Current Events

Upcoming training: Current event news articles listed below training section. 

Date/Time Event
09/06/2017 – 09/08/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing (Washington DC Area)
Fairfax Criminal Justice Academy
09/20/2017 – 09/22/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing (Oklahoma City, OK)
Oklahoma City Police Training Center, Oklahoma City OK



IA-101: Internal Affairs Investigations (Phoenix, AZ.)

National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Phoenix, AZ.

10/11/2017 – 10/13/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing (Phoenix, AZ)
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Phoenix AZ
10/31/2017 – 11/03/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-201: Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (Washington DC Area)
Fairfax Criminal Justice Academy
11/14/2017 – 11/17/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-201: Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (Phoenix)
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Phoenix AZ

July 25: Judge advises against removal of McKenzie County sheriff

WDAZ: BISMARCK ND— The special commissioner overseeing the proceedings to remove the McKenzie County Sheriff from office is recommending the governor dismiss the case.

In court documents, former U.S. Magistrate Karen Klein said she did not find sufficient cause for removal based on any of the allegations against Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger.

Mike Nowatzki, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Burgum, said there is no timeline or set date for when the governor will make a final decision on the matter but he said the governor knows the importance of coming to a quick resolution.

The sheriff was accused of misconduct, malfeasance, crime in office and gross incompetence, with the special prosecutor citing six instances of when this conduct allegedly occurred.

Schwartzenberger is still facing criminal charges for unauthorized use of a county credit card, which, if he were convicted, would bring back the removal proceedings. But without a jury verdict to date, Klein weighed the matter in her decision.

In her opinion, Klein said she did not think the criminal standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt would be met because she found “there was no evidence presented of willfulness” when Schwartzenberger broke county credit card use policy.

July 25: Garfield County (OK) Sheriff, five others indicted in inmate death

Enid News: The indictments allege that on or between June 4, 2016, and June 8, 2016, the crime of manslaughter in the second degree was feloniously committed in Garfield County by each defendant. The indictments accuse each defendant between those June dates of “willfully, unlawfully and without justifiable or excusable cause the death of Anthony DeWayne Huff, in a culpable and negligent manner, by causing/allowing Anthony DeWayne Huff to remain in a restraint chair for over 48 hours without adequate food or water” while in custody.

July 25: Sheriff investigates ‘disturbing’ claims of deputy misconduct with youth in mentoring program

LA Times: The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating allegations of misconduct involving a deputy and a member of the agency’s youth mentoring program.

The “alarming and disturbing” claims were discovered during a countywide review of the agency’s Deputy Explorer program and appear to be isolated, the department said in a statement released Tuesday.

July 25: Chicago Police to expand tech-based crime-fighting initiatives

Chicago Sun Times: Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Tuesday announced an expansion of technology-based initiatives that he said have helped reduce shootings by 13 percent citywide this year so far.

The Gresham District will be the latest district to have the ShotSpotter gun shot sensor program and the Strategic Decision Support Center. The programs allow analysts from the police department and the University of Chicago Crime Lab to review gunfire data and ultimately determine which areas need more officers. 

July 25: Baton Rouge police chief retiring after tension with mayor

(CNN)The top cop in the Baton Rouge Police Department submitted his letter of retirement to the city’s mayor on Monday, marking the second time a high-profile cop has stepped down in Louisiana’s capital city since the summer 2016 shooting death of Alton Sterling.

JULY 25: Psychological Tests Now Part of Police Interviews in South Carolina

Governing: Becoming a law enforcement officer in South Carolina will require psychological testing under a new requirement aimed at weeding out people not suitable for the job.

The board that oversees the state’s Criminal Justice Academy voted unanimously last week to mandate the screening for all aspiring officers. Starting Jan. 1, all law enforcement agencies’ potential new hires must bring proof of the testing to enroll for training.

July 25: NJ Police chief awarded $1.165M in whistleblower suit accusing mayor of meddling WEST WILDWOOD — The West Wildwood police chief has been awarded $1.165 million in her whistleblower suit against the Jersey Shore town.

Jacquelyn Ferentz said then-mayor Herbert Frederick repeatedly overstepped his authority by interfering in police business before and after she became acting chief in 2008. She accused the mayor of committing several illegal acts along the way.

