Police Killings Spur Call For Federal Investigation

Jun 24, 2014

  The US Justice Department is being asked to investigate the more than five dozen officer-involved fatalities in Sonoma County since 2000. That was the year an earlier US Commission on Civil Rights submitted its report on the 18 similar deaths in the previous decade.

Izaak Schwaiger

    For attorney Isaak Schwaiger, a former Sonoma County prosecutor as well as a Marine who served in Iraq, a crucial pivot point in modern policing is the primacy now given to “officer safety.”

Beyond the immediate public safety questions this raises, Schwaiger worries that  militarized law enforcement and us-versus-them mindset that has become prevalent among those officers poses a growing threat to our social fabric.