Chris Burbank, a former police chief and director of law enforcement engagement at the Center for Policing Equity, told Rewire he fears the [Back the Blue Act] would do the exact opposite of what proponents claim: protect police, deter crime, and build police-community relations… Read more here.
There is historical precedent for immigration policies’ affecting reporting among undocumented immigrants. Salt Lake City encountered similar issues when the state legislature debated a bill that would require local law enforcement to detain unauthorized immigrants, recalled Chris Burbank, the [director or law enforcement engagement at the Center for Policing Equity and] police chief at the time. “What we found was, not surprisingly, undocumented individuals would be less likely to report crimes,” he said in an interview. “We had children go missing … but their parents wouldn’t call the police. We heard about them from neighbors.” Read more here.
Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Drug Charges Memo: “…Here’s why this matters in terms of Sessions’ order today: In an environment where you are likely to suffer brutal consequences for charging someone too lightly—and there’s really no way to suffer negative political consequences for charging someone too tough—having a federal environment that says you should be going harder rather than softer on crime might further incentivize folks to be afraid to charge too light. And that’s exactly the wrong signal to be making.” Read more here.
CPE Cofounder and President Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff joins MSNBC’s AM Joy Host Joy Reid. View the interview here.
Feeling community pressure to take action in the wake of a glaring traffic stop study, the Grand Rapids City Commission has identified three immediate actions to improve community-police relations. Read more here.
That question gained steam after events in Ferguson in part because of lack of data. “We have bad numbers on policing, but you can get somewhat decent numbers on [local] demographics,” Phillip Atiba Goff, director of the Center for Policing Equity at John Jay College in New York, said. Read more here.
As we enter 2017, it’s impossible to forget the lives lost in the black community, as well as the law enforcement community. According to the The Washington Post, 233 African-Americans were killed by police in 2016; however, it should be dually noted that law enforcement officers also were killed in the line of duty by gunfire. Recent events are forcing law enforcement managers and community leaders to have hard and necessary conversations regarding race, equality and justice. Read more here.
Austin police officers in 2015 stopped African-Americans more and used force against them more frequently than any other ethnic group, a new report shows.
The full annual report was released Tuesday by the Office of the Austin Police Monitor, which accepts and files public complaints as well as internal Austin Police Department complaints against the department’s 1,752 officers. The report shows statistics on the number, type and frequency of complaints filed against APD officers and offers recommendations for improving compliance. Read more here.
Another racially charged incident involving police came to light recently when video was released of a 2015 arrest. Lawrence Crosby, a graduate student at Northwestern University and a black man, was tackled to the ground by multiple police officers after a 911 caller suggested he was trying to steal a car. Only thing is, it was Crosby’s car. Crosby is now suing the Evanston, Ill., Police Department. Read more here.