July 25: BART officials withholding crime surveillance tapes for ‘fear of racial stereotyping’

FOX News: The transit system that serves San Francisco is under fire for refusing to release video from surveillance cameras that captured several recent train attacks by gangs of young black riders.

Assault, robbery and rape are up 41 percent over last year on the vast train system known as BART, or Bay Area Rapid Transit. But several recent attacks by gangs of young men has the agency under public scrutiny. One victim is suing to warn riders of the risk they face when riding BART.

July 25: Jails Experiment With Ways to Lock Less People Up

Governing: Lockup has gotten a lot less crowded in Charleston, S.C. Over the past two years, the number of admissions at the county jail has dropped 30 percent, in turn bringing the daily prison population down by 10 percent. It’s not that lots of criminals have gotten out of the game or moved elsewhere. It’s that law enforcement and the criminal justice system are handling offenders differently.

When an officer in Charleston picks up someone who is clearly inebriated or stoned, he has the option of calling treatment centers to see if there are any vacancies, rather than booking the offense. When charges do get filed, magistrates are provided with information about each individual, giving them a better sense of whether the alleged offender is a flight risk or poses a danger to the community, or whether he can simply be released on his own recognizance. When people are released, the county sends them every type of reminder imaginable — email, phone call, text, letters — to make sure they know their court dates, cutting down on the number of people in jail simply for failing to appear.

July 25: What part of police shootings are the chief’s fault? 

There are three ways to answer the question, among all of the other things recent events have given us to think about.

July 24: Ex-Tama (IA) police chief sentenced to federal prison

Washington Times: CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A former eastern Iowa police chief has been sentenced to two months in federal prison for stealing a police gun and lying to a federal agent.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports ( ) 48-year-old Jeffrey Filloon was sentenced Monday. The former Tama Police Chief had pleaded guilty to several charges in February.

Prosecutors said Filloon took at least three firearms and four vehicles from the Tama Police Department between August 2013 and March 2015. Authorities say he sold the guns to a pawn shop and the vehicles at a salvage yard.

Filloon was also ordered to pay $5,200 in fines and court costs, and pay $1,625 in restitution.

July 24: Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca’s prison term delayed Less than 24 hours before former Los Angeles County sheriff Lee Baca was due to surrender to federal prison officials to serve a three-year sentence for his part in a corruption scandal, Baca got an immediate — though temporary — stay while the United States Court of Appeals determines whether he should be free on bond pending his appeal.

Baca was the 10th member of the sheriff’s department to be convicted for his role in a scheme to block an FBI investigation into inmate abuse in the L.A. County jails. About a dozen more were convicted for beatings and other charges.

JULY 24: North Carolina police chief helps addicts beat opioid addiction

CNN: The conversation began on how this small town of 5,400, where everyone knows their neighbors, could get ahead of the problem. The HOPE initiative, modeled after the innovative “Angel” program in Gloucester, Massachusetts, which opens the way for addicts to get police assistance and medical help without fear of arrest, is a way of rethinking law enforcement’s role in responding to this growing epidemic.

“They walk into the front door, if they have drugs or paraphernalia on them at any time, they can turn it in to us at that time, and have no charges filed. And we facilitate them into recovery,” Bashore said.

July 23: Minneapolis Mayor Says Police Body Camera Policy Must Change

Gov Tech: In a public call for changes in police policy in the wake of a shooting Saturday, Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a blog post that she expects police to activate their body cameras as soon as they begin responding to a call.

July 23: Next Minneapolis police chief has deep community roots

Washington Post: Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo has been named to lead Minneapolis’ embattled police department. Arradondo’s rise from school resource officer and patrolman to assistant chief during 28 years on the force has some wondering whether an outsider would be better suited to changing the culture of a department accused of being too quick to use force.

July 23: Waterproof police chief terminated after participating in rap video

WATERPROOF, La. (KNOE 8 News) – Waterproof’s Mayor Caldwell Flood, Jr. blindsided by what he calls inappropriate behavior by the town’s police chief. Recently, she appeared in a rap video that talks about drugs and drug dealing in the village.

The Waterproof Police Chief Valarie Clark seen chasing, and eventually arresting, a man who’s running away from police. In the video, she’s also using a village police car to chase the man.

It’s something the mayor says goes too far.

“For a chief to do something like that, I think it’s bad taste,” Flood said.

