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New York cops shoot unarmed driver to death — RT

New York cops shoot unarmed driver to death — RT | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Cutting off a policeman with his car cost a US Army National Guardsman his life. After getting pulled over by an angry cop Friday morning, the victim was shot to death by the detective while his hands were allegedly still on the steering wheel.
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Rob Duke's comment, October 7, 2012 12:27 PM
Yes, I hope more information follows because there are too many questions left unanswered.
Benjamin Russell's comment, October 8, 2012 12:39 AM
As stated above, there are just far too many questions that need to be answered in order to begin pointing fingers. These situations are so tough because, in a situation where a driver does have a weapon, if a cop delays for that extra second when he sees suspicious movement in the vehicle, it could be a life or death situation for him. In other situations such as this one, where there way no weapon involve, there is no way for the cop to know whether or not the driver is reaching for his wallet that he dropped or a weapon. Very tough/sad situation.
Madeleine M-Stanley's comment, October 20, 2012 4:17 PM
I agree, the information provided is insufficient. The fact that not enough information is given is a problem that I have seen a lot since reading these articles. When an incident happens, the police department(s) in question do not respond to accusations quickly enough, keeping the details secret for far too long. When they finally reveal whatever justification the officer(s) had for their actions it is often too late; either the story is no longer relevant, people decidedly have a bad taste in their mouth toward the incident and the officer(s) based on the original information, or both. Lack of communication between the people and the police is an issue that is becoming increasingly apparent in a world where information travels more quickly everyday.
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How Ferguson could be America's future

How Ferguson could be America's future | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The protests in Ferguson aren't just about America's present; it's a sneak preview of its tumultuous future.
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Us vs. Them is right...

Sensitivity training is sensible...

Diversity is sensible...

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Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammunition bills

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Bills would ensure gun records are searched during welfare checks, bullet sales are tracked
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Ferguson and Future Generations of Law Enforcement

A status popped up on my personal feed today. It was posted by a good family friend, an Oklahoma deputy who is an amazing  husband and daddy to three little ones. Like many little boys who have a...
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Sad, but true, most cops I know try to discourage our children from following in our footsteps.  Most of us would do it over again and would do it for free if we had a major depression and we collectively couldn't pay our cops a full wage, yet we wouldn't wish the heartaches and headaches on our worst enemies.  Isn't that a paradox?

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Nine Time-Tested Rules of Good Policing

Nine Time-Tested Rules of Good Policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The consent and collaboration of residents is key: 'The police are the public and the public are the police'
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We're Compiling Every Police-Involved Shooting In America. Help Us.

We're Compiling Every Police-Involved Shooting In America. Help Us. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

The United States has no database of police shootings. There is no standardized process by which officers log when they've discharged their weapons and why. There is no central infrastructure for handling that information and making it public.


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The FBI needs to modify the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) asap and start collecting these statistics:

Officer involved shootings;

All weapon discharges including accidental discharges;

Use of force incidents resulting in medical care for officers or civilians;

Any injuries to officers, suspects, others in any of these incidents.

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Police Department Says Cop Camera Footage Not Public Record - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Police Department Says Cop Camera Footage Not Public Record - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After resisting for decades, Major League Baseball has adopted instant replay on nearly all disputed calls, providing a transparent and public view of
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There should be some authority outside departments to audit these recordings, but I'm not sure our media is the right entity.  When the press was free and not dominated by two or three big corporations, it might have made sense, but today sensationalism seems to be more important than truth and justice.  On the other hand, we may never hear the end of this until we do just open up the files.  If that's what we collectively decide, then Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are just another cost center that must be accounted for when we figure out how to finance video, maintenance/repairs, storage, and dissemination for court, discovery, and FOIA requests.  Few departments are currently prepared for this and most small departments couldn't begin to afford the costs associated with this mostly new function.

