Watch “Reforming the Force,” a KVUE/Austin American-Statesman special on Austin police reform efforts.
A year ago, Austin leaders wanted to make the city a national model in police reform. What has emerged is a fragmented picture of success.
The Royal Thai Police has had a public image problem for years. And recently, several high-profile scandals have brought renewed focus on the inner workings of the force that’s directly controlled by the Prime Minister. This at a time when pro-democracy street protests are finding new momentum. Scott Heidler with the story from Bangkok.
As Austin continues discussions of police reform, the conversation has become infused with concerns about crime among some in the community.
A year ago, City leaders wanted to make Austin a national model in police reform. What has emerged is a fragmented picture of success.
A little more than a year ago, Austin saw unprecedented protests and a massive call for police reform.
They were met with over a dozen counter-protesters waving Blue Lives Matter and Dont Tread On Me flags and at least three men could be seen wearing Proud Boys”
Crazy moments from the black lives matter protests last and this year. Insane moments compilation 2021
The Democrat-run legislature passed 14 police reform laws in the last session including one that bans the use of military equipment, defined in part as firearms and ammunition of .50 caliber or greater. After it was signed by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, several law enforcement agencies raised a red flag saying the law actually bans the shotguns that fire beanbag and foam-tipped rounds. Those less-lethal tools are sometimes used in hostage situations, during riots and occasionally to subdue a mentally ill suspect who poses a threat. Not willing to put officers in legal jeopardy, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) pulled more than 1,000 less-lethal weapons out of service. Many sheriff’s departments followed WSP, including two of the largest in King and Snohomish counties. Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney says it was a difficult decision, because not having those tools raises the risk of lethal force.”If we don’t have that tool, at some point a human has to step in and do that,” said Fortney, “which makes it much, much more dangerous for both the SWAT officers who will be involved and the person we may be trying to take into custody.”Democratic leaders who pushed the police reforms now admit they made a mistake and vow to fix it in the 2022 legislative session.”We went line by line, section by section over this tactics bill and nobody caught it,” said Democratic State Representative Roger Goodman. “The police didn’t bring it up. We just missed this one.”Republican leaders are calling for an emergency legislative session, but Democrats who hold majorities in the state House, Senate and the governor’s office reject the idea. Fortney is frustrated by the whole process.”I think there was a rush, you know, the police are racist, the police are doing bad things,” said Fortney. “I think the narrative that was being pushed is a false narrative.”Another law passed in Washington state is even more controversial. It makes Washington the only state to require police to have probable cause before using any force, including making arrests. The standard bar is reasonable suspicion. The law also makes it easier to decertify officers. Monica Alexander, director of the Criminal Justice Training Commission, oversees all law enforcement training in the state and agrees with many of the reforms.”I don’t want to see our citizens killed over a bad situation that could’ve been avoided if we just stand back and take a few minutes,” said Alexander. “Slowing the process down is what we’re teaching.”But critics say law enforcement hasn’t just slowed down, in many cases officers have just stopped engaging altogether. A recent case in Pierce County is one example. Two deputies were chasing a murder suspect and decided not to use a K-9 unit out of fear of violating the law requiring probable cause. The suspected killer was able to flee the scene, but was arrested at a residence a few weeks later.All data is taken from the source: http://foxnews.comArticle Link: https://www.foxnews.com/us/washington-police-reform-law-bans-military-style-equipment#law #news24 #newshalloween #news2019 #newsfirst #newsusalive #
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Footage of policemen using plastic bags to suffocate a drug suspect prompts calls for reform in Thailand.
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