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Police Leaders Unveil Principles Intended to Shift Policing Practices Nationwide

Police Leaders Unveil Principles Intended to Shift Policing Practices Nationwide | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The recommendations include ways to defuse volatile encounters and sidestep violence, document and track the use of force, and, ultimately, restore trust in communities.
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While I am all for this process of reviewing principles and hopefully leading police to better awareness of their role in protecting and serving as opposed to controlling, I think that in the end real change will only come when the relatively small number of individual police officers who who hide their brutality behind a blue uniform are held accountable. 

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In the end, 2015 saw no ‘war on cops’ and no ‘national crime wave’

In the end, 2015 saw no ‘war on cops’ and no ‘national crime wave’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Despite claims to the contrary, 2015 will have been a historically safe year in the United States -- for cops and for everyone else.
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Maybe we're being hyped by those who want to sell police and scared citizens more weapons and equipment and by the incarceration industry. Maybe, just maybe, the American people are being lied to by irresponsible politicians and certain false news reporters. Could that be?

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Black teenager arrested by nine California police officers after 'jaywalking'

Black teenager arrested by nine California police officers after 'jaywalking' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Video shows unarmed teenager forced to ground by group of Stockton police officers after allegedly walking in a bus lane
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The problem is that teens are teens; they don't have good judgement and do stupid things, like jaywalking and then getting riled when corrected. And cops are no longer being trained to deal with people as people but rather to see them as objects to be pushed into place. This is also exacerbated by the fact that Black kids understandably see the police as enemies. Maybe, there needs to be a return to community based policing, especially in cities with large minority populations. Cops need to be more interactive with the community.

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Serial Hammer Attacker Shot on Busy NYC Street After Charging Cops

Serial Hammer Attacker Shot on Busy NYC Street After Charging Cops | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
David Baril carried out a string of terrifying random attacks on women in New York. When he raised the claw hammer above a stricken female officer, he was gunned down in three seconds.
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I often criticize cops for using their guns too freely, but this is an example of when a police officer's decision to fire is absolutely justified. If we want to be critical of undo force, we must also take notice of appropriate force.

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9 Nicest Cops - ODDEE

9 Nicest Cops - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The reputation of the police has been in question these days, but it doesn't mean there aren't still really kindhearted officers around.
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Most of the cops in world are not violent or racist. Most are just decent men and women trying to do a difficult job and to make a difference on a day-to-day basis. A few manage to stand out for their acts of kindness and humanity. From time to time, we need to remind ourselves of those good officers. One thing I do know, we normal citizens don't thank cops often enough. It's easy for police to believe the world is filled with "skells" and "perps" if the average people don't interact with and appreciate them.

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WASHINGTON: Police officers across U.S. upset at being seen as brutal racists | Courts & Crime | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: Police officers across U.S. upset at being seen as brutal racists | Courts & Crime | McClatchy DC | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Police officers dispatched to investigate a 911 hang-up last week in an Idaho suburb were surprised by the reaction they got from the mother of the children who’d been playing with the phone.
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While some individual police are no doubt racist, I would imagine that the majority are not. But the system may be a different matter. Do Blacks get the same protection, for example are their alibis checked before arrest? Do the police do as good a job investigating before assuming probable cause? Do Black kids get pushed into the system while white kids are kept out of it and protected? Most importantly, are the racist few among the cops thrown out or protected? Finally, are the police being taught that they are in a war of "them against us" in which the them can so easily be seen as the racially different rather than seeing themselves as one with the whole community? 

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86-Year-Old Great-Grandma Stunned By How Police Treated Her Following 911 Call (Photos)

86-Year-Old Great-Grandma Stunned By How Police Treated Her Following 911 Call (Photos) | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Two Colorado police officers went beyond the call of duty to help an 86-year-old great-grandmother after her purse was stolen. Julia Brecht was shopping at the Aurora Super Target when her purse was snatched from her cart, reports The Daily Mail.
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We see so many instances of police misbehavior and sometimes forget that are thousands of decent men and women serving our communities in blue uniforms. These two officers remind us what serve and protect should mean.

