Police Accountability Task Force | Chicago 2016

As part of our work, the Task Force heard from many current and former CPD officers who are dedicated public servants, committed to performing their duties lawfully and making Chicago a safer place for all of its residents. Serving as a police officer is a challenging and often dangerous job. The police face an increasingly daunting challenge in crime fighting. Illegal guns flood the streets of the same neighborhoods that are devastated by crime, poverty and unemployment. We as a society cannot expect the police to cure every ill in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Yet we put significant pressure on them to solve and prevent crime, as well as to address the manifestations of a number of other daunting social and economic challenges beyond their charge and capacity to manage, let alone solve. Still, a keen appreciation of and sensitivity to these broader issues is critical to effective law enforcement and positive community-police relations.

The findings and recommendations in this report are not meant to disregard or undervalue the efforts of the many dedicated CPD officers who show up to work every day to serve and protect the community. The challenge is creating a partnership between the police and the community that is premised upon respect and recognizes that our collective fates are very much intertwined. Simply put, a more professional, engaged and respectful police force benefits us all. We cannot and have not shied away

from identifying systemic problems or challenges that undermine the efforts of those officers who are sincerely committed to doing their jobs the right way. To be sure, individual officers must own responsibility for not merely their actions each day, but also the reverberating and sometimes corrosive and lingering effect of those actions on citizens. And ultimately, the responsibility for setting the correct course lies with CPD leadership itself.



Executive Summary
Demonstrations occurring in Austin during the last week of May of 2020 devolved into chaos. A relatively small number of individuals embedded within mostly peaceful crowds committed criminal acts that ultimately escalated into rioting and looting within the City from May 29th to May 31st, 2020. Based on expectations defined by previous experiences with hundreds of peaceful demonstrations and protests, the Austin Police Department (APD) was unprepared for a riot of this magnitude. Miscalculations alongside actions and inactions of APD personnel, including those in leadership positions, contributed to the challenges. The demonstrations continued for months, and APD adjusted its tactics ultimately stabilizing the situation.

Get the report here:

www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/CPIO/MMAC – After Action Report – APD Response to 2020 Protests.pdf

A Study of Bias in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Threat Assessment Process – National Policing Institute

A Study of Bias in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Threat Assessment Process – National Policing Institute

There is a link for a .pdf to the report at the webpage.
— Read on www.policinginstitute.org/publication/a-study-of-bias-in-the-washington-d-c-metropolitan-police-departments-threat-assessment-process/

Reducing Deaths in Law Enforcement Custody:  Identifying High-Priority Needs for the Criminal Justice System

Congress enacted the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013 (DCRA) to address the lack of reliable information about law enforcement–related deaths and deaths in correctional institutions. The U.S. Department of Justice has conducted several activities designed to respond to the provisions specified in the DCRA legislation, as well as their own federal mandates, toward a comprehensive understanding of the prevalence and characteristics of deaths that occur in law enforcement custody. Despite these efforts, no national data collection program currently describes all deaths that occur in law enforcement custody. These data are critical to support strategies to reduce such deaths; to promote public safety through appropriate responses to reported crimes, calls for service, and police-community encounters; and to build trust with communities.

See more and get a copy of the report HERE

Public Report — Chicago Use of Force Community Working Group

Public Report on the Use of Force Community Working Group—Chicago

The Use of Force Community Working Group1 has achieved transformative changes to the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) Use of Force policies. These changes are the result of the Community Working Group’s leadership and advocacy and have the potential to reduce CPD violence and make the people of Chicago safer. This Report, issued by the community members who served on the Working Group, highlights those changes and describes the greatest shortcomings in CPD’s force policies still in need of change. It is critical that Chicagoans are informed both about our progress and about the areas where it remains crucial for people to speak out and advocate for change. We recommend that the Community Commission on Public Safety and Accountability immediately take up these recommendations for a better and safer Chicago. One of the greatest lessons we learned in this process is that change is not self-executing: it happens only when the people of Chicago make it happen.

See the report here:


Discrimination and Disparities: Is Policing a Bigger Problem Than Crime? | OLD PARKLAND CONFERENCE – YouTube

Excellent discussion give it a listen!!

Are racial disparities in arrests and incarceration evidence of racist policing? Is over-policing a primary threat to the safety of black communities, as Black Lives Matter activists and others have argued in recent years? Should we reduce police resources and prosecute fewer crimes? Do black men have more reason than others to fear law enforcement? Is the drug war driving “mass incarceration”? Jason Riley engaged with Janice Rogers Brown, Roland Fryer, and Rafael Mangual on these questions and more
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