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December 14, 2012 |
OAKLAND - A federal judge has placed Oakland Police Department reform efforts under his direct control, citing nearly a decade of inadequate attempts to comply with a legal settlement in a case that unmasked systemic police brutality and racial profiling. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson on Wednesday signed off on an 11th-hour agreement reached last week between the city and plaintiffs' attorneys under which he will appoint a full-time "compliance director" with sweeping powers to dictate changes related to the case.
November 27, 2012 |
Justice Department officials announced Tuesday that they have opened an investigation into whether Albuquerque police used “unreasonable deadly force” against civilians. The announcement came after a series of controversial officer-involved shootings and abuse cases in New Mexico's largest city that triggered protests, lawsuits and demands for a police department overhaul. City officials had previously rejected appeals for a Justice Department review, but agreed to cooperate after federal officials began a preliminary review last year.
September 13, 2012 |
Portland, Ore., will continue to revise its policies as part of an agreement with the federal government, which found a pattern of excessive force by police when dealing with mentally ill suspects, officials said Thursday. The agreement, which comes after a more than year-long investigation, was announced at a news conference by city and federal officials in Portland. Officials praised the agreement, which calls for better training and oversight. According to the Justice Department, the Portland Police Bureau “engaged in an unconstitutional pattern or practice of excessive force against people with mental illness.” During the Last three years, police have used deadly force 12 times, 10 of which, involved mentally ill suspects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2012 |
Rodney King never set out to be a James Meredith or Rosa Parks. He was a drunk, unemployed construction worker on parole when he careened into the city's consciousness in a white Hyundai early one Sunday morning in 1991. While he was enduring the videotaped blows that would reverberate around the world, he wanted to escape to a nearby park where his father used to take him. He simply wanted to survive. PHOTOS: Rodney King | 1965- 2012 He did survive, but the brutal beating transformed the troubled man into an icon of the civil rights movement.
January 30, 2012 |
At first glance, a proposal by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to clarify the way police handle cars they impound from unlicensed drivers doesn't sound controversial. But his proposal touches one of the city's hot-button issues - illegal immigration - and it reopens a larger, historical question: Who's in charge of the city's police? Under Beck's plan, police officers would be given guidelines for when they should impound the cars of unlicensed drivers for 30 days - a penalty that can impede a driver's ability to work and cost him or her almost $1,400 - and when they should instead merely hold a car until a licensed driver can pick it up. Factors such as the driver's record and the seriousness of the violation would dictate which approach would be employed and presumably discourage arbitrary and unequal treatment.
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December 18, 2010 |
Long Beach police had ample time to identify themselves before shooting and killing a 35-year-old man holding a water nozzle, according to the findings of an investigation by the family's attorney. Police fatally shot Douglas Zerby, 35, on Sunday when they believed he posed a threat to their safety. Zerby was carrying a metal-tipped water nozzle and pointed it at officers, authorities said. They believed it to be a gun. FOR THE RECORD: Long Beach shooting: An article in the Dec. 18 LATExtra section about the shooting of Long Beach resident Douglas Zerby by police said that officers ordered Zerby to drop his weapon, which was actually a pistol-grip water nozzle.