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Russian Driver Scolds Cops for Not Wearing Seat Belts and Talking on the Phone - Carscoop

Russian Driver Scolds Cops for Not Wearing Seat Belts and Talking on the Phone - Carscoop | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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Carolyn C.'s comment, October 13, 2013 10:42 PM
The video for this unfortunately did not load because the user who posted to video terminated their account. I do have mixed feelings about this situation though. I do not like the fact that the civilian called out the cop because technically it is none of his business if he’s on the phone and doesn’t where his seatbelt. Even though it is against the law, I can assure the man who cussed off the cop has missed wearing his seatbelt once or twice. It also isn’t our responsibly to call people out, especially if they are not harming anyone. I do like this because it shows that the cop is not even enforcing his own rule.

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Bicyclist dies after being struck by police car in southeast Houston

Surveillance video obtained exclusively by KPRC 2 News shows just how dark the intersection is where a Houston police officer hit and killed a cyclist Thursday morning in southeast Houston.
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The Keystroke Cops: A look at the role local data can play in criminal justice reform

The Keystroke Cops: A look at the role local data can play in criminal justice reform | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
From on-body cameras, to civil asset forfeiture (a policy that has come under heavy fire) many facets of the justice system could eventually benefit from the additional data transparency Shaw mentioned.

Coupled with communities that get chief data officers in place to manage data releases and tools like FOR Atlanta that visualize the data, the public will have access to information that was once just in the purview of government. Maybe then local communities will again feel confident in the dangerous work law enforcement provides for citizens every day.
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Teen holds Hartford cop in headlock after being asked to leave restaurant

Teen holds Hartford cop in headlock after being asked to leave restaurant | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“The new face of what is going on in the country in 2015, these police videos are coming out more and more and more and we embrace it in the city of Hartford,” said Foley. “We wish there was more video of this incident.”
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San Jose police chief tackles slaying suspect trying to escape jail

San Jose police chief tackles slaying suspect trying to escape jail | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The chief of the San Jose Police Department tackled and detained a slaying suspect who broke out of his holding cell and scaled a fence in an attempt to escape.
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Are Tampa police violating civil rights law with bicycle stops?

Are Tampa police violating civil rights law with bicycle stops? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Tampa City Council Chairman Frank Reddick called Monday for an investigation into whether the Tampa Police Department is violating civil rights law with its long-standing practice of targeting poor, black neighborhoods for bicycle tickets.
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Use Body cameras to celebrate good police work--not just "out" bad cops

Use Body cameras to celebrate good police work--not just "out" bad cops | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
One “performance profession” that has discovered the value of watching videos of perfect practitioners is teaching. Doug Lemov, an American educator, has collected hundreds of videos of teachers with proven effectiveness in the classroom. His book, “Teach Like a Champion,” and his workshops have helped thousands of teachers learn from the best in the field.

Too often a profession is forced to focus on its errors rather than its excellence. This can distort or slow reform.

If police in the United States and elsewhere want to keep their professional prestige and avoid tragic violence, body cameras might be one good solution. But they should be used as much as a learning tool as a correcting rod
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NYPD to Change How It Evaluates Officers

The process for evaluating New York City police officers, which has been criticized as a quota system, will soon be replaced with a less numbers-focused program.
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An Ex-Cop Keeps The Country's Best Data Set On Police Misconduct

An Ex-Cop Keeps The Country's Best Data Set On Police Misconduct | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
When Talking Points Memo, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post needed data on how often police officers are charged with on-duty killings, they all turned to the same guy: Bowling Green ...
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Man beaten by deputies after horse chase gets $650k

Man beaten by deputies after horse chase gets $650k | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Attorneys for a man who was beaten by deputies after running away from them,   first by car and then by horse, have negotiated a $650,000 settement from San Bernardino County.
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Quick settlement is probably smart in this case.
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Man Dies After Cops Break His Neck, Sever His Spine, Bruise His Brain, Snap His Leg, And Crush His Larynx

Man Dies After Cops Break His Neck, Sever His Spine, Bruise His Brain, Snap His Leg, And Crush His Larynx | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A man who was viciously attacked last week by Baltimore cops, seemingly for no reason other than being in a ‘high crime area’, has lost his struggle for life in hospital.

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There aren't more police shootings, just more coverage - CNN.com

"Black and brown people have been making these complaints for years, but they fell on deaf ears because no one wanted to believe some officers would act that way," he said.
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FBI report to show errors affected hundreds of cases

FBI report to show errors affected hundreds of cases | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Flawed testimony and lab reports done by forensic examiners over a decades-long period may have resulted in false convictions, the agency says
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I Was a Police Officer

Today, I will not answer the radio call
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Today I was killed doing my job.

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Google is endangering police officers (Opinion) - CNN.com

For the fifth year in a row in 2014, ambush attacks on police officers were the No. 1 cause of felonious deaths of law enforcement officers in the line of duty. Nevertheless, Google continues to market a smartphone application that lets lawbreakers pinpoint the location of police officers in the field. Google's executives won't even discuss the subject with organizations representing law enforcement.
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Increased '420' enforcement nets one additional high-driving arrest

Increased '420' enforcement nets one additional high-driving arrest | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Anchorage police boosted enforcement over the "420" weekend, netting 12 additional arrests for driving under the influence -- though only one for marijuana.
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I don't think driving while under the influence of Marijuana is going to develop to be as big a problem as DUI.

