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Lawsuit targets NYPD over surveillance - Boston Herald

Lawsuit targets NYPD over surveillance - Boston Herald | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
msnbc.comLawsuit targets NYPD over surveillanceBoston HeraldBy Hannan Adely / The Record (Hackensack NJ) HACKENSACK, NJ — Using mosque crawlers, cameras and undercover agents, the New York Police Department collected license plates of cars in mosque...
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How Our Vengeful Society Destroys Vulnerable People

How Our Vengeful Society Destroys Vulnerable People | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
America's war on drugs is rife with terrible tactics that succeed in exacerbating the very problems they purport to fix. But even in that rich field of wildly misguided policy, few things are as bad as the treatment of poor people struggling with addiction. 

From throwing drug users in jail, to shipping them to court-ordered rehab, to taking kids away from their mothers, standard responses to addiction can trigger trauma and mental health problems that often lead to substance abuse in the first place. And some of the most vulnerable populations—the homeless, or poor and minority women—become ensnared in a system of state control that can wreck any chance they have of pulling their lives back together. 

Over the course of five years, sociologists Susan Sered and Maureen Norton-Hawk tracked 47 women in the Boston area after their release from jail. Many had problems with substance abuse, cycled in and out of homelessness, and suffered from trauma rooted in childhood abuse or violence they experienced as adults.

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Ferguson shooting suspect confessed on hidden camera, warrant reveals

Ferguson shooting suspect confessed on hidden camera, warrant reveals | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A confidential informant wearing a hidden video camera recorded accused gunman Jeffrey L. Williams admitting that he fired the shots that seriously wounded two police officers during a recent demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., according to search warrants obtained by Yahoo News.
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Alaska House discusses backlog of untested sexual assault kits

Alaska House discusses backlog of untested sexual assault kits | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
 The Alaska House State Affairs Committee on Thursday discussed Rep. Geran Tarr's bill to address a backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Alaska.
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Fresno Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster, 3 others arrested on drug charges

Fresno Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster, 3 others arrested on drug charges | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Deputy Chief of the Fresno Police Department, Keith Foster, arrested on drug conspiracy charges.
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Colorado's cannabis legalisation does little to solve racial disparity in drug arrests

Colorado's cannabis legalisation does little to solve racial disparity in drug arrests | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Overall marijuana-related arrests drop but study finds rate for black people still 2.5 times higher and accounts for 18% of such arrests in 2014

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"Am I free to go?" When the police want to talk to you.....

"Am I free to go?"  When the police want to talk to you..... | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Howard Woodley Bailey originally shared: When the police want to talk to you, you can be required to identify yourself. Once you have, ask "Am I free to go?" If the officer does not answer you, ask again, "Am I free to go?". If they do not answer, say "If I am free to go, I am leaving'. If you are allowed to leave, LEAVE. If you are being detained, do not volunteer information, and do not answer questions about 'what happened'. It is the job of the officer to inform you why you are be detained, and it is your right to remain silent. Ask for a lawyer and stop talking! Anything you say or do can be used against you.

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All this is theoretically true, but this guy is not your friend.  Anyone who lives in that neighborhood knows that the best advice is: 1. Don't break the law; 2. When detained by the cops, be nice and be cooperative; 3. Do everything in your power to put the cop(s) at ease.

 

This guy has the freedom to do as he has advised, but he is rich, an attorney, and doesn't live in that neighborhood.

 

Having said that, look at Donald J. Black's article: The Social Organization of Arrest, Stanford Law Review, (1971).  While cops generally try to find solutions other than arrest to solve problems, disrespect is a sure fire way to go to jail.  Though the data's dated, my own experience tells me that it's not that far off from the current reality.  Some things change little over the years and this maxim is alive and well: "Don't pop off at the police and things will go better for you."

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Senators introduce plan to save money by reducing jail population

Senators introduce plan to save money by reducing jail population | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
One of the Legislature's most conservative senators and one of the most liberal agree on one thing: The state can save money by keeping nonviolent offenders from crowding jails. 
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Ahhh.  A move to intermediate sentencing.

