution of civilian complaints,” officials said. Footage from DUI traffic stops, mental health crisis calls and incidents of police upholstering their firearms will be reviewed. Data collected during the program will influence policy and training decisions for departments throughout the county with a goal of eventually expanding the program to allow every county agency to participate. The program is intended to teach officers about...
    The recent retraction of a research paper which claimed to find no link between police killings and the race of the victims was a story tailor-made for today’s fights over cancel culture. First, the authors asked for the paper to be withdrawn, both because they’d been “careless when describing the inferences that could be made from our data” and because of how others had interpreted the work. (In particular they pointed to recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal with the headline, “The Myth of Systemic Police Racism.”) Then, after two days of predictable blowback from those decrying what they saw as left-wing censorship, the authors tried to clarify: “People were incorrectly concluding that we retracted due to either...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Nearly a year after the Baltimore Police Department unveiled its five-year crime plan, homicides are nearly on pace with 2019’s record-breaking number but overall violent crime and property crime are down, data from the department shows. As of Wednesday, there have been 175 homicides in the city in 2020 compared with 177 at the same point in 2019. This year had been trending slightly higher than in 2019, which saw the highest number of per-capita homicides in the city’s history, RELATED COVERAGE: Baltimore Homicides Continue To Pace Ahead Of Record-Breaking 2019, Police Say Baltimore Breaks City Record For Killings Per Capita In 2019 Emotional Vigil Remembers Baltimore’s 348 Homicide Victims Of 2019 Mayor, Commissioner Address Baltimore’s...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana State Police are reviewing allegations that a white Capitol Police officer reached for his handgun while confronting a Black state senator inside the Statehouse over the weekend, an agency spokesman said Tuesday. The incident happened Saturday while Democratic Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary was taking part in a rally sponsored by the Indiana Racial Justice Alliance. The event started outside the Statehouse, but Melton and another senator led the few dozen people taking part inside the building when a thunderstorm arrived. The Statehouse has been closed to the public during the coronavirus outbreak, but Democratic Sen. J.D. Ford of Indianapolis, who is white, said private security staff allowed the group inside before calling to the area...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana State Police are reviewing allegations that a white Capitol Police officer reached for his handgun while confronting a Black state senator inside the Statehouse over the weekend, an agency spokesman said Tuesday. The incident happened Saturday while Democratic Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary was taking part in a rally sponsored by the Indiana Racial Justice Alliance. The event started outside the Statehouse, but Melton and another senator led the few dozen people taking part inside the building when a thunderstorm arrived. The Statehouse has been closed to the public during the coronavirus outbreak, but Democratic Sen. J.D. Ford of Indianapolis, who is white, said private security staff allowed the group inside before calling to the area...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana State Police are reviewing allegations that a white Capitol Police officer reached for his handgun while confronting a Black state senator inside the Statehouse over the weekend, an agency spokesman said Tuesday. The incident happened Saturday while Democratic Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary was taking part in a rally sponsored by the Indiana Racial Justice Alliance. The event started outside the Statehouse, but Melton and another senator led the few dozen people taking part inside the building when a thunderstorm arrived. The Statehouse has been closed to the public during the coronavirus outbreak, but Democratic Sen. J.D. Ford of Indianapolis, who is white, said private security staff allowed the group inside before calling to the area...
    The Long Island couple who were on the run after an alleged racially-charged assault at a Connecticut hotel last night have been located by law enforcement in Brooklyn. Philip Sarner and Emily Orbay, who do not have primary addresses but are known to reside primarily in Nassau County, were taken into custody by U.S. marshals following the incident on Friday, June 26. It is alleged that Sarner and Orbay attacked an African American employee at the Quality Inn in Mystic, Connecticut, prompting a brief manhunt that ended with their arrests on Monday, July 13. It is alleged that after complaining of not having hot water in their room, the couple’s victim, 59-year-old Chrystal Caldwell, who was working at...
    STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — An independent investigator is reviewing the Stonington police department’s handling of the alleged assault of a Black hotel worker by a white couple last month. The incident occurred at the Quality Inn in Mystic on June 26. The Day reports surveillance video shows the man attacking 59-year-old Crystal Caldwell in a hallway. Caldwell allegedly suffered a concussion and eye, face, rib and back injuries. The suspects, who are from New York, have been charged by the New London State's Attorney's Office with assault and bias intimidation and are at large. Both sought treatment at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London but were released and returned to the hotel to get their belongings and left. The...