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'They hate black people' - BBC News

'They hate black people' - BBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"They treat us like animals," Sousa says of the police. "It's a black neighbourhood - they treat us like we're all here to be exterminated."
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Michael Brown family plans wrongful-death suit

Michael Brown family plans wrongful-death suit | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Attorneys for the family said they plan to announce the civil lawsuit Thursday morning.
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Civil court is the great equalizer in these cases.  No criminal charges, but civil juries often award.

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L.A. County D.A. to create unit to review wrongful-conviction claims

L.A. County D.A. to create unit to review wrongful-conviction claims | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is creating a unit dedicated to examining wrongful-conviction claims, joining a small but growing number of prosecutorial agencies around the country that are devoting resources to identify innocent prisoners.
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Officers in NYPD Ticket Fixing Scandal Quietly Trying to Cut Deals: Sources

Officers in NYPD Ticket Fixing Scandal Quietly Trying to Cut Deals: Sources | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Sources familiar with the negotiations said the officers’ legal teams are insisting prosecutors recognize that ticket fixing was a historic courtesy extended to motorists for decades, and not a venal crime.

They argue that officers convicted of any felony charge automatically lose both their jobs and pensions, which in some cases can be as much as $1.5 million in total retirement payouts.
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Chief Justice Roberts Rules Against Police Abuse at the Supreme Court. Did Ferguson Change Him?

Chief Justice Roberts Rules Against Police Abuse at the Supreme Court. Did Ferguson Change Him? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Dennys Rodriguez knew his rights—and he planned to use them. Just after midnight in March of 2012, a police officer pulled Rodriguez over for briefly veering onto the shoulder of the highway, and wrote Rodriguez a warning. The stop should have ended there. Instead, the officer asked Rodriguez for permission...
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That was already the law....there must be some nuance here that I'm missing.

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U.S. to Investigate Police in Baltimore Over the Death of Freddie Gray

U.S. to Investigate Police in Baltimore Over the Death of Freddie Gray | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A city in which the mayor and the police commissioner are black will be compared with white-governed cities in how it handles the situation.
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Video: U.S. marshal bashes woman's camera as she records police

Video: U.S. marshal bashes woman's camera as she records police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A woman recording law enforcement officials outside a home in South Gate appeared stunned when an armed U.
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No sympathy in cases where the citizen is standing in a place that puts her in danger or places the officers in danger.  She's behind them and way too close to the scene.  The other video person seems to be in a fine position.  Time, Place, Manner.

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Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show

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There was no one moment when Jon Stewart knew it was time for him to leave what he describes as “the most perfect job in the world”; no epiphany, no flashpoint. “Life,” he says, in the lightly self-mocking tone he uses when talking about himself, “doesn’t really work that way, with a finger pointing at you out of the sky, saying, ‘Leave now!’ That only happens when you’re fired, and trust me, I know about that.”

Instead, he describes his decision to quit The Daily Show, the American satirical news programme he has hosted for 16 years, as something closer to the end of a long-term relationship. “It’s not like I thought the show wasn’t working any more, or that I didn’t know how to do it. It was more, ‘Yup, it’s working. But I’m not getting the same satisfaction.’” He slaps his hands on his desk, conclusively.

“These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it’s OK. But the cycles become longer and maybe more entrenched, and that’s when you realise, ‘OK, I’m on the back side of it now.’”

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(Empathic Policing) Empathy on the street: How understanding between police and communities makes us safer

(Empathic Policing) Empathy on the street: How understanding between police and communities makes us safer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

By now, no one is insulated from hearing about incidents of police shootings or violence against police officers. While fatal shootings are thankfully still rare events, this does not diminish the emotional impact of hearing about a violent death....

 

Right now, it might seem impossible to eliminate the us-versus-them mindset that permeates society, but optimistically, I do not think that we are at an impasse. What we have to do is look at a trait that all humans already possess: empathy.

Empathy: A basic human tool with great potential

Empathy has evolved in humans and other mammals over time. It allows us to understand the emotions of others and share in those emotions. Expressing empathy has many advantages: it increases cooperation (we like to help each other out when we feel that we are understood), reduces stress and it may even feel good.

 


by Chad Posick

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Chad Posick

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Alaska should take measures to increase police accountability

Alaska should take measures to increase police accountability | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
OPINION: Most police are honest, dedicated public servants. But we should acknowledge that there have been enough instances of officers committing serious crimes in Alaska and then account for it in our policies.
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And, a suspect in a murder would also have the right not to talk to the officers, which I'm sure this author would advise any prospective client is the wise thing to do.

 

Officers do not have this luxury.  First, they almost always give a brief statement in order to establish that there was a crime, where weapons and other evidence may be found, and descriptions of any outstanding suspects.  After this, officers are treated different than the public in that officers will be ordered to give a statement and can be terminated for refusing.  In addition, the district attorney needs a statement if there is any chance that the other person should be charged with a crime.  Officers are often one of a few victims (most of which are not police officers), thus the officer often has a duty to testify in order for the victim to have some justice.

 

Given this, there's a trade off.  If officers are not expected to always take the 5th, depriving the district attorney of a witness, and making everyone suspect that the officer has something to hide; it's reasonable to let the officer talk to a representative first, calm down, talk to a psychiatric professional/counselor or clergy, and then give a statement.

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