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Suburban Chicago Chiefs Support Bill to Override Prosecutors' Lax Charging Decisions

"The frustration they have is profound," State House Republican Leader Rep. Jim Durkin said. "The crime in Chicago is moving out to the suburbs. We’re having carjackings at a record pace in suburban Chicago, kidnappings, murders."

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MN Police Leaders Tell State Senate That Lack of Prosecution Frustrates Officers

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi’s September announcement that he would not prosecute most felony cases that result from non-public-safety traffic stops was a topic of discussion.

Chicago Mayor Blasts State's Attorney Over Refusal to Charge Gunfight Suspects

The mid-morning gunfight left one shooter dead and two of the suspects wounded. It stemmed from an internal dispute between two factions of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang, according to an internal police report and a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation.

Minneapolis-Area DA Will Not Charge People for Spitting on Officer Unless They Hit Hands or Face

“We think the harm caused by spitting on the boot or uniform does not rise to the level of spitting on the face or hands,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

OR DA Drops 12 Excessive Force Cases Filed Against Officers Over Portland Riot Response

Multnomah County (OR) District Attorney Mike Schmidt has declined charges in 12 use of force investigations against Portland Police Bureau officers responding to protests.

New York City DAs Declined Prosecution of 6,500 Felony Cases in 2020

Prosecutors dropped all charges in 16.9 percent of the 38,635 felony cases that were closed in New York City during 2020, according to data compiled by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Philadelphia DA Hits Police Department with Contempt Over Sharing of Officer Misconduct Data

For years, the DA’s Office and police have been clashing over the collection of the information stored in the Conviction Integrity Unit’s Police Misconduct Disclosure Database.

Austin-Area DA Expands Unit That Investigates Police

District Attorney Jose Garza, elected last fall, ran on a platform of police accountability and has recently indicted multiple officers since taking office. Garza said the new hires will enable his office to address the increased caseload.

Austin Prosecutors Slam Police Over Investigation of Certain Crimes

"At no time has my office asked Interim Chief (Joe) Chacon to direct his officers not to make an arrest if the officer believes a crime was committed," County Attorney Delia Garza wrote. "Nor have we stated or implemented a policy that blanket rejects any type of charge."

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Editorial: Lawless Nation

Violent crime against police and the public is increasing at an alarming rate and almost all of it stems from the same source.

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