    Portland, Oregon, authorities are looking how they might reform police in the City of Roses – and ideas include a civilian board of police commissioners or a community-controlled oversight board, according to a local report. Lawmakers around the country have called for law enforcement reforms since George Floyd, a Black man, died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes on May 25. Demands have ranged from reforming police departments with additional training and oversight to defunding or dismantling them entirely. FLORIDA POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT SEND COPS TO NON-VIOLENT CALLS In Portland, Democratic City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is supporting a ballot measure that would replace the city’s police oversight authority...
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo city leaders have asked North Dakota’s top law enforcement officer to investigate the city’s former deputy police chief, who went undercover without telling anyone during a May gathering in memory of George Floyd. Deputy Chief Todd Osmundson resigned following a May 30 gathering that turned violent. Documents released by the police department showed that several officers were upset to see the 31-year veteran of the force change out of his police uniform and into civilian clothes to infiltrate protesters. Osmundson initially was suspended for his actions but later resigned. KFGO radio reports the city requested North Dakota’s attorney general refer the matter to the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation for an investigation into Osmundson’s actions,...
    WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police chief accused by his two captains of a pattern of racism, sexism and other misconduct should take steps to be “more appropriate and professional” — but his actions don't warrant formal discipline, an attorney hired by his township determined Tuesday. The outside review of West Chester Township Police Chief Joel Herzog included admissions by Herzog that he called Middle Easterners “terrorists,” Indians “dots” and referred to a Latino officer as “brown Mike.” Attorney David Duckett's review also confirmed allegations lodged by the officers and their attorney that Herzog called Black people who interacted with police “Number 2s,” FOX19 reported, and “at times commented on the attractiveness of women to subordinates.” In...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Police chief is asking the FBI to investigate a man's shooting death at the hands of officers. Chief Jeri Williams announced Tuesday that she is requesting the agency conduct an independent probe to see if 28-year-old James “Jay” Garcia's civil rights were violated during the July 4 shooting. Authorities say officers were called to a home Saturday afternoon in Phoenix's Maryvale neighborhood about a suspect in an attempted stabbing targeting the victim again. Officers spoke with Garcia, who was sitting in a parked car on the driveway. Police say officers commanded Garcia to exit the vehicle. He instead allegedly rolled up the window and brandished a handgun. Police say he told an officer to shoot...
    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The local investigation related to the death of a 23-year-old Black man who died after police stopped him on the street in suburban Denver will focus on first-responder training and policies as the state attorney general's probe looks at whether criminal charges are warranted, Aurora city councilors and staff said Monday. City councilors discussed their plans during a study session, when no votes are taken, the Colorado Sentinel reported. The city is looking at having a committee that includes experts on civil rights, criminal justice and medical assistance in police calls conduct the review. The city had hired a Connecticut-based attorney and former police officer to examine McClain's 2019 death but that deal was canceled following...
    MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Muncie police officers fatally shot a man who pointed a BB gun resembling a handgun at them, Indiana State Police said. The confrontation happened about 2 a.m. Sunday after the officers responded to a call to check on a possibly suicidal man on the city’s south side, state police said. The man identified as 30-year-old Taylor Christian Warner was found sitting inside a car and got out holding what appeared to be a handgun that he pointed at an officer. Police said officers fired at Warner after he didn’t follow commands to drop the gun. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. State police investigators determined Warner had been holding a BB gun that did not...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has hired a Chicago firm to perform a comprehensive review of the city's police department amid weeks of protests. The firm Hillard Heintze will perform the “top-to-bottom review" of the Louisville Metro Police Department, Fischer said in a statement. “It is clear we need to reimagine what policing looks like, and that includes taking deep, hard looks to see what’s working well, and what we can be doing better,” Fischer said. Protests have continued for weeks to call for police reform after emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in her home on March 13. One of the three officers who shot into her home has been fired, and...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Police Department will undergo an independent, outside review of its operations in an effort to improve community policing, protect civil rights and reduce violent crime, city officials said Wednesday. The review was announced by Mayor Lyda Krewson, Public Safety Director Judge Jimmie Edwards, and Police Commissioner Chief John Hayden, in partnership with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. “This is about acknowledging that Black Lives Matter, and that in our City, far too many Black lives are lost to violence,” Krewson said in a statement. “It is about believing that community policing and the duty to intervene are essential, and that continued de-escalation, implicit bias, and racial equity training are critical.” ...
