San Diego Cops Keep Forgetting to Turn Their Body Cameras On Before Killing People. San Diego, CA — All patrol officers employed by the San Diego Police Department are now required to carry body cameras – but they avoid falling prey to the dreaded “YouTube Effect” by simply refusing to activate them when they could be of greatest use.
On two occasions during the past six months, police officers in San Diego have “failed” to activate their body cameras during incidents that eventually led to lethal force. This has led the department to revise its policy to require officers to activate their cameras “before traffic stops, field interviews, detentions, arrests, and any other `enforcement related contacts’ – as long as it’s safe to do so,” reports the San Diego Union Tribune. The “safety” exception, however, offers wide latitude for officers to avoid recording potentially lethal encounters. That request offers a powerful, if tacit, indictment of the discipline and professionalism of the San Diego PD’s rank and file. Thengine comments on Appeals court upholds immunity for Florida deputies who banged on wrong door at 2am without announcing and shot dead innocent man that answered door with a gun. Congress awaits 'monumental' police reform as mandatory kill count advances.
Washington lawmakers have credited a Guardian investigation to count killings by police with building momentum on long-stalled law-enforcement reform and renewed efforts to force the US government to establish a comprehensive database of officers’ lethal use of force.
As members of Congress sought to turn a patchwork of proposals into a progressive agenda for action, authors of Democratic proposals in both the Senate and House to demand an official US record of police-involved fatalities said the journalistic project had been valuable in filling a void of governmental accountability – and in advancing new legislation.
“Let me just say on the record: the job you are doing here to point out the discrepancy in the numbers that are being reported is the wind at our back,” Senator Barbara Boxer of California said in an interview. “These statistics in the Guardian’s study will be most helpful in making the case,” said Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee. 2010 NPMSRP Police Misconduct Statistical Report -Draft- *Note: This is a draft version of the report until I work out some kinks with image and table formatting.
Figure 1. Map displaying number of officers involved in reports tracked per county for 2010. (clicking the top right corner of this map will bring up an interactive map or view all our maps at www.targetmap.com) This is the 2010 National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project (NPMSRP) Police Misconduct Statistical Report. This report is the result of data captured from January 2010 through December 2010 by the NPMSRP consisting of reports that meet credibility criteria which have been gathered from multiple media sources throughout the United States.
From January 2010 through December 2010 the National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project recorded 4,861 unique reports of police misconduct that involved 6,613 sworn law enforcement officers and 6,826 alleged victims. Figure 2. Excessive Force Figure 3. Figure 4. Figure 5. Sexual Misconduct Figure 6. Figure 7. Internal Affairs Divisions Dismissing 99% Of Misconduct Cases Against New Jersey Police Officers.
Not all cops are bad, but the insulation from accountability begins with the departments themselves, which often go out of their way to defend the actions of abusive officers.
In some cases, pressure from police unions has kept unruly officers on the job despite the departments' efforts to remove them. Other times, the insulating force is also the first line of officer accountability: Internal Affairs. Often depicted as a hated entity within the force, the Internal Affairs division is supposed to be the public's first line of defense against cops who abuse their power.
As documents obtained by the Courier News and Home News Tribune show, dozens of complaints against central New Jersey police officers are dismissed every year without ever making it past these departments' internal review mechanisms. Nationwide numbers aren't all that encouraging, with only 8% of complaints being sustained, but the New Jersey police departments are pitching near shutouts. Adrian Schoolcraft. Adrian Schoolcraft (born 1976) is a former New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer who secretly recorded police conversations from 2008 to 2009.
He brought these tapes to NYPD investigators in October 2009 as evidence of corruption and wrongdoing within the department. He used the tapes as evidence that arrest quotas were leading to police abuses such as wrongful arrests, while the emphasis on fighting crime sometimes resulted in underreporting of crimes to keep the numbers down. After voicing his concerns, Schoolcraft was reportedly harassed and reassigned to a desk job.
After he left work early one day, an ESU unit illegally entered his apartment, physically abducted him and forcibly admitted him to a psychiatric facility, where he was held against his will for six days. In 2010, he released the audio recordings to The Village Voice, leading to the reporting of a multi-part series titled The NYPD Tapes. §Biography §Recordings §Disclosure On 31 October, Lt. 414: Right to Remain Silent.