Current Events

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

Schedule

Aug 12-14, 2019 Introduction to Internal Affairs Investigations IA-101 Peoria, AZ. (Phoenix Area)
Sept 4-6, 2019 Introduction to Internal Affairs Investigations Course # IA-101  (Hamilton Township, OH) Cincinnati Area
Sept 4-6, 2019 Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course – LEIA-101 (Portland, OR - Sept)
Sept 10-12, 2019 Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course – LEIA-101 (Palm Beach, FL - Sept)
Sept 23-25, 2019 Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Training Conference, Phoenix, AZ
Oct 1-3, 2019 Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course – LEIA-101 Oklahoma City
Oct 7-10, 2019 Professional Standards Investigations Certificate Course # IA-201, Peoria, AZ
Oct 9-11, 2019 Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course – LEIA-101 Hamilton Township (Cincinnati Ohio Area)
Oct 16-18, 2019 Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course – LEIA-101, Phoenix, AZ.
Oct 21-24, 2019 Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (LEIAC)™ Course # Course – LEIA-201 Palm Beach, Florida
Nov 5-8, 2019 Professional Standards Investigations Certificate Course # IA-201Chesapeake, Virginia (Norfolk Area)
Nov 5-8, 2019 Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (LEIAC)™ Course # LEIA-201, Phoenix, Arizona

June 17: CELLEBRITE SAYS IT CAN UNLOCK ANY IPHONE FOR COPS

Wired: On Friday afternoon, the Israeli forensics firm and law enforcement contractor Cellebrite publicly announced a new version of its product known as a Universal Forensic Extraction Device or UFED, one that it's calling UFED Premium. In marketing that update, it says that the tool can now unlock any iOS device cops can lay their hands on, including those running iOS 12.3, released just a month ago. Cellebrite claims UFED Premium can extract files from many recent Android phones as well, including the Samsung Galaxy S9.

June 17: Lansing police chief: 'That is not the conduct...we want from our Lansing police officers'

New Video: Lansing State Journal: LANSING - A day after a Lansing police officer was videotaped punching a teenage girl seated in the back of a patrol car, the department's top official told protesters it's not the behavior he expects from his officers.

June 17: Family files $10M claim accusing Phoenix Police of violating their rights

Video: PHOENIX (AP) -- A $10 million legal claim was filed against the city of Phoenix that says police officers committed civil rights violations by pointing guns and profanely yelling commands at the father and pregnant mother of two young daughters because one of the children, unbeknownst to the parents, had shoplifted a doll at a store.

June 17: 'A mental health crisis': 3 NYPD officers die by suicide in 10 days

USA Today: The deaths in New York are part of a national problem. Last year, for the third straight year, cops who died by suicide outnumbered line-of-duty deaths.

June 17: Local police increasingly clash with federal law enforcement on body cameras

Axios: Local police are increasing their use of body cameras, which often puts them at odds with the federal agents they work with — who "never wear body cameras," the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: A 2018 Justice Department survey found that 47% general-purpose law enforcement agencies had acquired body cameras by 2016. 80% of the largest local police departments, which employ 500 or more full-time sworn officers, had acquired body cameras by that time.

What's happening: Local police departments tell the Post the DOJ "has helped fund and train local police departments in body-camera use while ignoring federal use." When local officers work with federal agents on joint task forces, they are prohibited from wearing body cameras.

June 14: FBI creates special task force to tackle crime in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s FBI Division says crime in the city has gotten so bad, they have decided to step in with a brand new Violent Crimes Task Force.

June 14: 5 St. Paul Officers Fired; Accused of Not Stopping Assault by officer

PAUL, MINN. (AP) — Chief Todd Axtell announced the firings at an emotional news conference, calling the officers' actions "a violation of trust." But Axtell gave almost no details except to say the assault happened at a business a year earlier and did not involve violence by an officer.

June 14: Detroit police officers lose appeal: ‘They were dirty cops’

Detroit Free Press: A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the convictions and prison sentences of two Detroit narcotics officers, concluding they schemed with drug dealers to line their own pockets —  just as the jury concluded.

June 14: Senior DEA Official Got His Unqualified Son Hired as DEA Contractor

(CNSNews.com) - According to an investigative summary released by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice, a senior Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official took actions “to have his son work as a DEA contractor in his chain of command,” took actions “to hire two former DEA colleagues as contractors in his chain of command” and “lacked candor by making false entries about alcohol counseling on a Questionnaire for National Security Position, in violation of the DEA Standards of Conduct and potentially in violation of criminal statutes.”

June 14: Oakland cops collected $30M in overtime pay last year; one officer logged 2,600 OT hours

Fox News: Oakland police officers logged more than $30 million in overtime pay last year despite more than 80 percent of cases missing proper documentation thanks to a system that has virtually no oversight.

According to an audit, 217 Oakland Police Department officers – around 30 percent of the total force – each accumulated about 520 hours of overtime last year, amounting to more than $30 million in total overtime pay.

Link to audit report by Oakland City Auditor: https://www.oaklandauditor.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/20190610_Performance-Audit_OPD-Overtime_Report.pdf

June 14: Nevada becomes 1st state to ban most pre-employment pot tests

ABC News: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 132 making it illegal for employers to rebuff job applicants based on the results of a marijuana test. The law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

The law, however, will not apply to people up for jobs as firefighters and public safety positions, including emergency medical technicians, according to the legislation.

