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This website lists content within categories to help the reader navigate the content. Those categories are listed below. Additionally, this page contains every article on the site in order (newest to last). This resource will help the audience become as informed as possible in the area of consent decrees with the latest information, as it is posted.

  • Interview: Consent Decree Chaos In Albuquerque
    After a few local news stories touted how great the consent decree was in Albuquerque, we wondered what the metric was for “great.” Considering that since agreeing to a consent decree, the overall violent crime in Albuquerque has risen 80% while the budget ballooned 38%…
  • Listen: Marginalized Communities Suffer Under Consent Decrees
    Bob Scales appeared on the 3 Cops Talk Podcast. As usual, it was very informative and exposes what the DOJ is doing to cities across America. You can and should listen below: Listen Here
  • It’s Time To Pull The Curtain Back On Consent Decrees
    We need to have a public debate on the merits and impacts of consent decrees imposed by the Civil Rights Division at the US Department of Justice (DOJ). DOJ will not discuss or comment on its pattern-or-practice investigations until it is ready to hold a…
  • Scales: The DOJ Has Harmed Local Communities
    This new report on the impacts of DOJ consent decrees speaks for itself. Unfortunately, you will never see any articles about this report in the New York Times, Washington Post, or any other mainstream news organization. The media simply regurgitates what the DOJ tells them…
  • National Leaders Are Noticing Phoenix
    We were sent this podcast by Dr. Travis Yates, who has been speaking about the negative consequences of federal government oversight of law enforcement agencies for some time. It’s worth the listen: When the Phoenix Police Department stood firm against the Department of Justice’s consent…
  • The Next Move
    Last week’s developments by the city of Phoenix that advised the DOJ that they were not going to agree to a police consent decree was historic and you deserve all of the credit for making that happen. There is no question in our minds that…
  • Phoenix Has Advised The DOJ They Will Not Voluntarily Give Their Department To Them
    In an official letter from the Phoenix Police Department to Vanita Gupta Associate Attorney General of the United States, the Phoenix Police Department has advised the DOJ that they will not agree to a consent decree.You can read the letter to the DOJ here and…
  • Phoenix Called The DOJ’s Bluff
    Phoenix has called DOJ’s bluff. Phoenix has told the DOJ Civil Rights Division that they will refuse to sign a consent decree even before DOJ has released its pattern-or-practice findings. This is a historic event and could bring down the entire consent decree industrial complex….
  • Are Police Consent Decrees Constitutional?
    In this video excerpt from the LEO Roundtable Podcast, Dr. Travis Yates discusses the constitutionality of police consent decrees. The 10th Amendment states The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the…
  • DOJ Final Report on Phoenix…Sort Of
    The summary report from the DOJ on the Phoenix Police Department will likely be released within weeks and it’s time to discuss exactly what that is and what it is designed to do. Regardless of what consent decree you read, they are very similar and…
  • The Final DOJ Report Is (Almost) Here
    The new year in Phoenix has brought a turn of events in the multiple year, 6 million dollar saga, that has been the DOJ investigating the Phoenix Police Department. The DOJ wants the city council to sign an agreement for a consent decree but when…
  • Here Comes The Sales Pitch
    As we mentioned in a previous article, the DOJ has a problem. For the first time, a major city has refused to simply sign up for a multi-million dollar consent decree, that promises higher violence and fewer cops, before seeing the results of the investigation….
  • The DOJ Has A Problem…They May Have To PROVE Their Case
    PHOENIX – As the U.S. Department of Justice continues its investigation into the Phoenix Police Department, members of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office providing some insight to the Phoenix City Council, explaining their own dealings with a federal investigation. Phoenix Police has been under investigation…
  • Merry (Murder) Christmas To These Consent Decree Cities
    One of the critiques we have heard from this website is that consent decrees look so bad from our content that it simply can’t be all true. We’ve challenged anyone that believes that to show us one thing here that is false…just one. We are…
  • A Non-Consensual Decree
    The popular podcast, 3 Cops Talk, just released a podcast on consent decrees and specifically discuss the Phoenix Police Department. It is well worth the listen. You can listen on Apple here and Spotify here.      