The mayor says he never approved the chief’s participation in the video. He says he only saw it after it hit social media.

July 23: Local law enforcement says they already record interrogations, though not all have formal policies as state law will soon require

LJWorld: A new state law requires all Kansas law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies for electronically recording interrogations, and to implement those policies by July 2018.

Key among the law’s provisions: The policies must require recording of all interrogations at places of detention when they concern homicides and felony sex offenses.

Lawrence-based law enforcement agencies are already recording interrogations in those cases, and for less severe crimes as well, representatives say. However, in some cases that’s a practice rather than a policy, which they’ll update to meet the law. 

July 23: Law enforcement in Nebraska has largely put the brakes on bumping cars to end high-speed chases LINCOLN — Two decades ago, Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner was trained to end high-speed chases by bumping a fleeing car into a disabling spin.

Not today.

His agency, like nearly all others in Nebraska, has turned to other methods, such as using spike strips to puncture the tires of a fleeing vehicle, to end a chase. Some agencies use helicopters or airplanes for pursuits, and many have sought to reduce or eliminate such chases altogether.

There are less risky ways, several law enforcement officials said, than the bumping tactic, known as tactical vehicle intervention (TVI), especially in urban and high-traffic areas.

July 22: Baltimore considering 6 teams for police reforms monitor

Washington Post: The six teams under consideration are CNA Consulting, DLA Piper, Exiger, Powers Consulting Group, Susan Burke and Venable.

July 22: Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns After Shooting

NPR: The police chief in Minneapolis has resigned amid continuing questions about the fatal shooting by a police officer of a woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime.

July 22: North Providence mayor suspends police chief

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) — The acting police chief for the North Providence Police Department has been suspended with pay.

Mayor Charles Lombardi confirms to the NBC 10 I-Team that Chief Christopher Pelagio was suspended at the end of the day Friday.

Acting Deputy Chief Charles Davey is in charge of the police department for now. However, Lombardi said he cannot comment further on the matter due to the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.

July 22: Fairfield CA interim police chief is department’s newest leader

Four months after serving in an interim capacity, Chief Randy Fenn will officially take the helm of the Fairfield Police Department, officials announced Thursday night.

Fenn steps into the shoes of Chief Joe Allio, who retired in March.

In a press statement, City Manager David White said a nationwide search for the best leader led officials back to the department, where Fenn was already hard at work.

“Randy has already become a valued member of the city’s management team and has a genuine respect for community-oriented policing and government,” White said.

Fenn was unavailable for comment. The new chief has been in law enforcement for more than 25 years. He served in Concord and Truckee, joining the Fairfield Police Department in 2012 as a lieutenant. In 2014, Fenn promoted to captain.

The chief has a bachelor’s degree in Human Relations and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

July 21: Alderman hopes for hearings on STL police officer overtime audit calls ‘extreme’

 LOUIS, Mo. ( – Lack of control over your money.

That’s what a report says is going on in the city of St. Louis, as auditors took a look at police officer overtime pay

The audit reveals the city blew its overtime budget in a one year period by close to $5 million.

News 4 Investigates’ Lauren Trager first broke news of four officers charged in April for stealing from the city for forging overtime documents.

Now, some people fear the problem is more widespread.

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July 21: TX DPS to charge law enforcement agencies for crime lab services

Statesman: According to DPS, the Texas Legislature provided the DPS lab system with $63 million for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, and requires up to $11.5 million be charged and collected to make up the balance of the total authorized budget of $74.5 million. The DPS lab system was allocated $74.7 million in the previous two-year budget.

“In accordance with this legislative directive, DPS will charge for forensic analysis performed on controlled substances, toxicology, DNA evidence submissions and biological specimens to detect the presence of alcohol,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement on Thursday, adding that the agency is still working to finalize a cost model for those services.

“DPS also plans to utilize state appropriations to provide each local criminal justice agency with a voucher, the balance of which can be used by the agency to acquire the DPS forensic analysis services of their choice,” McCraw said.

The agency said the DPS will finalize the cost model, policy and implementation guide on its website this summer.

July 20: New FBI Director Expected to Be Confirmed Before August Recess

Rollcall: Senators want the new FBI director on the job as soon as possible, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to see Christopher Wray confirmed before August recess. That looks increasingly likely, as the Judiciary Committee unanimously approved his nomination, teeing it up for floor consideration as soon as McConnell moves ahead.

