Current Events

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

Date/Time Event
06/07/2017 – 06/09/2017
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing (Denver, CO)
Colorado Department of Public Safety, Lakewood CO – CLASS SOLD OUT
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
09/27/2017

09/29/17

08:00-17:00

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

June 4: Emanuel backs off from commitment to court oversight of Chicago police reform

Chicago Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed off his commitment to enter a court-enforced agreement with the federal government to reform the Chicago Police Department, his administration confirmed late Friday.

Instead, Emanuel’s administration is seeking a solution outside of court, one that drew criticism from criminal justice experts, reform advocates and the former federal official who oversaw the yearlong civil rights investigation into the police force that led to a damning report on the department’s problems.

Under the arrangement, an independent monitor selected by the city and the U.S. Department of Justice will oversee progress on a detailed plan for reforms in the department, the Emanuel administration said. The agreement is tentative and subject to approval by President Donald Trump’s administration, which has signaled a potential retreat from federally mandated reform of police departments.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-police-independent-monitor-met-20170602-story.html

June 4: President Trump Signs Two Bills to Help L.E.

Officer.com: The American Law Enforcement Heroes Act gives priority for federal grants to state and local law enforcement agencies that use the funds to hire veterans. The Fraternal Order of Police, the Major County Sheriffs’ Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars all backed the idea of using the grants as incentive.

Officer.com Editor’s Note: President Trump on Friday also signed the Public Safety Officers Benefits Improvement Act of 2017 which aims to decrease the waiting time before family members of public safety officers killed in the line duty.

http://www.officer.com/news/12340554/trump-to-signs-two-bills-benefiting-law-enforcement

June 4: Fairfield narcotics cop accused of stealing heroin, OxyContin

CTPost: BRIDGEPORT – Investigators were preparing to arrest Fairfield Police Detective Stephen Rilling for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in heroin and OxyContin pills from the Police Department when Rilling posted a blog purporting to detail his struggle with opioid addiction.

Riling advised he has a substance abuse problem brought on by prescription pain medication.

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Narcotics-cop-accused-of-stealing-heroin-11190674.php

June 2: Oakland To Pay 19-Year-Old Nearly $1 Million In Police Scandal Settlement

NPR: The city of Oakland, Calif., will pay a 19-year-old woman $989,000 to settle her claim that city police officers had sexually abused her.

The woman has said she had sex with more than a dozen Oakland police officers, according to the Los Angeles Times. She also alleged that officers tipped her off to prostitution stings in exchange for sex.

“The settlement occurred with no admission of liability, but obviously, if you pay $1 million, you figure you got some responsibility,” the woman’s attorney, John Burris, said. NPR generally does not name individuals who are the alleged victims of sexual assault.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/01/531056653/oakland-to-pay-19-year-old-nearly-1-million-in-police-scandal-settlement

June 2: FBI, CPD beef up partnership to fight Chicago violence

CHICAGO (WLS) — The FBI and Chicago Police Department are working together to fight crime in our city and they’ve made a video to illustrate the new campaign.

The FBI wants Chicago to know it’s in the business of combating street crime.

http://abc7chicago.com/news/fbi-cpd-beef-up-partnership-to-fight-chicago-violence/2059562/

May 5: Latest report by monitor faults lack of scrutiny by APD brass

ABQJournal: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The independent monitor overseeing Albuquerque police reform said in a new report that the lack of scrutiny the department’s highest ranking officers give use-of-force cases is “mystifying” and “startling.”

James Ginger, the independent monitor overseeing reform, said in the report’s summary that his team has noticed a “palpable shift” in the police department’s approach to changes. The report was critical of the department’s high-ranking supervisors and command-level officers, accusing them of “deliberate non-compliance” in some cases.

Link to Report

May 5: Audit: ICE officers lack training, lose track of undocumented immigrants

DENVER Channel:  A government audit reports ICE agents are not getting enough training and are losing track of undocumented immigrants.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General conducted an audit at ICE offices in Atlanta, St. Paul, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The visits took place from June 2016 to October 2016. The audit focuses on people who are out of detention facilities.

The report shows deportation officers are overseeing 1,700 to 10,000 cases of people waiting to have an immigration hearing. ICE personnel agreed that the workloads are unmanageable, yet ICE has not tried to determine what is achievable and what would alleviate the burden.

Training is an issue in the agency, too.

Link to OIG Report

May 5: Connecticut Chiefs Say Police Profiling Reports Are Flawed

AP: Connecticut police officials say independent reviews have found serious flaws with reports that police officers stop minority drivers at disproportionate rates, but analysts stand by their work.

May 4: FBI report finds officers ‘de-policing’ as anti-cop hostility becomes ‘new norm’

Washington Times: An unclassified FBI study on last year’s cop-killing spree found officers are “de-policing” amid concerns that anti-police defiance fueled in part by movements like Black Lives Matter has become the “new norm.”