  • Dr. Travis Yates: Consent Decrees Create GTA In Real Life
    On a recent episode of the LEO Roundtable, Dr. Travis Yates was asked about the violent crime in Seattle. His answer was short, concise, and frightening at the same time.  
  • We Are Trying To Save Phoenix
    Our recent article on helping Phoenix police officers find other jobs if a consent decree is imposed, caused at least one of our followers to pose us a question. “If you truly care about Saving Phoenix, why would you encourage officers to leave the agency?”…
  • Hey Interim Chief…We Have Some Questions?
    Phoenix Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan has been very quiet over the last few weeks which we find odd considering his agency is facing one of the most important important decisions in history. A consent decree imposed on the Phoenix Police Department will radically change…
  • 6 Million and Counting…When Will It Stop?
    Prior to even having a consent decree, the City of Phoenix has spent 5.5 million dollars in cooperating with the DOJ. This week, the City Council approved an additional $700,000 in legal fees as the city is represented by former DOJ official Michael Bromwich who…
  • The Hypocrisy of the DOJ
    A recent article titled, “Defying presidents and Congress, the ATF, DEA, FBI and U.S. Marshals shroud their shootings in secrecy,” highlights the hypocrisy of DOJ Consent Decrees. While the DOJ demands absolute transparency and loyalty to local police agencies, they are actually extremely secretive about…
  • Phoenix Police: ‘We Will Help You Find Employment’ If…
    We care deeply for Phoenix and we have done all that we can to warn the decision makers that a police consent decree will destroy our fine city. As much as we care for the city, we have to be clear that if they agree…
  • Silent Night…Deadly Night
    A few weeks ago, we wondered what Interim Chief Michael Sullivan was doing and questioned why he was not making decisions to improve the Phoenix Police Department in various areas. His comment that he was “waiting” for the DOJ concerned us and we gave several…
  • Phoenix: “Nobody signs a contract without reading the contract”
    As we said just days ago, there will be significant pressure placed on the City Councilors to sign off on a consent decree without actually looking at the evidence the DOJ has collected over the last two years and as expected, articles and news are…
  • Yates: Phoenix Is The Last Stand
    Dr. Travis Yates is one of the few that has spoken out against consent decrees within law enforcement and he has incredible credibility within the profession. He was speaking about the pending recruitment crisis long before it was mainstream and along with 30 years of…
  • DOJ rejects requests for review of Phoenix Findings
    We have previously advised how the DOJ expects an agency to agree to federal take over of a local law enforcement agency without even showing them the evidence from their investigation and while that may have sounded unreal to those not familiar with the shady…
  • The DOJ Made Their Move
    The next few weeks will be vital for the city of Phoenix, their residents, and the politicians tasked with making a decision on whether they will hand over law and order to the federal government in a historically failed means called a ‘police consent decree.’…
  • The Consent Decree Scam
    It has been over two years since the Department of Justice began its “pattern and practice” investigation into the police department.  Chief Sullivan provided an update a couple months ago and said that it has been a collaborative effort and that the seven meetings they…
  • Sheriff Penzone: Consent Decrees Are To The “Benefit of Crime”
    If Phoenix goes under a consent decree…”it will be to the benefit of crime.”  
