When the police are accused of bad things….

The New York Times reports Wednesday that more officers across the country are being charged with crimes; but convictions prove “as elusive as ever.”   That is no news to anyone who has been paying attention (In Chicago: The acquittals of Glenn Evans and Dante Servin; in Baltimore, the mistrial of William Porter; in Philadelphia, the acquittal of six narcotics officers on corruption trials all serve as recent high-profile examples).

Meanwhile in Chicago, the latest police shootings continues to reverberate. The Tribune reports that the officer who shot to death a 55-year old woman as well as a 19-year old man has told investigators he didn’t see the woman until after she was shot. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who cut short his vacation to Cuba, is expected to announce new steps designed to give officers alternatives to using deadly force.


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