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Funeral for Noel Polanco, Unarmed Man Killed by Police

Funeral for Noel Polanco, Unarmed Man Killed by Police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Noel Polanco, a National Guardsman, was to be given a military salute as he was remembered at a Queens church.
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10 secrets cops know that most people don't

10 secrets cops know that most people don't | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It’s become abundantly clear that the press and the public have very little real understanding of police work. And something we’ve learned over the years is that during times of stress and tension, a good chuckle is extremely effective medicine. 

So, here are some things most people don’t know but cops do. Add your observations in the comments area below. 

1. Most cops understand why tickets are necessary, but don’t particularly like writing them. Well, unless they happen to stop “the guy who pays their wages” and then writing a ticket isn’t so bad.

2. The vast majority of cops have never shot anyone, but most cops can recite a detailed list of people who are/were deserving of being shot because they posed a deadly threat. This means that most cops have successfully defused a potentially deadly confrontation using only words and less-lethal weapons.

3. Most cops wonder if they have something better to do until the person asks in that whiny voice, “Don’t you have anything better to do?” It is then — and only then — the cop knows the answer to that question is, “No. This is good as it gets.”

4. Most cops know the driver they just stopped had more that “two beers” and can estimate with reasonable accuracy how many beers a driver did, in fact, have.

5. Most cops like donuts, but so does everybody. They are deliberately made to taste really, really good so people will want to eat them. Please pass me another donut. 

6. Most cops wonder why so many members of the community choose to pick up a mobile phone and record them while the officers are rolling in the dirt with an assailant rather than offering to help the officer.

7. Most cops don’t know the color of the people they stop before the traffic stop takes place. This is especially true when those people are driving cars with tinted windows at night.

8. Most cops know that if you fix that muffler / tail light / other mechanical issue for which they’ve stopped you, the cops will stop stopping you.

9. Most cops know it is impossible to stop a squad car fast enough when the drunk in the back seat says, “Stop! I think I’ve got to puke.”

10. Most cops know that the national media do not pursue the truth, they pursue a story. Their story and the truth are too often a little like fraternal twins. They are related, but cops can’t explain why they don’t look anything alike
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Baltimore cops pressured to police differently, but also begged to clear the corners

Baltimore cops pressured to police differently, but also begged to clear the corners | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
They’d come to the same church on the same night to confront the same dilemma facing this city’s beleaguered police department. But what they wanted from the police couldn’t have been more different.

Eight days had passed since the Justice Department issued a scathing review of the Baltimore Police Department, detailing years of racial discrimination in its law enforcement practices.

Yet the 40 or so longtime residents who gathered in a West Baltimore church basement on this August night — many of whom were older black women afraid to walk to the store or leave their homes at night — had come to urge police to clear their corners of miscreants and restore order to their crime-plagued community.
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Ah yes, which public do we serve? This is why we study the macro tools of horizontal justice. In a few weeks you're going to unpack these ideas about how we conduct the public business. Elinor Ostrom discusses the benefits of the horizontal system rather than having everything forced by a vertical power. Nils Christie asserts that the value in conflict shouldn't be wasted in the vertical system, but should be captured by the local community.... Ron Coase shows us that it matters not what institutional rules you set up, because the "market" or public find the most efficient ways to operate (but you may not like the unintended consequences...) Kenneth Arrow cautions about public choice that we should be careful about where we begin because that dictates where we end up.... March, Price, and Olsen equate public policy as a garbage can. Sometimes you can anticipate problems and prepare contingency plans that fit when crises present "windows of opportunity", but if you open the garbage can lid, it would be hard to interpret what's happening at any given time. From my years as a City Manager, I can attest that that can certainly be the impression, however, chaos can be managed (as Doug Kiel explains), but we need to read John Kingdon to really understand the pieces of the puzzle. Kingdon shows us that the 3 components are: Problems: People: (smart, and engaged enough in the problems to work together); and Policy: implementation of the ideas. I've seen this in action with many city and justice projects. I'll give you some of these examples in the classrooms. Now how about process? Kotter & Lawrence show in their study of big city mayors that the most successful mayors spend their time one three tasks related to four main focal points (Network; Agenda; Org. Structure; and Domain/Jurisdiction/Turf): 1. Network Building: inviting interest holders to participate and then engaging them so they build interest and commitment (and also expanding your legitimate turf); 2. Agenda Setting: building consensus so that you know what to accomplish; and, finally... 3. Task Accomplishment. In my City Manager job, this had an eb/flow immediately after board meetings; then I communicated the marching orders to staff (with a big staff meeting where I was also building network and setting agenda) and getting about the business of task accomplishment. This included going out in the community and soliciting input and inviting parties back to the "big" conversation. We also saw a surge of activity just before the big board meetings as everyone crammed in order to be ready for the meeting. Once you have a meeting, you either need a mayor who can build consensus and exercise Smart Power (see Joseph Nye's work for discussion of how this is done) or you need a visioning process (often accomplished using a contracted mediator or facilitator). In the visioning process you use group consensus tools such as the Crawford-Slip Method to ensure that all citizens have an opportunity to participate--even if they choose not to do so. Couple all of this with a set of public employees who attempt to ensure that equity is pursued above efficiency, economy, and effectiveness (see H. George Fredrickson, Dwight Waldo, and Chester Newland for more on this conversation); and you've got a machine that can probably accomplish something despite the "garbage can". That's also the messy way that you answer, which public do I listen to?
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Ex-Bethel cop must serve time for violent 2014 arrest caught on video

