Monitoring teams — usually composed of former police officials, lawyers, academics and police-reform consultants — have typically billed local taxpayers between $1 million and $2 million per year. Some consultants have served on federal oversight teams in more than one city at the same time, drawing criticism over conflicts of interest.
September 13, 2021
“The light at the end of the tunnel is closer and brighter than it has been at any time since I’ve been sitting on the case, and I think that’s a result of the ongoing commitment of every important player to this process,” Judge William Orrick said. However, he added, “more work is needed.”
September 2, 2021
Garland described the so-called pattern-or-practice investigations as a return to the sort of oversight the Trump administration sharply curtailed, one of the people said.
April 23, 2021
A new president sometimes brings changes for law enforcement agencies, and this year the upheaval will be more than usual.
March 10, 2021
Well-meaning officers need to be trained that the ‘warrior model’ of policing does not fly in Baltimore; that the city is not made safer by a perception in the community that officers are fearsome and predisposed to use force to solve problems,” U.S. District Judge James Bredar said in a statement.
January 25, 2021
Police departments are now on notice: they may expect a knock on the door at any time from a Washington attorney, demanding truckloads of documents as the prelude to years of federal interference and budget-busting compliance rules and fees
November 11, 2020
“There still needs to be a voice that is willing to speak truth,” Kirkpatrick said. “I will be asking the Department of Justice to come in and open an inquiry into this whole (Oakland PD) reform process. Because something is wrong.”
February 25, 2020
City and police leaders say Baltimore residents should start to see the Police Department’s consent decree reforms on the street for the first time in 2020, but many key initiatives are delayed as well.
December 26, 2019
The Chicago Police Department on Monday introduced its Use of Force Dashboard, a publicly accessible collection of every police incident that involved an officer's use of force dating back to several years.
October 1, 2019
The consent decree requires officers to document each time they draw their weapons—even if they don't actually fire—and tightens instances in which officers may deploy TASERs. It also requires the department to publish use-of-force data on a monthly basis.
February 1, 2019
The document reflected Sessions’s staunch support for law enforcement and his belief that overzealous civil rights lawyers under the Obama administration vilified the local police.
November 9, 2018
According to the Chicago Tribune, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed n 11-page statement with the United States District Court stating that a proposed court order to reform the Chicago Police Department is an overly restrictive measure that could lead to increased crime.
October 15, 2018
"Chicago’s agreement with the ACLU in late 2015 dramatically undercut proactive policing in the city … with homicides increasing more than 57 percent the very next year," Sessions said in the statement.
October 10, 2018
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have finalized a proposed court order intended to bring sweeping change to the Chicago Police Department.
September 13, 2018
Chicago police officers would be required to document every instance in which they point a gun at someone under an agreement reached Wednesday between Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, two sources familiar with the deal confirmed.
September 6, 2018