Current Events

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

Schedule

Date/Time Event
09/18/2018 - 09/20/2018
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course (Palm Beach)
Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Training Facility, West Palm Beach FL. SOLD OUT, Contact LT. Dan to get on waiting list!
NOTE NEW DATE 09/26/2018 - 09/28/2018
08:00 -17:00
IA-101: Introduction to Internal Affairs Investigations Course
Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, Chantilly Virginia - Early registration discount extended
09/26/2018 - 09/28/2018
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Phoenix AZ
10/01/2018 - 10/04/2018
08:00 -17:00
IA-201: Professional Standards Investigations Certificate Course
Peoria Public Safety Administration Building, Peoria Arizona
10/16/2018 - 10/18/2018
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-101: Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course
Oklahoma City Police Training Center, Oklahoma City OK
10/23/2018 - 10/26/2018
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-201: Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (LEIAC)™ Course (Palm Beach)
Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Training Facility, West Palm Beach FL
10/30/2018 - 11/02/2018
08:00 -17:00
LEIA-201: Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (LEIAC)™ Course
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, Phoenix AZ
11/06/2018 - 11/09/2018
08:00 -17:00
IA-201: Professional Standards Investigations Certificate Course
Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, Chantilly Virginia

November 13-15, 2018: LD Consulting will be presenting at the IAPro Conference in San Diego.  See you there! 

Sept 14: Video shows wounded Colo. cop protecting bystanders after fatal OIS

Nice to see some factual news coverage of an OIS finally come out in this case.  Lt. Dan

Officer Travis Lloyd was "defending himself and other people on the street" when he shot and killed the suspect

https://www.policeone.com/investigations/articles/480428006-Video-shows-wounded-Colo-cop-protecting-bystanders-after-fatal-OIS/

Sept 14: NYPD cops had on-duty sex with hookers, investigator says

NY Post: The ex-vice detective who used NYPD cops to protect his $2 million-a-year prostitution racket made sure all prospective johns dropped their pants and got groped — to prove they weren’t undercover officers, officials said Thursday.

https://nypost.com/2018/09/13/nypd-cops-had-on-duty-sex-with-hookers-investigator-says/

Sept 14: Austin Police Oversight: Starting From Scratch

Austin Chronicle: At a City Council work session in late May, Police Monitor Farah Muscadin sat down to talk about her ongoing effort to revamp the city's system for police oversight. She was talking specifically about comparative systems, and how the city of Austin isn't the only major American metropolis undergoing an overhaul of its accountability framework. In fact, it's one of several, along with Denver, Seattle, Minne­apolis, New Orleans, San Francisco, and San Jose.

Muscadin was there to brief Council on the ways in which Austin could learn from other cities –

https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2018-09-14/police-oversight-starting-from-scratch/

Sept 14: Pro-law enforcement group releases study on impact of legal marijuana in Colorado

COLORADO – The group Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a pro-law enforcement group, has updated its annual report on the impact of legal marijuana in Colorado.

The organization’s numbers paint a negative picture of those who use marijuana. Keep in mind, this organization is comprised of law enforcement agencies in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Utah with a mission “to support the national drug control strategy of reducing drug use.”

Some of the findings:

  • Marijuana-related traffic deaths increased 151% from 2013 to 2017
  • Traffic deaths involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana more than doubled from 55 in 2013 to 138 people killed in 2017.
  • Marijuana-related traffic deaths in Colorado increased by 9.87% from 2013 to 2017
  • A 45% increase in past-month use when comparing the three-year average of marijuana use prior to its legalization to the three years after legalization
  • Past-month marijuana use for ages 12 and older is ranked third in the nation and is 85% higher than the national average
  • Generally speaking, the cost to purchase legal recreational marijuana in Colorado has fallen 62 percent from 2014 through 2017.
  • The THC level, the component of marijuana that gets you high, has steadily increased over that same period of time.

https://rmhidta.org/files/D2DF/FINAL-%20Volume%205%20UPDATE%202018.pdf

Sept 14: Consent Decree on Chicago Police Reform Filed in Federal Court

CPD Consent Decree: On August 29, 2017, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit to obtain reform of the Chicago Police Department. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the City of Chicago agreed to stay the lawsuit and negotiate an enforceable consent decree based on the findings of the Justice Department’s investigation and the Task Force’s report that revealed a pattern of civil rights violations caused by systemic deficiencies within CPD. On July 27, 2018 the Attorney General’s Office posted a draft consent decree for public comment, and on September 13, 2018 the Attorney General’s Office posted the proposed consent decree that was filed in federal court.

http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org/resources/

Sept 14: Ex-Detective Sentenced After Pleading to Tampering Charge

A former Ohio sheriff's detective accused of mishandling a homicide investigation has received two years in prison for tampering with evidence. Judge Patricia Cosgrove said Detective O'Connell failed to follow important leads and relied on information he knew wasn't true.

A co-worker of Bogle's was charged with aggravated murder in 2017 after different investigators took over case. He faces trial next month.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/ohio/articles/2018-09-14/ex-detective-sentenced-after-pleading-to-tampering-charge

Sept 14: Former Biscayne Park Chief of Police Pleads Guilty to Conspiring With Other Officers to Violate Victims’ Civil Rights by Making False Arrests

DOJ: Former Village of Biscayne Park Chief of Police, Raimundo Atesiano, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with subordinate officers to violate individuals’ civil rights by making false arrests, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg for the Southern District of Florida, Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami Field Office, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney, and Troy Walker, Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

