As Predicted, Violent Crime Increased in 2016

Observations Numerous newspaper editorials and many advocates disputed reports of rising crime, saying that we have never lived in safer times. But hundreds of articles cited increases in violent crime for their states and cities. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by […]

Observations Numerous newspaper editorials and many advocates disputed reports of rising crime, saying that we have never lived in safer times. But hundreds of articles cited increases in violent crime for their states and cities. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by […]

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Crime, Pessimism, Baltimore And Past Lessons

Observations Do current events influence our ability to lead and to see things clearly? Success won’t come from the media or advocates or the criminological community; it will come from the women and men of the justice system. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed […]

Observations Do current events influence our ability to lead and to see things clearly? Success won’t come from the media or advocates or the criminological community; it will come from the women and men of the justice system. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed […]

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Why Do We Lie About Crime?

Observation Is dishonesty an inherent part of crime discussions? Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National Crime Prevention Council. Post-Masters’ […]

Observation Is dishonesty an inherent part of crime discussions? Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National Crime Prevention Council. Post-Masters’ […]

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Why Do We Lie About Increasing Violence?

Observations It’s so obvious that violent crime is increasing that when I’m told otherwise, I get nauseous. Note: Crime reports for the United States for all of 2016 will be offered in September and October. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by […]

Observations It’s so obvious that violent crime is increasing that when I’m told otherwise, I get nauseous. Note: Crime reports for the United States for all of 2016 will be offered in September and October. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by […]

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Police Versus Media Bias

Observations Vox argues that “American policing is broken. Here’s how to fix it” I argue that the media is broke. Here’s How to fix it. Article There’s nothing wrong with the article in Vox offering suggestions for police reform beyond the fact that you could easily substitute the word, “media ” for “police” as a […]

Observations Vox argues that “American policing is broken. Here’s how to fix it” I argue that the media is broke. Here’s How to fix it. Article There’s nothing wrong with the article in Vox offering suggestions for police reform beyond the fact that you could easily substitute the word, “media ” for “police” as a […]

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Florida Chief Fired in Fallout From Training Shooting

The firing of Chief Tom Lewis is the latest development in a bizarre case that has roiled the drowsy retirement town of Punta Gorda. An officer, believing he was firing blanks, shot and killed a retired librarian in August 2016 during a shoot/don’t shoot training exercise for citizens.

Punta Gorda, Fla., Police Chief Tom Lewis has been fired for his role in the 2016 death of retired librarian Mary Knowlton, who was shot and killed by a police officer during a role-playing training exercise for citizens, reports the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. City Manager Howard Kunik said Lewis was fired because the killing of Knowlton, 73, cast a “dark cloud” over the city of 17,000 on Florida’s west coast. He said a police captain will serve as interim chief but that a new chief will come from outside the department.

Lewis had refused to resign. An internal investigation found that he had a “casual approach” to safety during citizen training. Knowlton was fatally shot in August 2016 by Officer Lee Coel during role-playing. Knowlton, who had never held a gun in her life, was randomly selected to participate and was given an inert training gun. Coel, playing the “bad guy,” used a real firearm he brought from home. Coel’s gun was supposed to be loaded with blanks. Instead, he loaded live rounds into the revolver. He fired four rounds at Knowlton, who was killed when two bullets bounced off a nearby car and struck her. She fell dead in front of her husband, who was also attending the event. Chief Lewis, who was suspended with pay, was acquitted this summer of a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence. Coel was fired and charged with negligent manslaughter. He is expected to face trial in 2018.

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DOJ Report Faults Milwaukee PD for Lack of Trust

A preliminary draft report by the U.S. Department of Justice suggests that Milwaukee police communicate poorly, make too many traffic stops, and apply inconsistent standards when disciplining officers. The DOJ said the MPD has given too little attention to nurturing trust with “the people they protect and serve.”

The Milwaukee Police Department fails the community and its own officers by not communicating clearly, making too many traffic stops and applying inconsistent standards when disciplining officers, according to a draft of a federal report obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The report offers a damning critique of Chief Edward Flynn’s reliance on data, a signature component of his strategy since he took over the department in 2008. Federal evaluators found this approach is having a damaging, if unintended, effect on police-community relations. “MPD’s attention to crime data has distracted the department from the primary tenet of modern policing: trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve,” the draft report states.

The report is the result of a U.S. Department of Justice review known as a collaborative reform initiative — a voluntary, non-adversarial process aimed at improving the community’s trust in police. Flynn requested the review in November 2015 amid public outcry after federal prosecutors declined to charge a now-fired officer in the fatal shooting of Dontre Hamilton. Since then, the fatal police shooting of Sylville Smith in August 2016 sparked two nights of violent unrest, and the ACLU of Wisconsin filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the department of illegal stop-and-frisks targeting African-Americans and Latinos. The draft report is not dated, but it appears to have been written in mid-2016. More recent drafts likely have been written, incorporating context and feedback from police officials, correcting mistakes in earlier drafts, and updating information.

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Vox: Just As Every Cop is a Criminal

  “Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints,” The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of […]

  “Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints,” The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Interviewed multiple times by every national news outlet. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of […]

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Charlottesville Riots-The Mayor and Governor Should Resign

Observations Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer equally shared the responsibility for protecting protestors and counter-protestors. The next time, we must be ready. We cannot condone their actions; we must condemn their efforts, but America is bigger than thugs with shields. More demonstrations from hate groups are coming. The publicity gathered from […]

Observations Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer equally shared the responsibility for protecting protestors and counter-protestors. The next time, we must be ready. We cannot condone their actions; we must condemn their efforts, but America is bigger than thugs with shields. More demonstrations from hate groups are coming. The publicity gathered from […]

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Charlottesville Riots-The Mayor and Governor Should Resign

Observations Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer equally shared the responsibility for protecting protestors and counter-protestors. The next time, we must be ready. We cannot condone their actions; we must condemn their efforts, but America is bigger than thugs with shields. More demonstrations from hate groups are coming. The publicity gathered from […]

Observations Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer equally shared the responsibility for protecting protestors and counter-protestors. The next time, we must be ready. We cannot condone their actions; we must condemn their efforts, but America is bigger than thugs with shields. More demonstrations from hate groups are coming. The publicity gathered from […]

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