Blue Lives and Black Lives: At Odds With One Another?


Police reform activists question the Blue Lives Matter movement.

Black and white police officers diverge on their perceptions of relations with the public. About 60% of white and Hispanic cops thought that police relations with blacks were either excellent or good, only 32% of black officers thought so. The biggest discrepancy between black and white cop was this: 92% of the more than 8,000 cops surveyed said that blacks have equal rights while less than 30% of African Americans cops agreed.

Survey shows that cops are more reluctant to stop and question suspicious people because of demonstrations against police use of force. There is also a difference in attitudes between black and white officers towards demonstrators.

Nassau PBA challenges Nassau’s use of force policy. Nassau adopted policy requiring every use of force to be documented. The PBA challenges its legality.

The national government wants to collect police use-of-force data electronically. What do you think?

Southampton Town Police and Organizacion Latino-Americana are reviving the civilian police academy to building trust between the police and the community.

Newsday calls for the end of article 50-a, a New York law that shield personnel records of cops in misconduct investigations.

After deadly force by the police against a black citizen, the crimes in African American communities rise. One explanation is that community protests against such police actions cause the police to abandon pro-active programs that have kept crime rates low. Another explanation claims that after high profile police killings, the black community loses trust in the law enforcement and stops calling 9/11. Two sociologists give this explanation in “Why Don’t You Just Call the Cops?”

A study finds that whites and blacks perceive police differently. A survey by the Pew Research Center finds only a third of blacks and nearly three-quarters of whites say police in their communities do an excellent or good job using appropriate force.

The American Civil Liberties Union has an app to download for free that automatically preserves videos taken by civilians of police encounters. A feature in the Nation explains its features and importance.

Should the police administer first aid to someone they just shot? The NY Times looks at why the police sometimes fail.

Suffolk’s county executive wants to eliminate the expense ShotSpotter program. Both the police and the communities affected want to maintain ShotSpotter, a technology that pinpoints where guns were fired.

Personnel records of police involved in misconduct are not made public under a NY law. Newsday calls for the repeal of 5o-a for greater transparency.

St. Petersburg PD is looking to hire those who are very good at recognizing faces. They are called “superecognizers” and are presently employed by the London police force.

A Department of Justice initiative, all law enforcement agencies and medical examiners offices would provide names, locations, whether or not the arrest was allegedly committing a crime, their behavior during the incident, how law enforcement responded and the manner of death.

Hear from families of three slain police officers, at the Democratic National Convention.

Website featured in Westbury Times.

Gun violence down on LI.

President Obama met with law enforcement agencies and civil rights activist urging them to bridge the divide between them. He said that good ideas need to be pushed out into communities. The president urged everyone to foster communications between citizens and the police.

President Obama’s sermon at the Dallas memorial calls for better understanding between the public and the police.

No racial bias in the use of lethal force, study finds, but black men and women are likely to be touched, hand-cuffed, pepper sprayed and pushed to the ground.

After a week of protests against two police shooting deaths of civilians and the assassination of five police officers in Dallas, Dallas police detective Nick Selby writes, “let the protesters have their say; let’s hear it all. And maybe, if both sides listen, we can get somewhere.” Selby praises the Dallas police for reporting “all shootings involving its officers and detailed how its officers have used force. Such ready release of information is an important way for police agencies to make a deposit in the bank of community good will.”

Police departments around the country are more likely to use force on blacks. The study of more than 19,000 use of force incidences from around the country was conducted by the Center for Policing Equity. Does Nassau keep records on use of force relative to race?

The head of the PBA calls for a delay in implementing the new use of force policy for Nassau. The acting police commissioner disagrees.

Nassau Police have adopted a new policy on use of force. Some call the policy amongst the best in the country.


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