June 14: Twelve cops sue San Francisco, claim they lost promotions due to bias against white men

SF Chronicle: led by a lieutenant whose similar suit 16 years ago netted a $1.6 million settlement. A 13th plaintiff, now retired, says she was denied promotion because she is a white lesbian.

June 14: Colorado passes $1 billion in marijuana state revenue

CNBC: It took the state roughly three and a half years to reach the $500 million mark in total state revenue from marijuana sales, and just under two years to double the revenue source

June 14: Baltimore Police: Hospital guard posed as officer in rape

Fox news: BALTIMORE – Baltimore police believe they've solved a rape case that had investigators pull more than 100 police cars off the streets to search for evidence.

A woman alleged that a uniformed officer ordered her into a patrol car and later raped her. Commissioner Michael Harrison announced Tuesday night that an exhaustive investigation led them instead to arrest a security guard for a hospital trauma center on charges of rape and impersonating a police officer.

June 14: Phoenix police investigated for sweeping handcuffed man’s leg, pointing gun at car with children inside

ABC: The Phoenix Police Department has opened an investigation into how officers treated two shoplifting suspects, after a witness provided cellphone video showing one of the officers sweeping the leg of a handcuffed man as another points his gun at a car with two children inside.

June 14: Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo resigns as city's top cop

Tallahassee.com Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo's almost 6-year tenure, pockmarked by a consistent battle with crime and its public perception, came to an ..

June 14: Dallas Latino police chapter calls for Chief Hall to go, while black officers group backs the boss

Dallas News: One of Dallas' officer associations on Wednesday called for Police Chief U. Renee Hall's resignation, citing a vote of no confidence by its members.

June 14: Ex-Delaware County deputy gets a year in jail for drug conviction

Star Press: Parks was arrested in September 2017 after he agreed to hold 12 pounds of marijuana for his nephew, convicted drug dealer Danny Dewayne Terry Jr.  He resigned from his job as a sheriff’s deputy a few days after his arrest,.

June 14: 36 Memphis Police And Deputies Hurt In Protests After Deadly Shooting

NPR: Thirty-six Memphis Police Department officers and sheriff's deputies were injured during a large protest Wednesday night, the police department said Thursday. The violence erupted after officers of the U.S. Marshals Service shot and killed Brandon Webber, 20. When the officers tried to stop Webber, "he reportedly rammed his vehicle into the officers' vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon," the TBI says.

June 12: Why Are These Cops Being Taunted?

This video is worth watching to see what some street officers have to put up with. Lt. Dan

Inside Edition’s Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero asked tough questions of the man who called an officer "piggy." Tyrone Eddy, 52, calls himself a First Amendment auditor, one of a group of online activists who say they shoot video footage of public officials to see if they violate people's rights.

June 12: San Francisco says it will use AI to reduce bias when charging people with crimes

The Verge: The district attorney’s office is calling it a ‘first-in-the-nation’ use.  The tool will not only strip out descriptions of race, but also descriptors like eye color and hair color, according to the SF district attorney’s office. The names of people, locations, and neighborhoods that might all consciously or unconsciously tip off a prosecutor that a suspect is of a certain racial background are also removed.

The tool will remove details about police officers, too, including their badge number, in case the prosecutor happens to know them and might be biased toward or against their report.

June 12: Warrants: 4 Stamford cops took $188K from utility in extra-duty scam

STAMFORD — A scheme that has resulted in larceny and conspiracy charges against four now-retired police officers unraveled with a review of the department’s extra-duty program, according to arrest warrants released Tuesday.

The former officers are charged with submitting a total of 643 false payroll vouchers that amount to $187,618, nearly all of it paid by the natural-gas affiliate of Eversource, the utility company that regularly hires a large number of extra-duty officers.

For a reason that so far is unclear, someone — whether in the police department or City Hall — began an audit of the process by which off-duty officers are assigned jobs directing traffic around construction sites or providing security for events.

July 11: Dallas City Council puts police chief on defensive as city on pace for decade-high homicide total

Dallas police officials on Monday said the city is on pace to end the year with about 228 homicides — a total that would surpass any year in the past decade.  That amount, in fact, would nearly double the 116 homicides the city recorded in 2014.

Members of the City Council’s Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee on Monday pressed the Police Department’s top brass for more information on strategies to combat the increase in violent crime  this year. At times, committee members expressed dissatisfaction and frustration with commanders' answers.

June 11: Florida man caught with cocaine on nose told cops it wasn’t his

NY Post: Police also discovered a small bag of powder cocaine concealed on Jimenez — as well as a backpack holding 250 grams of marijuana and 13 Xanax pills, cops said.

June 10: Minneapolis Police Department looks at putting limits on high-speed chases

ABC 5, News Video: The Minneapolis Police Department is considering placing limits on when officers can chase fleeing suspects after a series of chases that ended in tragedy in the region.

The new approach to police pursuits comes after 5 INVESTIGATES found the majority of police chases in the state start over minor traffic violations like speeding, or petty crime like shoplifting.

In an effort to cut down on the number of high-speed pursuits, Minneapolis police may shift to a violent-only chase policy, where officers would only pursue suspects who are wanted for certain violent offenses. Minneapolis police could not provide an interview on the issue Monday.