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Landmark Settlement for NYPD Officers with Hearing Loss | Hearing Loss Association of America

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Power Paradoxes Author: William K. (Sandy) Muir, Jr.: In Memoriam, 1931-2015

Power Paradoxes Author: William K. (Sandy) Muir, Jr.: In Memoriam, 1931-2015 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
For more than 30 years, Professor Emeritus Sandy Muir taught thousands of Berkeley undergraduates and graduate students about American democracy, U.S. constitutional law, and the virtues of public service. Generations of students attended his classes and benefited from Professor Muir's help, guidance, and wisdom in navigating Berkeley and pursuing successful careers in academia and the public and private sectors. Professor Muir was a leading voice at Cal for promoting civic engagement and public leadership as an iconic faculty member in Berkeley’s Political Science Department.
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Ah no! Truly saddened to learn that we lost Sandy Muir last month.  Those of you who recall my rants on various paradoxes of power (some mine, but the original inspiration comes from Prof. Muir), will understand how sad I am at this loss.  For my money, I think Sandy's Power Paradoxes and Nye's Soft Power ideas are the two most promising theories to help police find a way out of the crisis currently confronting it.

 

First, we need to understand the aspects of power that are problematic.  We need to fully analyze the implications from ethics about what we can support and what we can't support.  Then, we need to develop a type of Soft Power (micro as opposed to Nye's macro power) to influence communities and help them create capacity to govern themselves.

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Ah no! Truly saddened to learn that we lost Sandy Muir last month.  Those of you who recall my rants on various paradoxes of power (some mine, but the original inspiration comes from Prof. Muir), will understand how sad I am at this loss.  For my money, I think Sandy's Power Paradoxes and Nye's Soft Power ideas are the two most promising theories to help police find a way out of the crisis currently confronting it.

 

First, we need to understand the aspects of power that are problematic.  We need to fully analyze the implications from ethics about what we can support and what we can't support.  Then, we need to develop a type of Soft Power (micro as opposed to Nye's macro power) to influence communities and help them create capacity to govern themselves.

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Woman Held 8 Days in NYC Psych Ward For Saying Obama Followed Her on Twitter — Even Though He Does

Woman Held 8 Days in NYC Psych Ward For Saying Obama Followed Her on Twitter — Even Though He Does | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Kam Brock claimed she was sedated by hospital employees after trying to retrieve a car from the NYPD.
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New Report Provides Comprehensive Data on Marijuana Arrests and Charges in Colorado After Legal Regulation for Adult Use | Drug Policy Alliance

“The overall decrease in arrests, charges and cases is enormously beneficial to communities of color who bore the brunt of marijuana prohibition prior to the passage of Amendment 64,” said Rosemary Harris Lytle, Regional Chair of the NAACP.  “However, we are concerned with the rise in disparity for the charge of public consumption and challenge law enforcement to ensure this reality is not discriminatory in any manner.”

“What is often overlooked concerning marijuana legalization is that it is first and foremost a criminal justice reform,” said Denise Maes, Public Policy Director for the ACLU of Colorado. “This report reminds us of how law enforcement and our judiciary are now able to better allocate time and energy for more pressing concerns.”
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Paradox of Public vs. Private Space: the poor (often minorities) don't have the luxury of committing private acts, thus are more often in contact with police.

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Follow The Money: The Murky Ethics In A DC Prison Contract

Follow The Money: The Murky Ethics In A DC Prison Contract | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"I want to tell them, 'You're slime balls,' but I can't," said DC Council member David Grosso (I) about those pushing for the private prison health care contract.

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Officer involved in last month's fatal shooting resigns

Officer involved in last month's fatal shooting resigns | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Omaha Police Department says the officer involved in a fatal shooting at 13th and Hickory streets last month has resigned.
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Mixed messages in this report.  The guy says he has a gun and keeps reaching into his waistband and they taze him?  That's the first plan?

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Dashcam video shows Taser igniting car in Border Patrol fatal explosion incident, lawsuit claims

The footage, obtained by NBC San Diego, shows the agent firing the Taser into the passenger side window moments before the car bursts into flames. A federal lawsuit filed by the family of the victim, Alex Martin, claims the explosion and death were caused by the Taser and that the Border Patrol agents did not attempt to save him, the TV station reported.
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Air doesn't ignite.  There was something else going on in that car.  The Border Patrol agents acted quickly to move the Homeland Security vehicle that had the victim's door blocked, but by then the car was fully engulfed.

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While Legalization Reduces Drug Arrests, But Not Minority Arrest Rates, This Probably Isn't Racial Profiling

Yet racial profiling isn’t necessary about overt racism on the part of officers. Downing points to structural elements of policing that make minorities more vulnerable to arrest. Whites use drugs indoors more often, while street and stup culture brings Blacks and Latinos under closer police scrutiny. In areas with higher levels of crime -- crimes against property and persons.
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The Public/Private Paradox: What looks like racial profiling may in fact just be about poor people doing things in public places that more well-off people do behind closed doors.

