Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXIX, Nos. 607, 608 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY October 15/31, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Sweets to go; new DEA chief; yes, Virginia; straight shooter; Earl change; vertical mobility.
Retiring, not quitting: Chief of troubled Houston PD makes his exit.
Ten and out: Tampa’s chief of 10 years retires to await a “good night’s sleep.”
On the move: Kansas cops try to stay one step ahead of mobile criminals.
A bold LEAP: Current and former cops just say “no” to the drug war.
Alien-nation: Making it easier for undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses.
Command presence: Oklahoma leadership program turns out its first graduates.
Too much of a good thing? Rethinking D.C.’s strict pursuit policy.
Buffalo roundup: Rallying the troops to fight a tide of violence.
Better with age: Chattanooga seeks broader, older recruit pool.
Calling the feds: Milwaukee seeks help with use-of-force issues.
Marshaling resources: Keys to better fugitive-tracking.
Forum: Old-school cops in a new-school world.
Nothing criminal, but. . . : Reports on Houston PD lab are scathing.
No piece of cake: Lab accreditation is a long, tough, costly process.
Rx for the LAPD: A new “corporate” approach is urged.

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Old-school cops in a new-school world

     The videotape shows an Inglewood, Calif., police officer named Jeremy Morse hitting a handcuffed teenager named Donovan Jackson. Only those present, and perhaps not even they, know exactly what happened. Nor could a jury decide the matter; Morse’s trial on assault charges ended in a mistrial on July 29 when jurors could not reach a verdict. (Prosecutors say they’ll try the case again.)...

     Without doubt a white officer was bleeding and angry, and a handcuffed black 16- year-old got sucker-punched. But this is not about white and black. It’s about “new-school” policing and “old-school” police...