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Vol. XXVII, No. 553 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 15, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Getting ready to go; float plan; Steve loves Eleanor; fill chairs at Justice; new watchdog in Omaha; now you see them, now you don’t.
Common sense solution: Georgia police take problem-solving approach to illegal immigrant issue.
Standard-bearing: CALEA takes a stand on racial profiling.
Pay-as-you-go plan: Chronic nuisance calls to police may cost landlords.
Ill-gotten gains: Did city deceive its way into a federal block grant?
Making the punishment fit: Police disciplinary process is under fire after captain’s slap on the wrist.
Fired isn’t forever: Decertified cops may win reinstatement.
Who’s on the case? Which federal agency should get the case of alleged police abuse on tribal lands?
Under the microscope: Tulsa PD is under scrutiny by DoJ’s civil rights unit.
The next big crisis: Officials map strategies to fight OxyContin abuse.
Lacking in appeal: City won’t fight ruling that KO’d no-loitering zones.
Forum: English lessons for troubled American police forces.
The beat goes on: The racial profiling beat, that is.

 People & Places

Time to go

      With his city appearing to be in good shape and his popularity running high with both residents and his officers, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Police Chief Michael Brasfield is getting out while the getting is good.
      The 57-year-old Brasfield, who retired as assistant executive chief of the Seattle Police Department in 1995, only to be lured back into policing in Fort Lauderdale a few months later, tendered his resignation March 30 after leading the Florida department for six years. His retirement takes effect Sept. 29...

Float plan

      From the wreck of a 1986 Jeep Cherokee, Kootenai County, Idaho, Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Dagastine is building a massive parade float which he hopes will serve as a reminder to the public of a devastating disease — multiple sclerosis.
      Dagastine, whose wife, Beth, suffers from the incurable illness, began assembling the float in February, working four hours each night after his shift. He began by stripping the vehicle down to its floor pan, driver’s seat, dashboard and running gear, then building it up with 900 pounds of steel. The float is 21 feet long and 8 feet wide. Its finishing touch will be two giant moving MS shoes, with toes bursting out at the tips, and emblazoned with the words, “Help stomp out MS.”..

Brother act

      It’s a love match between Steve Farley and Eleanor — West Virginia, that is.
      After laying off its entire police force last May, then hiring a new chief in November only to see him leave a month later to join the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, Eleanor town officials believe they made a good choice last month when they selected Farley for the post...

Doing Justice

      For what is sure to be a position closely watched by those in law enforcement as well as civil liberties circles, President Bush has said he will nominate Ralph S. Boyd, a former federal prosecutor, as head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division. If confirmed, he would be the third senior black official in the agency.
      The 44-year-old Boyd, who is currently a partner in a Boston law firm, was highly successful in his efforts as an assistant United States attorney in supervising federal efforts to crack down on gun violence, particularly in Boston’s public housing, said officials. And while he seems to have had little civil rights experience, he has fought housing discrimination and taken on several public interest cases, said Eliot Mincberg, legal director of People for the American Way...

Omaha’s watchdog

      After voting last year to create an office of police auditor, Omaha city and police officials this month unanimously chose Tristan Bonn, a former senior prosecutor in Colorado Springs, to fill the position.
      Bonn, a graduate of the University of Arizona and Creighton University Law School, will monitor investigations into citizens’ complaints against police and will recommend policy changes in the department. She is expected to start work later this spring...