  • An Open Letter To Mayor Kate Gallego
    Mayor Gallego: An Open Letter To Mayor Kate Gallego On behalf of the members of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, United Phoenix Firefighters Local 493, AFSCME 2384, AFSCME 2960 and ASPTEA and especially all the residents who call this great city their home, I want…
  • DOJ Consent Decrees: More Murder For Your Money
    Here on SavePhx.com, we often write about the devastating consequences of Consent Decrees in cities across the country where the U.S. Department of Justice has imposed them – resulting in the ruinous trifecta of increased crime rates, out-of-control ineffective spending by the millions, and police…
  • It’s Time To End The Consent Decree Era
    Since October 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has opened two new pattern or practice investigations of municipal law enforcement agencies: the Trenton (N.J.) Police Department and the Lexington (Miss.) Police Department. This brings the total number of active DOJ investigations of…
  • Why I’m not about to give the Justice Department control of Phoenix Police
    Do you know the nine most terrifying words? “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” That’s exactly what the Department of Justice said to the city of Phoenix more than two years ago when they opened a pattern or practice investigation with the…
  • Expert: Phoenix Police Chief ‘Betrayed’ The City
    In early November the US Department of Justice (DOJ) held secret closed-door meetings with the Phoenix Police Chief and the City Manager to discuss the DOJ’s pattern-or-practice investigation of the Phoenix Police Department. These two city officials failed to disclose to the City Council or…
  • Louisville Police Chief Cannot ‘Validate’ DOJ Findings
    What is happening in Louisville? In March the US Department of Justice (DOJ) held a press conference announcing that the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) had a pattern-or-practice of unconstitutional policing. DOJ said that LMPD officers routinely violated constitutional rights and that the only remedy…
  • What Will A Consent Decree Monitor Cost?
    We have written numerous articles about the excessive costs of consent decree monitors. Keep in mind, that the monitor cost is just one aspect that Phoenix should consider. After evaluating numerous consent decree cities, we estimate the initial cost to be 25-50 million dollars over…
  • A Message To Phoenix Media…Where Are You?
    It’s unfortunate that it takes the effort by a group of volunteers to educate the public on the damage that police consent decrees do but that pales into comparison as to the media silence on the issue. While there have certainly seen some media outlets…
  • Phoenix DOJ Investigation Is Closing…What’s Next?
     
  • Violent Felons Love Consent Decrees
    Consent decrees are dangerous and lead to increased crime. Harvard Professor Roland Fryer’s recent study showed that DOJ pattern-or-practice investigations of police departments have resulted in hundreds of additional homicides: Consent decrees also suppress legitimate prosecutions of violent felons. As a former prosecutor, this story…
  • Chief Sullivan: Make Phoenix Great & Stop Waiting
    There seems to be some confusion as to what agencies should be doing once the Department of Justice launches an investigation. Leaders across the country, including Phoenix Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan, act like they are completely paralyzed while they “wait” for the conclusion of…
  • DOJ Words Matter…Here’s What They Mean
    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched a pattern-or-practice investigation of the City of Lexington Mississippi and its police department. Here is the transcript from DOJ’s national press conference. I translated the remarks to remove the political rhetoric: ♻ “Police misconduct in smaller communities…
  • Where’s The Chief? It’s Not The Job Of The Union To Educate The Public
    The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association is trying to protect its officers, and the community, from the abuses of DOJ consent decrees. In the absence of leadership from Phoenix PD and city management, the union is stepping up to fill the information void and warn the…