Ex-Bethel cop must serve time for violent 2014 arrest caught on video | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The FBI led the investigation as part of a civil rights program that addresses official misconduct, including excessive force by police.
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Two Cleared Baltimore Cops In Freddie Gray Case Get Back Pay

Two Cleared Baltimore Cops In Freddie Gray Case Get Back Pay | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Two Baltimore police officers are getting back pay after being cleared of criminal charges in the death of Freddie Gray.
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Over 100 Organizations Sign On to Joint Statement for AAPI Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and the Movement for Black Lives

Over 100 Organizations Sign On to Joint Statement for  AAPI Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and the Movement for Black Lives | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
​In the wake of increased violence against Black folks, 126 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations and allied organizations – from national advocacy NGOs to universit
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N.C. trooper kills deaf man after traffic stop

N.C. trooper kills deaf man after traffic stop | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
State trooper Jermaine Saunders shot Daniel Harris to death after what the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation described as 'an encounter.'
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The Hedge Fund Trader Who Beat the Feds

The Hedge Fund Trader Who Beat the Feds | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After Todd Newman’s insider-trading conviction was overturned, his case became a landmark.
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Deputy Is Ambushed While Checking On A Parked Vehicle

Deputy Is Ambushed While Checking On A Parked Vehicle | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

A sheriff's deputy makes a stop to check on a driver sitting inside of a vehicle when he is ambushed by a man with a revolver. The shootout lasts several minutes until the attacker gets back into his pickup truck to lead the police on a short chase. More officers join in on the pursuit, and eventually the man stops his vehicle and gets out. He complies with all police orders, and is now facing multiple serious felony charges.
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California May Restrict Footage Of Police Deaths

California May Restrict Footage Of Police Deaths | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
(AP) -- Police departments would be prohibited from releasing recordings of an officer's death or serious injury under legislation advancing in the California Legislature.
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Orange County DA's Office, Sheriff's Department Disagree About Whether There's A Jailhouse Informant Program

Orange County DA's Office, Sheriff's Department Disagree About Whether There's A Jailhouse Informant Program | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Does an informant program exist in Orange County jails? Depends on who you ask.
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2 Men Charged for Walking Around Inglewood With Assault Rifles

2 Men Charged for Walking Around Inglewood With Assault Rifles | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Two men were charged on Thursday for allegedly walking around an Inglewood neighborhood with assault rifles while dressed in camouflage and body armor, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
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What are the rules for snitching and why are they so secret?

What are the rules for snitching and why are they so secret? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
What are the rules for snitching and why are they so secret? | police, enforce, talk, rules, few, used, secretive, justice, circles, want
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Why We Are Publishing Videos the LAPD Wouldn’t Release

Why We Are Publishing Videos the LAPD Wouldn’t Release | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The publishing of the videos detailing Vachel Howard’s death inside a Los Angeles police jail involved months of reporting and a lot of thought.
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Chicago Police Board: Remove Requirement That Police Complaints Must Be Truthful

Chicago Police Board: Remove Requirement That Police Complaints Must Be Truthful | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Chicago - Mayor Rahm Emanuel's civilian Police Board President, Lori Lightfoot, is pushing hard to make a major change to the Chicago police union's contra
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Yeah, so?  We tend to be big scary police stations and if there's a law against filing a police complaint that we "get" to determine is false, then people tend not to file complaints.
Is there a legitimate government interest in keeping the police honest? Clearly yes.
Are the police well-suited to uncover false reports?
If you answered "yes", then I don't think we have much to fear....
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DASHCAM: Officer Called Off before Fatal Minibike Crash - Calibre Press