According to documents filed in connection with the plea entered today, Atesiano was acting under color of law as chief of police when on three separate occasions he ordered officers under his command to falsely arrest and charge individuals with unsolved burglaries.  In court filings related to the plea, Atesiano admitted that on one occasion he instructed an officer to falsely arrest and charge an individual for several vehicle burglaries based upon what Atesiano knew were false confessions. According to the documents, Atesiano intentionally encouraged officers to arrest individuals without a legal basis in order to have arrests effectuated for all reported burglaries, which created a fictitious 100% clearance rate for that category of crime.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-biscayne-park-chief-police-pleads-guilty-conspiring-other-officers-violate-victims 

Sept 13: Cincinnati police release bodycam footage of cop firing through window, gunning down mass shooter at bank

Classic example of officers running towards the gunfire.  Great job by Cincinnati officers!  Lt. Dan

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/13/cincinnati-police-release-bodycam-footage-cop-firing-through-window-gunning-down-mass-shooter-at-bank.html

Sept 13: Former Kentucky Police Officer Sentenced for Wrongful Arrest

DOJ: Officer Illegally Arrested Citizen After The Citizen Attempted To File Complaints Against Him.  William Dukes, Jr., a former sergeant with the Providence, Kentucky, Police Department, was sentenced today to 42 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for willfully depriving a Kentucky citizen of his constitutional rights under color of law, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman for the Western District of Kentucky.

The jury found that Dukes willfully violated the Constitution by arresting the victim, while knowing that he did not have probable cause to believe that the victim had committed any crime. The evidence presented at trial established that after the victim called the authorities seeking to file a complaint about an earlier interaction with Dukes, he wrongfully arrested the victim.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-kentucky-police-officer-sentenced-wrongful-arrest

Sept 13: Chicago Police Officer Takes Own Life

Fox News: A Chicago police officer apparently fatally shot herself in the parking lot of a Far South Side police station Wednesday morning. This marks the third death for the station in the last two months.

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/cpd-officer-kills-self-in-far-south-side-police-station-parking-lot

Sept 13: NYPD Officers Charged in Prostitution Ring (News video)

CBS New York: Seven NYPD officers have been busted for their alleged involvement in a prostitution and gambling ring.

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/09/12/sources-7-nypd-officers-arrested-in-connection-to-alleged-prostitution-ring/

Sept 13: Is Amber Guyger's shooting an OIS?

Good op-ed regarding this incident.  Lt. Dan

Police One: Dallas officer Amber Guyger had just finished a 15-hour shift when she entered an apartment she mistook as her own and shot a man she thought was an intruder.

https://www.policeone.com/investigations/articles/480413006-Is-Amber-Guygers-shooting-an-OIS/

Sept 13: Missing drug evidence bag leads to tampering, perjury, misconduct charges for Madison County Sheriff

MT Standard: In charging documents, Mary E. Cochenour, assistant attorney general and special deputy Madison County attorney, alleges that Thompson knowingly "took possession of physical evidence that was found on a confidential informant, particularly white powder that tested positive for methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and removed that evidence, with the purpose to impair its availability in a proceeding or investigation against the confidential informant." The charging documents also allege that Thompson lied under oath and committed these offenses will acting in the official capacity as sheriff of Madison County.

https://mtstandard.com/crime-and-courts/missing-drug-evidence-bag-leads-to-tampering-perjury-misconduct-charges/article_78ba57b4-be58-521b-a437-762ec12b7f35.html

Sept 13: Study: Civilian complaints ‘a valid predictor’ of police misconduct

This report is to be published soon.  Please let me know if you see it or get a copy.  Thx. Lt. Dan

Chicago Sunt Times: Two local legal scholars who examined thousands of police misconduct allegations have determined that taking those complaints more seriously “could substantially reduce the most serious incidents of police misconduct.”

The two also conclude that, for the majority of Chicago Police officers, civilian complaints do not result in litigation. However, “for the worst 5 percent [of officers], there was a clear relationship between allegations and litigation.”

“The worst 1 percent of officers generate almost five times the number of payouts and four times the total damage payouts in civil rights litigation than the average officer,” they found.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/study-civilian-complaints-valid-predictor-of-police-misconduct/

Sept 13: Cops Who Kill—Themselves

How does a professional problem solver get so low that suicide is the answer?

Interesting article: Lt. Dan

Psychology Today: The National Study of Police Suicide profiled 126 law enforcement suicides. On the basis of these profiles, the study’s authors concluded that LEOs who are most at risk for killing themselves are single males between the ages of 40 and 44 with an average of 16 years on the job.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/cop-doc/201809/cops-who-kill-themselves

Sept 13: Ex-deputy allegedly sold guns to pawn shops for cash; GBI investigating

AJC.com: Daniel Lang managed the evidence and property room at the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, but he was demoted earlier this year after an audit alleged he sold the weapons to pawn shops instead of destroying them, the sheriff’s office told Channel 2.

https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/deputy-allegedly-sold-guns-pawn-shops-for-cash-gbi-investigating/YDTtaITENxquNxD2kfRk3L/

Sept 13: City cracking down on ‘frivolous’ lawsuits against NYPD detective

NY Post: The Bronx detective has filed a $175 million notice of claim against the city, accusing it of creating a “cottage industry” for gang members looking to squeeze taxpayers with bogus complaints of police misconduct. He remains on modified duty.

In an interview with The Post, Terrell described the city’s efforts to seek sanctions as bittersweet, saying he’s glad they’re seeking to punish the frivolous suits but worries it’s too little too late.

https://nypost.com/2018/09/10/city-cracking-down-on-frivolous-lawsuits-against-nypd-detective/

Sept 13: Mississippi dispatcher brutally beaten while on duty at police department, cops say

There did not appear to be any established security in place to protect this non-sworn staff member. There have been other attacks recently at public service areas of law enforcement facilities.  This is a good reminder to examine the security at your law enforcement facilities. Lt. Dan

A Mississippi dispatcher was brutally beaten last week when a man showed up at the police department and attacked her, police said. Clarksdale police dispatcher Barbara King was on duty around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday when Stacy Clark showed up at the station and asked for property that was left in the building, FOX13 Memphis reported.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/11/mississippi-dispatcher-brutally-beaten-while-on-duty-at-police-department-cops-say.html

Sept 13: Bellevue police chief to be reinstated after yearlong paid leave

Interesting case:  Lt. Dan

Omaha.com: Nebraska: The Bellevue police chief will be back at work later this month, after collecting $122,409 while on paid leave amid a battle with the city’s police union.

