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Whatever It Shows: Release the Video!

Sep 27, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Video
By: Nick Selby

Over the weekend, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney decided to release police video of the officer-involved shooting of Keith Scott. As we saw, the video was inconclusive. It in fact raised many other questions about what happened: why the police fired when they did, and the continuing question of whether Scott had a gun--neither of which was answered by the video. It's important to recognize that this was likely the reason that Chi... Full Article »

Otis From Jacksonville Nailed It

May 31, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By: Nick Selby

As cops shout about the “war on cops” and activists try to debunk that any such war exists, we are missing the real point: which is that we are at the low-point of a cycle that repeats itself every 10 to 15 years or so. That problem is cynicism. Right now, the media and activists are asking hard questions of law enforcement about the ways in which our communities are policed. These are unpleasant questions, about very tough issues, and some... Full Article »

Kudos to California!

Feb 19, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Nick Selby

On Feb. 18 at noon Pacific Time, the California Department of Justice (CADOJ) relaunched OpenJustice, its incredible open site dedicated to bringing to citizens open, clear and accessible data about how they are policed.* The site has had arrest and use-of-force data for some time. What it does today is launch a new feature of bringing county- and city-level data to bring context to the state data. CADOJ refer to its effort as: “A transparenc... Full Article »

Barriers to Officer-Worn Video: The 10% Challenge

Jan 27, 2016 in Leadership & Tech & Technology
By: Nick Selby

As the nation begins to look seriously at ways to gain transparency into the actions of its police and hold them accountable, officer-worn video (or “bodycams”) have become really tempting. After all, we’ve all seen in countless videos on YouTube the raw power of being the fly on the wall. All of us already have video cameras today—on our phones. These cameras can be applied in a truly revolutionary way to help answer lots of questions. A... Full Article »

Gunfire from the Sky

Nov 09, 2015 in Leadership
By: Nick Selby

The Guardian’s The Counted reports on the killing of one Nicholas Alan Johnson, who on Sept. 18, 2015, was shot by police firing from a helicopter. Johnson was unarmed at the time. The Counted’s team tells the story of how, “Johnson, a home burglary suspect, was shot by deputies from a helicopter during a high-speed chase. He collapsed after fleeing his SUV when he crashed into another vehicle.” Of five stated facts (other than Joh... Full Article »

Hard-Hitting Reporting? Or a Hit-Job?

Oct 25, 2015 in Leadership
By: Nick Selby

The New York Times recent article “The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black” is either a highly important, 5,700-word indictment of a corrupt and racist police department or it's an irresponsible and scurrilous accusation against an entire department, plastered on the front page of the nation’s most widely circulated newspaper. So which is it? The article has a big problem from the start. Since the reporters don’t share or summ... Full Article »

The 4 a.m. Traffic Stop

Oct 06, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Nick Selby

It’s 3:40 a.m. and you’re driving in the right lane, southbound on Broadway. You’re on patrol alone, and that makes sense — you work at one of the more than 93% of police agencies in America that employ fewer than 100 officers. About half employ fewer than 10. So backup is at least a couple of minutes away. An instructor in the police academy told me I’d do thousands of car stops in my career. He said the only way to not get compla... Full Article »

A Look Beyond the Numbers

Sep 28, 2015 in Leadership
By: Nick Selby

[Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of articles, which will delve into the StreetCred Police Killings in Context (PKIC) database. A few months back The Guardian and the Washington Post published databases and photographs of Americans who have been killed by police. The effect is striking. But, as law enforcement professionals, we wondered: What were the circumstances when the deceased was unarmed? The PKIC is an open database that aims ... Full Article »

To Protect a City

Jan 10, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol
By: Nick Selby

It got no easier to watch. Another city, placed into lockdown, after a senseless and cowardly act of terror galvanized its populace into grim determination. Even before the shock could pass, before the mourning could begin, the sound of more gunfire echoed through the streets. In Paris and across France we saw, as we saw in New York and in Boston, every single person with a badge and a gun ran towards the gunfire. Hours after the shootings at ... Full Article »