They are launching their first national joint action on April 4, the 49th anniversary of King’s assassination, with “Fight Racism, Raise Pay” protests in two dozen cities, including Atlanta; Milwaukee; Memphis, Tennessee; Chicago; Boston; Denver; and Las Vegas
Aurora police spokeswoman Officer Crystal McCoy said the department will release final statistics from 2015 sometime by early March.
The settlement, known as a consent decree, is intended to correct problems identified in a federal investigation that followed the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. The federal report noted unconstitutional and discriminatory practices across the police force and municipal court system.
“The agreement also will ensure that the city’s stated commitment to refocusing police and municipal court practices on public safety, rather than revenue generation, takes root and will not be undone,” Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, wrote in a letter to Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III.
“People will fill the void with something if they don’t see the videos — with speculation or rumors,” said Michele Earl-Hubbard, a Seattle-based attorney and advocate of government transparency. “If police want people to understand, your side of the story, you gotta get the images out.”
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public. The result: Twenty-four states have passed at […]
CHICAGO | Police departments across the country that have spent years boasting about plummeting crime numbers are now scrambling to confront something many agencies have not seen in decades: more bloodshed. Houston, St. Louis, New Orleans and Baltimore have all seen significant spikes in the number of homicides this year. The totals are up in other […]
CAMDEN, N.J. | President Barack Obama is cutting back on shipments of military equipment to local police, nine months after complaints about officers using riot gear and armored vehicles to confront protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Before announcing his new policies to counter the “militarization” of local law enforcement, Obama visited Camden police headquarters Monday to commend […]