New Orleans' force, once a national symbol of corruption and dysfunction, has become a model for change.
Given the tremendous stressors and responsibilities of police work, one would think mental health screening and assessment would be a linchpin of the profession. Surprisingly, it is not.
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Andre Perry is 32 years old. He's a commercial photographer, lives in Brooklyn, and loves fashion. He's also black. A month ago, Perry was stopped at a subway station by an undercover officer with the New York City Police Department. He was interrogated about his two-finger ring, arrested, and charged with possession of a deadly weapon—"metal knuckles."
When D.C. police killed Carey in October, the country was once again thrown into a conversation around the use of deadly force—especially as Carey’s 14-month-old daughter was in the back seat of the vehicle as police fired on it. That tragedy is the most recent in a series of high-profile cases in which unarmed black suspects have been killed by authorities under controversial circumstances.
The largest gun bust in the history of New York City was set in motion in part by a few pictures on Instagram.
The New York Police Department announced Monday the seizure of 254 guns as part of an illegal gun smuggling ring that transported weapons to the city from North and South Carolina. In total, 19 suspects have been indicted on 552 total counts of conspiracy, criminal sale of a firearm, and criminal possession of a weapon charges as the result of a 10-month investigation that moved in focus from narcotics to weapons when investigators came across Instagram photos showing handguns and wads of cash.
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