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DOJ moves away from investigations of police misconduct

The US Department of Justice will review its policy towards local police departments. It plans to change the emphasis from investigating unconstitutional policing to building partnerships with local police. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/03/522309537/justice-department-to-review-all-civil-rights-agreements-on-police-conduct?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news“Local control and local accountability are necessary for local policing,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. The DOJ wants to promote officer safety and morale. Vanita Gupta,...

April 4, 2017April 4, 2017by
Police secrecy stays in place
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Police secrecy stays in place

A New York Court of Appeal ruled that the state’s civil rights law, Section 50-a, forbids the public issuance or mention in court of a police officer’s personnel record without judicial approval. The court agreed “that the public has a compelling interest in ensuring that” the city “effective steps to monitor and discipline police officers.”...

April 1, 2017January 8, 2018by
Abuse: lose two days pay, Reveal abuse: lose your job
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Abuse: lose two days pay, Reveal abuse: lose your job

“[The Civilian Complaint Review Board] forced an employee to resign after discovering that the employee had leaked the disciplinary history of the officer who placed Eric Gardner in a fatl chokehold,” the NY Times reported. Information regarding disciplinary action taken against police officers is protected under New York law. So leaking the information may well...

March 24, 2017January 23, 2018by
Minor Complaints – NYPD Could Do Better
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Minor Complaints – NYPD Could Do Better

A report from the Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD issued a report critical of the department’s handling of complaints about minor-level police misconduct. What is the policy of NCPD?  

February 11, 2017February 11, 2017by
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Cops say policing more difficult because of protests

After several instances of demonstrations against police questioning their use of force, 76% of the more than 8,000 cops surveyed by the Pew Research Center say that they are more reluctant to use force when appropriate. Similar numbers say they are more reluctant to stop and question people who are suspicious. More than 85% say...

January 11, 2017January 11, 2017by
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The law that stands in the way of better policing

The Legal Aid Society and other have initiated a suit against the NYPD to open up access to police department records regarding disciplinary hearings of officers. The suit is requesting that disciplinary summaries be made available to the public. Such summaries were available until 2011. At that time the Police Department said that releasing such...

December 7, 2016January 23, 2018by
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Nassau PD adopts new use-of-force policy

Use of force by the police has been under scrutiny. Nassau PD responds to the concerns by adopting new guidelines for officers. http://liherald.com/valleystream/stories/Nassau-County-Police-Department-revisits-use-of-force-policy,81710

November 12, 2016November 12, 2016by
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