San Jose Independent Police Auditor Steps Down Amid Calls For Resignation

SAN JOSE, CA — The San Jose Independent Police Auditor has resigned following months of repeated accusations from the police officer’s association claiming he was unfit for the position. Aaron Zisser submitted his resignation to the Mayor and City Council in a letter Thursday evening, saying he is grateful to San Jose, its advocates and grassroots leaders for the opportunity to work in the city. “Unfortunately, the extraordinary personal…

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Firefighters Battling California’s Largest Fire Hit By Crippling Data Slowdown, Slam Verizon’s Tactics

A crew of firefighters from Silicon Valley had arrived in Lake County to help battle the largest blaze in California history when suddenly their mobile internet service slowed to a crawl. Officials coordinating the firefighting effort inside the Santa Clara County Fire Department’s command vehicle faced email delays and challenges updating web-based documents with critical information about deployment, Capt. Bill Murphy said. They quickly learned that their provider, Verizon…

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DAYS FROM MANDATORY RETIREMENT AGE, FIRE COMMISSIONER LOSES BID TO STAY ON JOB

After six-and-a-half years of leadership stability under fire, there will be a changing of the guard at the helm of the Chicago Fire Department. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is saying goodbye to his second fire commissioner after trying and failing to find a legal path to keep Jose Santiago as a civilian fire commissioner, even after Santiago reaches the mandatory retirement age of 63. Sources said Santiago has already had…

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LAFD WATCHDOG GAINS ACCESS TO DISCIPLINE FILES

The panel that oversees the Los Angeles Fire Department voted Tuesday to give the agency’s internal watchdog “unfettered access” to the disciplinary files of its firefighters, nine years after voters created the post to assess the agency’s handling of misconduct complaints. The Board of Fire Commissioners unanimously changed its policy to give the watchdog, known as the Office of the Independent Assessor, the power to obtain unredacted interview transcripts,…

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NYPD’S UNION WILL PAY CITIZENS $500 TO HELP OFFICERS RESTRAIN SUSPECTS

The NYPD’s Union wants to pay good Samaritans a fixed amount of cash for assisting police officers who may be in danger. According to ABC 7, the Sergeants Benevolent Association is offering $500 cash rewards to citizens who assist police officers with suspects who resist arrest. President Ed Mullins says that the program was carried out due to too many people using their cell phones to record police encounters…

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Minneapolis Must Pay $190000 To Spurned Police Recruit Over Psychological Screen

The city of Minneapolis must pay $190,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a former police recruit who said the city rescinded its job offer after learning of his post-traumatic stress disorder, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday. Federal officials also charged that the Police Department ran afoul of the 2008 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) by “routinely requesting and obtaining genetic information from officer applicants during…

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Suburban Police Departments Pay Officers Much More Than Dallas

DALLAS, TX — Dallas Police officers have a new weapon. That weapon is a new salary comparison that they plan to use in their battle with city hall over a police and fire pay raise. The salary of a starting officer in Dallas is just under $50,000. A pay comparison compiled by the Dallas Police Association shows Houston, Austin and Fort Worth offering $5000 to $6,000 more with almost…

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Two Attorneys Ordered To Pay More Than $24,000 Over Perjury Allegation Against Seattle Police Officer Who Shot Charleena Lyles

SEATTLE, WA — A King County judge has ordered two Seattle attorneys to pay more than $24,000 to the city of Seattle after finding no merit to their allegation that a Seattle police officer involved in last year’s fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles “probably committed perjury.” Superior Court Judge Julie Spector imposed the penalty in a July 26 order, awarding the city the cost of fees and expenses to…

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Head Of Phoenix Police Union: Staffing Remains At Dangerously Low Level

PHOENIX, AZ — The Phoenix Police Department has brought on more officers over the past year, but the head of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association said the staffing remains at a dangerously low level. Sgt. Mercedes Fortune with the Phoenix Police Department told KTAR News 92.3 FM that the number of current personnel is 2,945 officers. In June 2017, that number was 2,902. “The challenge for the last few…

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Missouri Voters Reject Anti-Union Law In A Victory For Labor

After a succession of political setbacks in onetime strongholds and a landmark defeat in the Supreme Court, organized labor has notched a hard-won victory as Missouri voters overrode a legislative move to curb union power. A measure on the ballot on Tuesday asked voters to pass judgment on a prospective law barring private-sector unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers who choose not to become members. The law was…

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