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Missouri Police Board Votes to Seek Independent Review of Police Department

Less than a week after a jury awarded $19 million to an officer in a discrimination lawsuit alleging that the agency passed him over for promotion because he is homosexual, the St. Louis County Police Board voted unanimously to seek an independent review of the agency.

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Report: Detroit Police Oversight Commissioner Abused Authority

A report by the City of Detroit Inspector General says that the Board of Police Commissioners in that city abused its authority in hiring and other practices.

California Officers Targeted for Termination Fight Back, Sue City

Five officers with the Oakland Police Department who have been targeted for termination are suing the city and the police commission, claiming that both bodies do not have the legal authority to fire them.

Little Rock Mayor Proposes Civilian Review Board

Mayor Frank Scott wants the proposed board to review officers' actions based on citizen complaints.

Consulting Group Conducting Racial Bias Audit of Charleston, SC, Police

An outside consulting group called CNA has been conducting a racial bias audit since February and is expected to continue interviews with officers until into the fall.

Idaho Department Forms Community Diversity Outreach Group

The Boise Police Department has formed a four-member Community Advisory Outreach Panel with the aim of improving police services and building public trust.

Nashville Votes to Create Citizen Oversight Board

James Smallwood, president of the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police, said in a statement: "While the Fraternal Order of Police remains firm in its belief that this board will only create a divide between law enforcement and the public, we recognize that the voters have spoken, and we will respect the rule of law and the will of the people we serve."

Washington Oversight Board: Sheriff's UOF Complaint Process Needs Work

The King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) recently released a new report that suggested the process used by the King County Sheriff's Office to review complaints made by members of the public against officers for alleged unnecessary or excessive use of force needs improvement.

Orlando PD Revises Social Media Policy to Include Possible Firing

Orlando police officers can now face termination for violating the department's social media policy, following an officer's controversial Facebook posts that prompted frustration among the agency's civilian oversight board.

Panel Revokes Former Oregon Police Chief's Certification for 10 Years

The Oregon Board of Public Safety Standards and Training voted 14-to-4 to revoke former Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea's police certification for 10 years for dishonesty.