The City of Cincinnati already has plenty of cameras watching citizens as they come and go—118 to be exact. But the police department wants more, and has a goal of having 1,000 cameras trained on the area by the end of 2014. [Read more…]
The Ohio Court of Appeals recently handed down a decision it didn’t want to. They ruled in favor of the city of Dayton, saying that police officers were justified in raiding a home, knocking down the front door with a battering ram to apprehend a suspect who had failed to use is turn signal.
The car chase that ended in the police shooting deaths of two unarmed Cleveland adults should have never happened, or at the very least, it should have never went that far. Not only because common sense should have taken over, but because the officers involved were told to back off, to end the chase, before it ever ended on that dead-end road where the men died. [Read more…]
Weinland Park has experienced a drop in crime rates—a 46 percent drop in the past year. The Hilltop saw a 44 percent decrease, and both Mount Vernon and Linden have experienced drops of 14 percent. What do these Columbus communities have in common? They’ve all had police cameras installed.
The Ohio State Supreme Court ruled last week that police officer’s names can be redacted from reports or kept secret by the department if revealing their identity would put them at risk of injury or death. While police officers are no doubt pleased with the ruling, members of the press and of the communities that have been shook by police shootings are not so sure. [Read more…]
In his latest attempt to crack down on drug smuggling in the state, Governor John Kasich announced his support of a proposed law that would make having a secret compartment in your vehicle a fourth degree felony. The compartment wouldn’t actually have to be used for drugs for you to be charged, its mere existence would be enough. [Read more…]
The Cincinnati Police Department has a fairly modern policy for when police can initiate and continue a traffic pursuit. But this policy definitely hasn’t stopped the cops from making hasty decisions and occasionally getting involved in accidents as a result. As a matter of fact, city police chases end in accidents far more often than the national average, despite these stricter policies, according to Cincinnati.com. [Read more…]
So far in 2011, there have been 9 officer involved shootings in Cincinnati. Last year there were only 2. According to Cincinnati.com, this means officers have fired on civilians more this month than all of last year. While the reasons aren’t certain, some suspect young gun owners are less afraid to confront officers than they were in the past. [Read more…]