New York Post: The NYPD rejected nearly 40 percent of the reforms recommended by its independent watchdog last year, according to statistics released Monday by the city Department of Investigation.
Inspector General Philip Eure issued three reports during 2018 that faulted the NYPD for failing to completely document the use of force by cops, properly staff its sex-crimes division and analyze brutality and false-arrest suits to improve policies and procedures.
But while Eure came up with 42 specific recommendations, the department rejected 16 — 11 of which involve the “use of force” reporting system that was revamped in 2016, according to the DOI.
The NYPD changed the reporting system after Eure blasted police brass for not disciplining cops who used excessive force against suspects and even innocent civilians.
IAPP.org: Police in Fairfax, Virginia, will stop using a license plate database after a county judge ruled the "passive use" of the plate data violates Virginia privacy law, The Washington Post reports. The ruling is limited to the Fairfax police, who plan to appeal the decision, but it could eventually bring changes statewide. Fairfax authorities are among agencies ignoring a nonbinding opinion from the state attorney general in January 2014 that deems maintaining a plate database unlawful. Privacy advocates are against the casual use of the databases, arguing they can track a person’s movements with time and location data anytime a plate is captured by a license plate reader.
Law enforcement agencies in California must release police misconduct records even if the behavior occurred before a new transparency law took effect, a state court of appeals has ruled.
The 1st District Court of Appeal's decision released Friday settles for now a debate over whether records created before Jan. 1, when the law took effect, were subject to disclosure. Many police unions have sued to block the records release, while public information advocates argued the records should be disclosed.
The ruling applies to police agencies statewide, including the attorney general's office, unless another appellate court steps in and rules differently, said David Snyder of the First Amendment Coalition.
The NYPD has ordered cops with internal charges for domestic violence to receive 24 weeks of counseling as part of a series of fixes to the disciplinary system, police officials said Monday.
Police officers found to be involved in misconduct related to domestic violence will now by placed on dismissal probation, meaning they could be fired on the spot if they are caught doing it again. If they are convicted, they would face automatic firing.
Chicago Sun Times: Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Friday made the case to keep his $260,044-a-year job even after the retirement of Mayor Rahm Emanuel — and acknowledged that some officers “look the other way” when it comes to reporting police misconduct.
“The reason it’s so difficult to change police cultures is because the leadership changes so often. Every three years you have to start over again,” Johnson told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Interesting article, which comes as no surprise to those in LE. Officers are making the most of the tool that has been provided. Lt. Dan
The most comprehensive review of research on body cameras shows that they're most often used to prosecute citizens, not police. And while they've led to fewer citizen complaints, their impact on other aspects of policing, such as use of force, is less certain.
The Office of Police Complaints (OPC) released its 2nd Annual Report on the Use of Force by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).This report provides updated statistics from our 2017 inaugural report as well as new information and statistics for 2018. OPC found that the use of force by MPD officers increased 18 percent from the number of officers who used force in 2017. Reported use of force incidents have increased 83 percent since 2015.
Here is an article on reference the LAPD OIG report we posted last week. Lt. Dan
(CNN) -- An audit of the Los Angeles police department is raising questions about new technologies law enforcement is using nationwide with little oversight.
Last week, the department's internal auditors, prompted by a community backlash, published online a review of the LAPD's data-driven policing strategies and recommended more transparency, consistency and oversight of the programs. Los Angeles has been a leader in using new technologies such as artificial intelligence, social networks and big data to aid police work.
NBC: The 29-year veteran is also accused of using a police database to view personal information and pictures of two women. A Cleveland police sergeant, already charged with soliciting prostitutes, is now accused of using a police database to find out information about two women and accessing city computers to message thousands more while on the clock, according to court documents.
Michael Rybarczyk, 58, was arrested by his own colleagues and charged with three counts of unauthorized use of property, according to an indictment filed in Cuyahoga County on Monday.
Chicago Times: Federal prosecutors ramped up their case Wednesday against two Chicago cops already accused of using bogus information to steal cash and drugs.
A new indictment against Xavier Elizondo and David Salgado accuses the two men of a conspiracy to violate civil rights and obstruction of justice. Elizondo is also accused of trying to persuade Salgado to conceal evidence.
That’s on top of the serious charges the two officers already faced — conspiracy to commit theft and embezzlement. Salgado had also previously been accused of lying to the FBI.
I expect we will see more of these reports coming out of CA with the new law. Lt. Dan
San Diego Union-Tribune: A litany of misconduct is described in hundreds of pages of documents the San Diego Sheriff’s Department recently released under SB 1421, a new state law that makes public previously secret records of peace officers’ dishonesty, use of force, shooting incidents, and sustained sexual misconduct charges.
