More Police Officers Train To Spot Drug-Impaired Drivers

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Drunk driving crashes are on the decline in New York State, according to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. But at the same time, the number of crashes involving drug impaired drivers is on the rise.  Now the state is increasing the numbers of highly trained officers who can identify the signs of drug-impaired driving.

Several people protested after police shot and killed a man in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Wednesday. The man reportedly had bipolar disorder and was known in the area.

NYC Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Black Man

Police said they received calls about a man pointing a gun at people on the street in Brooklyn. The man was reportedly well known in the area as “mentally ill but generally harmless.”

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Increased Training Could Prevent Some Fatal Police Shootings

State Police troopers recently resolved a stand-off with an armed man in Dauphin County by taking him for mental health treatment. Credit NEW YORK STATE POLICE / FACEBOOK

An increase in training may have kept the situation from turning tragic. About a quarter of people shot and killed by police nationwide are suffering from a mental illness, according to a database maintained by The Washington Post. Oftentimes, the blame is placed on a lack of training. State Police Corporal Adam Reed said an emphasis has been placed on training troopers to better recognize mental health issues.

Despite Bipartisan Support, Police Transparency Bill Faces Another Veto

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — A proposal struck down by Governor Tom Wolf last session is back in the legislature, and may very well pass again.  The measure aims to shield police officers from public scrutiny after they’ve been involved with shootings or other similar incidents. And though it has fairly bipartisan support, lawmakers are hard-pressed to figure out a way to get Wolf to sign it. House Bill 27 would keep local police departments from releasing names of officers involved in shootings for at least 30 days following an incident. It saw strong opposition from the ACLU and governor, but passed both chambers last session. This session, it again passed the House.

Teen Wonders How to Move Forward After Week of Violence

Police officers in Oakland, Calif., line up across from demonstrators on July 7 as protesters marched against police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Amanda Agustin/Youth Radio

 
After a week of violence and death, Youth Radio’s Soraya Shockley ponders how to move forward despite the sadness and anger.  

On Tuesday, in Baton Rouge Louisiana, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot by police. The next day, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota police shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile. Both were black men, and videos of their deaths have been watched by millions on social media. Including me. These two videos aren’t special.