Early last year, the Obama administration pledged to reform the civil asset forfeiture system, by which police can seize and keep suspicious assets without having to convict anyone of a crime. Critics of that system say the reforms haven't changed much.
The state of Louisiana is close to extending hate crime protection to police officers and other emergency responders. The so-called "Blue Lives Matter" bill is a response to a growing sentiment among many in law enforcement that they are under attack.
Elected prosecutors are now losing their jobs for failing to throw the book at police in shootings. Voters booted out of office the county district attorney who didn't file charges against the Cleveland officer who shot Tamir Rice. The same fate met the state's attorney in Chicago, who brought charges only after a video of an officer-involved shooting was made public by court order. Some criminologists say it also reflects a deeper shift by the public, one that is moving away from the harsh prosecutorial stances of the past.
It's increasingly likely that the next time you have an encounter with a police officer, he or she will be wearing a body camera. And depending on how things go, you may be left wondering: "Can I get a copy of that video?"
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