An analysis of nationwide police officer instruction and training standards reveals that police officers learn surprisingly little about the law before they're empowered to enforce it.
That police officer in front of you, the one with the badge and the gun, might not actually be working for the City.
A former U.S. airman is currently sitting in a Florida prison for what his supporters argue was a simple act of self-defense. Just two years into a 25-year sentence, he joins a list of cases that have drawn national attention to the Sunshine State’s sentencing and gun laws. Encouraged by the activity, his family is hoping to stir up interest in his case and is currently petitioning Florida’s governor for clemency.
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 choice of who will be New York City’s next mayor is about more than the candidates. With a recent ruling placing the future of stop-and-frisk in the hands of the next mayor, many voters also see Tuesday’s vote as an opportunity to do away with the city’s controversial policing policy.
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