  • DOJ Has A Plan To Run Local Agencies Forever
    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has been revealing its new strategy for consent decrees. Rather than finding full and effective compliance and ending federal oversight, DOJ is planning to keep local police departments under perpetual federal control. Seattle, Portland and Albuquerque have been working…
  • Chicago Consent Decree Monitor On Pace To Make 88 Million Dollars
    After five years under a consent decree, the for-profit monitor says that Chicago PD has only achieved 6% full compliance. At this rate of progress, Chicago PD will be under a consent decree for at least 22 years. The for-profit monitor, who determines compliance with…
  • Judge May Toss Consent Decree In California Agency
    VALLEJO, CA. – A Solano County Superior Court judge indicated last week that he will not enforce some elements of a stipulated judgment between the Vallejo Police Department and the California Department of Justice, and may not approve the document at all. The Vallejo Sun reported…
  • The Trojan Horse of Phoenix
    Anyone with a fifth-grade literacy level can see clearly from this website and others that DOJ consent decrees are unmitigated disasters for the cities that are forced into “voluntarily” agreeing to them. Law enforcement agencies and communities are destroyed after the Department of Justice (DOJ)…
  • The Phoenix Council Was Mislead…We Caught The Wolves
    The unfortunate truth is that there are entities both within and outside the Phoenix Police Department that WANT the Department of Justice (DOJ) to manage the Phoenix Police Department. Considering what a consent decree has done to communities across the country, that sounds CRAZY but…
  • Phoenix Deserves Better
    The recent article titled “Phoenix really needs federal monitoring of police” is both dangerous and deceitful. While it’s hard to comprehend how someone without any law enforcement experience, in any of the areas discussed, could so boldly write a piece designed to inflame the emotions…
  • Why a federal investigation of Phoenix police only makes things worse
    (AZ Central): Two years ago, the Department of Justice launched a witch hunt against the Phoenix Police Department over claims that there are patterns and practices of misconduct and racial bias. Rather than serve the role of a neutral legal arbiter, DOJ succumbed to the…
  • The Death Of Police Consent Decrees
    This is the smoking gun that should be the death knell for all DOJ consent decrees in the United States. I previously posted about an annual closed-door, invitation-only Consent Decree Conference: https://lnkd.in/dNqKJZaH This is the conference agenda. Speaker panels are made up of federal judges,…
  • Phoenix DOJ Investigation: Was The City Council Mislead?
    The Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is conducting a pattern and practice investigation into the Phoenix Police Department. The DOJ is examining whether the PPD is involved in unconstitutional policing – particularly whether Phoenix PD uses excessive force or has other illegal police policies….
  • World Series Requires ‘Maximum Staffing’…What Would A Consent Decree Do?
    Moments after the Arizona Diamondbacks clinched the National League pennant by winning game 7 of the NLCS, the Phoenix Police Department sent out an all-hands on deck email notifying all its sworn officers that the department was implementing a mobilization plan it calls “maximum staffing”….
  • Cleveland Politicians Get the Blame After Agreeing To Consent Decree
    CLEVELAND, Ohio —The city of Cleveland is ground zero on how the DOJ destroys communities. As the city approaches their 9th year under a federal consent decree, the citizens have now realized what a complete disaster the decree has had on the safety and finances…
  • Consent Decree Monitors Use Vague “Culture” Metric To Extend Monitoring
    Federal consent decrees are not about constitutional policing; they are about “culture change.” You don’t need to take my word for it. Just read the latest consent decree monitor report from the new Cleveland monitor: “CDP must focus on the biggest challenge ahead: changing the…
  • Op Ed: Is This Bond Measure ‘Smoke’ For A Consent Decree?
