The national conversation over police use of force sparked by the deaths of unarmed suspects in Ferguson and New York City has been marked by unrest and divisive politics. But in the midst of this polarized debate, there is one change that nearly everyone agrees on: the need for more body cameras worn by police officers. Before the new technology is widely adopted though, questions of privacy, effectiveness, and cost will have to be addressed.
“Officer-involved shootings”: that’s when police fire their guns during confrontations with suspects. After two such shootings recently killed two people, questions have been raised about police use of deadly force. But many in law enforcement say it’s become a more dangerous job, and that they go to great lengths to avoid harm. We’ll look at police training and protocols.
In a press release from the N.H. Attorney General's office, new details surrounding the fatal police shooting of a Canterbury woman have been released. It describes the car chase that led to the shooting but not the specific circumstances that caused the state trooper to fire his weapon.
More and more, police are using social media as a way to connect directly to residents in their communities. But as NHPR’s Michael Brindleyreports, the Manchester police department has yet to join the ranks of agencies on Facebook and other popular sites.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the New Hampshire State Police.
At the State Police Headquarters, case file boxes tower towards the ceiling in the Cold Case Unit. Volunteer Milli Knudsen says sometimes she can’t believe the way the State Police department used to investigate crimes.