“Law and Disorder” Documentary on the New Orleans Police
PBS Frontline broadcast the documentary “Law and Disorder” on the New Orleans Police Department on August 25, 2010.
Sam Walker comments on the controversial “shoot to kill”order, on the show and in the press: NOPDShoot
Watch the show online now: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/law-disorder/?utm_campaign=homepage&utm_medium=bigimage&utm_source=bigimage
Also, read the Police Superintendent’s 65 point plan for “rebuilding” the N.O. police department: NOPDRebuilding
And Check “In the Media” for further news developments.
And read Walker’s article on the impact of federal pattern or practice litigation in other cities: Walker_Macdonald 19_3
Taser Products for Parents
Read Walker’s comments in GQ Magazine on Taser, Inc., new products for parental monitoring of their children.
Louisville Officer With Long History of Misconduct
Read Walker’s comments on a Louisville, KY police officer who is still on the police force despite a lonig history of misconduct, including seven (7) suspensions, several instances of lying to interal affairs investigators, and at least two threats by the chief that any further violations would result in termination. The officer’s record raises the QUESTION: Should lying to internal affairs be an automatic cause for termination? A SECOND QUESTION is: How many suspensions should result in automatic termination? Read the story: Louisville
The Death Penalty in North Carolina
An op-ed piece on the death penalty in North Carolina quotes The Color of Justice, by Walker, Spohn and DeLone on patterns of discrimination in application of the death penalty. Read: NCDeathPenalty
Disturbing Pattern in Dismissal of Domestic Violence Cases in Nashville
The Nashville, Tennessee, Police dismissed thousands of domestic violence cases, raising serious questions about whether the cases were properly handled. In at least two cases the department dismissed the cases even though the victims told detectives they wanted to press charges. In at least one other case, detectives failed to document a man’s threats to stab his wife to death. Read the story: tennessean1
Crime Fighting Strategy for Omaha
Local crime fighting strategies should be based on national “Best Practices.” This op-ed piece in the Omaha World Herald argues that to respond effectively to its gun violence problem, the Omaha community should seek out experts from across the country. OP Ed Piece
Officer Remained on Nashville Force Despite Serious Disciplinary Record
A former Nashville police officer, now now facing several criminal charges for sexual assault, remained on the force despite three disciplinary actions in his first year on the job. The police department claimed it could not reach one of the women in the later sexual assault cases, but a reporter for the Nashville Tennesseean quickly reached her from a phone number in a police report. The case of former officer Jeffrey Poole raises questions about the practices in the department’s internal affairs unit. Read the story: tennessean2
Patrol Car Video Cameras in Dallas
Walker comments on patrol car video cameras as an accountability tool. DallasVideoCams
Comments on the 2009 Professor Gates Case in Cambridge, MA
Comments on the arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates and the question of racial profiling by the Cambridge, Massachusetts police.
Read the story: WBUR
Domestic Violence Cases in Nashville
Read Walker’s comments on the suspiciously high rate of dismissals of domestic violence cases by the Nashville, TN Police Department.