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Groundbreaking study analyzes racial gap between PDs and communities, Inland ranks high

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This study, by researchers at George Washington University, and then covered by the NY Times, is an important effort toward creating transparency about the nation's police forces and they ways in which they reflect--or don't--the communities they are supposed to serve. Prompted by the popular outcry criticizing the police murder of the young Michael Brown, an incident in which the racial gap has been named as a factor in the violence, this study highlights cities where the police force is not demographically representative of the community.

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Upland considering police lapel cameras

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Throughout the region, departments are either implementing body cameras, considering it, or being pressured to do so. Upland is the latest jurisdiction to officially consider requiring cameras as part of an officer's uniform. While remaining skeptical, we do hope that the added scrutiny will lead to a decrease in the sorts of shootings like the one Upland PD committed against Christian Rodriguez. Here's a link to an article from the Daily Bulletin:

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Hemet moving toward body cameras for officers

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Shortly on the heels of our first public action for body cameras for all IE police agencies, the chief of police in Hemet has made a request for precisely this sort of equipment in his latest budget request. There was a little bit of coverage on the P-E's blog.

http://www.pe.com/articles/cameras-695870-police-officers.html

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State ruling on transparency for killer cops will face first test from Jurupa Valley

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Here is an interesting article from the Press-Enterprise about how the recent California State Supreme Court ruling eliminating the "blanket rule," or by-default secrecy about officers who use violence against the community, will have repercussions here in the IE in relation to the recent near-shooting of Rolando Soto. Soto was shot at by a Riverside sheriff's department deputy after allegedly moving his hand, but the deputy missed. Now we want to exercise our right to have transparency concerning what public servants are shooting recklessly into neighborhoods and business districts.

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CopWatch IE protest for lapel cameras

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Ever since the numbers came in from Rialto, this idea of police cameras has been intriguing us. Some folks love the idea and think all cops should be filmed at all times, which is understandable. Others have brought up concerns about police and their cameras being used for extrajudicial surveillance, an intrusion on the right to due process. Others have questioned where the demand for cameras comes from. In Rialto it was certainly the result of scandal, and taken advantage of by shrewd police politickers.

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Update on police lawsuit to shield killer cops from transparency

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We brought you information about this case when it was filed, I believe, after a reporter brought it to our attention. We at CopWatch IE are fully in favor of full transparency for public agencies, especially when employees of those agencies represent a threat to the community. We applaud the court's decision to uphold the right to know who the dangerous "public servants" are! Justice for Douglas Zerby!

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