June 10: How LAPD's podcast takes a modern approach to telling the agency's story

Police One: From deep dives on controversial topics to profiles of officers on the force, the LAPD harnesses the power of the podcast to connect with the public

June 10: Cincinnati police captain arrested in alleged bribery attempt

First time I have seen one like this. Lt. Dan

WLWT5:  News Video: According to federal investigators, Savard is accused of “shaking down" a sergeant in the department for a promotion before retirement.

"In a nutshell, the basic allegation is that Savard tried to shake down a sergeant for cash in exchange for guaranteeing that sergeant's promotion to lieutenant through the timing of Savard's retirement," U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman said at a press conference Friday. "We just can't look the other way."

Savard allegedly asked for and received $5,000 from a sergeant within the Police Department. In exchange, Savard allegedly promised to retire from the Cincinnati Police Department so that the sergeant could be promoted to the rank of lieutenant, according to an affidavit.

The sergeant was next in line on a promotion eligibility list that was due to expire in June.

June 10: Fired deputy coerced woman to perform sex act on infant as part of ‘fantasy’

IBERVILLE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A deputy with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office was fired following his arrest in connection to the rape of a one-year-old child.

St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said Shadrick Jones, 33, the now fired deputy, is accused of filming the rape of the child. Jones worked as a deputy for the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office. Before that, he was a deputy for the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Dan, I think the Chief summed it up pretty well with his comment, “I’ve never seen anything so sickening and disgusting in my life,"

June 10: Broad Racial and Ethnic Coalitions Prompt Policing Changes

June 8: Baltimore OIG nabs two work-dodging Dept of Transportation employees

Baltimore Fishbowl: Two Department of Transportation employees were fired after the Office of the Inspector General found they spent a good chunk of the workday chilling at home.

Initially, the OIG was tipped off that a traffic maintenance worker within the division would work part of his shift and then take a city-issued truck to his house, where he would stay for hours.

After investigating, inspectors established this was a pattern for two traffic maintenance workers in the Signs and Markings Section; they were often assigned together because one had lost his driving privileges after failing to show up for a mandated re-certification course.

“On multiple occasions, the OIG observed one employee drop the other off near his home, then proceed to his own home, where he would remain for hours at a time,” the report said. “He would then return to pick up the first employee before the end of their workday.”

June 8: Illinois State trooper arrested on intimidation, harassment charges

KOKOMO, Ind. (WTHR) — An Indiana State Police trooper is facing charges after being arrested last week.  Edward Titus, 28, has been charged with one count of intimidation and one count of harassment after allegedly threatening to kill his ex-wife's current boyfriend. Titus is a trooper covering Grant County.

June 8: Fired Texas deputy indicted for raping woman while on duty

NY Post: Richard Cornejo, 37, was arrested Thursday on sexual assault and official oppression charges for a July 2018 incident while he was working and driving a marked patrol vehicle, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.

June 8: Jewelry store manager no longer employed after denying deputy service while in full uniform

Greensboro News & Record: Kay Jewelers has issued an apology to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office after denying service to a deputy because he was wearing his service ...

June 7: Baltimore City Police Sgt. Arrested On Assault, Misconduct Charges

BALTIMORE (WJZ) New Video— Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced the arrest of BPD Sgt. Ethan Newberg for assault, false arrest, false imprisonment and misconduct. Body camera footage shows, a 24-year veteran, was doing a warrant check on the 2300 block of Ashton Street when a passerby offered an opinion.

Newberg claimed the man was being aggressive, but Harrison said that body camera footage showed a different story. He said it showed the man speaking to Newberg and walking calmly away after offering his opinion. According to Harrison, the footage shows Newberg chasing the man, grabbing him and with the help of another officer, taking him to the ground and arresting him.

June 7: Pair of cop suicides leaves fellow NYPD officers shaken

A veteran NYPD homicide detective was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday — one day after a police chief fatally shot himself, sources said.

June 7: Lake County (Colorado) Sheriff’s Office unlawfully billed inmates for the costs of locking them up, grand jury says

A rare public report by a grand jury shows how dysfunction in the Colorado mountain community led to over a dozen inmates being wrongly billed thousands of dollars.

June 7: Use of online DNA databases by law enforcement leads to backlash and website changes

NPR: GEDmatch soon updated its policy to establish that law enforcement only gets matches from the DNA profiles of users who have given permission. That closed off more than a million profiles. More than 50,000 users agreed to share their information — a figure that the company says is growing.

The 95% reduction in GEDmatch profiles available to police will dramatically reduce the number of hits detectives get and make it more difficult to solve crimes, said David Foran, a forensics biology professor at Michigan State University.

June 7: Former Fort Worth Police Chief Suing City Over His Firing

NBC - Video: It is former Chief Joel Fitzgerald against Fort Worth. On Friday, the former top cop’s attorney announced plans to sue the city over his firing, claiming it was retaliation.

June 7: How jails stay full even as crime falls

Washington Post: New Bureau of Justice Statistics data reveal that jails held 745,200 inmates in 2017, virtually identical to the 747,500 they held in 2005, and significantly higher than the 584,400 they held in 1998. How does the correctional system keep jails full when there just aren’t as many crimes as there used to be? By locking up an increasing number of people who are awaiting trial and could well be innocent.