    I just received my ballot for the November 7th election here in Phoenix and the city has two bond issues up for approval. One is for 214 million dollars to “Enhance Community Safety through Fire, Police, Roadway and Pedestrian Infrastructure” and the second is for…
  • Phoenix Has Already Spent Millions During DOJ Investigation
    As of July 2022, the city had spent $1.9 million on its efforts to cooperate with the U.S. Justice Department civil investigation into Phoenix Police. An investigation that Phoenix voluntarily agreed to. The bulk of that expense up to now has involved the $1.35 million…
  • Phoenix Officers, Residents Concerned DOJ Will Take Over Police Department
    Phoenix officers and residents have expressed concerns that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will use a consent decree to take over the Phoenix Police Department (PPD), as they have done for several dozen other major cities across the country. Activists accused the DOJ of using…
  • Phoenix Consent Decree Would Strip Leadership of Authority, Cost Millions
    Department of Justice uses “Consent Decrees” to takeover local police departments. The decrees strip local Sheriff’s and Police Chief’s of their executive decision authority. This process has happened to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and could soon happened to the Phoenix Police Department. The fact…
  • Maricopa County attorney warns about effects of DOJ police oversight
    PHOENIX — Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell on Wednesday warned that prosecuting criminals from Phoenix could become more difficult in the future if the U.S. Justice Department takes steps to oversee the Phoenix Police Department. Phoenix police are the target of a civil rights investigation…
  • Maricopa County Attorney rebukes possible federal oversight of Phoenix police
    Two years, two months and two weeks have passed since the U.S. Department of Justice began its wide-ranging investigation of the Phoenix Police Department. While investigators inch toward a resolution, Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell rebuked the DOJ’s effort to assess the practices of Phoenix…
  • Consent Decrees Are A Billion Dollar Industry
    While we have spoken extensively of the damage consent decrees have caused communities in the terms of higher violent crime, a more difficult metric is the cost of a consent decree. Any city that volunteers to have their police department monitored by the federal government…
  • A Consent Decree Would Halt Progress In Phoenix
    In this October 16, 2023 episode of the Mike Broomhead Show, Mike discusses the dire consequences of what a Consent Decree would do to the City of Phoenix. That discussion begins at the 15:30 mark. Listen Here. 
  • Chief Sullivan Is ‘Thinking’ About the DOJ But What Is He ‘Doing’?
    Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan gave an interview with AZ Central on Sunday, October 15, 2023, discussing his first year on the job. We were hoping he would answer some of the pressing questions we have been asking but it was short on details and…
  • Consent Decree Could Cripple Staffing In Phoenix
    Phoenix – New numbers show an uptick in recruits for the Phoenix Police Department for the first time in four years. The department is still short several hundred officers, and the police union fears the looming Department of Justice Investigation could halt the recruitment and retention…
  • Bob Scales: A Consent Decree In Phoenix Will Fail
    Bob Scales joins Mike to talk about what a consent decree would mean for the City of Phoenix. Listen To The Interview Here.
  • Before signing a consent decree, Louisville should read the fine print
    In the wake of high-profile police-involved incidents, calls to reform often dysfunctional departments grow deafening. Like a superhero, the Department of Justice heeds those calls for help, wielding its trusty tool – the federal consent decree or court-monitored agreement with the city to implement police…
  • Was Chief Sullivan Selected To Impose A Consent Decree?
    Lori Bays is the Assistant City Manager in charge of the Phoenix Police Department. Interim Chief Michael Sullivan reports to her so while Sullivan is the police chief, Ms. Bays runs the Phoenix Police Department. There is nothing strange about that…Most chiefs report to someone…
  • Policing expert Bob Scales sounds alarm on DOJ consent decrees at Phoenix community meeting
    PHOENIX, Ariz. – Bob Scales, a leading national voice on the pitfalls of the use of Consent Decrees by the U.S. Department of Justice to take control of local police agencies around the country, spoke to a group of concerned community members in Phoenix on…
  • Why Are Cities Giving Federal Control Over Local Police Departments?
    Retired Commander Travis Yates pulls back the cloak of secrecy on Federal Consent Decrees on the Nationally Syndicated Radio Show, Joe Pags.  
  • A Conference To Destroy Law & Order
    I just returned from a fantastic week in Elkhart (IN) at the Breaching The Barricade Conference and I will be in Nevada, Texas, Florida and Washington in the next few months speaking at other conferences but there is one conference this month that I was…
  • Consent Decree: Valuable Intervention or a Waste of Money?
    Bob Scales shares his insights and experiences with Seattle PD and their Consent Decree.  Fair-minded, reasonable, and academically rigorous Bob is a pleasure to listen to and has a lot to say. You can listen to this episode from Policing In America below.