March 11: Florida Officer Spent Years Abusing Police Database to Get Dates, Authorities Say
New York Times: A former police officer in Bradenton, Fla., spent years abusing his access to sensitive information to target women for dates, according to an investigation by his former department, which interviewed nearly 150 women.
The findings of the investigation have been shared with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Chief Bevan said, and the Bradenton Police Department has improved its database auditing practices as a result.
NBC: Ben Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, says Mitchell abused his authority as an officer of the law. “When you have a police officer who not only commits a crime but does so under color of law, under his authority as a police officer, that is an extraordinarily serious offense,” Glassman said. “That is a nightmare is breach of trust and that is a federal crime.”
BALTIMORE (AP) Michael Harrison, 49, became acting commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department last month. He said he's eager to help transform a police department that is distrusted by many citizens.
(AP) — The Florida sheriff who was suspended by the governor and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting filed suit Thursday seeking his job back and alleging Gov. Ron DeSantis improperly ousted him for political reasons.
Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel argues in the lawsuit that DeSantis “engineered a political power play that interferes with the right of the public to determine their elected official,” and says the governor failed to prove that Israel acted incompetently or neglected his duties.
CBC News: Ontario’s ombudsman urged the OPP to make changes to prevent suicide among its members in 2012. Twelve officers have died by suicide since then. The Fifth Estate reveals what the OPP missed - and looks at what can be done to fix what some call a culture of bullying and harassment.
Oakland, CA.-On Thursday, March 121st at 12:30 pm, the Coalition for Police Accountability, comprising more than 25 groups and individuals, will hold a press conference in front of City Hall calling on Federal Compliance Director, Robert Warshaw, to fire Police Chief Kirkpatrick based on his own findings in the police shooting death of Joshua Pawlik, according to the East Bay Times, “she went light on cops who made serious errors and ignored a key piece of evidence, according to internal documents released Wednesday.” https://eastbaytimesca.newsmemory.com/?publink=0075c8e87
LA Daily News: An ex-Glendale police detective who took bribes from the Mexican Mafia and Armenian organized crime in exchange for information and then lied to investigators about his criminal connections was sentenced Friday to nearly two years in federal prison.
LA Times: The allegations are the latest for a department that has struggled for years to address numerous examples of secretive, gang-like deputy societies accused of committing abuses against inmates, fellow deputies and while on patrol. In July last year, then-Sheriff Jim McDonnell launched what he said would be a comprehensive study of deputy cliques after The Times revealed that a Compton station deputy involved in the fatal shooting of a black man had testified that he and as many as 20 of his colleagues had matching skull tattoos.
NBC: Nouman Raja, 41, could face life in prison in the 2015 killing of Corey Jones, a musician. The Palm Beach Gardens officer was fired less than a month after the shooting. He has been on house arrest since he was charged in 2016, and is to be sentenced on April 26.
USA Today: A Baltimore police officer is accused of planting a BB gun near the body of a man struck by a police vehicle and left injured on the ground, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court. The officer later told a witness to lie about what unfolded, authorities say.
Keith Allen Gladstone, a former Baltimore police sergeant, is charged with witness tampering, along with conspiring to deprive the man of his civil rights and impeding an investigation, U.S. Attorney Robert Hur announced Tuesday.
HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (FOX CAROLINA) -- A former Haywood County deputy accused of taking items from the department's evidence room now faces charges related to accusations of breaking and entering and drug trafficking, according to an indictment.
KTLA: Los Angeles County officials have moved to reverse the controversial reinstatement of a deputy who worked as a campaign aide to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, a personnel decision that could exacerbate tensions between the county’s newly elected top cop and its governing body, the Board of Supervisors.
CHICAGO (WLS) -- In a surprising one-two punch, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Dow has selected a pair of prominent criminal justice experts to oversee sweeping reforms at the Chicago Police Department.
On Friday afternoon, Dow named Maggie Hickey, a former federal prosecutor and Illinois executive inspector general, as independent monitor of Chicago's reform consent decree.
Superior Court Judge Eddie Sturgeon said eight local police departments must release information about officer misconduct and use of force investigations.
The new state law, Senate Bill 1421, took effect January 1, 2019. It requires law enforcement agencies to release the details about serious wrongdoing by officers and the findings of some internal investigations.
But last month labor unions representing San Diego, Carlsbad and Coronado police officers, the Harbor police, and the San Diego Unified School District police asked a judge to halt the release details of any officer discipline that happened before the law took effect.
MSN.com: Alameda County supervisors voted Tuesday to overhaul the controversial Urban Shield law enforcement training program run by the sheriff’s office, stripping the annual conference — attended by agencies throughout the Bay Area — of trainings that police say were vital.
The move eliminates SWAT deployment exercises and the event’s vendor show, which showcases law-enforcement gadgets and weaponry, among other things.
Sheriff Gregory Ahern warned that the changes could violate the terms of the agency’s grant funding — worth $5 million — and lead to the unraveling of the entire Urban Shield conference.
