• Judge Kozinski — ‘He saved my life.’

    Tim Lynch | April 26, 2017

    Great interview with Federal Judge Alex Kozinski with Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes on the Debra Milke case.

    Here’s the gist of the story.  Milke was interrogated by a police detective.  The officer emerges from the room saying Milke confessed to murder.  Milke denies it and maintains her innocence.

    There is a trial and that’s the sum total of the evidence against her.  The officer says she confessed to him. 

    Continue reading “Judge Kozinski — ‘He saved my life.’”

  • National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/24/17

    Jonathan Blanks | April 25, 2017

    Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, April 24, 2017:

    • Rochester, New York: An officer was suspended after a facebook post claimed and body cam evidence confirmed he choked a handcuffed detainee. ow.ly/PhIo30b6oU7
    • Update: Dallas, Texas (First reported 12/1/13): A now-former officer was acquitted of criminally negligent homicide for striking cyclist while in pursuit. The officer ran him over and cuffed him and allegedly waited several minutes before calling EMS.

    Continue reading “National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/24/17”

  • ‘The First Priority is to do Justice’

    Tim Lynch |

    From Andrew McCarthy, former federal prosecutor, writing over at National Review Online:

    It is not possible to have the rule of law unless those charged with executing the laws are held accountable when they are derelict. And it is not possible to have accountability when the processes for discovering derelictions do not work.

    Those processes have to be mended. It is beyond time to reinvigorate the principle that law enforcement’s first priority is to do justice. … Continue reading “‘The First Priority is to do Justice’”

  • A New Report from the American Constitution Society Explores Barriers to Police Accountability

    Adam Bates |

    ACS has released a new issue brief, authored by Kami N. Chavis and Conor Degnan, exploring the difficulty in holding police officers accountable in excessive force cases.

    The report focuses on the conflicts of interest that confront prosecutors who bring charges against officers they work with, the difficulty of overcoming qualified immunity in excessive force lawsuits, and the federal government’s reluctance to intervene in police departments with patterns and practices of abuse.

    This Issue Brief summarizes some of the traditional mechanisms for holding police accountable for misconduct,

    Continue reading “A New Report from the American Constitution Society Explores Barriers to Police Accountability”

  • National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/21/17

    Jonathan Blanks | April 24, 2017

    Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 21, 2017:

    • Rochester, New York: Two officers were suspended after the use of force against a man who was riding a dirtbike. At least one body cam was not activated during the incident. ow.ly/ZZqF30b33H7
    • Southington, Connecticut: An officer was suspended 30 days for letting his intoxicated girlfriend drive. She caused a fatal accident and was criminally charged in the case. 

    Continue reading “National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/21/17”

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