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The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie

The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The officers got the wrong man, but charged him anyway—with getting his blood on their uniforms. How the Ferguson PD ran the town where Michael Brown was gunned down.
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I have no idea what attractions or businesses might exist in Ferguson, but I would not go near that damn town for anything. Indeed, I can only say I think that we should boycott Ferguson, Missouri. Indeed, we should treat its Black citizens who might wish as political refugees and offer them all possible assistance in moving out of that place of horrors. This is as much a disaster as any toxic; perhaps we should have FEMA involved along with the FBI. As for the police, perhaps they should be in Guantanamo; are they not the worst kind of terrorist? 

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LAPD chief recommends criminal charges for officer in fatal shooting of homeless man in Venice

LAPD chief recommends criminal charges for officer in fatal shooting of homeless man in Venice | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The recommendation marks the first time that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has called for charges in a fatal on-duty shooting.
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It is good to see that in some cases police violence will be properly scrutinized. Of course, the trial hasn't yet begun and we certainly don't know the verdict, but at least there is a beginning. 

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Police Investigator: Cops Beat Me Up

Police Investigator: Cops Beat Me Up | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The dash-cam went dark as soon as officers saw his ID. Then an officer allegedly taunted him, “What are you going to tell me next? You can’t breathe?”
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In cities across America a small number of police are running amok. It is time to get the Earps off the street and put them in prison along with the gangsters. There are plenty of cops who are honest and decent men and women and these wildcards shouldn't be allowed to tarnish a fine profession.

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Obama to limit military-style equipment for local police departments

Obama to limit military-style equipment for local police departments | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
President Obama plans to stop the federal government from distributing some military equipment to law enforcement agencies across the country, trimming back a practice that drew scrutiny amid concerns about the militarization of local police forces.
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I wonder who will scream loudest, the NRA, the military-industrial-espionage complex with weapons to sell, or the law enforcement community. Any government that needs to use military weapons against its own citizens has lost legitimacy. Thankfully, such weapons are seldom needed in our country. When they are, the National/State Guard should be utilized. Mr. Obama is making the right move, but sadly years too late.

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Caught in the dragnet

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Zero tolerance is a failed police strategy.
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Of course the quality of life matters. We want the dog poop picked up and the drunk and disorderly quieted, but are these the proper concern of the police? Have we made to many laws or should the less egregious misdemeanors be dealt with in other ways? How to balance personal freedom and community quality of life; now that's a big question. I'd love to hear some of the political leaders of our country speaking out on that one.

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READ: Police Chief Tells Pro-Cop Critic To Respect Protesters In Powerful Letter

READ: Police Chief Tells Pro-Cop Critic To Respect Protesters In Powerful Letter | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson gave the perfect response Friday to a pro-cop resident who criticized his department for going soft on anti-police brutality protesters.
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By his response this police chief exemplifies what it means to "protect and serve." I am sure there are problems within the force he leads—there are always problems; but I bet there aren't many and I bet that the men and women who serve under him are proud to be part of his force. "Respect everyone," now that is a message to be heard.

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Ohio man exonerated after spending 27 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit

Ohio man exonerated after spending 27 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Kwame Ajamu, formerly known as Ronnie Bridgeman, was cleared of murder charges a month after his brother and a friend were also cleared in the 1975 killing of Harold Franks.
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$40, 000 a year for being in prison wrongfully. Not that any amount could compensate this man properly. Not that any amount of money can replace the marriage, the children, the sense of career he might have had. But a lousy forty thousand, and I bet it gets taxed. And what of the cops who pushed that 12 year old kid to lie? Will they suffer even one moment of discomfort? There is absolutely nothing the state can do to undo this travesty, but I suggest a lot more money might be a start and maybe prosecuting those cops and passing laws that make it a felony for cops to solicit untrue evidence. Yeah, those might be first steps.

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Federal Judge Finds Policing of Ferguson Protests Was Unconstitutional

Federal Judge Finds Policing of Ferguson Protests Was Unconstitutional | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A federal judge ruled on Monday that some of the tactics employed by the St. Louis County Police Department in Ferguson against demonstrators were unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry issued a preliminary injunction ordering the county police force to stop its blanket use of the “keep-moving rule”—also known as...
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Ferguson has become the symbol of much of what is wrong with police and with civil rights in the U.S. At least this is a step in cleaning out the cesspool.

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