Q13 Fox News: The Seattle Times reports court-appointed monitor Merrick Bobb’s Thursday suggestion stands in contrast with views of city and federal attorneys who haven’t raised the contract as a potential impediment to the agreement.
Long is accused of adding more than 70 hours to his "sick bank" in 2016 to exceed the maximum number of hours an officer can accrue before the person is paid for additional sick days, according to the affidavit. Long was ultimately paid about $1,530 — an amount authorities say he wasn't entitled to.
Denver Sheriff Dept: In August of 2014, Mayor Michael B. Hancock ordered a top-to-bottom review of the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) to support reform. Nine months later, the Mayor appointed an executive team to manage the implementation of over 400 recommendations that were advanced as a result of the review.
For LEIAG members this report is posted on the LEIAG website and LEIAG.org.
WBOY.com: News Video:According to court documents, Rock, along with another man, Steven Snyder, is accused of falsifying, altering and modifying documentation of various payments ranging from $30 to $400 during his time on the Harrison County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes & Drugs (SCAD Unit). Some of these falsified documents concerned payments to confidential informants. News Video:
NPR: The police department is unable to provide historic numbers on officer suicides, said Guglielmi, the police spokesman. But the U.S. Department of Justice found that between 2013 and 2015, CPD had a suicide rate up to 60 percent higher than the national average for law enforcement officers. Police department leaders said they're taking big steps to address the issue, but former officers and some mental health professionals are asking whether the city is doing enough, and whether it's focused on the right problems.
NPR: Utah wants to decertify the police force at Brigham Young University. The move comes as the result of legal action related to an investigation into a sexual assault allegation by as student in 2016.
A BYU student claimed she was sexually assaulted off campus, not by another student. The woman said that her allegation was never adequately investigated, and that ultimately led the state to step in and examine what happened.
Lt. Dan: There is an advertisement video included. Interesting technology.
WBRZ: BATON ROUGE – The sheriff’s office touted a revolutionary crime-fighting system Tuesday that will allow deputies to access information instantly – whether writing a ticket, responding to nuisance complaints or investigating more heinous crimes.
The system – mixed with special software deputies can use through a smartphone or a handheld device – is designed to help law enforcement be more effective and swifter. Deputies will be able to look through all databases within the sheriff’s office in addition to information citizens share with the agency.
The new systems were developed by Baton Rouge-based General Informatics. The local business has been developing and fine-tuning the technology for the past decade.
“Gismo is many systems rolled into one that is designed for easy use. It is intelligent software that brings information together in a single pane. This allows deputies to make critical decisions themselves while in the field without wasting time,” Mo Vij, Gismo’s inventor said.
Software licensing costs about $995. Each handheld device costs $1,689. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office compared it to the cost of a license plate reader for a patrol unit – $14,000.
TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – News Video: Testimony started Tuesday in the case of a former deputy constable in Tarrant County, accused of collecting a paycheck while he was actually working private security jobs.
STL Today: Hendren and Riordan are accused of drinking at the home while on duty, according to a police document obtained by the Post-Dispatch. And shortly before 1 a.m., Hendren killed Alix, 24, in a Russian roulette-like shooting, according to court documents.
Washington Post: The warrant said, his (suspect’s) mother found the surveillance system’s wiring cut. Prosecutors charged Gonzalez with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor petty theft.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday postponed discussion of a report by the Office of Inspector General that raises concerns about overcrowded jails, poor quality of medical and mental health care for inmates and the persistence of dangerous social cliques in the Sheriff’s Department.
While none of those issues are new, the OIG report released this month highlights uncertainty about how effective Sheriff Alex Villanueva will be in tackling the problems.
One question is how cooperative the new sheriff plans to be in sharing information with the watchdog agency.
Link to report: For LEIAG members this report is posted on the LEIAG website and LEIAG.org.
MESA, Ariz. — News Video: A series of investigations launched by the Mesa Police Department following several high-profile incidents that called officers' use of force into question last summer are nearly complete, Chief Ramon Batista announced Friday.
Daily News: A former NYPD detective who carried out unofficial photo lineups on WhatsApp then falsified paperwork to make it look like he did them by the book has been sentenced to three months in prison.
The Sun: A former San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to two years in prison and will have to register for life as a sex offender after his plea agreement to charges of having sex with female inmates at the Morongo Basin Station jail, the prosecutor in the case said.
Washington Post: Officer Doug McNeal captured the afternoon ride on his body camera, which was fixed beneath his car’s rearview mirror and trained on the back seat, filming the couple as they kissed, fondled each other and smoked a cigarette. Footage of that July day later became evidence against McNeal in an internal affairs investigation that led to a 20-day suspension from the Fort Pierce Police Department, about 50 miles north of Palm Beach, Fla.