    Producers of cancelled cop show Live PD allowed police agencies to review and eliminate some footage before it aired, according to a bombshell report published by The Daily Beast.  The popular A&E program - which was axed last month amid a wave of anti-police sentiment - was billed as 'a transparent look into policing in America' as it proclaimed to broadcast unfolding arrests 'live' on air.  However, according to the new report published Thursday, 'the show had at least a 10- to 25-minute delay between when footage was filmed and when it appeared on TV'.  Some segments were allegedly 'filmed and edited days in advance' and producers would often send police agencies the clips to ask for their approval.  The...
    ALAMEDA — The nationwide civil unrest over race and police is prompting the City Council to look at whether changes are needed on what kind of calls officers respond to and how they interact with people of color. “We are at a political moment, where we can’t wait anymore,” resident Lean Deleon told the council during a special virtual meeting Monday, when the council decided unanimously to create a committee to review police interactions with the community, and especially when officers should be dispatched. Among the items that will be on the table are what’s being called “unbundling” current police services, or creating a system where patrol officers only will respond to criminal calls, such as those involving violence, and...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Alameda city attorney says the officers involved in handcuffing and pinning down a black man for 'dancing in the street' can't be fired.Mali Watkins is the man who was pinned down by officers on May 23rd. In a meeting Monday night the city attorney said, "The first question councilmember Oddie inquired about was could councilmembers ask the city managers or police chief to take any kind of disciplinary or termination action against any of the officers? No that would be a violation of the charter."RELATED: Unarmed black man handcuffed by Alameda police for 'dancing in the street'The City of Alameda held a special council meeting Monday night to address separating services currently delivered by the...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — An Oakland police officer has been arrested for allegedly stalking a city employee while making harassing phone calls and threats, the department announced Monday evening. While releasing few details, the department said it was launching a series of investigations into the matter — both internal and criminal — and that the civil review board would also being looking into the charges. Police said the incident stems from “a former relationship” while not identifying the officer or the alleged victim. No time frame was released as to when the harassment and threats began. Nor did the department say whether or not police access to information was being improperly used. “The Oakland Police Department holds all our officers...
    Responding to protests demanding reform, law enforcement leaders in Alexandria, Virginia, say they’re taking a hard look at their practices and promise improvements in policing. The city conducted an online forum Monday night featuring Mayor Justin Wilson, Police Chief Michael Brown and Chief Deputy Shelbert Williams of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office. “We have to look at what we’re doing to make sure we’re doing it right and treating people with respect, especially those of color,” Brown said. “Black and brown individuals and others in our community need a voice. They need to understand that we need to respect them and we need to ensure that we’re doing it the right way.” Brown said police are re-examining their training and working...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police in Stillwater say they will be reviewing an incident between a woman and an “Aryan Cowboys” motorcycle gang over the weekend. According to police, a woman was having dinner in downtown Stillwater Saturday evening when she made contact with a man wearing motorcycle gang clothing with “Aryan Cowboys” displayed on it. According to the police report, the woman said that the man, and others, pointed at her and said “we’ve got our eye on you” and “we’re watching you.” Police said the woman “became uncomfortable” and was then escorted to her vehicle by employees of the restaurant and a Stillwater police officer. While en route to her vehicle, the woman reported that more...
    Hong Kong police arrested dozens of protesters Sunday during a demonstration against a controversial national security bill, which China’s legislature has begun to review. A crowd of several hundred opponents of the bill gathered for what was planned as a “silent protest” in the Kowloon district while armed riot police kept watch, Reuters reported. POMPEO: US IMPOSES RESTRICTIONS ON CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY LEADERS UNDERMINING HONG KONG AUTONOMY Protesters ignored police warnings to disperse and began chanting slogans, police said on Facebook. Pepper spray was used to break up the crowd after some protesters charged at police lines in a street of Mong Kok, according to police. Police said 53 protesters were arrested and charged with unlawful assembly. The planned law...
    Famous people whove had COVID-19 House passes sweeping policing bill Regional Agreement With Local Police Under Review Following Park Police Treatment of Protesters The force Park Police officers have used against protesters could cost the agency its working relationship with some local police departments. In a statement to News4, Metropolitan Washington's Council of Governments confirms it is now planning to review the regional mutual aid agreement which governs those relationships. © Provided by NBC Washington D.C. "Mutual aid among local, state, and federal public safety agencies is critically important in order to share resources across borders to respond to emergencies," said a COG spokesperson, adding that the "agreements are based on trust  amongst the parties, which is essential in...
