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“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

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Also, read the Police Superintendent’s 65 point plan for “rebuilding” the N.O. police department:  NOPDRebuilding

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And read Walker’s article on the impact of federal pattern or practice litigation in other cities: Walker_Macdonald 19_3

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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

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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

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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

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