The New World of Police Accountability is the first book to provide an original and comprehensive analysis of some of the most important developments in policing over the past ten years. Esteemed author Samuel Walker synthesizes the major developments in the area of police accountability and argues that these developments represent a new period in the history of police reform that promises to address the historic problems of police abuse. This text assesses both the achievements and limitations of police accountability and reshapes the conventional wisdom on this topic. The book covers such issues as federal law suits against the police, consent decrees, citizen oversight of the police, and early intervention systems.
Chapter One: Introduction to the New Police Accountability
Introduction to the New Police Accountability
The New Police Accountability at Work: Three Examples
Problems at the Century Station in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department
The Century Station of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) was deeply troubled in the late 1990s. Officers assigned there averaged more than 12 shootings of citizens a year. Admittedly, the Century Station was a tough assignment, covering a high crime area in South Central Los Angeles County. Between 1991 and 2001, half of all LASD deputies killed by gunfire worked out of the Century Station. Merrick Bobb, Special Counsel to the LASD, described the Century Station as “a microcosm of American policing in inner city, crime-ridden, minority neighborhoods.”1 Closer inspection suggested there was nothing inevitable about ...