Justice Department Will Investigate N.Y.P.D.’s Handling of Sex Crimes

A civil rights investigation will examine the department’s special victims division, which has long faced troubling accusations from people who reported assaults.

#justice-department, #police, #police-department-nyc, #sex-crimes

Declaring Curry and Samosas Enemy No. 1 to Whip the Police Into Shape

The police chief in an Indian island territory had a theory: If the boss was watching his officers’ weight, they would too.

#anxiety-and-stress, #india, #obesity, #police, #weight

Crime and Political Punishment

Voters are justifiably upset, but they’ll probably support the wrong people.

#crime-and-criminals, #midterm-elections-2022, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police, #police-reform

Justice Dept. Is Investigating Louisiana Police Over Accusations of Abuse

Similar investigations are underway into the Minneapolis Police Department in connection with the killing of George Floyd and the Louisville Police Department’s actions leading up to the shooting of Breonna Taylor.

#black-people, #bowman-aaron-larry, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #greene-ronald-d-2019, #justice-department, #louisiana-state-police, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Violent Crime Is Up as Cities Lose Police Officers. What Now?

Some urban police departments are struggling to keep their numbers up.

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For Families in Uvalde, Laws Limit Paths to Holding Police Accountable

Police officers rarely face criminal charges for inaction, and limits on civil lawsuits shield school districts and the police.

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How the Police Response in Uvalde Broke Down: No Radio, Old Tactics

The commander at the scene arrived without a police radio, and decided in the first minutes on an approach that would delay a confrontation.

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Democrats Face Pressure on Crime from Their Own Base

Not long ago, the party was focused on police reform, but rising fears of violence, especially among communities of color, have led candidates to change course.

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Police Response to Uvalde Shooting Infuriated Parents Clinging to Hope

Law enforcement killed the gunman more than an hour after the first officers arrived at an elementary school in Texas. Nineteen students and two teachers died in the attack.

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On George Floyd Anniversary, Biden Set to Issue Policing Order

The order would direct all federal agencies to revise their use-of-force policies and create a national registry of officers fired for misconduct.

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‘Spend This Money’: Biden Calls on States to Devote Stimulus Funds to Police

Ahead of the midterm elections, President Biden is making a forceful push to show he is a defender of law enforcement.

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On Crime, New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams Is Stuck in 1994

Tired ‘tough on crime’ rhetoric is not the solution to crime in 2022.

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Eric Adams’s Speech Offers Visions for New York City Recovery

Mayor Eric Adams emphasized that he planned to focus on public safety and inequality as keys to the city’s comeback after the pandemic.

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Ex-Chicago Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Won’t Face Federal Charges

The officer, Jason Van Dyke, had served about three years in state prison for murdering the Black teenager, a killing that put a spotlight on police brutality.

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Driverless car appears to flee the scene after being pulled over by cops

Cruise's driverless Bolt EVs are a common sight in San Francisco.

Enlarge / Cruise’s driverless Bolt EVs are a common sight in San Francisco. (credit: Cruise)

A video showing a driverless car being stopped by the police and then attempting to drive away went viral over the weekend. San Francisco police stopped one of Cruise’s autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs, likely because the car’s headlights were not on despite it being night. In the video, first posted to Instagram on April 2, an officer can be heard saying, “There’s nobody in it.”

But a few seconds later, after the officer walks back to his police car, the autonomous vehicle—perhaps deciding that the traffic stop was over—tries to drive away before pulling over to a stop a few hundred feet away.

Cruise says that the car wasn’t trying to make a run for it. The vehicle first yielded to the police vehicle, then pulled over to a safe spot for the actual traffic stop, the company says. One of the police officers contacted Cruise to inform it of the situation, and the driverless car did not receive a ticket. Cruise says it has fixed whatever caused the car to drive without its headlights at night.

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#autonomous-vehicle, #cars, #cruise, #police, #san-francisco

Supreme Court Rules Against Police in Malicious Prosecution Case

Plaintiffs need show only that the charges against them were dropped, the majority said, to satisfy a requirement that they had obtained a “favorable termination” of the prosecution.

#appeals-courts-us, #brooklyn-nyc, #decisions-and-verdicts, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #police, #police-department-nyc, #supreme-court-us, #weinstein-jack-b

Biden’s $5.8 Trillion Budget Pivots Toward Economic and Security Concerns

The president released his latest budget proposal amid war in Ukraine and concerns at home about rising costs.