  • Maligning Minneapolis
    (City Journal): On June 16, the Department of Justice released the findings of its multiyear investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). In a press conference, Attorney General Merrick Garland said that the DOJ has “reasonable cause to believe” that the MPD “engages in a…
  • The relationship and deception behind Baltimore’s $8M police consent decree
    Last November, as Mayor Brandon Scott prepared to announce his former chief of staff as the city’s new top attorney, the head of the Baltimore Police Department’s consent decree monitoring team quietly notified the federal court of a familial relationship. Ebony Thompson, Scott’s choice foracting…
  • Chicago Consent Decree ‘Has Failed Miserably’
    The federal consent decree was supposed to fundamentally reform the way police work in Chicago. But five years into the decree, forcing change on the Chicago Police Department has proved to be a lot slower and tougher than anybody expected. A Fox 32 investigation by…
  • Consent Decrees Are Like Stepping ‘Into A Bucket of Concrete’
    The highlights of this article by The New York Times reveals some concerning issues with consent decrees and cites specific problems that arose out of the Baltimore consent decree. Here are some highlights of the article and you can read it in full here  …
  • Chicago Consent Decree Has Had No Impact, Created More Crime
    Executive Summary (Manhattan Institute) In 2019, the Chicago Police Department (CPD)—one of the most controversial police departments in the nation—was placed under a federally enforced consent decree that mandates sweeping reforms and subjects the department to the supervision of a court-appointed independent monitor. Although implementation…
  • Baltimore Police Say They Can’t Comply With Decree Because of Staffing
    The Baltimore Police Department falls short by 489 officers, which is limiting reform and preventing compliance with the federal consent decree, officials said Thursday. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the staffing shortage is also keeping police from being present in the community. “In order…
  • Consent Decree Monitors & Abuse of Power
    Federal consent decree monitors routinely abuse their power and authority while the US Department of Justice (DOJ) turns a blind eye. DOJ forces cities to hire a for-profit monitor to oversee their consent decrees. The annual cost to taxpayers can be between $1 million to…
  • Consent Decree City ‘Seattle’ Has More Murders Than Police Hires
    Seattle has more homicides than new police hires in 2023: https://lnkd.in/d6jHiteY There is an obvious reason for this grim statistic. A study from Harvard economist Roland Fryer found that pattern or practice investigations conducted by the Civil Rights Division at the US Department of Justice…
  • National Expert Discusses The Dangers Of Consent Decrees
    Note: There are very few that speak the truth on what Consent Decrees are doing to our communities but Bob Scales is not one of them. Mr. Scales has intimate knowledge, after working with the DOJ, what consent decrees are actually about and we have…
  • Is Chief Michael Sullivan Preparing & Protecting His Agency?
    A recent interview with Interim Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan on the DOJ Investigation revealed some rather cryptic messages that may signal a future focus from the Department of Justice and questions as to whether Sullivan is proactively preparing for the DOJ Investigation. The investigation…
  • Maricopa County Sheriff Will Resign…Cites Consent Decree As Depleting Resources
    PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone announced that he would not seek a third term in a news conference on Monday. Penzone, a democrat who has been in office since 2016, said he would leave office in January in 2024. Penzone shared frustration with the federal…
  • What Would A Phoenix Consent Decree Look Like?
    Maricopa County Sherriff Paul Penzone announced Monday that he would not run for re-election and after bringing in a police chief following a national search, Mike Broomhead ponders what message the city of Phoenix would send by entering into a consent decree.
  • Federal Monitor Over Maricopa County Hasn’t Been To Phoenix Since 2020
    PHOENIX  — The repercussions from a federal lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office continue. It stems from the department’s racial profiling practices under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. But over the last 15 years, it’s cost taxpayers nearly $240 million. Some of that was spent…
  • Research Shows Consent Decrees Increase Violence
    This paper provides the first empirical examination of the impact of federal and state “Pattern-or-Practice” investigations on crime and policing. For investigations that were not preceded by “viral” incidents of deadly force, investigations, on average, led to a statistically significant reduction in homicides and total…
  • Phoenix Rising…Or Falling?
