Los Angeles to give 7,000 cops body cameras

Dec 17, 2014

Los Angeles to give 7,000 cops body cameras

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a plan Tuesday to equip 7,000 police officers with on-body cameras by next summer, making the city’s police department the largest law enforcement agency in America to move forward with such an ambitious expansion of the technology. The ...

California city spotlights tough path to police reform

Dec 15, 2014

California city spotlights tough path to police reform

In 2000, police in the city of Oakland, California became a symbol of the worst of American law enforcement after a band of rogue officers known as “The Riders” were accused of beating suspects, planting evidence and falsifying reports. Today, as an outcry over ...

U.S. presidential hopefuls quiet on police-violence protests

Dec 14, 2014

U.S. presidential hopefuls quiet on police-violence protests

Protesters nationwide have demanded an acknowledgment that “black lives matter” after grand juries in Missouri and New York declined to indict white police officers in the deaths of two black men. But as prospective candidates look toward replacing America’s first black president in 2016, ...

Dec 9, 2014

U.S. bans racial profiling by federal police

The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race ...

Damning U.S. report fuels race furor over police killings

Dec 5, 2014

Damning U.S. report fuels race furor over police killings

A damning U.S. federal investigation into police brutality in Cleveland added further fuel Thursday to the national controversy raging over a spate of police killings of black suspects. The finding announced by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that police in the Ohio city routinely ...

Hands-up gesture animates Ferguson protests

Dec 2, 2014

Hands-up gesture animates Ferguson protests

Five NFL players entered the football field with their hands raised. A day later, Americans walked out of work or school showing the same gesture of solidarity with Ferguson protesters after a grand jury decided not to indict the white officer who shot and ...

After Ferguson, Obama wants more police wearing body cameras

Dec 2, 2014

After Ferguson, Obama wants more police wearing body cameras

Spurred by the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting, President Barack Obama is calling for $75 million in federal spending to get 50,000 more police officers to wear body cameras that record their interactions with civilians. However, Obama is not seeking to pull back federal programs that ...

Dec 1, 2014

Ferguson mayor vows to rebuild riot-ripped community

The mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, the city at the center of a deadly police shooting that sparked repeated nights of racially charged unrest, pledged Sunday to rebuild the riot-hit community. Looting erupted and businesses were set ablaze in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson ...