(WASHINGTON) — President Barack Obama says long-standing views that federal workers are lazy or don’t do important work have contributed to the government shutdown. Some 800,000 civilian government employees were idled when the shutdown began Oct. 1, but about 350,000 civilian Defense Department workers were recently called back to work. Show More Summary
The video of an airstrike on the Afghani village of Garani that killed as many as 60 civilians has been a loose thread in the story of WikiLeaks. Army private Bradley Manning, now known as Manning, admitted earlier this year to leaking the video file to Assange’s secret-spilling group. But WikiLeaks never published it. Now [...]
Despite laws protecting the civilian jobs of National Guard members and reservists, more than 15,000 troops since 2001 have had to fight for their employment rights through official complaints, resulting in tedious and sometimes expensive disputes, a News21 investigation shows.& …
OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A military judge in the case of a U.S. soldier who pleaded guilty to slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians declined to dismiss the prosecution team on Wednesday, despite defense complaints that keeping the team on could preju...
A total of 229 police officers were disciplined in 2012, according to a report released today from the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Let's dig into the data, shall we? [ more › ]
Having taken over some of the civilian government in the Syrian city of Raqqa, al-Qaeda is ready to hear from the public. "Anyone who might have a complaint against any element of the Islamic state, whether the Emir"—a leadership position—"or an ordinary soldier, can come and submit their...
Gun? Check. Badge? Check. Mini Camera? Check. These days, many police departments are turning to mini cams to capture full details of officers’ interactions with civilians. And in one California city, reported results have bordered on miraculous. Show More Summary
A teenager who was beaten by police during a stop outside the Flushing YMCA is taking his case to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. On January 8th, a bystander took this video of 19-year-old Robert Jackson being struck and kicked by a group of five police officers while he screams in pain. [ more › ]
Despite being granted prosecutorial power last year, the Civilian Complaint Review Board's authority is still derived from NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. Kelly recently exercised that authority by tossing aside the CCRB's ruling that an NYPD detective used excessive force against a suspect on camera. Show More Summary
This morning the Civilian Complaint Review Board held a public hearing regarding the rules proposed this spring that give it the power, for the first time, to discipline and prosecute NYPD officers accused of wrongdoing. While the expansion...Show More Summary
BART will host a community meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to explain its new ways for handling public complaints and concerns about transit police.
What's it like working for the Civilian Complaint Review Board of New York City, which investigates complaints against the NYPD? Not so fulfilling, it turns out, as one of its investigators confesses. I often saw a deliberate short-circuiting...Show More Summary
For the second year in a row, the NYPD has stopped, questioned, and (sometimes) frisked more people than ever on the streets of NYC, while the number of people who file formal complaints with the Civilian Complaint Review Board [CCRB] has gone down. Show More Summary
A civilian employee set a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a Navy submarine because he was suffering from anxiety and wanted to get out of work early, Navy investigators said in a complaint filed Monday.
The Guardian reports that the British military is increasingly relying on drone attacks, firing more than 280 Hellfire missiles at insurgents. Human Rights Watch claims the system for civilian complaints is ‘nonsense’ as it relies on Afghans making official complaints to bases if people they know are wrongly killed. Any incident involving civilian casualties is [...]
A New York City police officer allegedly chose the wrong bystander to pick on during a street fight… Continue reading » Follow Above the Law on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook. Tags: Civilian Complaint Review Board, Internal Affairs...Show More Summary
The city has allocated $1.6 million to fund the revamped Civilian Complaint Review Board, which has traditionally been a toothless, opaque system that was easily dismissed by the NYPD, but will now have the power to prosecute police officers accused of wrongdoing. Show More Summary
Salt Lake City’s Police Department has disbanded its vice unit after a Civilian Complaint Review Board (sometimes they work!) report questioned the department’s tactics in combating prostitution and illegal massage parlors, citing violations of the Fourth Amendment and inadequate supervision. Show More Summary
A police union ad blasts the department's management; a sister follows a slain brother into the Corrections Department; and new rules for the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board [CCRB] has never amounted to much. Its work involves the most minor police misconduct. At best, its value is symbolic...