Community policing has long been a matter of life and death in Chicago. When it's worked, researchers have found that communities of color report less fear of crime and better relations with the police, which can translate into improved crime prevention and fewer shootings. And in a year when shootings have skyrocketed and community trust of the police has been severely damaged by the release of a series of videos capturing police shootings, it's been touted by politicians as a powerful crime-fighting strategy.
"Chicago is where the whole idea of community policing began," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a speech on police accountability on December 9, 2015, just two weeks after the release of the Laquan McDonald video rocked the city and sparked a crisis in police-community relations. "It remains the best and most comprehensive approach we have in changing the everyday conditions that breed crime and violence and then breed mistrust."
FAIRBANKS — A majority of Fairbanks City Council members want to launch an independent investigation into police Chief Randall Aragon’s alleged business impropriety. A city official said the administration is
On September 11, 2015, Connecticut resident Michael Picard was filming a protest near a police DUI checkpoint in West Hartford. Unbeknownst to the trooper
Rob Duke's insight:
Every cop in this video is probably going to lose his/her job. There's a clear line between the kind of street lawyering that officers do and I call the "calculus of complexity" and outright fabrication. These guys appear to be fabricating.
Fairbanks Chief of Police Randall Aragon is under investigation after being accused of using his position to promote his own business.
"I try to be transparent, but I've been advised by city administration that it's under investigation, and I've been advised not to talk to anyone," Aragon told the News-Miner in a phone interview. He said he is out of town training at the FBI academy.
The city's Human Resource Director Angela Foster-Snow confirmed that a personnel investigation into Aragon's alleged action was opened today.
In an email sent Monday to City Council members, former Fairbanks Police Chief Dan Hoffman called for the investigation. Hoffman said that during the weekend he recieved "a report alleging highly unethical activity by Randall Aragon."
In the email, Hoffman said a local business owner called Aragon to discuss "property-crime concerns" and requested that police give her business a walk-through assessment and advise on security enhancements.
"She was then told by Chief Aragon that FPD was running short-staffed and that any officers that he could send on such a detail would likely do a very brief, cursory job of little value," Hoffman writes in the email.
"The chief then offered to do a 'much more thorough job' himself, acting in a private-contractor capacity as a 'Federally Certified Protection Professional.' The business owner stated that the chief explained that he would take several hours evaluating her property and produce a written report for her use.
"She then stated that he advised his personal fee for rendering such services would be $600, payable directly to him by check," the email continues.
Hoffman also called for Aragon's immediate resignation if the the allegations are confirmed.
Hoffman said he would raise this issue at tonight's City Council meeting.
The Marrero man accused of leading New Orleans police on a wild chase that ended in an Algiers canal Saturday (Sept. 17) tried to grab one officer's gun, and injured his own head by banging it against police car plexiglass, police said in arrest documents.
Jabari Hester made his first appearance Sunday in Orleans Parish Magistrate Court following his discharge from University Medical Center. Hester, 24, was treated at the hospital for what police said were self-inflicted injuries incurred during his arrest.
Hester was booked with a host of allegations after police said he punched and threatened his girlfriend during a confrontation that started at her residence in the 1900 block of Odeon Street and continued at her father's apartment in the 1300 block of Flanders Street. The disturbance resulted in the deployment of a SWAT unit, the NOPD said.
Police in Albuquerque were already under scrutiny for a series of fatal shootings when officers responded March 16, 2014, to a complaint about a homeless man camping in the foothills above the city.
Hours later, after a tense standoff, the man lay dead, shot three times by police. The incident, captured on video by an officer's body camera, ignited community outrage and led prosecutors to charge two officers with murder -- the first Albuquerque police officers to be prosecuted for killing someone in the line of duty in more than 30 years. Former Albuquerque officers Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy go on trial here Monday on charges of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery. The case is one of a handful of fatal police shootings in recent years to capture national attention, sparking protests coast to coast amid a growing debate about law enforcement's use of deadly force.
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Departmental policies vary over when, and how, officers should provide medical aid
Rob Duke's insight:
This isn't easy to answer and there's no one size fits all. For instance, a guy who is wounded, but still fighting--what do you do? I'd restrain, handcuff, search. If he's still uncooperative, it's hard to see a policy or law that says you must render aid.
What about the guy who you just shot 18 times? Same thing at first: restrain, handcuff, search. Then? Well, exactly what am I going to do to render aid to a guy who's been shot in a life-threatening manner. We don't have the equipment out there in the field to do much. I've applied tourniquets in the field, applied pressure to wounds, but will I do that if I still think there's a co-conspirator looking to run up behind me? How about if there's a crowd that wants to lynch me just for doing my job?
I think we can have policy that says: if you can reasonably do so, then you should. But, I don't think any policy or law is going to be able to account for even the "normal" shooting....so, it's always going to depend on discretion.
A disabled black man has died at the hospital after being shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Tuesday afternoon on Old Concord Road in University City, a subdivision of Charlotte, NC.
Police said they were searching for someone who had outstanding warrants when they saw a man with what they believed to be a gun leave a vehicle.
According to police reports, the man, who has not been named, returned to his vehicle. When they approached the man, they claim he “posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers” and one of them opened fire. An eyewitness told the victim’s daughter that a Taser was used on her father, then he was shot at least three times.
Medics arrived and the injured man was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
The victim was not the subject of the initial search, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.
The Philadelphia man who went on a fatal shooting spree left an elliptical letter titled "Doomed" depicting a hatred for law enforcement but leaving few other clues about the rampage, the police commissioner said Saturday.
"It was a bunch of rantings that was tantamount to rambling so it wasn't the most lucid letter," Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters. "It was more about himself than who he wanted to harm." Nicholas Glenn went on a deadly tear late Friday in Philadelphia, ambushing a police sergeant and firing rounds into a tavern and a car before police shot him dead, Ross said. A 25-year-old woman died after she was shot seven times in the torso, police said. Two police officers and three others -- two men and a woman -- also were wounded. Detectives are investigating whether Glenn was linked to or inspired by outside groups or accomplices, but so far there is no evidence that he did not act alone, Ross said. Glenn's 9mm Ruger pistol had the serial number obliterated.
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