“Departments — and individual officers — have increasingly made the decision to stop engaging in proactive policing,” said the report by the FBI Office of Partner Engagement obtained by The Washington Times.

Link to report

May 4: Some Reality Regarding “Mentally Ill” Inmates

Assoc. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) Board of Directors: A recent Associated Press story about the population of the Los Angeles County Jail system and the increase in meth-fueled inmates was notable for the utter lack of interest in who were victims of the jail population, be it the victims of the crimes or the deputies they attack while in custody.

Let’s be clear that while those in jail may suffer from mental illness, they are still legally responsible for their crimes; their victims suffered no less because of the persons accused of the crime were mentally ill.  We do not accept the excuse that because of their mental illness, an inmate’s attacks on jail deputies should be excused.  In 2016, over 195 deputies were the victims of ” gassing” attacks (the throwing of urine, feces or semen) by aggressive jail inmates who had either actually had mental health issues or used the claim of “mental illness” to attempt to excuse their behavior.  Attacks on deputies should not be accepted as just being “part of the job.”

2015-2106 Biennial Report Chicago Police Board

May 4: Police have killed nearly 200 people who were in moving vehicles since 2015, including 15-year-old Jordan Edwards

Washington Post: Since January 2015, police nationwide have killed at least 193 people who were inside vehicles at the time they were shot, according to a Washington Post database that tracks fatal police shootings. In 86 of the cases, officers say the person was in possession of a weapon, most often a firearm. But in 76 of the cases, the person killed was “armed” only with the vehicle itself, according to police. In at least 17 cases, police acknowledge that the person killed was in the act of fleeing, was a passenger in a vehicle, or was in a vehicle that was not in motion and did not pose a threat to officers. (There are 14 cases where it remains undetermined if the person was armed or if police claim the person was using the vehicle as a weapon).

May 4: DOJ: ‘insufficient evidence’ to charge officers in Sterling shooting

WBRZ: BATON ROUGE – The Department of Justice has officially announced that the two Baton Rouge Police Department officers who were involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling will not be charged, citing “insufficient evidence.”

Acting United States Attorney Corey Amundson for the Middle District of Louisiana said that he along with all of the agents and prosecutors involved in the federal investigation agreed that there was insufficient evidence to charge BRPD officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II with a federal civil rights violation.

May 4: Former Tennessee Sheriff Sentenced on Federal Corruption Charges

US DOJ: A former Rutherford County Sheriff was sentenced today to 50 months in prison for operating a private electronic cigarette company in the county jail for personal gain and the concealment and misrepresentation of their involvement with the business, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith of the Middle District of Tennessee.

May 4: LA County to Settle Sheriff Whistleblower Suit for $1.3M

AP: A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who testified against her colleagues in a jail abuse scandal will receive nearly $1.3 million to settle her retaliation lawsuit.

May 4: Law Enforcement Agencies’ Requests for Facebook Data Continue to Rise 

A recently released biannual report details just how interested U.S. law enforcement agencies are in the data Facebook users create on a daily basis.

Link to Facebook Report

May 2: Former North Charleston, South Carolina, Police Officer Michael Slager Pleads Guilty to Federal Civil Rights Offense

US DOJ: Former North Charleston, South Carolina, Police Department (NCPD) Officer Michael Slager, 35, pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights offense for his fatal shooting of Walter Scott, Jr. on April 4, 2015.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake of the District of South Carolina, Special Agent in Charge Alphonse “Jody” Norris of the FBI’s Columbia Division, Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson of the Ninth Judicial Circuit and Chief Mark Keel of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced today’s guilty plea, which took place in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.  The plea will resolve both the federal and the state cases pending against Michael Slager.  Prior to entry of the guilty plea, jury selection in the federal trial had been scheduled to begin on May 9, and a state trial had been set for August.

April 29: San Diego County jails make changes to treat mentally ill inmates, curb suicides

April 27: Baltimore asks FBI for help: ‘Murder is out of control’

CNN: The mayor met recently with the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore office and asked for additional agents to help local police battle violent crime in the city, according to the mayor’s spokesman, Anthony McCarthy. He said that could either mean bringing in more FBI agents from other field offices across the country or reassigning agents already in Baltimore to work with local police investigating violent crime.

April 27: DOJ: Warren Police Department making strides to fix use-of-force issues

WKBN: The Department of Justice announced that the Warren Police Department was in full compliance with its settlement agreement

April 26: Hartford Police Discipline 5 Cops For Violating Standards In June Arrest

Courant: The Hartford Police Department will discipline five members of the force for violating department standards during an arrest following a car chase last June.

An investigation by the department’s Internal Affairs division found that seven police officers were at fault, but that one of the officers, Sean Spell, retired in August. A 68-page summary of the probe released early Tuesday reveals that Spell would have also faced discipline for kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head had he remained on the force.

April 26: Do Body Cameras Help Police? 

NY Times: NYPD rolls out 1200 body cameras.

