Articles from August 2010



Hope there’s no virus!

The futuristic Tom Cruise movie Minority Report’s Department of Pre-Crime is at least one step closer to reality.  Washington D.C. police are using the latest version of software developed by University of Pennsylvania professor Richard Berk to predict which individuals on probation or parole are most likely to commit crimes.  [story here]  Sounds like the same […]

January, 2010 – Problems for Beck to Fix

It was a nice gesture by Chief Beck to free uniformed officers from the requirement of wearing ties with long sleeve shirts. It was probably designed to signal the troops that Chief Beck has their best interests in mind. In reality, Chief Beck did not need this gesture, because his concern for the street cop […]

February, 2010 – Defending Our Country? So What?

As an ex-Marine (although there really is no such thing), I find this next story personally offensive. I cannot go into any of the details of the alleged offense because it is a confidential personnel matter, but the details are not the point of my objection. In short, an officer was accused of an offense […]

April, 2010 – Time to Cut Back on Luxury Investigations

They say the city is well on its way to bankruptcy, 4,000 city workers are going to be laid off (maybe including police and firefighters), Wall Street is downgrading the city’s credit rating, and on and on. The police vehicle fleet is not getting any new vehicles and officers are being transferred out of specialized […]

May, 2010 – Biased Policing or Biased Police Commission?

You know what rolls downhill and a truckload of it is now rolling down at you. Before it started rolling downhill, it hit the fan in an April 2008 Police Commission meeting. Internal Affairs was presenting the 2007 year-end report on discipline to the commission. It seems no officers had been convicted of racial profiling. […]

Video Objection

OBJECTION TO BE READ INTO RECORD WHEN THE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT PROVIDE VIDEO OF AN EVENT TO THE OFFICER WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS A VIDEO OF THE OFFICER’S ACTIONS.  THE OFFICER WISHES TO BE ACCURATE, HAS A DUTY TO BE ACCURATE, AND HAS A RIGHT TO USE EVERY TOOL AVAILABLE TO BE ACCURATE.  THIS […]

June 2010 – Bratton Is Gone – Did His “No More Gotcha” Policy Go with Him?

When Bill Bratton came on board as chief of police on October 27, 2002, his job was tough. On November 2, 2000, the Consent Decree had been signed by the City and DOJ and its implementation had not gone well. Chief Parks had received an overwhelming vote of no confidence by the rank-and-file members of […]

July, 2010 – Surviving the Biased Policing Investigation

Official word is that the biased-policing sustained complaint convictions are still at zero despite the new emphasis on enforcement, investigation and adjudication changes described in the Warning Bells article in May (available at www.warningbells.com, if you missed it). However, the unofficial word is that many officers are stumbling around in the dark trying to answer […]