June 6: Phoenix cops’ offensive Facebook posts lead to misconduct investigation

PHOENIX (KPNX) — Declaring her “shock” at Phoenix police officers’ inflammatory posts on Facebook, Police Chief Jeri Williams said Tuesday she was assigning an undisclosed number of officers to desk jobs while they’re investigated for possible misconduct.

Conservative City Councilman Sal DiCiccio ripped the report as an attack on free speech:

“To smear our entire department for the words…of a handful of officers is, at best, disingenuous, and is truly insulting to the literally thousands of men and women who put their lives on the line for us every single day and do so with honor. This is an attempt to shut down free speech, nothing more, nothing less.” DiCiccio added: “Much of this only rises to the level of ‘hate’ if you’re a liberal snowflake.”

June 6: IACP Magazine on Use of Force

The IACP June Issue has articles on UOF Reporting you may find interesting.  Lt. Dan

The National Use-of-Force Data Collection

Based on a need voiced by law enforcement leaders, the FBI developed the National Use-of-Force Data Collection to create a clearer picture of the use of force across the United States. Participation is voluntary, but all agencies are needed to tell the complete story.

The Pursuit of Reliable and Accurate Data

The Arlington, Texas, Police Department has established a methodology for how it approaches, reports, and responds to use of force, as well as officer training. Their strategy includes a new Force and Tactics Assessment Unit, formed to help identify use-of-force trends within the agency.

Enhanced Skills, Improved Safety, and Reduced Liability

The Chicago, Illinois, Police Department has established a Force Review Unit to review use-of-force incidents for the primary purpose of enhancing the skills of police officers to keep civilians and officers safe, as well as to reduce civil liability.

June 5: City of Buckeye (AZ) releases external investigation into falsified crime statistics

ABC 15: The review did conclude the department improperly recorded crime statistics, and several police officials were disciplined.

June 5: Orange County grand jury says jail should check inmates’ vital signs. The sheriff disagrees

LA Times: The Orange County Grand Jury issued a report faulting the Sheriff’s Department for not checking the vital signs of every inmate admitted to its jails to reduce deaths related to hypertension, but Sheriff Don Barnes fired back, saying that’s not his job.

June 5: Legal Experts Question Deputy's Arrest Over Parkland Tragedy

US News: Some legal experts are questioning the arrest of a Florida sheriff's deputy for not confronting the gunman in the Parkland school massacre

June 5: Oakland becomes second U.S. city to decriminalize magic mushrooms

The vote makes the investigation and arrest of adults who grow, possess, use or distribute entheogenic plants one of the lowest priorities for police.

June 5: San Francisco's facial recognition ban is just the beginning of a national battle over the technology

U.S. NEWS: “Our traditional secrecy and lack of transparency has probably come back to haunt us,” the president of the National Police Foundation said.

June 5: Ex-Slippery Rock University police chief charged with theft of nearly $24K

Post-Gazette: Slippery Rock University’s former police chief was charged Monday with stealing nearly $24,000 from the university by creating fake invoices for equipment, according to a criminal complaint.

June 5: Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies

COPS: This report from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) addresses the charge from Congress to identify successful officer mental health and wellness programs using a case study format as directed by the legislation.

June 5: Ramsey County sheriff’s sergeant stole personal property during search at St. Paul home, charges say

Twin Cities.com: A sergeant with the Ramsey County (Minnesota) sheriff’s office stole cash and a phone charger while executing a search warrant in March at a Payne-Phalen home, authorities say.  A motion-activated surveillance camera in a bedroom in the 600 block of Geranium Street caught Jason Degerstrom stuffing a phone charger into his pocket, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court.

June 5: Fort Worth terminates red-light camera program

City of Fort Worth: The City of Fort Worth has terminated its Automated Red Light Camera Enforcement Program. The Transportation and Public Works Department had ...

June 5: LA County to pay $3 million to family who says failed 911 calls led to girl's death

Los Angeles Times: The 11-year-old's older sister dialed 911 and was put on hold by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, her relatives said. The next four times her ..

June 5: The Strategies for Policing Innovation Initiative: Reflecting on 10 Years of Innovation

CNA / Police Foundation: This report provides an in-depth look at the strategies and innovations participating police departments have put into place and examines if, how and why they have been effective in reducing violent crime, homelessness and substance abuse.

https://www.cna.org/CNA_files/PDF/IIM-2018-U-018471-Final2.pdf?utm_source=Website+Signup&utm_campaign=097f1bc338-May+Newsletter_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cc7e50d847-097f1bc338-108153841

June 4: When Police Officers Vent on Facebook

What are your department’s social media policies?  Lt. Dan

NY Times: Emily Baker-White’s systemic look at officers on social media found thousands of racist, Islamophobic or otherwise offensive posts. Here’s how (and why) she did it.

Link to the plain view project report: https://www.plainviewproject.org/

June 4: Chicago police launch probe: How did video of mom's slaying get leaked online?

NBC: Official says "this family deserves better" than the shocking footage becoming public.

June 3: The Use of Police Body-Worn Cameras in D.C. Is Rated No Effects

NIJ: Police body-worn cameras (BWCs) are designed to improve policing and the perceived legitimacy of the police and legal institutions.  The program is rated No Effects. There were no statistically significant differences in police use of force, number of citizen complaints, or number of arrests for disorderly conduct for police officers who wore BWCs, compared with officers who did not wear BWCs.