April 25: Newark Police Monitor Says Strides Made, Much Work Remains

US News: The first report by a monitor overseeing Newark’s troubled police department praises its efforts to meet requirements of a federal consent decree but says much work remains.

April 25: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released the following:

GAO: REPORT: Federally Owned Vehicles: Agencies Should Improve Processes to Identify Underutilized Vehicles.

GAO-17-426,

Report

Highlights

April 21: Fewer shootings by police — that’s the goal of new rules adopted by the L.A. Police Commission 

LA Times: The Los Angeles Police Commission voted Tuesday to require officers to try, whenever possible, to defuse tense encounters before firing their guns — a policy shift that marks a significant milestone in the board’s attempts to curb shootings by police.

The new rules formally incorporate a decades-old concept called “de-escalation” into the Los Angeles Police Department’s policy outlining how and when officers can use deadly force. As a result, officers can now be judged specifically on whether they did all they could to reduce tensions before resorting to their firearms.

April 21: Tennessee Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Federal Corruption and Civil Rights Charges

DOJ: The sheriff of Fentress County, Tennessee, pleaded guilty today to three counts of honest services fraud and one count of deprivation of rights under color of law. According to admissions in the plea agreement, Cravens used his position as Sheriff to solicit sex from and have sex with female inmates incarcerated at the Fentress County Jail on multiple occasions between July 2016 and April 2017 in exchange for benefits that other inmates did not receive.

April 20: To Protect and Serve

Vera.org: New Trends in State-Level Policing Reform, 2015-2016

By providing concise summaries of representative legislation in each area, this report aims to inform policymakers, law enforcement leaders, and members of the public who are looking to understand state-level changes in policing policy and practice. 

April 20: When Warriors Put on Badges

Marshal Project: Today just 6 percent of the population at large has served in the military, but 19 percent of police officers are veterans, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data performed by Gregory B. Lewis and Rahul Pathak of Georgia State University for The Marshall Project. It is the third most common occupation for vets behind truck driving and management.

The attraction is, in part, the result of a web of state and federal laws — some dating back to the late 19th century — that require law enforcement agencies to choose veterans over candidates with no military backgrounds.

April 20: Supreme Court Rules States Can’t Keep Criminal Fines Of Exonerated.

New York Times: In a seven to one ruling, the Supreme Court struck down a “Colorado law that made it hard for criminal defendants whose convictions were overturned to get refunds of the fines and restitution they had been ordered to pay.” Only Justice Clarence Thomas dissented. Under the state law, those cleared by the courts had “to file separate civil suits and prove their innocence with clear and convincing evidence to obtain reimbursement.” The state argued the principle was similar to how states are not required to reimburse those wrongfully convicted for their time in prison. However, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the majority that the plaintiffs were seeking their own funds, “not compensation for temporary deprivation of those funds.” She added, “Colorado may not presume a person, adjudged guilty of no crime, nonetheless guilty enough for monetary exactions.”

April 19: Indiana lawmakers want audit of untested rape kits

Kokomo Tribune: INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate has passed a resolution urging the state police to conduct an audit of untested sexual assault kits that may have lingered in evidence collection rooms across the state for years.

The resolution approved Wednesday has no binding impact, but it does allow lawmakers to send a message to law enforcement.

April 19: County Council Approves Changes For Civilian Oversight Of Law Enforcement

Seattle Medium: The King County Council adopted legislation expanding the authorities and functions of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO). In 2015, King County voters overwhelmingly supported making civilian oversight an independent, charter-based agency of the County with investigatory powers of the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO).

April 19: THE CRIMINAL RESEARCH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT EVALUATION SYSTEM (CRIMES):

AZ State University: This report describes the features and implementation logistics of the Criminal Research Information Management Evaluation System (CRIMES), which is an innovative records management system (RMS) model developed to offset the cost and meet the RMS needs of smaller law enforcement agencies

April 18: Chicago police officers vote in new union president

AP: The vote came as the Chicago Police Department is under intense scrutiny due to the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke. The shooting of the black teenager resulted in first-degree murder charges against the white officer.

April 18: Police reform and a new superintendent — one year later

Chicago Sun-Times: This week, the Chicago Sun-Times sat down with Police Board President and task force co-chair Lori Lightfoot to talk about police reforms not yet implemented one year later.

The questions are particularly timely, now that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to review and retreat from police reform agreements nationwide makes it clear that there will be no court oversight, and that Emanuel will be on his own to implement police reform.

April 18: City Council asks Mayor Condon to cap overtime, enhance civilian oversight in negotiations with Spokane Police Guild

Spokesman: The Spokane City Council wants Mayor David Condon to take a hard line on police overtime and bolster the authority of the civilian overseeing the department when negotiating the city’s next police contract.

The panel signed a letter Monday night to the mayor highlighting their priorities in talks with the Spokane Police Guild, whose contract expired at the end of last year. The contract rolls over until a new agreement is negotiated between the union and the city.