Joe Domanick

joedomanickheadshotsmallJoe Domanick is West Coast bureau chief of The Crime Report, and Associate Director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College in NYC. He is the author of “Blue: The Los Angeles Police Department and the Battle to Redeem American Policing.”
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Let’s Listen to Cops—If We Want Real Policing Reform

Lately, I’ve been thinking about why only a small fraction of America’s 18,000 police agencies—and particularly their rank-and-file officers—are defiantly hostile to progressive police reform. It’s a critical issue made especially urgent this past year by the stunning, caught-on-camera police killings of unarmed black men and the explosive retaliatory assassinations of random cops. Then November brought us “tough-on-crime” Donald Trump as America’s president-elect. Supported during his … [Read more...]

‘Maybe We’ll Become an Example for America’

Now in his seventh year in office, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck has both built and expanded on the reforms initiated by his predecessor and mentor William J. Bratton, who was LAPD chief from 2002-2009. In the process Beck has become something of a rising star in the reformist wing of American policing—in large part due to his innovative community policing work. Last October he went to the White House with 130 other top law enforcement leaders to meet with President Barack … [Read more...]