July 20: Mpls. city councilor calls for audit of police body camera policy

Kare11: MINNEAPOLIS – The death of Justine Damond at the hands of a Minneapolis Police officer has elected officials asking questions about the city’s body camera policy.

City Councilman Andrew Johnson is calling for an audit of the department’s policy in the wake of the fatal shooting.

Andrea Brown is the chairperson of the Police Conduct Oversight Commission.

She said one of its key recommendations two years ago was to require officers to activate the cameras as soon as they were dispatched to the scene. But Minneapolis Police did not adopt that recommendation

She doesn’t remember specifically why the city didn’t adopt it, but speculated it had something to do with the cost. The Minneapolis Police Department did not provide an explanation as to why it did not adopt that recommendation. The union that represents Minneapolis Police officers declined to comment.

July 20: Glynn County police chief agrees with decision to audit department Commissioners approved the audit without discussion during the meeting, agreeing to pay the International Association of Chiefs of Police to conduct the comprehensive study.

July 20: Minnesota shooting shows police body cameras not used enough

ABC: Police and protesters heralded the arrival of the body camera as a critical window into officers’ everyday activities after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

But as the killing of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis officer over the weekend showed, the technology depends on officers turning on their devices. And often they don’t do so.

July 20: Attorney general sessions issues policy and guidelines on federal adoptions of assets seized by state or local law enforcement

DOJ: Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced a new Department of Justice policy regarding the federal adoption of assets seized by state or local law enforcement under state law.

The Department’s new policy strengthens the civil asset forfeiture program to better protect victims of crime and innocent property owners, while streamlining the process to more easily dismantle criminal and terrorist organizations.

The policy and guidelines were formulated after extensive consultation with the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, as well as line Assistant United States Attorneys, career officials in the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), and career Main Justice attorneys.

July 20: Denver auditor finds possible security issues with city’s 311 system

Personally identifiable information of city residents who called into Denver’s 311 help system was viewable by hundreds of city employees, a city audit found.

The information, which included names, birth dates, addresses and social security numbers, could be viewed by employees across departments, regardless of their level. Denver City Auditor Timothy O’Brien said in an announcement today that his office immediately notified Mayor Michael Hancock and the city’s Technology Services Department so they could take steps to protect the data. Once alerted, the department took “rapid action to secure the sensitive data,” the announcement said.

“Although Tech Services mitigated the risk in the short term, we recommend continual monitoring of vendor performance and reporting to make sure that contract terms are met,” O’Brien said.

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July 20: Bodycam allegedly shows Baltimore PD officer planting drugs

Fox News: City prosecutors to pursue cases against officers in footage.

July 20: Case against officer who killed unarmed motorist is dropped

Abc: A white university police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop won’t face a third murder trial, a prosecutor announced Tuesday while saying he’s asking federal authorities to consider possible civil rights charges.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said he was dropping the case against Ray Tensing on the eve of the two-year anniversary of the death of Sam DuBose. Two previous juries couldn’t reach a unanimous agreement on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges against the former University of Cincinnati officer.

July 20:Public-Safety Broadband Network:

GAO: FirstNet Has Made Progress Establishing the Network, but Should Address Stakeholder Concerns and Workforce Planning.

July 20: Law Enforcement Agencies Monitor Fleets For Carbon Monoxide

(CBS4) – Ford is addressing growing safety concerns after hundreds of customers say their Ford Explorers are making them sick, including many police officers.

In Texas alone, at least seven Austin police officers have reported falling ill from carbon monoxide leaking into their Ford Explorer police cruisers. That has prompted the Austin Police Department to pull at least 37 vehicles out of service. Now police officers from states like Texas, California and Louisiana are suing the automaker for carbon monoxide exposure.

July 19: Dallas hires Detroit officer as its 1st female police chief

ABC: Dallas announced Wednesday that it has hired a Detroit deputy police chief to be its first female police chief and lead a department that saw several officers killed last summer when a gunman opened fire during a protest.  Renee Hall, who starts Sept. 5, will step into the role tasked with hiring hundreds of officers.

July 19: Problems persist with police drunken driving data, Austin auditor says

Statesman: The Austin Police Department routinely changed how it crunches drunken driving statistics — key data used to help shape law enforcement decisions made by city and police officials, a new city auditor report found.