Last year Mark Elbert received a no-confidence vote from the Bellevue police union and was placed on leave. He will be reinstated as chief of police on Wednesday, according to a press release sent out Tuesday by the city’s attorney, Patrick Sullivan.

https://www.omaha.com/news/public-safety/bellevue-police-chief-to-be-reinstated-after-yearlong-paid-leave/article_c338d5af-6d5b-50dc-b44c-9f6554b5a4b1.html

Sept 13: Police officer gets 43 years for on-duty sex assaults

DAYTON, Ohio –  A former police officer in an Ohio village was sentenced Wednesday to 43 years in prison for sexually assaulting four women while on duty, including two women he had taken to the police station.

The crimes of Justin Sanderson, 33, are "reprehensible and disturbing," Montgomery County prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a statement after the sentencing.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/12/police-officer-gets-43-years-for-on-duty-sex-assaults.html

Sept 13: Dallas chief wants review of police tactics at protest

DALLAS – The Dallas police chief said she has called for a full review and plans to meet with protest leaders after learning about reports that police used pepper-spray projectiles at a demonstration over a black man's death.

Chief U. Renee Hall said in a statement Tuesday that the projectiles, which are called pepper balls and usually contain the chemical in pepper spray, should only be used if there is an immediate threat to the public or if an on-scene commander calls for them to be used. The projectiles irritate the nose and eyes.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/12/dallas-chief-wants-review-police-tactics-at-protest.html

Sept 12: No More Corruption: New Jersey AG Vows to Go After Crooked Cops and Politicians

NJ.com: New Jersey's top prosecutor is creating a semi-autonomous team in his office to target a wide swath of government wrongdoing, from bribe-pocketing public officials to abusive police officers and wrongful convictions.

https://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/09/murphys_ag_launches_new_corruption_unit_to_target.html

Sept 10: Are Complaints about Customs and Border Patrol’s Polygraph Program Unfounded?

DHS-OIG: An audit was recently completed and its findings published to determine whether complaints about the Customs and Border Patrol’s polygraph examination could be substantiated.

Report also posted on LEIAG website: Keyword polygraph

https://www.oversight.gov/sites/default/files/oig-reports/OIG-18-68-Jul18.pdf

Sept 10: California bill opening police misconduct records to public passes Legislature

Daily Californian: The bill covers records containing information that the public has the “most legitimate right to know” — police misconduct records. She also noted that, of all 50 states, California has the most secrecy surrounding public access to law-enforcement records.

“Investigations on use of force, such as shootings, and dishonesty related to either tampering with evidence or tampering with the witness … those activities are the things that the public really has the most legitimate right to know,” Skinner said. “It gives the ability to the public to hold an agency accountable.”

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/09/04/california-bill-opening-police-misconduct-records-public-passes-legislature/

Sept 10: 2 Chicago cops took bribes to share crash report details with attorney referral service

Chicago Tribune: These two officers were indicted for taking $7,350 and $6,000 t in return for supplying details on accident victims from police reports, the indictments alleged. The payments were allegedly made in cash and by wire transfer.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-cops-charged-bribery-20180907-story.html

Sept 9: Apple Will Create a Law Enforcement Data Request Portal

Gov Tech: The announcement comes on the heels of recommendations from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which noted some of the technological challenges facing law enforcement.

http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Apple-Will-Create-a-Law-Enforcement-Data-Request-Portal.html

Sept 7: City, state agree on CPD decree; cops would report each time they point gun

As part of the new procedure, police officers must radio in the use of a gun to the Office of Emergency Management, according to Madigan’s office. That will link the information electronically with the corresponding CPD reports and body-camera footage.

The decision to document each time an officer draws their gun was decried by the union representing rank-and-file officers. In fact, Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham said he would “toss out the entire” court-ordered consent decree.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/chicago-police-department-proposed-consent-decree-reform-file-report-point-gun-lisa-madigan-federal-court/

Sept 5: ‘I could crush your [expletive] skull and [expletive] get away with it.’ A deep look at the Springfield police

Boston Globe: For years, claims of police misconduct — ranging from false reports, brutal beatings, and wrongful convictions — have been lodged against Springfield officers in courtrooms, in the community, and even from within the ranks.

The city has paid millions to settle claims, while civil suits filed against the police department allege many officers accused of serious misconduct have faced little to no discipline, though Bigda was suspended. Some of them have been promoted, records show.

Now, the US Department of Justice is conducting two investigations — one a criminal probe by the FBI focused on Bigda’s actions and the other a sweeping civil review of whether the police department’s narcotics unit routinely used excessive force and violated people’s civil rights.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/01/springfield-police-facing-civil-rights-probe/m7xG6NUxwFZ2o0gQwPqHVN/story.html

September 5: Chiefs Say Violence Endangers Officers Reporting Misconduct

US News: Police chiefs in New Jersey are warning about violence against officers who report misconduct, saying they "are often labeled by their peers as a 'rat' or 'snitch' and subject to harsh reprisals.".

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-jersey/articles/2018-09-02/chiefs-say-violence-endangers-officers-reporting-misconduct

Victoria (BC) police should not investigate serious misconduct itself, landmark report says

The Age: Serious police misconduct should not be left to the force to investigate, a landmark parliamentary inquiry has found.

Probes should instead be conducted by Victoria's corruption watchdog, the inquiry into Victoria's police complaints system said.

