State Public Records Law And Performance Evaluations

Will interviews Minnesota management-side labor attorney Greg Wiley on a most unusual case from the Minnesota Supreme Court. The court unanimously decided that a portion of Minnesota’s public records law allows employees the right to a hearing to challenge some aspects of performance evaluations. The case involved Todd Schwanke, an employee of the Steele County […]

Police Body Camera Bill Runs Into Privacy Concerns

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Legislation that would have required police officers to wear body cameras is quickly transforming as lawmakers and police associations express concerns over state government mandates and privacy. State Rep. Shevrin Jones, the West Park Democrat sponsoring the bill, originally wanted police officers across the state fitted with body cameras, an idea that […]

Cleveland Police Sergeant Sues City, Chief For Suspension Over Facebook

CLEVELAND, OH – A Cleveland police sergeant suspended for 10 days last year for comments he posted on his Facebook profile while off duty filed a federal lawsuit against Chief Calvin Williams and the city Wednesday, alleging the city’s policy on social media is unconstitutional. Johnny Hamm expressed his support for his fellow police officers […]

FBI Director Makes Major Speech On Race And Policing

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, delivered an unusually candid speech on Thursday about the difficult relationship between the police and African-Americans, saying that officers who work in neighborhoods where blacks commit crimes at a high rate develop a cynicism that shades their attitudes about race. Citing the song “Everyone’s a Little Bit […]

Tennessee Asst. Chief Posts Resignation On Facebook

LA VERGNE, TN – The assistant police chief of La Vergne announced his resignation through a lengthy post on his Facebook page. La Vergne Assistant Police Chief Keith Lowery handed in his gun and his badge after only a year and a day on the job. “He’s a man of implacable character and integrity,” La […]

Head Of NY Sergeants Union Calls For Google To Scrap Mobile App

NEW YORK, NY – Cops to Google: Scrap the app. Sergeants Benevolent Association head Edward Mullins sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page Tuesday demanding the company disable a feature of the mobile app Waze that lets users track real-time locations of police. The Waze app operates like a GPS navigation tool and permits […]