The Statesman spotlighted the APD’s statistics problem in May 2016 — during the closing days of the $10 million fight over ride-hailing regulations — when the department provided contradictory counts on drunken driving crashes in the city.–politics/problems-persist-with-police-drunken-driving-data-austin-auditor-says/6pu2HWPIHJpB1XxrdrheEO/

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July 19: After Nashville Visit, Justice Department Asks Police To Consider How It Works With Black Residents

Nashville Public Radio: The Department of Justice is recommending that Nashville conduct a thorough study of its policing culture. The direction comes after a white Metro police officer fatally shot a black man earlier this year.

In late May, the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, often called the federal government’s “peacemakers”, came to Nashville. For two days a specialist met with Mayor Megan Barry, Police Chief Steve Anderson and more than a dozen stakeholders, including Black Lives Matter and the NAACP.

The specialist recently outlined four recommendations. The first advises Metro government to do a comprehensive study on policing in the black community.

July 19: Body Camera Limitations Highlighted by Police Shooting of Australian Woman in Minneapolis

Govt Tech: The officers’ body cameras were not turned on, and dashcam video from the officers’ squad car did not capture the incident. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday called for penalties against officers who do not activate their cameras, saying the death of Justine Damond should have been recorded.

July 18: Sessions’ New Order Lets Police Circumvent State Laws on Civil Asset Forfeiture

Governing: State politicians on both sides of the aisle have increasingly worked to curb the practice. Now, the attorney general may have made their efforts pointless.

July 17: Facebook fighting court order over law enforcement access

AP: Facebook is fighting a court order that blocks the social media giant from letting users know when law enforcement investigators ask to search their online information, particularly their political affiliations and comments.

Major technology companies and civil liberties groups have joined Facebook in the case, which resembles legal challenges throughout the country from technology companies that oppose how the government seeks access to internet data in emails or social media accounts during criminal investigations, The Washington Post reported.

July 17: Police pull Fords from service over carbon monoxide fears

CNN: Some police say their Ford Motor SUV police cars are leaking exhaust fumes into their vehicles, causing officers to suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Federal safety officials are looking into the allegations surrounding the Ford Police Interceptor, a version of the Ford Explorer modified for police use. They have yet to open a formal investigation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already investigated more than 150 complaints from Ford Explorer owners about the smell of exhaust fumes in their SUVs. Ford has settled a class action lawsuit related to those complaints.

July 16: FBI’s liaison to Congress cited for misconduct in Nevada

The Associated Press: LAS VEGAS: The former top federal prosecutor in Nevada has been cited for misconduct in an 8-year-old sex discrimination case.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined earlier this year that a former female prosecutor was subjected to sex discrimination and retaliation while Greg Brower was in charge of the U.S. attorney’s office in Nevada from January 2008 to October 2009, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported ( ) Thursday.

Brower is currently the FBI’s top liaison with Congress during its investigation in Russian election meddling. He was also a former Nevada legislator.

July 15: Sheriff’s decision to not allow officers to carry Narcan draws protest

Dayton Daily News: HAMILTON, More than two dozen people participated in a protest Saturday against Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones’ refusal to allow deputies to use Narcan on overdose victims.

But don’t look for the sheriff to change his mind anytime soon.

The protest at the Hamilton City Building drew some honking of horns as the small group chanted and held signs to passing traffic at the intersection of High Street and Martin Luther King. On the opposite corner, a group of motorcyclists and a trucker were gathered in the city parking lot expressing their support for Jones.

July 15: Law Enforcement Work to Address Mental Health Crisis

Kaaltv:  But according to experts, there are not enough places for those with mental illness to find help.

“One of the things is that our population has been growing tremendously and the providers in town are not growing as fast,” said Thomas.  “We don’t have residential services or just acute care services that meet the need of our growing community.”

“The frustration of like finding place is shared by everyone; it’s not us being frustrated with the medical provider. Medical providers feel it too, they’re in a crunch too. We all are.  So somebody’s got to step up and take a big look at this,” said Captain Scott Behrns with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.

“They get into the situation, and granted they have to weave through alcohol and narcotic issues too in many of these cases, and calm people down, diffuse [and] deflect a little bit, and get to the core of the problem,” Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson said.

