Tim Lynch | April 25, 2017
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’”
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,
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.
Today, the Supreme Court declined to review an appeal in the case of Salazar-Limon v. City of Houston (scroll down). Of course, the Court declines most appeals and can only review a small fraction of the cases brought to it. What is noteworthy about this case is the dissent filed by Justice Sotomayor. She wanted to explain why the Court’s denial was a mistake.
The case involved a police shooting in Houston.
Jonathan Blanks | April 21, 2017
Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 20, 2017:
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln: An officer was charged with drunk driving off duty and resigned. ow.ly/oAmI30b0ZTM
- Alamo, Texas: An officer was arrested for felonious assault on a family member. ow.ly/Evxu30b16NT
- Update: Auburn, New York (First reported 4/3/17): The deputy chief pled guilty to DWI. He was originally charged with aggravated DWI because his BAC level was more than twice the legal limit.
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