The inquiry's report, which was released on Tuesday, also called for the state government to establish a dedicated police corruption and misconduct division within the the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission.

The final report comes after a series of stories reported by The Age that exposed police misconduct, corruption and serious inadequacies in the way complaints about the force were handled.

The inquiry made 69 sweeping recommendations to improve the transparency, impartiality, effectiveness and efficiency of the system.

Link to report: https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/ibacc/inquiries/article/3802

Report also posted on LEAIG web library.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-police-should-not-investigate-serious-misconduct-itself-landmark-report-says-20180904-p501pa.html

VIDEO: Woman with baby leads Texas troopers on high-speed police chase

WBTW: A different portion of the video, however, is grabbing attention because it involves a woman with a baby in her backseat on a high-speed chase with police. A DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a Mercedes SUV on June 15th. The female driver, who had outstanding warrants, sped off and led police on a high-speed chase, travelling up to at least 100 mph on busy Highway 90. The driver's front tire was disabled by a tire deflation device by a trooper in communication with DPS aircrew.

https://www.wbtw.com/news/national/video-woman-with-baby-leads-texas-troopers-on-high-speed-police-chase/1415176638

September 5: Dramatic footage shows deadly shootout with TX  DPS trooper, suspect

https://www.ksat.com/news/watch-dramatic-footage-shows-deadly-shootout-with-dps-trooper-suspect

August 29: Director’s Corner: Pushing the Edge on Evidence-Based Policing - Reflections on Research for the Real World

August 29: California Becomes First State to End Cash-Bail System

Governing: California will become the first state to let people leave jail before trial without having to post bail, under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday that largely leaves pretrial release decisions up to local judges -- a change praised by legislative and judicial leaders but condemned by some criminal defense advocates.

August 29: BJS RELEASES FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, 1997-2016

Some interesting data with some nice charts / tables as well. Posted on LEIAG website library as well. Lt. Dan

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Full-Time Employees in Law Enforcement Agencies, 1997-2016, which presents findings from BJS’s Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics survey on full-time employees in general-purpose local, county and state law enforcement agencies for 2016, with comparisons to prior years.

Highlights:

  • The average number of full-time sworn officers per 1,000 U.S. residents decreased from 2.42 in 1997 to 2.17 in 2016 (down 11%).
  • From 1997 to 2016, the number of full-time sworn officers in general-purpose law enforcement agencies increased by about 52,000 (up 8%).
  • The number of full-time employees in general-purpose law enforcement agencies increased by about 174,000 (up 20%) from 1997 to 2016.
  • Among local police departments, the number of full-time sworn officers increased by about 48,000 (up 11%) from 1997 to 2016.
  • From 1997 to 2016, the number of full-time civilians in general-purpose agencies increased by about 121,000 (up 53%). The number of full-time civilians in sheriffs’ offices increased by 110%, or about 98,000.

https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=6366

August 29: Former Texas police officer found guilty of murder in death of teenager Jordan Edwards

NBC: A former Texas police officer was found guilty of murder on Tuesday in the 2017 killing of an unarmed African-American teenager who was shot as he and his friends started to drive away from a house party in a car.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/texas-police-officer-found-guilty-murder-death-teenager/story?id=57455946

Investigators: Mesa AZ. officers use of force justified in controversial encounter

Police One: August 29: Video shows officers using fists to physically force a man to comply

https://www.policeone.com/investigations/articles/479723006-Investigators-Ariz-cops-use-of-force-justified-in-controversial-encounter/

Go to LEIAG.org to learn more and register

August 29: Spokane deputy copy and pasted in search warrant leading the judge to throw out DUI evidence

InLander.com: In June, Spokane County District Court Judge Aimee Maurer threw out blood-draw evidence gained with a search warrant because Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Skye Ortiz copy and pasted another deputy's words into the warrant application without attribution. In doing so, Ortiz falsely stated that he observed things that he did not see, Maurer ruled.

https://www.inlander.com/spokane/spokane-deputy-copy-and-pasted-in-search-warrant-leading-the-judge-to-throw-out-dui-evidence/Content?oid=11762290

August 29: Former Fremont County (Colo) deputy pleads guilty to stealing from crime scene

KRDO: FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. - A former Fremont County deputy pleaded guilty to theft, official misconduct and tampering with physical evidence Monday after stealing silver and jewelry from a crime scene.

https://www.krdo.com/news/former-fremont-county-deputy-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-from-crime-scene/787027017

August 29: Record $14.4 Million Settlement Reached in Deputy Shooting of Grandfather Mistaken for Gang Member

NBC LA: A record $14.4 million settlement has been reached four years after a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy fatally shot a grandfather he mistook for a wanted gang member in a standoff at a Pico Rivera home.

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Record-Settlement-Reached-in-Deputy-Shooting-of-Grandfather-Mistaken-for-Gang-Member-491822911.html

Audit of Compliance with Standards Governing Combined DNA Index System Activities at the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Regional Crime Laboratory, San Diego, California

OIG-DOJ: The objectives of our audit were to determine if: (1) the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSD) Regional Crime Laboratory (Laboratory) was in compliance with select National DNA Index System (NDIS) Operational Procedures; (2) the Laboratory was in compliance with certain Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and (3) the Laboratory’s forensic DNA profiles in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) databases were complete, accurate, and allowable for inclusion in NDIS.

https://www.oversight.gov/sites/default/files/oig-reports/g9018004.pdf

August 28: LVMPD briefing and body cam of OIS

LV Metro: Officer involved shooting that occurred on August 24, 2018.  At about 12:48 p.m. LVMPD patrol officers were dispatched to the intersection of West Spring Mountain Road and South Rainbow Boulevard to investigate reports of a stabbing that had occurred on an RTC bus.  A man on the bus, later identified as 38-year-old Caleb Hill, had reportedly stabbed a woman on the bus multiple times.  The victim was able to get off of the bus and run for help.  Hill also got off of the bus and grabbed another woman walking on the sidewalk.  Hill put his arm around the woman’s neck and began to stab her also.  That woman was also able to get away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaV1xN4SU4Y&feature=youtu.be

August 28: Studies Show 'Proactive Policing' Works, But Social Cost Less Clear

A good one to download and keep for future reference.  Lt. Dan

NPR: The argument over proactive policing can be politicized, but now the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is trying to make it more scientific. It has just released a comprehensive survey of the research that has been done on the crime-fighting effectiveness of various policing strategies.

