“We conclude that policemen, like teachers and lawyers, are not relegated to a watered-down version of constitutional rights.”
–Garrity v. New Jersey (1967) 385 U.S. 493
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July 2016 – De-escalation or Disengagement?
There is a simple way to reduce the biased policing complaints and lots of other complaints, for that matter. Stop making investigative stops. This would also reduce uses of force. How many foot pursuits, vehicle pursuits and officer-involved shootings start with an investigative stop? Sixteen of the 48 shootings in 2015 (33 percent) began with an observation investigative stop. So, if we can reduce officer-involved shootings by a third, biased policing complaints probably by 90 percent, and a large share of other personnel complaints with one fell swoop by simply not making investigative stops, why don’t we? This should make a pleased Police Commission. [Full article]
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