#affordable-housing, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #crime-and-criminals, #federal-budget-us, #income-tax, #police, #police-reform, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

With a Center-Leaning Budget, Biden Bows to Political Reality

The president’s budget addresses the main attack lines that Republicans are using against him and his Democratic allies in Congress in the run-up to the midterm congressional elections.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #police, #republican-party, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Philanthropists Push Police Searches of DNA Databases

When the police can’t afford to solve cold cases, deep-pocketed donors can.

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As Adams Toughens on Crime, Some Fear a Return to ’90s Era Policing

With violent crime surging, Mayor Eric Adams is testing how much policing a changed New York City will tolerate.

#adams-eric-l, #crime-and-criminals, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc, #politics-and-government

Officers Said They Hoped Black Lives Matter Protesters Would Die, Suit Says

Mark Miles, a Black officer with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, says in a lawsuit that his white supervisor and other officers made hateful comments in a work-related text chain.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #maryland, #montgomery-county-md, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Policing Is Under Scrutiny as Murders Rise in the U.S.

Murders have spiked in the U.S., and experts say a mix of solutions works best.

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The Police Aren’t Exactly Running Out of Cash

There is no real relationship between crime rates and police budgets.

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N.Y.P.D. Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Assault Charges in Violent Arrests

Sgt. Phillip Wong punched one handcuffed man after being spit at and knelt on another who had taunted him with anti-Asian slurs.

#assaults, #bragg-alvin, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc, #wong-phillip-new-york-ny-police-officer

5 Takeaways from Biden’s First State of the Union Address

The speech unfolded in two major parts, the first focused on the war underway in Europe, and the second aimed at reviving President Biden’s stalled domestic policy agenda.

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A New Message for Police: If You See Something, Say Something

Officers fear retaliation if they step in to stop misconduct by other officers. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, departments are trying to change that.

#baltimore-md, #floyd-george-d-2020, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Ed Mullins, Former N.Y.P.D. Union Head Facing Fraud Charge, Turns Self In

Edward D. Mullins, the combative longtime leader of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, quit his union job and retired from the Police Department last year amid scandal.

#frauds-and-swindling, #manhattan-nyc, #mullins-edward-d, #police, #police-department-nyc, #sergeants-benevolent-assn

Officer Accused of Recklessly Firing in Breonna Taylor Raid Goes on Trial

Brett Hankison, a former Louisville police detective, is facing three charges of reckless endangerment after the authorities said he fired “blindly” into Ms. Taylor’s apartment, endangering her neighbors.

#hankison-brett-louisville-ky-police-officer, #louisville-ky, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Three Officers in George Floyd Trial Finish Defense

With testimony concluded in the trial of three former officers for their role in George Floyd’s death, the jury is set to hear closing arguments.

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As Crime Surges, Roll Back of Tough-on-Crime Policies Faces Resistance

With violent crime rates rising and elections looming, progressive prosecutors are facing resistance to their plans to roll back stricter crime policies of the 1990s.

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London’s Troubled Metropolitan Police Service Searches for a New Leader

The change at the top comes at an awkward moment for the Metropolitan Police Service: It is investigating the government for breaking lockdown rules and faces scrutiny for its own scandals.

#discrimination, #everard-sarah, #khan-sadiq, #london-england, #police, #politics-and-government, #scotland-yard-metropolitan-police-service

In Ottawa Protests, a Pressing Question: Where Were the Police?

They were vastly outnumbered, experts say, and unprepared for the sophisticated tactics, discipline and logistical abilities of the protesters.

#canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ottawa-ontario, #police, #politics-and-government, #trucks-and-trucking, #trudeau-justin

Police in Spain dismantle a SIM-swapping ring that drained bank accounts

Police in Spain dismantle a SIM-swapping ring that drained bank accounts

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Authorities in Spain said they broke up a SIM-swapping crime ring that used identity theft and falsified documents and texts to target victims’ bank accounts.

In a press release, Spain’s National Police agency said it arrested eight individuals in connection with the operation, which began no later than last March. The suspects, the authorities said, posed as bank employees and used fake messages to obtain personal information and bank details of targeted individuals.

“With this, they deceived the employees of phone stores to obtain duplicate SIM cards and, in this way, have access to the bank’s security confirmation messages,” the release stated. “In this way, they could operate in online banking and access bank accounts to empty them after receiving security confirmation messages from the banks.”