That’s where law enforcement is aiming to be proactive.  They’re trying to have as many of their officers as possible go through an intense, week long training known as crisis intervention training, also known as CIT.

July 15: Yonkers PD looking for the public’s feedback in survey

USA Today: The survey is available (in English or Spanish) in one of three ways:

  1. online at
    • average completion time is only a few minutes.
  2. by phone at (800) 634-1679
  3. on paper
    • Surveys at any of the following locations:
      • 1st Precinct – 730 East Grassy Sprain Road
      • 2nd Precinct – 441 Central Park Ave.
      • 3rd Precinct – 435 Riverdale Ave.
      • 4th Precinct – 53 Shonnard Place
      • Police Headquarters (Records Division on the second floor) – 104 South Broadway
      • Community Affairs – 36 Radford St.
    • Completed paper surveys are sealed within the provided security envelope and can be returned to any of the above locations

The survey is being managed by the third-party consulting firm OrgVitality LLC.

July 14: LAPD officer accused of having sex with underage cadet pleads not guilty to felony weapons charges

LA Times: Facing criminal accusations in two counties, Los Angeles police Officer Robert Cain made his first court appearance Friday, pleading not guilty to felony weapons charges stemming from a gun cache found in his home.

Cain’s hands were cuffed and chained to his waist during the brief hearing in a Rancho Cucamonga courtroom and he fidgeted as his attorney first spoke to the judge. The police officer, who wore a dark green jail uniform, nodded and smiled at his attorney as the hearing ended and a bailiff escorted him out of the room.

July 14: Union now calling for investigation of Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office commanders

Clackamas County News: The union representing Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office rank-and-file employees on Friday called on Sheriff Craig Roberts to conduct a “truly independent, thorough and unimpeded investigation” into what agency commanders did after learning that a veteran detective had mishandled sex crime cases.

July 14: His gunshot killed a colleague. Now sheriff’s detective will face manslaughter charge

Fresno Bee: A bullet fired accidentally from Mullis’s gun fatally struck Lucas in the chest. The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office has filed a charge of involuntary manslaughter against a Fresno County sheriff’s detective in the death of Sgt. Rod Lucas last October.

The felony charge against Detective Jared Mullis arises from the fatal shooting of Lucas. A complaint was filed Friday after an investigation, the DA’s Office said. Along with the charge is an enhancement for the personal use of a firearm. If that is upheld, it would add to the penalty at sentencing.

July 14: Trial ordered for Texas detective whose gun used in suicide

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge has ordered an Austin police detective to stand trial on claims she was criminally negligent in a case that could ultimately address to what lengths gun owners must go to secure their firearms.

An August trial is scheduled for Detective Brenda Bermudez, the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit in Bastrop County.

The mother of a 16-year-old girl who killed herself in 2014 says the teen was staying with her aunt when she took Bermudez’s gun. Bermudez was the aunt’s partner and the teen used the gun to later shoot herself. 

July 14: The one thing that determines how you feel about the police

CNN: Your age, race or political leaning play a role. When it comes to how much confidence Americans have in the police, there’s good news and bad news

The good news: After dipping to a historic low two years ago, confidence has climbed back up again to what’s been the average the last 25 years.

The bad news: Confidence — while high among whites, conservatives, and those over 55 — is slipping among Hispanics, blacks, liberals and those under 35.

Let’s look at each one by one:

July 14: Former sheriff’s deputy indicted, accused of trying to have witness murdered

Fox13Memphis: HELBY COUNTY, Tenn. – A former Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy has been indicted for soliciting a person to murder a witness in a federal case.

42-year-old Jeremy Drewery of Arlington was indicted last September for trying to extort thousands of dollars from an alleged drug dealer in August, 2016.

In March, more charges were added for alleged extortion of another alleged drug dealer in late 2013.

Drewery was assigned to the Narcotics Task Force, but was fired from the department.

Drewery is charged with two counts of Hobbs Act Extortion, two counts of receiving a bribe by a government agent, and one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

If convicted, he faces 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

July 13: Fired Boston Police Officer Reinstated By State’s Highest Court

WGBH: A Boston police officer who has been fired two times for using excessive force has been ordered reinstated again, this time by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

July 13: Department Of Justice In Memphis For Collaborative On Reform With Memphis Police

MEMPHIS, tenn ( – People with the United States Department of Justice have been in Memphis since Monday, as part of a voluntary review of the Memphis Police Department.