June 3: Atlanta PD pulls all officers from federal task forces

Police One: Police will no longer partner with task forces because the federal agencies won't allow LEOs to wear body cameras

June 3: Oakland City Council looks to decriminalize 'magic mushrooms' after Denver vote

USA Today: First came Denver. And now possibly Oakland, California, will help set the stage for other cities to consider decriminalizing hallucinogenic fungi, or “magic mushrooms.”

Tuesday, Oakland’s City Council will vote on whether to direct law enforcement to stop investigating and prosecuting individuals for using or possessing drugs sourced from plants, cacti and – most commonly – mushrooms that contain the hallucinogen psilocybin.

June 3: The Seattle Police Department’s Program Does Not Result in Fewer Arrests, Use of Force, or Citizen Complaints

NIJ: This is a procedural justice training program designed to “slow down” police officers’ thought processes during encounters with citizens.

The program is rated No Effects. There were no statistically significant differences between the treatment group and the control group on the fraction of incidents that resulted in an arrest, the number of times an officer was involved in an incident in which physical force was used, or the number of citizen complaints filed against the officer.

May 31: Ex-San Francisco police officer sentenced to prison for bank robberies

KRON 4: The officer was arrested Dec. 19 on suspicion of robbing a bank in the Sunset District on Nov. 29. Two weeks later, the officer is believed to have robbed another bank on Clement Street in San Francisco.

Following his arrest in December, the officer was suspended from the San Francisco Police Department without pay.

May 31: 'Good Old Boy Network': 16 women allege gender bias at FBI Academy

NBC: Sixteen women this week filed a lawsuit against the FBI with detailed allegations of gender discrimination while they were trainees at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

The civil suit, filed Wednesday, alleges that what it calls a so-called 'Good Old Boy Network' at the academy resulted in female trainees being written up and dismissed at higher rates than male trainees.

"Through passive tolerance, the FBI has intentionally allowed the Good Old Boy Network to flourish unrestrained at the FBI Academy," the lawsuit alleged.

May 31: DENVER -- A Denver Sheriff's deputy has been indicted by the U.S. Attorney's Office on drug charges.

Fox 31 News: (Video) Sylvia Montoya, 46, faces four counts related to possession with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.

Arrested at the same time was 36-year-old Timothy Spikes, a known gang member. He faces the same charges, plus possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

May 31: 'Social Workers of Last Resort': Police Adopt New Training Techniques

Governing: The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission leadership is creating a new set of rules for training officers statewide on de-escalation techniques, mandated by a state ballot initiative and legislation that passed by wide margins in the past six months. Those de-escalation techniques can prevent potentially deadly interactions between police and residents. One group this especially will help is people with mental illness.

May 30: California Assembly approves bill to deter deadly police shootings

NBC: The bill would allow police to use deadly force only when it is "necessary" to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious injury to officers or bystanders.

May 30: Veteran Response Teams: Law Enforcement Officers Respecting Service, Restoring Honor for Vets in Crisis

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is pleased to announce the release of the third publication in our justice-involved veterans compendium project, Veteran Response Teams: Law Enforcement Officers Respecting Service, Restoring Honor for Vets in Crisis. The publication features law enforcement programs created to improve practices for handling veterans in crisis, highlighting the key role law enforcement can play in de-escalating situations involving veterans.

To view the document, please click here:
https://nicic.gov/law-enforcement-officers-respecting-service-restoring-honor-vets-crisis

May 30: LA Sheriff's Deputies Say Violence, Harassment And Bullying Ongoing At East LA Station

LAist: Seven L.A. County Sheriff's deputies say the department has failed to address the violence, harassment and bullying they formally alleged nearly three months ago by a gang-like clique of their colleagues at the East L.A. Station.

The five deputies and two training officers filed legal claims on March 7 claiming that members of the "Banditos" clique attacked several of them at a September 2018 party, knocking one of them out and sending two of them to the hospital. The claims said the attacks followed months of harassment and bullying of young deputies that included pressure to carry out questionable arrests and work overtime without pay.

May 30: Former Hammond Police Officer Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Involving Two Female Students (Video)

If you watch this news video it appears there are a number of issues with this case, lack of good judgement/supervision and poor or lack of policies, to cite just a few.  Lt. Dan

CHICAGO (CBS) — A former Hammond, Indiana, police officer is accused of sexual misconduct involving two female students riding in his cop car, and some say the city unnecessarily put those students in harm’s way.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/05/29/former-hammond-police-officer-accused-of-sexual-misconduct-involving-two-female-students/

May 30: Rethinking mental health for cops: When ‘good intentions’ aren’t enough

Interesting article regarding the effectiveness of CISM debriefings.  LT. Dan

Christian Science Monitor: What’s the best way to help those who regularly expose themselves to stress and trauma to protect others?

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2019/0529/Rethinking-mental-health-for-cops-When-good-intentions-aren-t-enough

May 28: LAPD release video of ambush, OIS following pursuit

Well produced recap of this shooting by LAPD. Lt. Dan

LAPD: While the officers pursued the driver, a second man approached one of the officers and began shooting

May 28: Baltimore Mayor Young makes civil rights office independent to reduce conflicts in investigations of police

Baltimore Sun; Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Tuesday announced that the Baltimore Office of Civil Rights will now be a standalone agency, no longer under the city solicitor’s office, amid concerns of potential conflicts of interest between city attorneys and the board that investigates police misconduct.

