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AG Holder Resigning from Obama Administration
September 25, 2014
The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama planned to announce Holder's departure later Thursday. The White House said Holder plans to remain at the Justice Department until his successor is in place.
Ohio Grand Jury Clears Officers in Wal-Mart Shootings, DOJ to Investigate
September 24, 2014
A special grand jury has cleared police officers in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old Fairfield man at a Beavercreek, Ohio, Wal-Mart, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Court Removes Federal Oversight of Detroit PD
August 26, 2014
The Detroit Police Department will no longer answer to a U.S. Department of Justice overseer. One has been in place since 2003 after an investigation revealed numerous complaints of improper use of force by officers and improper treatment of witnesses.
We Don't Need to Relax Recruit Fitness Standards, We need to Prepare Candidates Better
August 26, 2014
Fitness standards should not be lowered to accommodate anyone, male or female. The job is the job, and the physical requirements are the same for men and women officers.
DOJ to Conduct Broad Review of Police Tactics
August 14, 2014
The Justice Department is leading a broad review of police tactics, including the kind of deadly force that prompted recent protests in Missouri and New York, a federal law enforcement official said Tuesday.
Justice Department Sues Pennsylvania State Police Over Fitness Test
July 31, 2014
The lawsuit said the use of the tests to screen and select the applicants for the entry-level positions amounted to a pattern of employment discrimination. Much greater percentages of male applicants than female applicants passed the physical fitness tests going back to 2003, it said.
Albuquerque PD Consent Decree Plans Under Wraps
June 26, 2014
Albuquerque police officers and activists critical of police agree on one thing: They'd like to see what's on the table in negotiations between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice over what reforms the Albuquerque Police Department will have to make.
All Albuquerque Field Officers to Train in Crisis Intervention
April 28, 2014
The department has a separate CIT unit that is called to some situations, but this training will not affect that unit. About 30 percent of current field officers have been trained in crisis intervention.
DOJ Report Accuses Albuquerque PD of Excessive Force
April 10, 2014
The Department of Justice has found the Albuquerque Police Department has established a pattern and practice in the use of excessive and fatal force that violates the Constitutional rights of those shot or harmed by police officers.
Mayor Wants DOJ to Monitor Albuquerque PD
April 3, 2014
In a letter to the department, Berry asked the DOJ to begin negotiating an agreement for the monitoring. That could include the appointment of one or more monitors who would establish performance measures and evaluate the city’s progress.
Senate Rejects Mumia Lawyer for DOJ Post
March 6, 2014
The vote was a victory for Republicans and the National Fraternal Order of Police, who said Adegbile's connection with the legal case of Mumia Abu-Jamal disqualified him from holding high public office.
Justice Dept. to Place Newark PD Under Monitor
February 10, 2014
The decision follows a federal review of the way the state’s largest police force swept aside accusations of misconduct against hundreds of officers and its almost-total failure to address complaints of brutality and abuse lodged by Newark residents over the years.
Iowa Sheriff Criticizes Public Safety Broadband Rollout
October 16, 2013
The U.S. Department of Justice has sued to halt the public release of the emails of Story County (Iowa) Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald, after the FirstNet board member criticized his FirstNet colleagues over the deployment of the nation's first public safety broadband wireless network.
Feds Give Detroit $2M to Hire Officers
September 27, 2013
The Obama Administration awarded Detroit a $1.8 million grant Friday to hire 10 police officers to help the city fight crime. The grant pays for a police officer's salary and benefits for three years.
Oakland to Hire 10 Officers With $4.5M DOJ Grant
September 18, 2013
The U.S. Department of Justice will give $4.5 million to the Oakland Police Department to hire 10 officers over the coming year, a federal official announced Tuesday.
Holder: Trayvon Martin Killing 'Unnecessary'
July 16, 2013
The Department of Justice is considering bringing a federal civil rights prosecution of George Zimmerman following a jury's acquittal of him for murder charges.
Ohio Agencies Collect $3.4M In Asset Forfeiture
July 11, 2013
The Department of Justice distributed $3.4 million in asset forfeiture funds to state and local law enforcement agencies in Ohio stemming from three federal cases.
DOJ: Miami PD Used Excessive Force
July 9, 2013
For the first time ever, a federal judge will monitor the Miami Police Department to help prevent its officers from using excessive force after the U.S. Justice Department Tuesday found that several police-involved shootings were unjustified during a four-year period.
DOJ Demands $12.5M Payout for LASD Racial Harassment
July 2, 2013
The U.S. Department of Justice has ordered the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and others to pay $12.5 million to Antelope Valley residents it says were victims of harassment and intimidation by deputies.
DOJ: L.A. Sheriff's Deputies Targeted Blacks
July 1, 2013
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has agreed to make changes, after a two-year Department of Justice probe uncovered "widespread" unlawful detentions and searches of blacks, Latinos, and other residents of subsidized housing.
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