Police Posts

Police Officer Who Killed Walter Scott Gets 20 Years in Federal Prison

Michael Slager, Officer in Walter Scott Shooting, Gets 20-Year Sentence: (“Michael T. Slager, the white police officer whose video-recorded killing of an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston, S.C., starkly illustrated the turmoil over racial bias in American policing, was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, after the judge in the case said he viewed the shooting as a murder.”)

Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Guilty of Contempt

Former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Found Guilty of Criminal Contempt (“Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s own words were the linchpin in the case against him, his quotes cited more than 20 times in a federal judge’s ruling that found him guilty of criminal contempt of court.”)

Another Affirmation of Citizens’ Right to Record Police in Public

Federal Appeals Court: You Have a Constitutional Right to Film Police Officers in Public (“On Friday, a panel of judges for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the First Amendment protects individuals’ right to film police officers performing their official duties.  The 3rd Circuit now joins the 1st, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th Circuits in concluding that the Constitution guarantees a right to record.  No federal appeals court has yet concluded that the First Amendment does not safeguard the right to film law enforcement officers conducting police activity in public.”)

Opinion: How Policing Black Boys Leads to the Conditioning of Black Men

Opinion: How Policing Black Boys Leads to the Conditioning of Black Men (“Mistrust and alienation between black men and the police have become so entrenched that we need radical, sweeping change….But, as criminal defense attorneys, we can attest to the fact that as harshly and as unfairly as black men have been treated in the criminal justice system, the fate of black boys has been worse.”)

Should the Police Control Their Own Body Camera Footage?

Should the Police Control Their Own Body Camera Footage? (“Body cameras are spreading fast through American policing, and they’re generating an ocean of video. Axon, a company that provides secure cloud storage for police departments, says it’s received more than 4 million hours’ worth of video uploads from its clients. Almost without exception, those videos are controlled by the law enforcement agencies that created them. Some are now challenging that practice and proposing alternatives.”)

 

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