The review, called the collaborative reform initiative, aims to improve trust between police and the community and best practices.

The DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is behind the initiative.

July 13: Law enforcement protests sergeant’s indictment at City Hall

New York Post: Law enforcement representatives from across the country gathered on the steps of City Hall on Thursday to protest the treatment of an NYPD sergeant …

July 13: How Indianapolis’ Naloxone Data Is Driving Policy, Building a Social Service Response

Gov Tech: Technology leaders in Indianapolis have been using information to attack opioid abuse since 2013, and have become increasingly sophisticated in how they apply data science to combat the problem.

July 13: Colorado Springs police fitness test discriminated against women, judge rules in lawsuit


Denver Post: A fitness test given to Colorado Springs police officers discriminated against women and violated civil rights laws, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a two-year lawsuit.

The test “shamed and ostracized” the 12 plaintiffs — many of them decorated officers with decades of service — while providing “meaningless” results, ruled U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch.

July 12: Aurora police officer charged with official misconduct, attempting to influence public servant

Denver 7 ABC: BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. – An Aurora Police Department officer was arrested earlier this week on three felony and two misdemeanor charges relating to official misconduct and attempting to influence a public servant.

Officer Matthew Ewert, 34, was arrested by the Erie Police Department and faces charges in Boulder County. He was booked into jail just after noon on Tuesday.

He faces two felony counts of attempting to influence a public servant, one felony count of destroying physical evidence, and two counts of official misconduct. The latter two are misdemeanors.

July 11: Las Vegas to Pilot WayCare’s Accident Prediction Artificial Intelligence Software

Gov Tech: In its first U.S. pilot, the startup plans to use AI software to predict accidents hours before they happen.

WayCare, the startup that wants to use artificial intelligence (AI) to predict traffic accidents and congestion, has scored its first U.S. pilot project with the city of Las Vegas.

The six-month paid pilot, which should officially begin in September, will see a coalition of city, state and county agencies test out a new way of doing things. Where a typical traffic center might rely on calls to send out responders to an accident, the idea behind WayCare is to anticipate when and where those accidents might happen — so that agencies like Nevada Highway Patrol can put resources in place beforehand.

July 11: California Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Make Police Body Camera Videos Public

Gov Tech: The legislation seeks to break a stalemate at the state Capitol on whether to ensure public access to body camera videos.

July 10: Former Police Chief David Brown: Policing is a “people business,” not “enforcement business”

CBS: David Brown, former chief of the Dallas Police Department, said Sunday that policing is a “people business” and not an “enforcement business.”

“If you take away people from this formula, you lose the very nature of what policing is supposed to be about,” Brown said. “We’re supposed to be protecting people.”

Speaking on “Face the Nation” one year after an attack on Dallas police killed five officers, Brown said that in the wake of the Dallas shooting and numerous officer-involved shootings of primarily black men, the conversation about the role of policing in the 21st century and communities of color remains divided.

July 7: Court: Constitution Grants Right to Record Police in Public

AP: A US appeals court in Philadelphia has joined other circuits in finding citizens have a First Amendment right to videotape police in public. The U.S. 3rd Circuit on Friday joined what it called the “growing consensus” that the public can photograph or record police without retaliation.

July 7: Washington County, Ore., Adds Facial Recognition to Suite of Investigative Tools

Gov Tech: Facial recognition tech was previously seen as something only the CIAs and FBIs of the world would have access to. But now, in 2017, smaller jurisdictions are deploying it as part of an everyday suite of crime-fighting tools.

June 13: Moonlighting police leave body cameras behind

Spokesman: When police officers in America’s cities put on their uniforms and grab their weapons before moonlighting in security jobs at nightclubs, hospitals, and ballparks, there’s one piece of equipment they often leave behind – their body camera.

That’s because most police agencies that make the cameras mandatory for patrol shifts don’t require or won’t allow body cameras for off-duty officers even if they’re working in uniform, leaving a hole in policies designed to increase oversight and restore confidence in law enforcement.

Police departments contend that they have only a limited number of body cameras or that there are too many logistical hurdles and costs involved. But that argument doesn’t sit well with those who say it shouldn’t matter whether an officer is on patrol or moonlighting at a shopping mall.