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Former Officer, Criminal Justice Scholar Says Police Training Leads to "Avoidable" Suspect Deaths

December 18, 2014
Having served as an officer at a large municipal police department, and now as a scholar who researches policing, I am intimately familiar with police training. I’ve also had long conversations with trainers and use-of-force instructors at law enforcement agencies across the country, and they’ve all led to one conclusion: American police officers are among the best-trained in the world, but what they’re trained to do is part of the problem.

Video: Philly Paramedic Apologizes for Hateful Police Post on Instagram

December 18, 2014
A Philadelphia Fire Department paramedic has apologized for an Instagram post that shows two African American men pointing guns at the head of a white police officer.

Video: NYPD Unions and Mayor Trade Verbal Jabs

December 18, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered the latest volley Tuesday in his ongoing battle with the city's police union, dismissing their ability to speak for rank-and-file officers in the wake of their call to ban him from future New York Police Department funerals.

Baltimore Mayor Fears Officers May Hesitate to Use Necessary Force After Brown, Garner Cases

December 18, 2014
During a weekly news briefing Wednesday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said intense public scrutiny and four months of protests against police brutality in Baltimore may be affecting officers' ability to act at critical moments.

Philly Union President Decries Anti-Police Protests

December 18, 2014
The president of Philadelphia's police union on Wednesday decried the protests sweeping cities across the country after grand juries in Missouri and New York state cleared white officers who killed unarmed black suspects.

Detroit Man Charged with Unleashing Bulldog On Officer to Evade Arrest

December 18, 2014
A 36-year-old Detroit man is facing several charges after he allegedly unleashed his 100-pound bulldog on a police officer while trying to evade arrest, causing injury to the officer.

Dozens of Murderers, Rapists Released by Detroit Warrant Backlog

December 16, 2014
Among the pending and as yet unsigned warrants are 21 for murder, including one going back to 2010. There are 105 for sexual assaults, 126 for child abuse and 25 from the Detroit Police Fatal Squad. In most cases, police were forced to release the suspects, since state and federal law says they can't be held beyond 72 hours without being arraigned.

SCOTUS Rules Evidence Cannot Be Suppressed Just Because an Officer Made a "Reasonable" Traffic Stop Mistake

December 16, 2014
Writing for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the keystone of the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable search and seizure is the word "unreasonable." And in this case, the officer's belief that having a broken tail light was illegal counted as a reasonable mistake. The traffic stop and the subsequent consensual search of the car were therefore also reasonable.

Miami Police Veteran Named Department's New Chief

December 16, 2014
On Monday, after 27 years climbing the ladder, Llanes got his wish. City Manager Daniel Alfonso picked the department lifer and assistant chief to lead the city’s high-profile, 1,150-member department.

Nordstrom's Fires Employee Over Kill the Police Facebook Posts

December 16, 2014
"Instead of slamming the police, I prefer a Kenny Fort approach. Every time an unarmed black man is killed, you kill a decorated white officer, on his door step in front of his family."
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