Reforms for police department
The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico’s largest city have reached a deal to overhaul Albuquerque’s police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings. The deal orders the force to be independently monitored and calls for the changes to be in place within four years. The U.S. attorney for the district of New Mexico, Damon Martinez, said the agreement represents a new chapter for policing in Albuquerque and will serve as a road map for rebuilding trust between the community and police. Under the agreement, the police department must change its investigations into use of force and offer better training to deal with mentally ill suspects. The agreement comes after city and federal officials have been in talks about mandated changes after a harsh DOJ report.
Curious lava watchers arrested
Two Hawaii residents have been arrested for trespassing to see volcano lava amid growing interest from people eager to witness the slow-moving flow. Hawaii County police saw a man and a woman on county property Thursday taking photos within 5 feet of the lava. Police say they had two golf clubs that had been dipped in lava, which had hardened on the clubs.
School shooting details heard
Newly released police dispatch recordings from a deadly Washington state high school shooting reveal the difficulties law enforcement faced as they tried to secure a sprawling campus. The recordings show that one officer was inside the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria within a minute of emergency dispatch calling out reports Oct. 24 of an active shooter. The officer confirmed the shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, was dead. He frantically called for medical help for the students who were injured. Two 14-year-old girls died as a result of the shooting. Fryberg committed suicide.
Officer declines new promotion
The New York Police Department’s highest-ranking black official abruptly quit instead of taking a new post, a surprising move when the department is trying to mend relationships with minority communities. Chief Philip Banks III was to have been named first deputy commissioner, second in command at the nation’s largest police force. Commissioner William Bratton had announced the change. Instead, Banks will retire. Bratton cited “personal and professional factors.” The position was seen under the previous commissioner as largely ceremonial and stripped of power.
Compiled from wire reports