Police Accountability

Civilian Oversight

Civilian oversight of police is popular, but does it work? A ‘million dollar question’ – Cronkite News

Photo: The Phoenix City Council in 2020 approved the new Office of Accountability and Transparency. Its responsibilities had included investigating misconduct by police officers, but a subsequent state law has complicated the office’s mission. (Photo by Tirzah Christopher/News21) A record number of cities have created or revamped civilian review boards to provide accountability for police

Law Enforcement

Sources: 19 Austin police officers indicted in protest probe

A Texas grand jury indicted 19 Austin police officers on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for their actions during 2020 protests over racial injustice that spread nationwide following the killing of George Floyd, according to people familiar with the matter. Multiple people spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity


Opinion: No Excuses – Find a Better Policing Solution

Two contrary police reform measures—one to increase police officers in Austin, Texas, and another to decrease them in Minneapolis—went before voters this month. The goal of each was to create a better model for law and order in their communities. While the measures appeared antithetical in nature, they shared the appearance of knee-jerk reactions to