University of Southern California: New public database offers fresh insight on officer-involved homicides, nationally and locally

University of Southern California: New public database offers fresh insight on officer-involved homicides, nationally and locally. “The new National Officer-Involved Homicide Database (NOIHD), developed by the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) and available to researchers and the public, is providing fresh insight regarding fatal encounters with police…. NOIHD data also includes whether the deceased was armed or not, the department that autopsied the deceased, municipal debt, and officers killed on duty. Sources of the data include police departments, the FBI, U.S. census data and state governments.”

WSHU: Connecticut police information will now be available online to the public

WSHU: Connecticut police information will now be available online to the public. “Connecticut residents will now have access to more than 100 police agencies’ information in the state. The ACLU of Connecticut launched ‘Project Flashlight’ on Tuesday to centralize information about policing in the state. The goal is to hold departments more accountable for police use of force and misconduct.”

Colorado Attorney General: New state database launched to provide public transparency on peace officer certification, training compliance, and misconduct

Colorado Attorney General: New state database launched to provide public transparency on peace officer certification, training compliance, and misconduct. “The Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board has launched a new database that allows the public to access information regarding an officer’s state certification, compliance with training requirements, and employment status. The public database is required under law enforcement accountability legislation the Colorado General Assembly enacted in 2020 and 2021.”

Sacramento Bee: Officer dies of COVID while on leave for missing California city’s vaccine deadline

Sacramento Bee: Officer dies of COVID while on leave for missing California city’s vaccine deadline. “A California police officer died of COVID-19 while he was on leave for not meeting San Francisco’s Nov. 1 vaccination deadline, according to media outlets. San Francisco Police Department Officer Jack Nyce tested positive for the virus on Nov. 2 and died Saturday, Nov. 6, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. His symptoms were so severe on Nov. 6 that he was taken to a hospital in an ambulance and died later that day.”

New York Daily News: NYPD top cop urges COVID vaccinations before Friday deadline that could send quarter of force home without pay

New York Daily News: NYPD top cop urges COVID vaccinations before Friday deadline that could send quarter of force home without pay. “The NYPD is doing everything in its power to convince cops to receive life-saving COVID vaccine shots as the city’s mandate deadline looms — a cutoff that could send a quarter of the police force home without pay.”

SA People News: Massive Database of Killings by South African Police Made Public

SA People News: Massive Database of Killings by South African Police Made Public. “On average, police in South Africa kill someone every day. Viewfinder has now published the police watchdog’s database on these killings, along with other complaints of police brutality and corruption: more than 47,000 cases registered between 2012 and 2020. The Police Accountability Tracker dashboard, which houses this data, allows anyone in South Africa to home in on their police station and to gauge what contribution officers there have made to the body count and case load.”

Opinion: Covid-19 is the No. 1 killer of police officers. So why do their unions oppose mandating vaccines? (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Opinion: Covid-19 is the No. 1 killer of police officers. So why do their unions oppose mandating vaccines?. “Covid-19 has been the No. 1 killer of law enforcement officers in 2020 and 2021. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks the on-duty deaths of police officers in the United States, more than 470 have died as a result of contracting the virus in the line of duty since the start of the pandemic. That is more than four times as many officers who have died from gunfire.”

WRAL: COVID-19 was cause of death for 2 of every 3 NC law enforcement officers in last 2 years

WRAL: COVID-19 was cause of death for 2 of every 3 NC law enforcement officers in last 2 years. “The coronavirus is now the leading cause of death for police officers, sheriff’s deputies and correctional officers, data from the national Officer Down database show. Since January 2020, 21 law enforcement officers in North Carolina have died from COVID-19 – 68 percent of all officers statewide who have died in that time.”

New York Times: Hundreds of Police Officers Have Died From Covid. Vaccines Remain a Hard Sell.

New York Times: Hundreds of Police Officers Have Died From Covid. Vaccines Remain a Hard Sell.. “More than 460 American law enforcement officers have died from Covid-19 infections tied to their work since the start of the pandemic, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, making the coronavirus by far the most common cause of duty-related deaths in 2020 and 2021. More than four times as many officers have died from Covid-19 as from gunfire in that period.”

New Jersey Monitor: N.J. top cop notes 22 COVID-related deaths among police in a week as unions continue anti-mandate push

New Jersey Monitor: N.J. top cop notes 22 COVID-related deaths among police in a week as unions continue anti-mandate push. “There was a spate of virus-related deaths among police officers last week as law enforcement unions in some corners of the state fight to head off vaccine mandates, State Police Superintendent Pat Callahan said at Monday’s virus briefing. Twenty-three police officers at varying levels of government died last week, Callahan said., and 22 of the deaths appear related to COVID-19. The New Jersey State Police said Tuesday afternoon Callahan was speaking about nationwide figures, not those specific to New Jersey.”

Los Angeles Times: LAPD officers are supposed to wear masks. They keep getting caught without them

Los Angeles Times: LAPD officers are supposed to wear masks. They keep getting caught without them. “With coronavirus cases once again rising across Los Angeles and within the ranks of the city’s police, LAPD officers have been ordered to wear face masks ‘whenever in public or in the workplace.’ More than a few cops, however, are ignoring the directive — and getting caught.”

PBS: Most Never Shoot at Someone, But These 38 Utah Officers Have Pulled the Trigger Multiple Times

PBS: Most Never Shoot at Someone, But These 38 Utah Officers Have Pulled the Trigger Multiple Times. “Tribune and FRONTLINE reporters relied on police records and news reports to document each time a Utah officer fired his or her weapon from 2004 to 2020, tracking 318 shootings. They then conducted additional reporting to verify details of each shooting, and analyzed data points gleaned from record reviews and interviews.”

University of Southern California: Database provides details about officer-involved shootings and deadly incidents

University of Southern California: Database provides details about officer-involved shootings and deadly incidents. “[Professor Brian] Finch is preparing to launch a new repository for police homicide data: the National Officer-Involved Homicide Database (NOIHD). NOIHD is an expansion of the Fatal Encounters website and will provide more data, such as whether the deceased was armed or unarmed, the education and training requirements for the officers in that department and who conducted the autopsies of the deceased. The NOIHD information is collected from police departments, hospital emergency departments, the FBI, census data, state governments and other sources.”