Trent Moses, 14, was killed by oncoming traffic only seconds after this Detroit police officer was called off the pursuit. From ClickonDetroit.com:  Police said there was heightened security in the area due to shootings that happened earlier this week. It was then that police noticed the teen speed by on his minibike at around 9 …
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Tragic.  They'll still get sued even though they called off the pursuit.  Having said that, I think they'll prevail--maybe even at the Summary Judgement phase.  The office recognizes the potential danger early, turns off the lights (no reflections that I saw) and pulled over.  The kid could easily have slowed at that point.  It helps that the officer's audio is also very humane and expresses horror and regret that the kid is injured.
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3 Deadly Falsehoods Gaining Steam - Calibre Press

The unchecked—and almost totally uncontested by the media—anti-police sentiment has reached a fever pitch. Every time I think it has hit its peak, I’m proved wrong. As of now, there doesn’t even have to be proof that a police shooting event was illicit or unlawful. Police shoot someone and immediately the most hateful of rhetoric …
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Oregon police featured in ISIS recruitment video

Oregon police featured in ISIS recruitment video | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The video features Medford police, though a spokesman for the department said they don't see it as a direct threat.
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Councilman, police chief clash over contract, opinion piece

Councilman, police chief clash over contract, opinion piece | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — An ongoing labor dispute between the Public Safety Employees Association and the city of Fairbanks boiled over into a heated discussion during the City Council meeting Monday night,
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There are two competing narratives:

1. Why are cops leaving?
2. Who manages the police department?  Professional police practices or partisan politicians?

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Philippines police chief: 300 dirty cops will be brought to justice

Philippines police chief: 300 dirty cops will be brought to justice | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte vows there will be no letup in his hard-line crackdown on drugs and related crime despite global concerns over the alarming death toll and possible human rights violations.
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Hostage Situation Resolved In Summertown

Hostage Situation Resolved In Summertown | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Authorities were able to free a young person from what they called a dangerous situation in Summertown.
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Civil Asset Forfeiture Deal Passes California Assembly

Civil Asset Forfeiture Deal Passes California Assembly | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Law enforcement and civil liberties groups have coalesced behind a bill that would set new limits on public agencies that seize and sell cash and property involved in crimes.
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‘Meet your new neighbor’ cards paint extreme case of criminal release

‘Meet your new neighbor’ cards paint extreme case of criminal release | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The campaign against Gov. Jerry Brown’s ballot measure to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early release is distributing sportslike trading cards with photographs of prisoners under the headline, “Meet your new neighbor.” The cards paint an extreme case.
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Ex-LA Sheriff Lee Baca pleads not guilty, addresses Alzheimer’s symptoms

Ex-LA Sheriff Lee Baca pleads not guilty, addresses Alzheimer’s symptoms | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A week after a grand jury indicted him for obstructing justice and lying, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded not guilty Friday to the charges in connection with inmate civil rights abuses and corruption inside county jails.Baca
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The new American cop: More diverse, better equipped and scared

The new American cop: More diverse, better equipped and scared | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In police departments across the country, a growing number of officers have more in common with Jones than with those who make headlines for killing black men. Although sometimes portrayed as a white occupying army at war with black civilians, American law enforcement has never been so diverse. In 2013, around 27 percent of the country’s 477,000 sworn local police officers were racial or ethnic minorities, up from 15 percent in 1987, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. There are now more female cops than there were decades ago—around 12 percent of local police—and more openly gay, lesbian and transgender officers as well.

Today’s police are also entering the force with higher levels of education and more special abilities, such as foreign language skills and technological expertise. Once they join a department, they often receive better training and equipment than at any other time in history. And regardless of what the public has seen in shocking videos of shootings, today’s cops have been trained to act with more sensitivity and restraint than previous generations of officers. The common refrain among those on the force is that they are guardians, not warriors.And yet the tension between law enforcement and large swaths of citizens has not been this high since the 1960s and ’70s, when riots and targeted cop killings were common. Many Americans feel the country’s 18,000 police departments need major reform, especially when it comes to the use of deadly force. Last summer, a Gallup poll found that confidence in the police was at its lowest level since the beating of motorist Rodney King in 1991 led to massive riots in Los Angeles. That incident was when filming police using excessive force emerged as a new phenomenon.
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Spokane police share body camera footage of ‘disorderly’ man, raising questions

Spokane police share body camera footage of ‘disorderly’ man, raising questions | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A video released by the Spokane Police Department of a drunken man berating an officer to the public before the lawyer had a chance to see it calls into question the motives of law enforcement with body camera footage.
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