    Colorado is to re-examine the death of a young black man in police custody after growing outrage and a petition signed by more than two million people. Governor Jared Polis said confidence in law enforcement was "incredibly important now more than ever". Elijah McClain died after being put in a chokehold and injected with ketamine in Denver last year. His case is among several to receive renewed attention following the death of George Floyd last month. Mr Floyd's alleged murder by Minneapolis police has prompted a wave of demonstrations worldwide against police brutality and institutional racism. The last 30 minutes of George Floyd's life Three facts that help explain anger in the US Timeline of US police killings ...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond outlined Wednesday the state’s plans to analyze data on policing in schools. Thurmond said state education officials will review a swath of research and data on how the presence of police officers on campus affects public school students. Thurmond acknowledged that studies have already shown that having police on campus leads to more suspensions and arrests of students, and black students in particular. Thurmond also announced that he established a task force of legislators, researchers, advocacy groups and law enforcement representatives that will focus on the effect of police officers on school campuses. “We recognize this is a complicated issue,” Thurmond said. “There should never be a time...
    thebcmtampa/Instagram By far the most interesting meeting of the four-year-old Tampa Police Citizen Review Board occurred Tuesday evening at the Tampa Convention Center as dozens of mostly young residents packed the house to demand accountability from the police department and call for the head of Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan. Almost all of the public comment, which ran for the vast majority of the meeting, concerned recent clashes in the streets between police and protesters. D’Mario Edgecombe, one of the organizers of a June 4 demonstration downtown said police “came with a vision” to attack protesters when they used chemical weapons and projectiles on a large crowd near I-275. Both Mayor Castor and Dugan have said TPD have only...
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday his office will review at least 30 investigations of police use of deadly force to ensure they followed a new state law in the wake of the questionable handling of an investigation into the death of 33-year-old Manuel Ellis while in Tacoma police custody. Police in Washington state have used force in 2020 at least 30 times that resulted in death or serious injury to suspects, according to the attorney general’s office. Each incident was supposed to be investigated —independently, free of conflicts of interest and unnecessary secrecy about officers’ actions — under Initiative 940, a measure passed in 2018 that called for more public transparency and accountability to victims’...
    Metro Transit Police officers secure the entrance to L’Enfant Plaza station in D.C., Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) In the wake of nationwide calls for police reform, the Metro Transit Police are taking a step toward more oversight for their officers. During a special meeting Tuesday, Metro’s board of directors approved the formation of a panel that would review investigations conducted by the Metro Transit Police. The panel would include law enforcement officials from outside agencies as well as private citizens. The seven-member panel will consist of three outside police officers from D.C., Maryland and Virginia, who will hold a minimum rank of captain and will be appointed by the Metro Transit Police chief. Four civilians will...
    (CNN)The former Atlanta police officer accused of fatally shooting Rayshard Brooks was involved in a 2015 incident where a black man was presumably shot by officers during a car chase and arrest, according to court records and police incident reports obtained by CNN.Garrett Rolfe, currently facing felony murder and other charges for shooting and killing Brooks outside an Atlanta fast-food restaurant nearly two weeks ago, was one of three officers who in August 2015 fired their weapons at a suspect who was attempting to flee in a stolen truck, the court records indicate. The officers fired five shots, and the suspect, Jackie Jermaine Harris, was struck once in the back, according to court testimony obtained by CNN. However, only one...
    SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Families of victims shot and killed by Vallejo police officers spent the Monday afternoon outside the Solano County District Attorney's Office demanding the DA prosecute officers or recuse herself.If these families didn't know each other before, they do now."We're all members of a club that nobody wants to be a part of," said Kori McCoy, Willie McCoy's brother.Each family member is connected in some way to a person a Vallejo police officer shot and killed. All of them demanding Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams prosecute the officers or recuse herself."It's letting them know that we're not going nowhere," said Paula McGowan, Ronell Foster's mom.In 2018, Vallejo police shot Foster in the back, she says...