The move means that the Civilian Review Board, an independent agency that reviews police misconduct complaints, will no longer work under the gaze of the city’s law office. The city’s law office also represents officers in police misconduct cases, creating the potential for conflict or an appearance of conflict.

May 29: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Highway Enforcement Team

Report released April 18:  Issue; allegations of bias policing regarding traffic stops by the Domestic Highway Enforcement Team. Lt. Dan

May 28: 03-12-19 Review of Selected LAPD Data-Driven Policing Strategies

​At the direction of the Police Commission, the OIG analyzed two specific data-driven policing strategies currently being utilized by the LAPD -- the Los Angeles Strategic Extraction and Restoration (LASER) Program; and PredPol, which is short for "Predictive Policing."  Also at the Commission's direction, the OIG conducted a review of a community survey program utilized by the Department called ELUCD.

May 28: 02-05-19 Review of Gang Enforcement Detail Stops 

​At the request of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, the OIG completed a review of vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle stops conducted by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers assigned to Gang Enforcement Details (GEDs).  This represents the first of two OIG reports that focus on proactive -- or discretionary -- stops by LAPD officers.  The duties of officers assigned to GED revolve primarily around crime suppression and other proactive policing strategies, rather than responding to calls for service.  The same may be said with regard to officers assigned to Metropolitan Division line platoons, whose discretionary stops of individuals will be the focus of the OIG's forthcoming second report in this series.  This review (of GEDs) specifically examined stops that included at least one black, Hispanic, or white male in order to allow for a comparison among these groups.  In conducting these reviews, the OIG's goal was to assess -- based on available information -- the extent to which officers had a reasonable basis for the initial detention or contact with each person, as well as for each subsequent search or seizure conducted during a stop, and to evaluate officers' articulation of that reasonable basis.

May 28: Former GTTF detective sentenced to 12 years in federal prison

WBAL Baltimore:  Former Baltimore police Gun Trace Task Force Detective Jemell Rayam was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in federal prison. "I put a stain on BPD," ...

May 28: NYPD Inspector General for The New York City Police Department Issues 2019 Assessment of Litigation Data Involving NYPD

May 28: Political Fallout Escalates After SF Police Raid Journalist's Office

NPR: The San Francisco Police Officers' Association is calling on the chief of police to resign for his handling of a raid on a reporter's home. The reporter ...

May 28: Officer accused of sexually abusing 15-year-old killed himself, Mississippi police say

USA TODAY: JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi police officer accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl died Monday morning in an apparent suicide, the ...

May 28: Texas Passes Bill to Let People Openly Carry Guns After a Natural Disaster

Governing: The Texas Senate on Sunday night narrowly approved a bill that would allow Texans to carry their guns for up to a week after a natural disaster.

House Bill 1177 passed by a vote of 16-15 and now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature or veto. If it becomes law, any Texan who can legally own a firearm would be able to carry their handgun, open or concealed, for a full week after a state or natural disaster is declared.

May 28: How Public Employers Are Reevaluating the Employee Review

Governing: Local governments are changing the frequency of performance evaluations, who receives them and what they're assessing.

Research from, Nature and Human Behavior: Causal peer effects in police misconduct:  Abstract:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-019-0612-8

May 27: Study Finds Misconduct Spreads Among Police Officers Like Contagion

NOVA: According to new research, reassigning police officers with a history of misconduct makes it more likely that their new peers will also misbehave.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/police-misconduct-peer-effects/

May 27: How the NYPD keeps tabs on cops

NYPD’s take on Early Intervention:  Lt. Dan

amNY: The NYPD is expanding an extensive electronic database to keep tabs on its officers, giving the department real time feedback about how cops are ...

May 27: Former jail deputy enters plea in death of inmate

Lexington Herald Leader: A former Kentucky jail deputy charged with manslaughter in the death of an inmate has pleaded guilty to a lesser count. News outlets report former ...

May 26: Bexar Co. deputy, drug dealer caught in jail drug smuggling scheme

550 KTSA: SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A Bexar County sheriff's deputy and a suspected drug dealer were arrested in a drug smuggling scheme Saturday.

 May 26: Death of Williams County sheriff's deputy ruled suicide

Toledo Blade: BRYAN — The death of a Williams County sheriff's deputy announced Friday on Facebook by the Williams County Sheriff's Office has been ruled a ...

May 26: Protesters march after cop found not guilty in teen's beating

NJ.com: Reiman was acquitted on aggravated assault, official misconduct, and falsifying police report charges. The jury took seven hours to deliberate.

May 24: Greenville deputy caught on camera discarding evidence in drug case, records show

Greenville News: A Greenville County deputy discarded evidence in a drug case and has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to court records obtained ...

May 24: Federal Judge Rules People Can Secretly Record Police In Public Spaces

wgbh.org: A federal judge ordered the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney to notify their officers and prosecutors that people have ...

May 24: Can Hidden Scanners Find Weapons in Crowds? Utah Will Test New Technology.

Governing: Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is partnering with Georgia-based Liberty Defense to test and promote a product that uses 3D imaging and artificial intelligence to detect concealed weapons on people in public spaces.

