WORTH READING: How Trump’s Hands-Off Approach to Policing Is Frustrating Some Chiefs

by the New York Times

Craig Meidl, the police chief in Spokane, Wash., is one of a number of local law enforcement officials around the country who have supported an Obama-era policing program that has been scaled back by President Trump’s Justice Department.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Six years ago, a police officer in this city in eastern Washington was convicted of beating a disabled man to death and trying to cover it up. After other alarming episodes involving Spokane officers came to light, the city asked federal officials to suggest changes to the police department as part of an Obama-era policing program.

Ever since, use of force by officers has declined, as have complaints from residents.

“It is a great program,” said Craig Meidl, the Spokane police chief. “As a C.E.O. of a law enforcement organization, you’ll appreciate having an outsider come in and give you advice.”

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