Posts Tagged ‘Kansas’

Transparency or public relations?

October 26, 2017

This article reviews police practices in releasing body cam video, noting a tendency to promote positive stories while refusing to provide video in situations where actions might have been improper. This pattern risks hurting police legitimacy if the public comes to believe that officials are cherry-picking what to release rather than truly honoring transparency.


“Let’s not just sit here and do nothing”

March 8, 2017

This article describes the aftermath of last year’s workplace murders in Hesston, Kansas, committed by an employee who had just been served with a protection order. Community leaders are adopting a threat assessment approach as one way of trying to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

The case for more women

July 27, 2016

In this essay the author recounts her grandmother’s harrowing journey through domestic violence to a career on the edges of law enforcement, and argues that increasing the number of women police would help fix some of today’s problems, including reducing use of force and providing better protection to victims.

Seeking common ground

July 19, 2016

This article describes an anti-violence gang summit in Los Angeles organized by rapper The Game with support from the mayor and police chief. This article reports from Wichita on a protest march that turned into a cookout with police.

Police chief the hero in Hesston

February 27, 2016

Details remain somewhat sketchy, but it appears that the officer who entered the Excel Industries plant in Hesston, Kansas on Thursday and successfully interrupted an active shooter incident was the small town’s police chief, Doug Schroeder. This article provides some background on the town and residents’ appreciation for the chief’s quick and heroic response.