May 24: Sacramento police release body cam video of controversial arrest of 12-year-old boy

Do people not realize what “spit mask” is and why it is used?  Lt. Dan

(KGO) -- Sacramento Police are defending their actions in the latest alleged case of excessive force, this one involving the controversial arrest of a ..

May 24: California's police use-of-force bill gets buy-in from law enforcement after changes

Los Angeles Times

Law enforcement groups opposing a California bill that promises the nation's toughest police use-of-force standard have unexpectedly stood down, ...

May 24: Police in Utah used a genealogy site to find a violent suspect — and the uproar led to tighter rules ...

Salt Lake Tribune: Police found the suspect's blood on the sill beneath a broken window, but the DNA test resulted in no matches in traditional law enforcement ...

May 24: Mississippi city fires police officer charged in killing of woman he was romantically involved with

NBCNews.com: OXFORD, Miss. — A Mississippi city has fired a police officer charged in the killing of a woman with whom he was romantically involved. An Oxford ...

May 23: Wild LA police pursuit involving stolen RV, dogs leaves 3 injured

I don’t usually post pursuit videos, but this one is unique.  If you’ve got a few minutes to kill, here it is. Lt. Dan.

At least six vehicles were reportedly struck during the pursuit, which included a detour through a parking lot.

https://www.policeone.com/suspect-pursuit/articles/483940006-Wild-LA-police-pursuit-involving-stolen-RV-dogs-leaves-3-injured/

May 23: Sheriff Civilian Oversight Demands Further Explanation of Closed Misconduct Cases

NBC LA: The Los Angeles County's Civilian Oversight Commission said Tuesday it would request a more formal explanation and documents from Sheriff Alex Villanueva on why dozens of internal affairs cases into allegations of deputy misconduct had been prematurely closed.

At least 45 cases were "inactivated" by Sheriff's executives in January and February, 2019, according to an Inspector General's report, meaning they were shelved before detectives could complete investigations into allegations of child abuse, sexual misconduct, and other law and policy violations.

"In many instances the reasons for those inactivations were not documented," Inspector General Max Huntsman told the Commissioners, even though he said Sheriff's Department policy requires a written explanation of each decision. "I think it's critical that the policies be followed and the documentation be there so that the Sheriff's Department itself can look closely and be consistent in the discipline it provides."

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/investigations/Sheriff-Civilian-Oversight-Demands-Further-Explanation-of-Closed-Misconduct-Cases-510238831.html

Sandy, Utah pays $100K after ex-police chief claims the mayor defamed him when he fired him for inappropriate touching

Salt Lake Tribune: Months later, Thacker notified the city that he intended to sue, calling Bradburn’s announcements to the news media nothing more than “melodramatic presentations” intended to cast the mayor as someone fighting against sexual misconduct and for “wives” and “daughters,” according to a notice of claim released Wednesday in response to a records request from The Salt Lake Tribune.

In the notice, Thacker said he had never been warned about complaints of inappropriate touching and that he was put on leave “out of the blue” in April 2018.

Thacker claimed an attorney hired by the city to conduct an investigation told him the probe “did not come from a complaint by any individual claiming inappropriate touching.”

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/05/22/sandy-pays-k-after-ex/

May 21: Camden police officer turns 90, becomes the oldest active police officer in Arkansas (Video)

An inspiring video:  Lt. Dan

CAMDEN, Ark. (KTVE)- Camden holds claim to the oldest active police officer in Arkansas. Officer Leonard Charles Smith, better known as "L.C. Buckshot", celebrated his 90th birthday May 12.

Officer Smith spent 46 years with the Ouachita County Sheriff's Department. He worked in various roles before retiring in September 2010. Just four months later, he went to work with the Camden Police Department.

https://www.kark.com/news/camden-police-officer-turns-90-becomes-the-oldest-active-police-officer-in-arkansas/2004299880

May 21: New documentary focuses on trauma faced by first-responders

San Diego Union-Tribune: “Keeping the Peace,” a new documentary that recently premiered at the University of San Diego, brings to light the trauma often faced by first responders and encourages police officers, firefighters and others in the field to seek counseling when dealing with emotional issues.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/story/2019-05-18/new-documentary-focuses-on-trauma-faced-by-first-responders

May 21:  Video: Shirtless Florida Man Steals FHP Cruiser to Set Off 149 MPH Chase

NBC: The suspect weaved through traffic in speeds over 120 mph

https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Video-Shirtless-Florida-Man-Steals-FHP-Vehicle-Leads-150-MPH-Chase-510133891.html

May 21: Crime fighting just got easier as burglars reveal all

Interesting study: Lt. Dan

Science Daily: The expertise of experienced burglars puts them streets ahead of householders, and even well ahead of other criminals, according to a new study. The results could lead to a step-change in how we fight this crime.

In the first re-enactment of a burglary by experienced burglars, other criminals and those with no criminal experience, 160 people were asked to scout a virtual neighborhood, choose a house to burgle and burgle it.

The results revealed a striking degree of knowledge and skill by experienced burglars in choosing which home to target, how to navigate inside and what to take, revealing unprecedented insight into crime prevention.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190520093456.htm

May 21: Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald fired Monday

Fort Worth Star Telegram: Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald has been fired after a culmination of problems including a heated confrontation in Washington, D.C. and failed attempt to get a job in Baltimore, city officials announced on Monday.

