Law: Blue Funk

Police brass in a brouhaha

Patrick Murphy is the very model of the modern major police official. And that may be the trouble. As the former police boss in New York, Detroit, Washington and Syracuse, N.Y., and now as president of the small but influential Police Foundation, he has become a symbol of many of the changes in police forces during recent decades. Some departments have adopted such reforms as the hiring and promotion of blacks and women and the use of social science techniques. On the other side, more traditional chiefs, particularly in...