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New Developments in Police Accountability

  • 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
  • DOJ Enters Consent Decree with Baltimore, Files Finding Letter on Chicago Friday January 13, 2017 Rushing to complete major investigations of police departments before the advent of the Trump administration, the Justice Department signed a Consent Decree with Baltimore on Wednesday, January 12 and issued its Findings Letter on the Chicago Police Department on January 13th. Read the Baltimore Consent Decree here: Baltimore ConsentDecree 2017 And the Chicago Findings Letter here: ChicagoFindings2017 READ MORE
  • NACOLE Releases Two Reports on the Current Status of Citizen Oversight of the Police Tuesday January 10, 2017 The National Association for Citizen Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) released two reports on the current status of citizen oversight of the police in the U.S. today. The two reports are the most thorough assessments of citizen oversight available. Funded by the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Justice Department, the two reports cover ... READ MORE
  • DOJ Issues Report on Pattern or Practice Reform Efforts Since 1994 Wednesday January 4, 2017 The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department on January 4, 2015 issued a 53-page report on its activity related to pattern or practice investigations of police departments since 1994. The report officers the most complete data available on the number of investigations and settlements. (It does not, however, include either the January 1917 consent ... READ MORE