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New Developments in Police Accountability

  • Seattle City Auditor Calls for Evaluations of City’s Three Forms of Police Oversight Friday October 13, 2017 The Seattle City Auditor's Office issued a report on October 5, 2017 calling for evaluations of Seattle's new system of three oversight agencies for the Seattle Police Department. A May 2017 ordinance finished the process of creating the three agencies. No other city or county in the U.S. has three police oversight agencies. (1) The ... READ MORE
  • Inspector General Exposes Chicago Police Overtime Abuses Friday October 13, 2017 A report by the new Inspector General for the Chicago Police Department, issued on October 3, 2017, exposed massive waste and abuses in overtime by Chicago police officers. Between 2011 and 2016, overtime expenditures by the department rose from $42,167,958 to $146,024,259. The report identified several administrative failures that contribute to the enormous waste of ... READ MORE
  • LAPD Inspector General Issues Report on LAPD Compliance with National “Best Practices” Friday May 26, 2017 The Inspector General for the Los Angeles Police Commission on May 2, 2017 issued a report on the Los Angeles Police Department's compliance with nationally recognized "best practices" related to police accountability and police professionalism. The subjects covered in the report include Procedural Justice, Bias-Free Policing, Transparency and Accountability, the Collection and Reporting of Data on ... READ MORE
  • Police Leaders Group Issues Progressive Agenda for Crime and Criminal Justice Monday February 27, 2017 Law Enforcement Leaders, a group of over 200 current and former police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors  and attorneys general, representing all fifty states issued a progressive report on Fighting Crime and Strengthening Criminal Justice in early February 2017. The report's agenda includes prioritizing agency resources to combat violent crime, reducing unnecessary incarceration, increasing mental health and ... READ MORE
  • “Consensus” Use of Force Policy by 11 Police Groups Takes Two Steps Backwards, Two Steps Forward Wednesday January 18, 2017 A National Consensus Policy on Use of Force, signed by 11 police leadership groups on January 17, 2017 took two steps backwards and two steps forward. The two steps backwards involve the policies on warning shots and shots at moving vehicles. The warning shot policy does include some limitations ("use of deadly force is justified;" "will ... READ MORE