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Take It From a Cop: The Drug War Poisons Community Policing - Substance.com

Take It From a Cop: The Drug War Poisons Community Policing - Substance.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Events in Ferguson expose US law enforcement's longstanding abandonment of its founding ethical principles. Rebuilding relationships with the people we've harmed won't come easily.
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This is too simplistic an argument for a complex problem.  As William Ker Muir pointed out in his 1979 "Police: Street-Corner Politicians", the Power of the Sword is only one part of the problem facing communities and the officer charged with maintaining public safety and keeping the peace.  Equally powerful and also subject to abuse are the Power of the Word; and the Power of the Purse.  Until we give equal time to media scrutiny, peace marches, and riots to these power abuses, we'll never solve this problem.  Communities need economic investment and jobs, they need to build capacity to reclaim the social organization that can tame the deviant subculture that tolerates the underground economy and the resultant selfish behaviors that undermine civil society and the rule of law.  However, as long as political rhetoric justifies when economic investment are withheld from these communities, nothing significant will change.  So, whenever we attack the Power of the Sword (and we should remain vigilant to this type of abuse), we should give equal examination and critique to the abuses of the Power of the Word and those of the Power of the Purse.

Muir, William Ker, Police: Street-Corner Politicians, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1979.

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St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing That Appears At Odds With Their Story

St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing That Appears At Odds With Their Story | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released cell phone footage Wednesday of the police shooting of Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old black man killed on Tuesday in St. Louis, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

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Too much said at the news conference. The details become fuel for contention, instead of the totality of the circumstances. We should be debating whether it's reasonable for officers to let a knife wielding man threaten a neighborhood; whether it's reasonable to let him get so close as to be a threat to them; and, whether they have a duty to retreat when he encroaches into their safety zones. These are fundamental issues, which the video provides some basis for debate. Instead we're arguing about whether the Chief correctly described the way the knife was held or whether the man was 3-4 feet or 6-10 feet away from officers when they fired on him.
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Michael Brown's Autopsy: What It Can (and Can't) Tell Us

Michael Brown's Autopsy: What It Can (and Can't) Tell Us | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The results of two autopsies of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot by a St. Louis police officer on Aug. 9, can't provide crucial information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
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Nelly Tells Eric Holder: Community Trust Is Broken in Ferguson - NBC News

Nelly Tells Eric Holder: Community Trust Is Broken in Ferguson - NBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Grammy-winning rapper Nelly told Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday that law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, had lost the trust of the community an...
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Brown is a symbol...symbols are often chosen like similes for similarities, but not for a perfect fit.  Brown symbolizes broken trust, though now it begins to look as if the evidence may show that the officer reasonably feared for his safety.

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Police Wives Association request help

Police Wives Association request help | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
If you talk to any of the 200 or 300 men and women in blue who have been serving in Ferguson this past week, they'll tell you about bricks and bottles and bullets lobbed at them nightly.
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Amid protests, LAPD explains fatal shooting of South L.A. man

Amid protests, LAPD explains fatal shooting of South L.A. man | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Los Angeles police on Wednesday defended an officer-involved shooting that left a 25-year-old man dead, saying he tackled one of two officers, forcing him to use a backup gun.
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An Open Letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson -

To the head of the Missouri State Highway Patrol: you blew it
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Missouri police officer on leave over video in which he says: 'I'm ... a killer'

Missouri police officer on leave over video in which he says: 'I'm ... a killer' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Missouri police officer is on leave after video of his political rants and admission "I'm ... a killer."
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The Ferguson Riots Show Why Good Cops Will Quit

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Please shoot me

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IN THE first part of VICE News's extraordinary five-part documentary on ISIS, released earlier this month, a bearded and strangely innocent-looking young press...
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Video released of man shooting Alpharetta police officer

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Newly released video shows the moment when Alpharetta police officer David Freeman barely escaped death.
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A big payout, but justice still denied 

A big payout, but justice still denied  | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Sexton: The dollar figure was so large and the public statements of vindication and concession so harmonious, one might have been tempted to think the system had actually worked.

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Op-Ed by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

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A pretty balanced statement....

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Veteran Cop: 'If You Don't Want To Get Shot,' Shut Up -- Even If We're Violating Your Rights

Veteran Cop: 'If You Don't Want To Get Shot,' Shut Up -- Even If We're Violating Your Rights | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and adjunct instructor of homeland security at Colorado Technical University, has a suggestion for victims of police violence searching for someone to blame: Look in the mirror.

