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Fired California Chief Files Lawsuit Against City

The former chief of the Oakland (CA) Police Department filed a whistleblower claim against the city, the first step toward filing a lawsuit over her termination in February.

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Former Arizona Officer Criticizes "Dangerous" Effect of Civilian Oversight

A former officer with the Phoenix Police Department said on a local radio show that civilian oversight of Phoenix police was potentially dangerous and could create even more conflict in the community.

Phoenix City Council Approves Police Oversight Plan

The Office of Accountability and Transparency will become a new city department, separate from the police department, which will include both a community review board and a unit dedicated to monitoring and investigating police complaints.

Phoenix City Council Discussing Formation of Citizen Police Review Board

The Phoenix City Council is expected to hear a discussion on a civilian review board to oversee the Phoenix Police Department.

Fired Oakland Chief Wants DOJ Probe of Department's Federal Monitor, Says Commissioner Wanted "Favors"

“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.”

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.

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.

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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.