Report on use of force incident by city of Asheville police officer

When video of this incident was first released i thought it was a perfect example of a “gray area” incident. A gray area incident is the type of incident that goes downhill or takes a wrong turn and becomes more serious that it should have been. It is initiated by an uncooperative suspect or an overzealous officer. Sometimes it is a little of each. In addition to the officer and suspect the issue usually becomes more convoluted by politics, by a district attorney tests the direction of the wind before rendering a decision, and by judges making decisions to satisfy the loudest complaints and not for justice.

Review the material below and tell me what you think.

A report commissioned by the city of Asheville criticizes two Asheville police officers for not intervening when a then city police officer was beating and choking an unarmed black pedestrian last August

Links to the report Policy and Procedure Review Related to the Rush Incident” and links to earlier news reports.

http://www.bpr.org/post/report-apd-officers-should-have-intervened-rush-beating-didnt

News report and links to the video from body worn cameras

http://www.bpr.org/post/additional-body-cam-footage-rush-beating-released

Charges against Officer Chris Hickman

http://www.bpr.org/post/update-former-asheville-police-officer-charged-august-beating

NRF/University of Florida survey says retail ‘shrink’ decreased to $46.8 billion in 2017 | National Retail Federation

NRF/University of Florida Survey Finds Retail ‘Shrink’ Decreased to $46.8 Billion in 2017
— Read on nrf.com/media/press-releases/nrfuniversity-of-florida-survey-says-retail-shrink-decreased-468-billion-2017

Retail theft is significant for increasing prices for consumers and retail related crimes handled by law enforcement like shoplifting.

The report is available HERE

Getting shot isn’t random | Modern Policing

This post reports an epidemiological study of 763 people injured or killed by gunfire in Seattle between 2010 and 2014. Compared to individuals hurt in crashes, gunshot victims (whether in a crime, accident, suicide, or by police) were more likely to have recent substance abuse, mental disorder, and arrest histories. Looking specifically at those shot…
— Read on gcordner.wordpress.com/2018/08/25/getting-shot-isnt-random/

The research article is available HERE

The Other Side of “Broken Windows” | The New Yorker

Eric Klinenberg writes on a research experiment, conducted by John MacDonald and Charles Branas, centered on abandoned buildings and lots in Philadelphia, which suggests that restoring spaces could help prevent crime.
— Read on www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-other-side-of-broken-windows

MacDonald and Branas’ article is available here

East Pittsburgh considers dissolving police force after Antwon Rose shooting | TribLIVE

Are police departments one serious event away from extinction?

East Pittsburgh officials are considering dissolving the borough’s police force after one of its officers fatally shot an unarmed teen in June, Council President Dennis …
— Read on triblive.com/local/allegheny/13997067-74/east-pittsburgh-officials-consider-dissolving-police-force