Latest in a series of posts on the George Floyd killing
“We learn from our mistakes.”
June 3, 2020
The Chief was no doubt referring to this drug raid by City police on April 23, 1997, which ended with a man dead and a house burned down. The City was sued, found guilty, and fined $8m in damages — a giant sum only recently paid off.
As part of the court judgment, the City Police Department was required to review its policies, procedures, and tactics, which review and subsequent changes resulted in the unusual dual accreditation the department now enjoys and to which the Chief called attention at City Council June 3.
About the guilty verdict, the Morning Call in March 2004 would title an editorial: “Jury sends police a message.”
Message received according to the Chief.
Morning Call, April 25, 1997