Posts Tagged ‘North Carolina’

Owning up

January 2, 2018

Many jurisdictions suffered the problem of untested rape kits over the last 10-20 years, often due to insufficient crime lab capacity. This article reports an unusual step taken by police in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where 333 kits were destroyed starting in 1999 to make space in the evidence room. When the PD recognized the situation in 2015, they publicly announced what had happened and then began individually contacting the victims with an explanation and apology.


Operation Pacifier, 870 arrests for online child sexual abuse

May 6, 2017

This press release describes the results of a worldwide FBI & Europol investigation into online child sexual abuse on the Darknet’s Playpen site. Three site administrators were recently convicted and sentenced to 20-30 years in prison. A total of 870 arrests have been made and 259 sexually abused children have been identified or rescued.

3 NPR podcasts on police videos

April 10, 2017

The “Embedded” NPR series has three recent podcasts about police videos, one a police shooting, one of a police officer being shot, and one a situation where an officer refrained from shooting. The podcasts explore the incidents from all angles. One theme is how the new reality of video is affecting people’s thinking and behavior, both police and the public.

Risk/reward in SWAT no-knock entries

March 18, 2017

This in-depth 2-part series, located here and here, examines the practice of no-knock dynamic entries by SWAT teams. National data are not systematically collected, but nearly 100 deaths are known to have occurred in such raids since 2010, including at least 13 police officers. The vast majority of raids are drug cases, leading some police and legal experts to question whether the rewards justify the risks.

In the eye of the beholder

March 13, 2017

This NPR podcast reviews a 2013 police shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina, focusing especially on dashcam video in the case. A criminal trial ended in a hung jury when different jurors, watching the same video, reached different conclusions.

Filming the police

March 12, 2017

This article reports an incident in North Carolina where an officer incorrectly told a driver that it would be illegal for him (the motorist) to record their encounter on his cell phone. Laws regarding the release of police video have been in flux around the country but a person’s right to record events in public is not generally disputed.

Safer in-car systems

February 11, 2017

This article reports a project in North Carolina exploring ways to improve the safety features of front-seat police equipment. For example, making the in-car computer screen more user friendly improved driver lane maintenance and speed control during simulator tests.

2016 Goldstein Award

January 23, 2017

The Herman Goldstein Award is given each year at the POP conference to recognize the best example of problem-oriented policing. The 2016 winner was High Point, North Carolina for its Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI), a focused deterrence initiative that achieved dramatic reductions in both homicides and recidivism. A published description of the project is available here.

Bearing witness in Charlotte

December 31, 2016

This article tells the story of a Charlotte resident drawn into protests following a police shooting in September. Besides protesting he has joined a lawsuit, met with police, and is working on a documentary. He says “I’ve only tried to speak about what I know, what I’ve seen and what I’ve experienced … Outside of that I tried to be quiet and show exactly what was happening.”

State laws on police video

October 12, 2016

This article from The Pew Charitable Trusts reviews the status of public access to body-worn camera video, including an interactive map that summarizes each state’s current laws. Almost half the states have enacted new legislation in the last two years.