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A misleading headline.  Dutta might want to rethink the way he explains this concept.  While I agree, it's a simple request to comply on the scene and then go to the station and complain; the other side also has a legitimate complaint that nothing changes with that approach (as we saw under Jim Crow through the civil rights era and even until today); and, furthermore, it's a slippery slope to merely comply because the government tells you to do so.  Is there a solution?  Officers have some reasonable expectation to safety and citizens have a reasonable expectation to have an authentic way to challenge police actions.  Without proof of the circumstances, it becomes a case of dueling perceptions.  Did the officer have the requisite alchemy of sometimes nebulous ingredients sufficient to satisfy the demands of reasonable suspicion and/or probable cause?  It depends on the circumstances, time, place, manner of the activity, even the training and experience of the officer factors in.  Frankly, no citizen is ever going to have all this info (or be qualified to evaluate), nor is it reasonable for us to ask officers to delay officer safety concerns (e.g. pat down searches for weapons, warrant checks, etc.) long enough to satisfy a citizen that a stop is based upon legitimate probable cause and not racial profiling--nor could we expect there to be agreement under the stress and emotion of the real-time detention.  Given these circumstances, I propose one not-so-novel solution; and one solution not generally under discussion.  First the not-so-novel solution: 1. Improve evidence gathering and storage through the use of recording devices: belt recorders, livescribe pens, body cameras (where available), vehicle cameras.  Furthermore, a system to routinize the collection and preservation of this evidence needs to be designed, built and funded, so that all agencies/communities, regardless of fiscal resources, can be protected equally. Now, for the novel solution: 2. Engage in a three-part approach to dispute resolution and restoration: Part I: enlist experts (each community has candidates possessing skills or who can be trained) familiar with community visioning and team building to create dialogue and design systems to begin removing saddle burrs, extracting thorns, dislodging the wedges of discontent in communities.  These issues include not just problems associated with what Muir calls the "Power of the Sword"--though coercive power is certainly the most visible police problem--but we must also pay particular attention to the "Power of the Purse", the under-investment in communities that sustains the need and existence of underground economies based upon contraband and vice, and, the "Power of the Word", that enables all sorts of verbal and political dirty dealings (rent-seeking behaviors) to mask inequities and impotent attempts to remedy the myriad of problems that lie at the root of any major community disgruntlement.  We're foolish to think that, Ferguson, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. are experiencing unrest only because the cops are engaging in racial profiling.  Dispute Resolution only works if we blast the problem with sunshine so that all problems are addressed on something resembling equal footing, whether these be problems of the sword, the word, or the purse.  Part II: capacity must be built so that everyone has access to Dispute Resolution systems.  This means that we need to find funding for system design and mediation centers that can resolve problems in real time--not the years civil and criminal courts often need to process cases (though courts are, of course, still needed for serious cases and as the appellate process for more informal programs of dispute resolution).  We can't expect ADR to work if we don't design, implement, fund, evaluate, tweek, and perform expert analysis to improve theoretical understandings of what works and what doesn't.  Part III: community leaders, including the cops, must be trained in Dispute System Design and Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques.  It's not enough to find a vision and restore goodwill (Part I), nor develop a plan to capture the promise of good intentions as concrete goods to be shared by all (Part II), we must also teach people, encourage them, and provide time, public spaces, private meeting spaces, and other resources to actually embrace the concept of restoring their communities through dispute resolution.