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article230622214.html


May 21: Florida deputy ordered to surrender gun and badge amid viral video of him slamming teen's head

FOX 5 DC

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Florida deputy Christopher Krickovich was ordered to surrender his gun and badge after a cellphone video went viral of him ..

May 20: San Diego police leaders defend use of controversial neck restraint, despite continuing calls for a ban

SAN DIEGO —  A controversial neck hold that many large departments have banned or restricted was used hundreds of times by San Diego police officers over the last five years, a practice the department has no interest in changing despite cries from community members to get rid of it.

The move is called a carotid restraint, also known as a sleeper hold or a blood choke. Officers use an arm to put pressure on the sides of a person’s neck, which — if applied correctly — can cause someone to quickly fall unconscious.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/story/2019-05-19/san-diego-police-leaders-defend-use-controversial-neck-restraint-despite-calls-for-ban

May 19: Judge orders California attorney general to release pre-2019 police misconductfiles

Los Angeles Times

A San Francisco judge has ordered California's attorney general to release police misconduct records predating Jan. 1, when new transparency ...

May 19: Fort Worth Police Chief on the Hot Seat

NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is facing allegations of acting inappropriately at a national police event in Washington, DC. Chief Fitzgerald told ...

 

May 19: What Seattle police said in their exit interviews. (It's blistering)

Interesting reading: Lt. Dan

KUOW.org: "Hyper-aggressive oversight." "Non-supportive city government." "No backing from city, OPA and community." "An increasingly spineless legal system." These are the parting shots of Seattle police officers explaining why they left in the past year.

In dozens of unredacted exit interviews over the past year, departing Seattle police officers provided their agency with their blunt take on the political climate in Seattle, including the statement, “City Council sucks.” Another officer observed of the Police Department, “everybody seems unhappy.”

https://www.kuow.org/stories/why-they-left-seattle-police-in-their-own-blistering-words

May 17: Kentucky Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Beating Handcuffed and Compliant Inmate

DOJ: Devan Edwards, 22, a former correctional officer at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, one of three officers charged last week in connection with the beating of a handcuffed and compliant inmate, pleaded guilty today, announced Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman for the Western District of Kentucky, and FBI Louisville Special Agent in Charge James Robert Brown Jr.

May 17: Ex-MSP trooper sentenced to 5-15 years in ATV death

The Detroit News

Former Michigan State Police trooper Mark Bessner was sentenced Monday to 5-15 years for causing the death of teenage ATV rider Damon Grimes ..

May 17: 2 transit cops put on leave after suspect sets self on fire

Fox News

MINNEAPOLIS – Two Twin Cities Metro Transit police officers were placed on leave after a man they arrested set himself on fire in the back of a squad and suffered critical injuries.

May 17: San Francisco passes city government ban on facial recognition tech

TechCrunch

On Tuesday, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to approve a ban on the use of facial recognition tech by city agencies, including the police ...

MY 16: Police chief: Body cameras may cost city millions of dollars

Washington Post

WILMINGTON, Del. — The police chief of Wilmington, Delaware, says the department's adoption of body cameras could cost the city nearly $4.5 ...

May 16: Ex-Police Chief Convicted in Retrial of Misconduct

U.S. News & World Report

Ex-Police Chief Convicted in Retrial of Misconduct ... A former police chief on Maryland's Eastern Shore has been convicted of misconduct in office.

May 15: Federal judge finds Seattle partly out of compliance with police-reform deal — a major blow to city

Citing a history of defiance by Seattle’s rank-and-file police union, a federal judge on Wednesday found that a portion of Seattle’s contract with the union fails to address officer accountability, threatening to undermine public confidence in a seven-year-old reform agreement between the city and the Department of Justice.

May 15: Bexar deputy arrested, another fired in connection with incident that led to inmate's death

mySanAntonio.com

A Bexar County jailer was arrested and another fired after an unsupervised inmate experienced a medical episode that led to his death, officials said.

May 15: Sheriff: Orange County deputy used excessive force

Fox 35 Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - An Orange County sheriff's deputy has been suspended without pay, accused of using excessive force.

May 15: Riverside County and sheriff's union agree to more overtime, better hours

Press-Enterprise

Under terms of a side letter signed by both Riverside County and the Riverside Sheriff's Association, it is now easier for deputies to earn overtime,

May 15: LA County Agrees To Pay $3.75M To Family Of 16-Year-Old Fatally Shot BySheriff's Deputy

LAist

Anthony Weber was fatally shot by an L.A. County sheriff's deputy Feb. 2, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Juris Productions, Inc.) The L.A. County Board of ...

May 15: Fort Worth Lays Out Plans For Creation of Independent Police Monitor

UPDATED:  Fort Worth (WBAP/KLIF) –  In reaction to news that The City of Fort Worth is moving ahead on the creation of a police monitor position and community review board, the Fort Worth Police Department released the following statement;

“The Task Force recommendations along with the Police Monitor and involved topics are a City initiative.

May 15: House Democrats Are Investigating DOJ’s Retreat From Police Reform In Trump Era

Lawmakers want to know why the Justice Department “sharply curtailed” its role in “eradicating civil rights abuses by law enforcement.”