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London Police Commissioner Announces Resignation

The commissioner, Cressida Dick, announced her resignation under pressure from the mayor over reports of bullying, misogyny and racism on the force.

#dick-cressida, #everard-sarah, #khan-sadiq, #london-england, #police, #scotland-yard-metropolitan-police-service, #women-and-girls

How the Deaths of N.Y.P.D. Officers Have Shaped Eric Adams

The mayor’s views on policing are tied in part to his relationships with families of officers killed on the job, as well as with police abuse victims.

#adams-eric-l, #attacks-on-police, #liu-wenjian-1982-2014, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc, #ramos-rafael-1974-2014

Biden Vows to N.Y. Officials That He Won’t ‘Abandon Our Streets’

The president visited New York City to show his support for law enforcement and detail his plans to work with the city to control gun violence.

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For Biden and Adams, a Meeting of Like Minds on Gun Crime

President Biden’s visit to New York on Thursday is meant to convey his desire to respond to violent crime while guarding against the danger of excess policing.

#adams-eric-l, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #gun-control, #new-york-city, #police, #united-states-politics-and-government

Eric Adams Is Being Tested on Gun Violence in N.Y.C. Let’s Give Him a Chance.

What makes Mayor Eric Adams of New York hard to pin down is what makes him so interesting.

#adams-eric-l, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #dinkins-david-n, #new-york-city, #police, #police-reform, #race-and-ethnicity

On Patrol: 12 Days With a Taliban Police Unit in Kabul

Tasked with guarding a Shiite shrine, a police unit offers a telling snapshot of the Taliban’s rank-and-file fighters and the challenges Afghanistan’s rulers face in governing a diverse nation.

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Eric Adams Can Hire His Brother, but at Salary of $1, Not $210,000

Instead of overseeing the mayor’s security detail, Bernard Adams will be a senior adviser to the mayor with no supervisory role after an ethics board ruling.

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A Staunch Critic of the N.Y.P.D. Grapples With Deaths of 2 Officers

Harlem Councilwoman Kristin Richardson Jordan, who has equated the policing system to slavery, is now considering how to deliver her message in a district mourning for two officers.

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After Shootings, Eric Adams Rushes to Release Safety Plan

Mayor Eric Adams, who won New Yorkers’ votes by campaigning on a need for improved public safety, is facing a growing crisis over gun violence.

#adams-eric-l, #attacks-on-police, #gun-control, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc, #rivera-jason-d-2022

How a Calm Call for Help Led 2 N.Y.P.D. Officers Into a Hail of Gunfire

The latest deadly episode to rattle the city began with a routine domestic disturbance call and ended with one officer dead and another in critical condition.

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Why Are So Many Americans Killing One Another?

Five ways of looking at the rise in murders — and how to bring them back down.

#crime-and-criminals, #debatable, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #sharkey-patrick

Why This Liberal Mayor Doesn’t Want a Lecture From Progressives

London Breed has heard the wrath of progressives (and conservatives) on doing too much (and too little) to “clean up” neighborhoods in San Francisco struggling with substance use. She’s not backing down.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #boudin-chesa, #breed-london, #budgets-and-budgeting, #mayors, #police, #police-department-san-francisco-calif, #police-reform, #san-francisco-calif, #tenderloin-san-francisco-calif

Boris Johnson’s Repressive Legislation Reveals Who He Really Is

A raft of repressive legislation shows the prime minister’s true colors.

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Ohio Officer Shoots Through Fence, Killing a Man Who Was Firing a Gun

Body-camera footage shows an officer in Canton, Ohio, firing through a wooden fence, killing James R. Williams, 46, as he fired shots just after the start of the New Year.

#canton-ohio, #firearms, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

How to Stop Trump and Prevent Another Jan. 6

Drop talk of dismantling the police and taking steps to dismantle the Constitution.

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After 4 Killings, ‘Officer of the Year’ Is Still on the Job

A Pennsylvania state trooper was returned to duty following three investigations by his own agency. A fourth inquiry is underway.

#conflicts-of-interest, #deaths-fatalities, #pennsylvania, #pennsylvania-state-police, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #splain-jay

Omicron, Russia, Tetris: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #space-and-astronomy, #titan-saturn-moon