In the wake of grand juries not indicting the police officers involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and the choking death of Eric Garner in New York City, the actions of police officers are receiving intense public scrutiny.
On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and the Ethics Professors look at the question of whether police officers are too often given the benefit of the doubt.
On Monday night, the people of Ferguson, Mo., learned that the white police officer who shot and killed a black teenager in August would not be indicted. After a period of stunned silence, chaos erupted between protestors and police, who showed up on the scene before violence broke out. How do residents feel, faced with immediate struggles and a national spotlight? Is it possible for the events in Ferguson to give rise to a new chapter in the history of race and justice in America?
The University of Kansas Police Department began the new school year with eight body-mounted cameras that its officers are wearing on all patrols.
The department ordered the cameras last spring – well before the protests in Ferguson, Mo., when a police officer killed an unarmed 18-year-old black man. Since then, many have called for using the body-mounted cameras to keep police accountable.
The KU Police Department has used dashboard cameras for 20 years, said Capt. James Anguiano said. But those video cameras have limited use, for those officers in vehicles, he said.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, was in Kansas City Wednesday touring a manufacturing company. She talked about the events in Ferguson, Mo., and how police can better serve their communities in the future.
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says after what happened in Ferguson, Mo., more law enforcement agencies should be equipped with body-mounted cameras.
"I believe with today's technology, body cams on police officers not only protect members of the community from somebody who might be overreacting, but it really protects police officers, also," says McCaskill, who was in town Wednesday visiting a Kansas City manufacturing company.
McCaskill says she would support legislation requiring the cameras for all police departments that receive federal funding.
Among the many images that have emerged from Ferguson, Missouri, perhaps some of the most arresting are those of law enforcement personnel lined up in riot gear, helmets and vests on with batons at the ready. And right behind them the sight of an officer atop a military-grade armored vehicle holding a sniper rifle.
The community response to the death of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. has varied from rioting and looting to peaceful protests and calls for civil discourse. Is there a way of responding to police shootings that can effect personal, social, or political change?
Protestor Allen Smith holds his sign up for passing traffic as he stands outside of the QuikTrip Gas station that was burned down in Ferguson. It may be awhile before investigators determine whether to bring state or federal charges against a Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 9:48 pm
St. Louis Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed has an idea about what’s driving the frustration about Michael Brown’s death.
As federal and local investigations into Brown’s shooting death unfold, Reed said more and more people want details and quick action. They want to know what really happened when a Ferguson police officer shot the 18-year-old last Saturday.
Several police departments and organizations around Missouri are speaking out against a bill that would bar enforcement of federal gun laws if they interfere with a Missourian's Second Amendment rights.
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says House Bill 436 would in effect end cooperation between local and federal law enforcement agencies. He cites a recent traffic stop where his officers apprehended two armed men wanted for different crimes.
Being a police officer is about many things: patrolling a beat, helping other officers maintain order, and sometimes, providing extra security to visiting dignitaries.
Kansas City, Mo., police officer Nicole Wright returns to speak with Steve Kraske about what it's like to work be part of the special security detail at the NAACP national convention for the organization’s chairman, Roslyn M. Brock and what the mood was there when they heard the verdict of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case.