    When the Dragnet radio series moved to television in 1951, creator Jack Webb launched what would become one of the medium’s most enduring genres: the police procedural. The show established a heroic version of the LAPD in the minds of viewers that often had little to do with reality. Perry Mason, which debuted six years later, offered the other side of the story. Based on Erle Stanley Gardner’s detective novels, the legal procedural made it clear that the police and prosecutors were far from infallible, and that the American justice system could easily wrongfully convict people of dire crimes while the real perpetrators went free. The widespread evidence of police brutality and false incident reports that captured public attention in...
    One accused arsonist learned the hard way that if you’re going to wear your new shirt to torch a cop car, you may want to think twice about leaving a product review for your new threads. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department used Instagram, LinkedIn, and a photo left in a review on the e-commerce site Etsy to locate and arrest a woman shown hurling what appears to be “flaming debris” into a Philadelphia Police Department vehicle during a May 30th protest, ostensibly honoring the memory of George Floyd, a black man who died while in the custody of Minneapolis police. According to NBC Philadelphia, “Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, 33, faces two counts of felony arson…She is accused...
    The Minnesota State college and university system will convene a work group to examine what’s being taught in its law enforcement training programs following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Chancellor Devinder Malhotra said during Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting that the group will include faculty, campus administrators, students and community members. Their task will be to support the “critical examination of current law enforcement curricula and pedagogy using an anti-racism and equity-focused lens,” he said. Malhotra said that beyond reviewing law enforcement training, the system of 30 state colleges and seven universities will undergo ongoing anti-racism training and review its policies and procedures with an eye toward equity. Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder...
    Minneapolis (CNN)The actions of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin are being reviewed by state police conduct investigators, according to court documents filed Tuesday. In a letter to the Hennepin County District Court, an official from the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training requested records associated with the state's prosecution, indicating the standards board is "obligated to review the facts and circumstances of this matter."In wake of George Floyds death, Minnesota governor calls for state legislature to pass police reformChauvin was charged by prosecutors with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his alleged role in the May 25 death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. In eyewitness video footage of the police encounter involving Floyd, Chauvin was...
    A Minnesota board that licenses and set training standards for all peace officers in the state plans to review the death of George Floyd. The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) is required to review all misconduct complaints against licensed police officers. If the complaint is ruled justified, the board can revoke any officer’s license, the Star Tribune reported. Former Minneapolis police officers, from left, Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng All four Minneapolis police officers who have been charged in the May 25 death of Floyd were fired from the department, but they are still licensed Minnesota peace officers. The POST Board has asked the court for copies of the criminal complaints...
    Creative Commons/Flickr/Tony WebsterGov. Tim Walz and other DFL state leaders announced a package to address police reform and accountability in Minnesota on June 11. The package includes a number of proposed reforms, including but not limited to pairing of officers with a social worker (a “co-responder”), creating an independent investigation unit within the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for police-involved cases, and banning the use of all restraints or holds by law enforcement that purposely restrict a person’s airways or blood flow. According to Walz, the data show that these proposed reforms work in places around the country where they have already been in place. The package also calls for more accountability with the expansion of the Police Officers Standards and...
    Despite the over two weeks of protests stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Supreme Court refused to review a case that is directly applicable to police misconduct, NPR reports. READ MORE: Breonna’s Law passed unanimously by Louisville city council The doctrine of qualified immunity allows police to avoid prosecution in many misconduct cases. The Supreme Court developed the doctrine which is as follows: in a case of alleged police brutality was there excessive force and if so, did police recognize it as such because it violated a “clearly established” court ruling that expressly forbade such actions? NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 02: NYPD officers block the entrance of the Manhattan Bridge as hundreds protesting police brutality and...
    CHICAGO (AP) - A 20-member panel will review the Chicago Police Department’s policy governing when officers can use force and review cases where it may not have been necessary, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday. The panel held its first meeting last week and plans to meet virtually for the next eight weeks before making recommendations to the police superintendent and other leaders, officials said. Residents, activists and one high-ranking police official are among the group’s members. Lightfoot has said Chicago needs to speed up its police reform timeline following the death of George Floyd after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into the black man’s neck. On Monday, Lightfoot said the new working group was part of that...
    The Vallejo Police Department in the San Francisco Bay Area will undergo an “expansive review” by the California Department of Justice after recording 18 fatal officer-involved shootings in the past decade. Vallejo City Council on Tuesday approved a three-year agreement between the police department and the state justice department to work as part of a "collaborative effort to modernize and reform" use-of-force procedures and implement other changes to increase accountability and transparency for officers. This comes after the death of Sean Monterrosa, 22, of San Francisco, who was fatally shot around 12:30 a.m. on June 2 by an officer responding to reports about alleged looting taking place at a Walgreens pharmacy in Vallejo, Mercury News reported. SEATTLE AUTONOMOUS ZONE...
