Lunch links: Albuquerque PD agrees to federal monitoring

  • The Albuquerque Police Department has agreed to federal monitoring by the Justice Department after a number of questionable police shootings and use-of-force incidents.
  • Another sheriff claims that police today have more dangerous jobs than in days past. This just isn’t true. Granted, this was in Las Vegas, where there was recently an awful high-profile police ambush and shooting. Even with this year’s slight bump in police fatalities, policing today is as safe as it has been in a century.
  • Dash cam audio reveals that before responding to a complaint about a barking dog, a Michigan police officer said, “The only thing I’m going to do is shoot it. I do not like dogs. I don’t do snares. I don’t do dogs. I’ll shoot the [expletive] thing.” He then did exactly that.
  • The head of the Massachusetts state prison system has resigned over allegations that he “slowed” an investigation of an inmate death.
  • Meet the real estate agent who calls himself the United States’ leading authority on juvenile violence. The criminal justice system is awash with this sort of fake expertise.
Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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