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A misleading headline.  Dutta might want to rethink the way he explains this concept.  While I agree, it's a simple request to comply on the scene and then go to the station and complain; the other side also has a legitimate complaint that nothing changes with that approach (as we saw under Jim Crow through the civil rights era and even until today); and, furthermore, it's a slippery slope to merely comply because the government tells you to do so.  Is there a solution?  Officers have some reasonable expectation to safety and citizens have a reasonable expectation to have an authentic way to challenge police actions.  Without proof of the circumstances, it becomes a case of dueling perceptions.  Did the officer have the requisite alchemy of sometimes nebulous ingredients sufficient to satisfy the demands of reasonable suspicion and/or probable cause?  It depends on the circumstances, time, place, manner of the activity, even the training and experience of the officer factors in.  Frankly, no citizen is ever going to have all this info (or be qualified to evaluate), nor is it reasonable for us to ask officers to delay officer safety concerns (e.g. pat down searches for weapons, warrant checks, etc.) long enough to satisfy a citizen that a stop is based upon legitimate probable cause and not racial profiling--nor could we expect there to be agreement under the stress and emotion of the real-time detention.  Given these circumstances, I propose one not-so-novel solution; and one solution not generally under discussion.  First the not-so-novel solution: 1. Improve evidence gathering and storage through the use of recording devices: belt recorders, livescribe pens, body cameras (where available), vehicle cameras.  Furthermore, a system to routinize the collection and preservation of this evidence needs to be designed, built and funded, so that all agencies/communities, regardless of fiscal resources, can be protected equally. Now, for the novel solution: 2. Engage in a three-part approach to dispute resolution and restoration: Part I: enlist experts (each community has candidates possessing skills or who can be trained) familiar with community visioning and team building to create dialogue and design systems to begin removing saddle burrs, extracting thorns, dislodging the wedges of discontent in communities.  These issues include not just problems associated with what Muir calls the "Power of the Sword"--though coercive power is certainly the most visible police problem--but we must also pay particular attention to the "Power of the Purse", the under-investment in communities that sustains the need and existence of underground economies based upon contraband and vice, and, the "Power of the Word", that enables all sorts of verbal and political dirty dealings (rent-seeking behaviors) to mask inequities and impotent attempts to remedy the myriad of problems that lie at the root of any major community disgruntlement.  We're foolish to think that, Ferguson, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. are experiencing unrest only because the cops are engaging in racial profiling.  Dispute Resolution only works if we blast the problem with sunshine so that all problems are addressed on something resembling equal footing, whether these be problems of the sword, the word, or the purse.  Part II: capacity must be built so that everyone has access to Dispute Resolution systems.  This means that we need to find funding for system design and mediation centers that can resolve problems in real time--not the years civil and criminal courts often need to process cases (though courts are, of course, still needed for serious cases and as the appellate process for more informal programs of dispute resolution).  We can't expect ADR to work if we don't design, implement, fund, evaluate, tweek, and perform expert analysis to improve theoretical understandings of what works and what doesn't.  Part III: community leaders, including the cops, must be trained in Dispute System Design and Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques.  It's not enough to find a vision and restore goodwill (Part I), nor develop a plan to capture the promise of good intentions as concrete goods to be shared by all (Part II), we must also teach people, encourage them, and provide time, public spaces, private meeting spaces, and other resources to actually embrace the concept of restoring their communities through dispute resolution.

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Officer involved in Walmart shooting back on the job

Officer involved in Walmart shooting back on the job | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Beavercreek City Attorney Stephen McHugh says Sergeant David Darkow returned earlier this month.
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'No' Sheriff in Town: Some Lawmen Refuse to Enforce Federal Gun Laws - NBC News

'No' Sheriff in Town: Some Lawmen Refuse to Enforce Federal Gun Laws - NBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
With more states passing stronger gun control laws, rural sheriffs across the country are taking their role as defenders of the Constitution to a new level b...
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Study: Skipping sleep may increase risk of false memories, compromise criminal investigations - Newsday

Study: Skipping sleep may increase risk of false memories, compromise criminal investigations - Newsday | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Skipping a few hours of sleep here and there, or even on a regular basis,
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Video of Bethel police shooting comes amid two investigations

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The three-minute video posted Monday on radio station KYUK’s web site and Facebook page shows an altercation Friday between a man and two officers in which he rushes them with a baseball bat, swings at an officer who had fallen, and ends up on the ground himself. Alaska State Troopers, who are investigating the incident, say the man was shot.
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LAPD officer wounded, suspect killed in 110 Freeway shootout

LAPD officer wounded, suspect killed in 110 Freeway shootout | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A section of the northbound 110 Freeway heading into downtown was closed early Monday as Los Angeles police investigated a shooting that they said left one of two gunmen dead and an officer wounded.
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