    I have discussed consent decrees and the damage they are doing to communities in detail here in recent months and while I need to move on, the danger they pose to communities cannot be overstated. With a 30 year track record of making cities more violent while destroying local police agencies,…
  • Is ‘The Fix’ In?
    We have previously discussed the myriad of issues with consent decrees imposed by the Department of Justice and Dr. Travis Yates recently discussed his concerns with the ongoing investigation into the Phoenix Police Department. A quick look at the current state of affairs in Phoenix…
  • Witnessing ‘The Purge’ of Phoenix
    I have written and spoken extensively at how federal intervention of local law enforcement by consent decrees have destroyed both the law enforcement agency and the community they serve. This is not a simple opinion but grounded in three decades of data and observation at…
  • The Nail In A Needed Coffin
    I have written and discussed the abject failure that Consent Decrees have had on American Law Enforcement and the communities they serve more times than you likely cared to see but the topic is much larger than simply government control (and destruction) of a few…
  • The Danger of Consent Decrees
    This week, the Department of Justice announced that they are imposing a consent decree on the Louisville (KY) Police Department after they determined that the agency engaged “in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law.” You can see…
  • Consent Decree = Failed Leadership
    Last month I discussed the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department Consent Decree and the scam that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been implementing on law enforcement agencies for the last 28 years. I won’t repeat those talking points but it is important to see the foundation that…
  • The Flawed DOJ Louisville Police Report
    The Department of Justice has the authority to conduct “pattern and practice” investigations into departments it suspects of violating constitutional rights. But what does that even mean? What are the conditions and criteria for such an investigation? Law enforcement is already a delicate business. Cops…
  • What Is A Consent Decree with Darrell Kriplean
    What is a consent decree and how would one impact the City of Phoenix? President of PLEA Darrell Kriplean joins Mike to talk about the possibilities and implications. Listen to the episode here.
  • Baltimore’s Policing Drama
    In 2019, my homicide sergeant, speaking to reporters, spoke the truth of our unsolved murders. The few unsolved cases for the year had plenty of witnesses but no one will do the right thing and come forward, even reporting anonymously to our Crime Stoppers program….
  • Saying The Quiet Part ‘Out Loud’
    Those seeking to destroy the law enforcement profession have finally said the quiet part out loud. It’s not that it was a secret, but law enforcement leaders were either complicit on what was happening right in front of them or completely and utterly incompetent. In…
  • Seattle Police Are Fleeing While 911 Response Times Increase
    Seattle, Washington – The city of Seattle is struggling to hire new police officers as their response times cross ten minutes for emergency calls for service. The Gateway Pundit reports that crime is so bad in some parts of the city that the mail is not being delivered…
  • Federal Judge Ends 50 Year Federal Consent Decree
    HARTFORD, Conn. — U.S. District Court Judge Kari Dooley has ended 50 years of federal oversight of police in Hartford, Connecticut. The relief was met with opposition saying the agency still has not hired enough minority officers to reflect the city’s black and Hispanic populations at…
  • Cleveland Citizens Complain That The Consent Decree Has Failed
    As the Cleveland Division of Police nears its eighth year under federal oversight, “consent decree fatigue” is hampering the city’s efforts to keep residents interested in the required reforms. While this article by The Marshall Project calls the frustrations from the community as “fatigue,” what…
  • The Dangers of Consent Decrees with Bob Scales
    Consent Decrees, imposed by the Department of Justice, have been ruining police agencies and communities for 30 years but leaders continue to voluntarily enter them without seemingly understanding the immediate danger they pose to the future of their agency and the community. Just this week,…
  • New Orleans Mayor: Lack of Police May Cancel Mardi Gras
    NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell told a town hall on Thursday that Mardi Gras 2023 may not occur if police staffing is not corrected. Calling it her top concern, Cantrell said that the shortage of officers may impact Mardi Gras. “First of all, if…