Download copy at: https://www.nap.edu/download/24928#

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/09/562876139/studies-show-proactive-policing-works-but-social-cost-less-clear

August 28: Palm Bay Police Detective Reed Caswell is Member of Special Investigations Unit

Nice PR video by Palm Bay PD. Lt. Dan

http://spacecoastdaily.com/2018/08/video-of-the-day-palm-bay-police-detective-reed-caswell-is-member-of-special-investigations-unit/

August 28: Lawyer: Panel says Baltimore detective likely took own life

BALTIMORE –  An attorney says an independent panel examining the mysterious death of a Baltimore detective has concluded that he most likely died by his own hand.

Suiter was shot in the head with his own gun the day before he was to testify before a grand jury investigating police corruption. Police said Suiter was killed by a "suspicious" man. The medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide.

But Siegrist says an independent board has recently wrapped up its review and they don't believe it was a homicide. The report has not been released publicly.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/27/lawyer-panel-says-baltimore-detective-likely-took-own-life.html

August 28: Audit Provides Roadmap for Improvement at Essex Sheriff’s Department

Check out the nice presentation of information in the digital version on their website.  You can also get a PDF there.  The audit is also avail in LEIAG Library. Lt. Dan

Transition Audit Requested by Essex County Sheriff, conducted by Mass State Auditor.

Link to digital version and pdf: https://www.mass.gov/audit/audit-of-the-essex-sheriffs-department

August 28: Denver Sheriff Department celebrates reforms while critics remain skeptical

Denver Post: The Department has now completed 99 percent of reform recommendations made three years ago

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/08/27/denver-sheriff-department-reforms/

August 28, 2018: Full-Time Employees In Law Enforcement Agencies, 1997-2016

Shelley Hyland, Ph.D., BJS Statistician

Presents counts of full-time employees in general-purpose law enforcement agencies for 2016, with comparisons to prior years. General-purpose law enforcement agencies include municipal, county, and regional police departments; most sheriffs' offices; and primary state and highway patrol agencies. Results are shown by type of law enforcement agency and by sworn status. Rates of full-time sworn officers per 1,000 U.S. residents are also presented.

Highlights:

  • The average number of full-time sworn officers per 1,000 U.S. residents decreased from 2.42 in 1997 to 2.17 in 2016 (down 11%).
  • From 1997 to 2016, the number of full-time sworn officers in general-purpose law enforcement agencies increased by about 52,000 (up 8%).
  • The number of full-time employees in general-purpose law enforcement agencies increased by about 174,000 (up 20%) from 1997 to 2016.
  • Among local police departments, the number of full-time sworn officers increased by about 48,000 (up 11%) from 1997 to 2016.
  • From 1997 to 2016, the number of full-time civilians in general-purpose agencies increased by about 121,000 (up 53%). The number of full-time civilians in sheriffs’ offices increased by 110%, or about 98,000.

Link to full report: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ftelea9716.pdf

https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=6366

August 28: After Series of Scandals, Massachusetts Launches New Unit to Oversee State Police

Governing: Massachusetts officials are moving to set up an independent audit unit that will oversee the Governing: State Police after a series of scandals tarred the law enforcement agency.

Now the state Inspector General's Office is posting a job listing for the director of the State Police audit unit. The job, based in Boston, comes with a salary range of $100,000 to $110,000 a year.

The unit will be "responsible for monitoring the quality, efficiency and integrity of MSP's operations, organizational structure and management functions." The unit will also focus on prevent and detecting fraud and waste of public funds.

August 27: Program Profile: Police Body-Worn Cameras (Birmingham South, UK)

NIJ: Police body-worn cameras are used to record police encounters with citizens during officers’ shifts in Birmingham South. Officers were instructed to begin recording as soon as they left their vehicles and to conclude recording once the situation was resolved. The program is rated Promising. There was a statistically significant reduction in citizen injury, but no statistically significant reduction in officer use of force and officer injury.

https://www.crimesolutions.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?ID=611&utm_source=eblast-govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=csreleases

August 26: LAPD Releases Video of Deadly Standoff With Tyler Honeycutt, Former NBA Player

LAPD: On July 6, 2018, around 5:05 p.m., Van Nuys Patrol Division uniformed officers responded to a radio call of a Man with a Gun at a residence in the 4700 block of Tyrone Avenue. The comments of the call indicated a male, later identified as Tyler Deon Honeycutt, was possibly under the influence of an unknown narcotic, hallucinating and suffering from an unknown mental illness. He was reported to have thrown items within the residence and was known to have a 10mm handgun and a shotgun at the residence.

Link to LAPD Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yVVn48mYf4&feature=youtu.be

http://www.lapdonline.org/police_commission/news_view/64232

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBjIGwGSb4g&feature=youtu.be

August 26: Mass. Trooper quits amid accusations

Sentinel and Enterprise: "She did not disclose her past involvement in a drug dealing operation to any member of the Massachusetts State Police and ... she made demonstrably false statements regarding her past involvement in criminal activities on the application," agency spokesman David Procopio said in a statement explaining the discharge.

Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_32096177/trooper-quits-amid-accusations#ixzz5PKAGFijD

August 24: Panel calls for more powerful 'independent police accountability agency'

Baltimore Sun: The task force reviewing civilian oversight of Baltimore police is calling for a more powerful “independent police accountability agency,” replacing the existing Civilian Review Board, which critics have complained lacks authority to hold officers accountable.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-ci-civilian-oversight-report-20180711-story.html

August 24: Cop sued 20 times over alleged misconduct sees cases against him fall apart

NY Post: “Someone gets arrested, and the arrest doesn’t go through — they sue the cops. And that has an ­effect on your job,” he said.  Terrell’s Brooklyn federal-court filing also accuses the de Blasio administration of paying $614,500 to settle a 2013 case, in which Terrell was among 11 NYPD defendants, “without consulting him” first.

https://nypost.com/2018/08/22/embattled-nypd-detective-says-cops-are-scared-to-do-their-jobs/

August 23: Colorado police officers suspended for leaking body camera footage of Denver mayor's son yelling at cop  (News Video)

Fox News: Aurora police officers Paul Timmons and Judy Gurley-Lutkin received a one-day suspension after the department found they were involved in prematurely leaking the video of Jordan Hancock, the son of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, FOX31 reported.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/23/colorado-police-officers-suspended-for-leaking-body-camera-footage-denver-mayors-son-yelling-at-cop.html

August 24: Prosecutors say police chief pocketed more than $5K from sale of military equipment

Another good reason to audit any Federal Law Enforcement Support (10-33) program your agency may be participating in. Someone should have asked why this small agency received over 4,000 items worth 2.7 million from this program since 2012. Lt. Dan

MLIve: THETFORD TWP., MI - Investigators say Thetford Township police Chief Robert Kenny kept thousands of dollars earned from scrapping surplus military equipment for personal use rather than turn it over to Thetford Township officials.

He then concocted a story to justify his alleged misdoings, according to Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell.

Kenny has been under investigation by Pickell's office because of missing surplus equipment Kenny obtained for the Thetford Police Department through the federal Law Enforcement Support Office program.

Pickell said Kenny received almost 4,000 items that had a retail value of more than $2.7 million since 2012. Items included parachutes, mine-detecting devices, excavators, hydroseeders and other equipment.

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2018/08/thetford_chief_pocketed_more_t.html

August 24: Charges filed against Ambridge police chief

WPXI: AMBRIDGE, Pa. - Charges have just been filed against the Ambridge police chief.

James Mann is facing charges including theft by deception, false insurance claim, obstruction of law and harassment.

According to a criminal complaint, Pennsylvania State Police allege James Mann threatened and intimidated officers under his watch. Ten police officers spoke with state police, reporting threats and harassment by the chief, according to the complaint.

https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/charges-filed-against-ambridge-police-chief/819010778

August 24: Audit: Still unclear how much taxpayer money was misspent on former Nashville mayor affair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - A new audit is digging into the time former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry spent on the taxpayers' dime – while having an affair with her head of security Rob Forrest.  This report took 1,400 hours to complete and cost $100,000.

Link to report: https://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/InternalAudit/docs/FY2019/CASE2018-006MayorSecurityDetailFinalTransmittal20180822.pdf

https://fox17.com/news/local/audit-still-unclear-how-much-taxpayer-money-was-misspent-on-former-nashville-mayor-affair

August 24: Video shows misuses of Taser by ex-MSP trooper facing murder trial

Interesting coverage showing claimed taser misuse by trooper. Not sure what type of UOF review they have but all the incidents shown, I assume, were approved at the time, in a UOF review.  They are now being questioned in the trial.  A reminder to ensure that UOF reviews are not a rubber stamp process.  Lt. Dan

Former Michigan State Police trooper Mark Bessner has a history of questionable Taser use and some of it was caught on camera.

Videos obtained by the Detroit Free Press show four incidents that Wayne County prosecutors want to use against Bessner during his trial, scheduled for October.

https://www.freep.com/story/news/2018/08/23/mark-bessner-michigan-state-police/1054558002/

Agents with expired vests vented, prepared for ‘misfortune’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents and supervisors raised repeated concerns about expired body armor for more than a year before a union grievance was filed this May, public records show.

https://apnews.com/c67575c63af640d69ccc8f0b99c80e0c

Sleeping Chicago police officers facing disciplinary action

Fox News: The department denied claims by a mayoral candidate that the officers were exhausted from working overtime shifts following recent bursts of gun violence

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/354634106-video

Video shows crash of police helicopter in Ark.The crash left one person injured

Police one: LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Authorities have released video showing the crash of a police helicopter in Arkansas that left one person injured.

https://www.policeone.com/airborne-maritime/articles/479426006-Video-shows-crash-of-police-helicopter-in-Ark/

August 22: Bid to open California's secret police misconduct files takes major step forward

LA Times: An effort to make some internal law enforcement investigations open to the public cleared a key hurdle in the Legislature on Thursday, marking the first time in four decades that lawmakers could vote to meaningfully increase transparency surrounding police misconduct.

Senate Bill 1421 would open records from investigations of officer shootings and other major force incidents along with confirmed cases of sexual assault and lying while on duty. The bill’s author, Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), said Thursday’s decision to send the measure through a legislative fiscal committee is a major step toward building trust between police and the communities they serve.

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-police-records-bill-advances-20180816-story.html

Colorado law enforcement agency policies differ on officer-involved shooting protocol

Denver Post: The Aurora Police Department officer who twice fatally shot people this summer, including an armed homeowner who had defended his family against an intruder, will return to work Monday, although it ...

