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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, October 2, 2017

"As DOJ rolls back monitoring of police conduct, more prosecutors should step up their efforts"

From USA Today, via the NACDL news scan:

Prosecuting people in cases with video evidence that points to possible police misconduct, would have moved Baltimore in the wrong direction. Mosby’s decision was ethical and works toward making Baltimore a safer and healthier city.

Other prosecutors have responded similarly. Earlier this year, prosecutors in several counties around Boston dismissed more than 21,000 criminal convictions because of a drug-lab chemist's misconduct.  In Pittsburg, Calif., prosecutors dismissed 15 criminal cases late last year because they involved the testimony of two officers who were accused of falsifying or excluding information from their reports. And in Bergen County, N.J., prosecutors dropped charges in eight criminal cases where narcotics officers were alleged to have committed illegal searches.

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