 

I'd also examine when/where detentions happen.  If coupled with CompStat and Risk-focused Policing, then it's difficult to argue the cops are racist, since the computer directs them where to go based upon actual reported crime.

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Why You Should Learn to Be a Better Follower

Why You Should Learn to Be a Better Follower | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Surprisingly, people feel more empowered after followership training because it’s an acknowledgement of a role they’re already doing, and it emphasizes that this role is equally important to and as valued as the leadership role. They also begin to see how much influence they have in their followership roles, and how critical they are to an organization’s outcome.
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(Empathic Policing) Richmond police chief: That's really what community policing should be about.'

(Empathic Policing) Richmond police chief:  That's really what community policing should be about.' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Richmond police chief: 'All lives matter. That's really what community policing should be about.'

 

When Chris Magnus first moved to Richmond, Calif., in 2006, he would hear gunshots at night, sometimes very close to his house. That would be disturbing to anyone, but it was especially so to Magnus, as he had just been hired to be Richmond's new chief of police....

 

The term “community policing” has become such a buzz phrase that “Pretty much every department, if you ask them, would say they're doing community policing,” says Magnus, “And I think most believe it. But the challenge is: is community policing really policing the community in the way that the community wants to be policed, or is it driven by the police department?”

 

Magnus' approach has been to build partnerships with the community at every opportunity, learning from the residents what their priorities are, in order to define where resources should go.

 

by Brad Marshland

 


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Alaska police officers get active shooter training from pros

Alaska police officers get active shooter training from pros | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Officers from around Alaska are in Anchorage this week acting out "active shooter" scenarios like school shootings and hostage situations. The instructors say the training program is quickly becoming the industry standard among police.
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SJPD officer Michael Johnson's family makes statement after his slaying

SJPD officer Michael Johnson's family makes statement after his slaying | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"Last night Officer Michael Johnson of the San Jose Police Department was shot and killed while trying to help the community he loved. We are deeply saddened by his loss and cannot express in writing how deep a hole in our hearts we are left with by his passing.
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Alaska Senate debates which marijuana bill to debate

Alaska Senate debates which marijuana bill to debate | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
JUNEAU—A vote on the marijuana crime bill is set for the Senate on Friday, but senators had a tussle on Wednesday over which version they'll vote on.
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Monthly sex worker tests are ridiculous, health experts say (2011)

Monthly sex worker tests are ridiculous, health experts say (2011) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Health Minister David Davis has backed down from a plan for Victorian sex workers to have fewer tests for sexually transmitted infections, prompting sharp criticism from public health experts who say the plan should go ahead.

 

...Professor of Sexual Health at Melbourne University, Christopher Fairley, said research showed monthly testing was unnecessary and a waste of public health resources because sex workers have much lower rates of STIs than other people.This was backed by a recent study of patients at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre which showed that of 2896 female sex workers tested for STIs over three years, only 3 per cent were positive.


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Moral Panics: How Americans Are Brainwashed to Fear Exactly the Wrong Things

Moral Panics: How Americans Are Brainwashed to Fear Exactly the Wrong Things | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Hyped threats and propaganda promote fears, some real and most fake.
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What will the fads be this year?

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Police: Wisconsin State Trooper Shot and Killed

Police: Wisconsin State Trooper Shot and Killed | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Authorities say a Wisconsin state trooper was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with a person who matched the description of a bank robbery suspect. Police said the suspect also was killed. Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb said at a brief news conference late Tuesday that the...
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San Jose Cop's Suspected Killer Found Dead

San Jose Cop's Suspected Killer Found Dead | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The man suspected of killing a San Jose police officer late Tuesday in a shootout has been found dead, police say.
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How America's Speeding Tickets And Traffic Fines Are Totally Broken

How America's Speeding Tickets And Traffic Fines Are Totally Broken | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
What starts as a speeding ticket can turn into a series of fines on a payment plan from a private collection company, which turns into a suspended license, which turns into another ticket for driving on a suspended license because you have to get to work to pay the ticket for the suspended license, which turns into a title loan, which turns into a seized car, which turns into a knock on the door from the cops because you have nothing left to give to the private collection company and hey you're in debtor's prison.

This is only aggravated by towns where fines like this pay the majority of the municipal budget. You can only go like that for so long before you have cops giggling about who's collected the most tickets and how long people have to wait in line to pay their fines at the local courthouse.
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Fixes?

 

1. Use fines to pay for courts, but not police or municipal budgets.  This creates a disconnect between those who generate the fines and those who "get" to use them; and

2. Institute "day fines" based upon the day wage of the offender.  Poor defendants have equally affordable fines and less of a reason to default on those responsibilities.

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