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/08/20/aurora-officer-involved-shooting-protocol/

August 22: Fayetteville Woman Posing As Deputy Helps Boyfriend Escape County Jail (News Video)

5Newsonline: Feldstein, who had bonded out earlier that day, called Washington County jail staff and identified herself as deputy "L. Kershaw" with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. She also provided a forged VCSO document releasing the agency's hold on Lowe.

https://5newsonline.com/2018/08/21/fayetteville-woman-posing-as-deputy-helps-boyfriend-escape-county-jail/

August 22: Ex-Harris County (TX) deputy pleads guilty to using license plate scanner for wife’s game room operation

Chronicle: The 28-year-old deputy was charged with using a scanner to check for undercover officers at the Airport Game Room his wife operated in a strip mall along the 9800 block of the Gulf Freeway near Hobby Airport, according to Houston Chronicle archives.

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Ex-Harris-County-deputy-pleads-guilty-to-using-13172778.php

August 22: Texas deputy accused of child rape dies in apparent suicide

FOX News: SAN ANTONIO –  A Texas sheriff's deputy accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and threatening her mother with deportation if she reported the abuse died in jail from an apparent suicide, according to authorities.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/21/texas-deputy-accused-child-rape-dies-in-apparent-suicide.html

August 22: 'Less than truthful' detective won't get his SAPD job back, ruling says

Daniel Schmitt was fired in Feb. 2016 for lying about truck inspections

KSAT: SAN ANTONIO - Two and a half years after he lost his job as a San Antonio police detective for lying about accepting payments from a trucking company to give its big rigs passing inspections, the former officer learned he won't get his job back.

An arbitration ruling issued Aug. 10 said testimony and evidence in six of the eight charges "clearly establishes that Det. Daniel Schmitt was less than truthful in his responses to the charges."

https://www.ksat.com/news/defenders/less-than-truthful-detective-wont-get-his-sapd-job-back-ruling-says

August 22: NYPD Detective sergeant pleads guilty to larceny to stealing hundreds of hours from the city

NY Daily News: Lt. John Dandola of the chief of detectives investigations unit compared Sgt. Kienle’s time cards to his movements in his NYPD car and found he had stolen 412 hours and 29 minutes of straight time and 101 hours and 35 minutes of overtime over 165 days in 2017, court records show. The value of that unearned time is roughly $29,000.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-metro-detective-sergeant-scott-kienle-indicted-petit-larceny-20180821-story.html

August 22: Audit: Pinal County Attorney's and Sheriff's offices mishandled distribution of funds

AZ Central: The Pinal County Attorney's and Sheriff's offices, under their former leaders, distributed more than $2 million in profits from seized assets to community groups without proper oversight, in some cases not even maintaining paperwork that showed how the money would be used, according to a state audit released Monday.

Link to audit report: https://www.azauditor.gov/reports-publications/counties/report/pinal-county-attorney%E2%80%99s-and-sheriff%E2%80%99s-officesanti-racketeering

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/pinal/2018/08/21/audit-pinal-county-attorney-sheriff-offices-mishandled-distribution-funds-paul-babeu-lando-voyles/1049669002/

August 22: Civilian Oversight of the Police in Major Cities

COPS: Abstract:  Since the 1950s, when civilian oversight was first implemented in some American police departments, its use has grown and a variety of new forms have developed. Established to improve community relations, enhance transparency and increase accountability, all of these programs have the ultimate goal of improving the quality of local policing and thereby increasing public safety. To develop a better understanding of oversight programs in their various forms, how they have evolved over time, and the challenges to implementing them, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) collaborated with the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) to conduct a survey of MCCA member agencies. This publication discusses the results of that survey and the outcome of the round table held to discuss it. In doing so, it provides an overview of civilian oversight in major city police agencies.

https://ric-zai-inc.com/Publications/cops-w0861-pub.pdf

August 20: Video Shows Sacramento Police Cruiser Strike Teen Being Pursued

Officer.com: Newly released Sacramento Police Department video shows a swerving police car striking a 16-year-old boy on the sidewalk.

https://www.officer.com/on-the-street/vehicles-equipment/in-car-video/news/21018738/video-shows-sacramento-police-cruiser-strike-teen-being-pursued

August 20: After another violent Chicago weekend, top cop says: ‘We can only do so much. We cannot be on every street corner’

Even with 600 more officers on the street, nearly as many people were shot in Chicago over the weekend as earlier this month, when a spike in violence prompted the boost in deployment.

At least 58 people were shot in the city from late Friday afternoon through early Monday, and seven of them were killed.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-weekend-violence-20180820-story.html

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August 20: Cops crack down on station house videos after 28th Precinct incident

NY Daily News: A “privileged and confidential” NYPD Legal Bureau memo dated August 15 instructs station house cops to bring criminal trespass charges against people who defy cops’ orders to stop shooting video.

The Legal Bureau memo, however, doesn’t give cops permission to stop everyone recording incidents on their mobile phones. The directive clearly states that recording in public places such as streets, parks and private property is protected by the First Amendment.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-video-precinct-20180817-story.html

GAO presses OPM for better data on employee misconduct

FCW.com: Less than 1 percent of federal employees are disciplined for misconduct every year, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management. However, a new report from the Government Accountability Office flagged multiple holes in the way OPM collects that data and how it follows up with agencies for trainings to address underlying problems.

https://fcw.com/articles/2018/08/16/gao-federal-misconduct.aspx

Deputy accused of sexual misconduct re-arrested in wake of new allegations

San Diego Tribune: A sheriff's deputy who is already facing criminal charges of on-the-job sexual misconduct involving 13 women was re-arrested Thursday morning, this time on suspicion of five new felonies, including suspicion of sexual assault.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-fischer-rearrest-20180816-story.html

August 19: BAD CHICAGO COPS SPREAD THEIR MISCONDUCT LIKE A DISEASE

The intercept: Many of the most egregious examples of police misconduct arise from tightly knit groups of officers like these. That’s no accident. Recently released data from the Chicago police department shows that misconduct spreads from officer to officer like an infectious disease. And the same behavior that leads cops to violate the rules often predicts whether they will participate in a shooting.