    The jaywalking arrest of two teenagers in Oklahoma has sparked an investigation after videos were released showing police aggressively detaining one of the teens before holding him to the ground as he pleads “I can’t breathe.” Police on Tuesday released bodycam footage from a Tulsa neighborhood on June 4 as police jump out of their patrol car to confront jaywalking suspects in a situation that quickly escalates. While the first teen is apprehended, his friend can be heard saying “Why are you choking him?” “All he was doing was jaywalking,” one officer responds to the teen. “We just want to talk with him. Then he had to act a fool like that.” The nearly 20-minute videos show an officer remaining...
    Community leaders in Tulsa, Oklahoma, spoke out Wednesday against a white police major who said systemic racism does not exist in law enforcement and officers shoot black citizens “less than we probably ought to be” based on crime statistics. Tulsa Police Department Maj. Travis Yates made the controversial remarks during an appearance earlier this week on “The Pat Campbell Show,” a local podcast. Yates was asked to weigh in on the state of law enforcement amid nationwide protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd. While Yates said he was citing research from outside sources rather than his personal opinion, the comments drew immediate condemnation from local officials. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum disavowed Yates’ comments in a Facebook post...
    TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Authorities in Oklahoma are investigating the arrest of two black teenagers who were accused by white police officers of jaywalking in a Tulsa neighborhood. Tulsa police on Tuesday released two body camera videos of the officers who handcuffed two black teenagers on June 4 around 5 p.m. for allegedly jaywalking after a video of their arrest went viral on social media. In one video, two officers approach the pair from behind who can be seen walking in the middle of the street in what appears to be a residential Tulsa neighborhood. Within seconds of contact, an officer begins trying to restrain one of the teens who becomes visibly frustrated. TOP STORIES Riots spurred by death...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department is withdrawing from police union contract negotiations. It’s the first step in what Chief Medaria Arradondo said would be transformational reforms to the agency in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Arradondo said Wednesday that a thorough review of the contract is planned. He said the contract needs to be restructured to provide more transparency and flexibility for true reform. The review would look at matters such as critical incident protocols, use of force, and disciplinary protocols including grievances and arbitration. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police chief: withdrawing immediately from police union negotiations; thorough contract review planned. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    New York (CNN)An 8-year-old boy handcuffed for carrying a stick. An 11-year-old black boy stopped and frisked after a handshake. A 17-year-old black boy pushed up against a fence for carrying a backpack.These are just a few recent substantiated allegations of misconduct against New York Police Department officers, according to a report by the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), a city agency that investigates and delivers findings on police misconduct complaints.The CCRB report released Monday examines 112 fully investigated complaints involving young New Yorkers between January 2018 and June 2019. Taken together, they illustrate the fraught relationship between police and young people of color and illustrates one reason people are protesting against systemic racism in policing."Sadly, after years of witnessing...
    In the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a working group is being formed to review Westchester County Police policies. Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced that a group of prominent county leaders and officials would form the working group to evaluate police processes and procedures as protests continue to erupt around the country. The working group already includes Westchester County Police Commissioner Thomas Gleason, Deputy Police Commissioner Terrance Raynor, some county residents, as well as Mayo Bartlett and Leroy Frazier, prominent African American lawyers. Latimer said that the working group will be comprised of: County and local police; Members of the Human Rights Commission; African American clergy; Justice advocates; Members...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California Department of Justice reforms to the Vallejo Police Department could be forthcoming after an officer shot and killed a 22-year-old man outside a Walgreens looting.Vallejo's Police Chief said the officer mistook a hammer in Sean Monterrosa's sweatshirt pocket for a gun.RELATED: Family speaks out after Vallejo police mistake hammer for gun and shoot, kill 22-year-oldMonterrosa's supporters rallied in San Francisco's Mission District Friday.His family is devastated that a Vallejo police officer shot and killed him early Tuesday morning."She got the phone call and they say, Sean is dead. I started crying and I said we need justice," said Sean's father, Neftali Monterrosa.That call came from Sean's girlfriend, not Vallejo police. Sean's sister says the police...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis’ police chief said Friday that his department is taking a look at officers’ training for responding to heated public protests while it investigates four officers caught on video using batons and pepper balls to subdue two women at a protest last weekend over the death of George Floyd. Chief Randal Taylor said the four officers involved in Sunday night’s incident have been reassigned to support duties and will have no contact with the public as the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department conducts an internal investigation. Taylor, who announced that probe Monday, said he hoped to have some results next week, and said officials are looking at whether the officers’ conduct was “reasonable.” He said the actions...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prosecutor in South Carolina said the investigation into the shooting death of a black teenager by a white Columbia police officer this spring is complete and he is reviewing to see if any charges will be filed. The shooting of Joshua Ruffin, 17, has been part of several days of protests at the South Carolina Statehouse which erupted after the May 25 death of George Floyd. Floyd died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving. Solicitor Byron Gipson said in a statement Wednesday that he will share his thoughts and evidence with the public after he reviews and decides what...