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/16/chicago-police-misconduct-social-network/

August 19: Another trooper pleads guilty in overtime probe

Boston Herald: A sixth Massachusetts state trooper has been slapped with a federal embezzlement charge for making off with more than $11,000 from overtime traffic shifts he did not work, prosecutors said.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/08/another_trooper_pleads_guilty_in_overtime_probe

August 19: CA Law Enforcement Pushes To Preserve California Use Of Force Standard (news video)

SACRAMENTO (KPIX 5) — Law enforcement leaders want lawmakers to consider what it takes to pull the trigger before they vote on a bill to change the standard for police use-of-force from “reasonable” to “necessary.”

Many California officers are against the proposal.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/08/15/law-enforcement-pushes-to-preserve-california-use-of-force-standard/

August 18: Deputy fires beanbag gun at car window to free trapped bear (Video)

Innovative use of bean bag rounds.  Lt. Dan

NY Post: SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A Northern California deputy fired several beanbag rounds into a back car window to free a trapped bear that had likely been searching for snacks.

https://nypost.com/2018/08/17/deputy-fires-beanbag-gun-at-car-window-to-free-trapped-bear/

August 17: Police, hospital records show warning signs of future firearm injury

I know you’ll find this hard to believe. Once again, a study confirms what many of us knew already.  Lt. Dan

Washington EDU: An individual’s history of substance use, mental disorder and arrest can indicate an elevated risk of getting shot, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health. These warning signs illustrate the growing challenges healthcare and police personnel face in recognizing someone at risk of firearm injury.

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on Aug. 16, 2018, is one of the first studies to examine how certain behaviors can be used as warning signs for individuals at risk of getting shot in a crime, by police, unintentionally or by means of suicide.

Link to Report: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0749379718318294?via%3Dihub

http://depts.washington.edu/hiprc/police-hospital-records-show-warning-signs-of-future-firearm-injury/

August 16: A Baltimore police officer brutally beat a black man. It’s creating new problems for the department.

VOX: On Tuesday, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that the former officer would be charged with assault.

https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/8/13/17684438/baltimore-police-department-violence-dashawn-mcgrier-arthur-williams-indictment-assault-video

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August 16: Tracy (CA) police chief terminated, city officials say

TRACY, Calif. (KCRA) —

City of Tracy officials confirmed Wednesday that the Tracy police chief was terminated.

Chief Larry Esquivel was fired Tuesday, but no additional details about his termination were released.  City officials said they cannot give any additional details because it is a personnel matter. Before being hired with Tracy, Esquivel was the San Jose police chief and came to the department with 30 years of law enforcement experience in that city.

https://www.kcra.com/article/tracy-police-chief-terminated-city-officials-say/22738500

August 16: Fulton County Deputy Jailer Indicted for Assaulting Inmate

DOJ: A federal grand jury in Paducah, Kentucky, returned a one-count indictment today charging James Eakes, a deputy jailer at the Fulton County Detention Center, with violating the civil rights of an inmate by assaulting him with a dangerous weapon.

The indictment alleges that on Aug. 14, 2016, Eakes willfully deprived an inmate of the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. Specifically, the indictment alleges that Eakes assaulted the inmate with a dangerous weapon, resulting in bodily injury to the inmate.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/fulton-county-deputy-jailer-indicted-assaulting-inmate

August 16: The system is failing the mentally ill — not the cops 

What happens when the police want to help, but the mental-health system won’t let them?

NY Post: Last week, a 22-year-old Washington Heights woman said she called the police on her neighbor, Roy Rodriguez, after he threw a brick at her and lunged at her with a knife. Rodriguez reported that he is schizophrenic.

The police came and took him to the hospital for psychiatric treatment, successfully resolving the incident without further harm to anyone involved. Isn’t this what we hope will happen when police interact with emotionally disturbed persons?

But the hospital released Rodriguez less than 24 hours after he was brought in. And police are now being blamed for supposedly letting him off easy when, in reality, the failure here is that of New York’s mental-health system.

https://nypost.com/2018/08/14/the-system-is-failing-the-mentally-ill-not-the-cops/

August 16: Cleveland police reform will likely extend beyond 5 years

The News Tribune: CLEVELAND: Cleveland's agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to complete scheduled reforms of the city's police department is expected to exceed the five-year period both sides anticipated.

Cleveland.com reports a semi-annual report released Wednesday by the independent monitoring team overseeing the agreement called a consent decree says "significant" work remains in completing reform measures a federal judge approved in June 2015.

https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article216724895.html

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August 16: Audit finds improvement at Ferguson municipal court

Star Tribune: ST. LOUIS — A new audit found that Ferguson, Missouri, has made significant progress in addressing problems in its municipal court, which drew scrutiny for its treatment of poor and minority people after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.

Democratic Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway's report released Monday was a follow-up to an April 2017 audit that found the St. Louis suburb's court system in disarray. The 2017 audit found disorganized files, boxes moldy from a water leak, and cited the assessment of $26,000 in illegal fees and $1,400 in missing funds.

Link to audit: https://app.auditor.mo.gov/Repository/Press/2018050414102.pdf

http://www.startribune.com/audit-finds-improvement-at-ferguson-municipal-court/490728701/

August 16: FBI: Sheriff was bribed to shelter drug dealer for 15 years

ABC: Federal authorities say a Mississippi sheriff gave protection for years to a drug dealer who robbed other dealers and kicked back stolen money and drug profits to the lawman.

The illegal partnership began about 15 years ago when Tallahatchie County Sheriff William Brewer — who resigned Tuesday — began helping a then-teenage drug dealer, federal officials allege in a sworn statement .

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/fbi-sheriff-bribed-shelter-drug-dealer-15-years-57176998