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The city of Louisville, Kentucky, plans to reach out for an independent review of its police department amid protests that erupted over the deaths of black people during encounters with police, the mayor said Wednesday. Officials plan to hire an outside group to perform a “comprehensive, top-to-bottom” review of the police department, Mayor Greg Fischer said. The evaluation comes two days after the shooting death of a black man in the city as police and National Guard soldiers tried to enforce a curfew. The police chief was fired after it came to light that officers involved in the shooting failed to activate their body cameras. The city has been hit by days of protests demanding justice...
    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing back against a Pentagon program that provides military equipment to local law enforcement departments, in the wake of nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd, according to a report. The bipartisan group of lawmakers are seeking a review of a Defense Department initiative that transfers hardware like bayonets and grenade launchers to police departments, the New York Times reported on Monday. The effort comes as images of the Floyd protests show law enforcement officials responding with riot gear and military vehicles. Former President Barack Obama placed limits on the Pentagon program but President Trump rolled those back in 2017. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said he would include an amendment to shut down the Pentagon...
    WASHINGTON – The mayor of the nation’s capital said Sunday that violence and vandalism from the previous night’s protests were committed by “an organized group that appeared more bent on destruction than protest.” Muriel Bowser also acknowledged what she described as the legitimate grievances of the peaceful protesters, incensed over the death of George Floyd and other black Americans killed in altercations with police officers. Bowser and Police Chief Peter Newsham toured the city around 3 a.m. Sunday, assessing dozens of broken windows, damaged storefronts and a few looted shops. TOP STORIES Retribution: Chinese state media calls violent U.S. protests a beautiful sight Asphyxiation not the cause of George Floyds death: Autopsy Pelosi wont take the bait on riots: I...
    BROOKLYN, NY -- An NYPD vehicle drove into a crowd of protesters in Brooklyn Saturday.One NYPD vehicle can be seen parked against a barrier in the middle of the street when a second NYPD vehicle drives into a large group. “NY’s Finest”. Disgusting. #BlackLivesMatter #riots2020 #JusticeForGeorgeFlyod pic.twitter.com/GP5vcXRlqy— Marco (@chieffymac11) May 31, 2020A law enforcement official said the officer hit the gas after realizing a flaming bag was on top of the vehicle.NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio later said police were surrounded and had to get away, but that he also found the video troubling.EMBED More News VideosNYC Mayor de Blasio said there were many things done right, but also some mistakes "I didn't like what I saw one it. I...
    Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., said on Sunday that the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis proves that "it is long overdue” for an internal review to be conducted at law enforcement agencies nationwide. “I do believe we are long overdue for every law enforcement agency in our nation to review itself and come out better than before,” Demings said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Demings previously served as the first female chief of the Orlando Police Department. POLICE CHIEFS ACROSS US CONDEMN OFFICERS INVOLVED IN GEORGE FLOYD DEATH “As we’ve dealt with misconduct involving police officers, that we’ve always tried to deal with it as an individual department or an individual city...
    New York CIty Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised an “independent review” after anti-cop riots in Brooklyn saw hundreds arrested and an NYPD van set on fire -- part of protests and riots across the country sparked by the death of George Floyd. “We need to get to the bottom of exactly what happened and how we can do things better,” de Blasio said at a press conference Saturday morning. “I'm going to initiate an independent review immediately of the events of last night. ... I want to know exactly what happened, why it happened and what can be done better.” NYPD VAN SET ON FIRE IN BROOKLYN AS ANTI-COP RAGE BOILS OVER IN NEW YORK According to the New York Post,...