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Google facing imminent antitrust lawsuit from FTC

Google facing imminent antitrust lawsuit from FTC | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Four out of five commissioners reportedly believe Google broke antitrust laws.
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Donna Sharp's comment, October 18, 2012 10:42 PM
After reading this article I didn’t really know what to think, I mean as in a person makes the choice to type in www.google.com and then people are all bent out of shape when Google lists its holdings first, to me that kind of makes sense. I think that most other search engines are just not as well-known and if they promoted their sites “better” somehow that their site would get more hits. I think that unless there are specific laws out there that state what Google is/was doing was illegal to begin with they shouldn’t be held liable, but if there is and they purposefully set up their site to promote their holding first then sure I hope they continue with their investigation.
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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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Watch John Oliver’s Take on Ferguson and the Police

Watch John Oliver’s Take on Ferguson and the Police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There was really only one story that John Oliver could devote his main story to on Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight. And while he got in quite a few jokes in his long segment about Ferguson, Missouri, and the militarization of American police departments, he began solemnly and ended in anger.
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Federal officials reconsider giving military equipment to police | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

Federal officials reconsider giving military equipment to police | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri. Continue reading →
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Alderman on Missouri Clashes: 'Nothing But Peacekeepers' Arrested - NBC News

Alderman on Missouri Clashes: 'Nothing But Peacekeepers' Arrested - NBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An elected official who was arrested Wednesday during a fourth night of unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, told reporters that the "h...
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Is the Alderman part of the unified command [National Incident Management System (NIMS)]?  Why was the alderman on one side and the police on the other?

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Missouri governor orders National Guard to help quell Ferguson unrest

Missouri governor orders National Guard to help quell Ferguson unrest | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon early Monday ordered the National Guard deployed to Ferguson, where another night of violence saw police pelted with bottles and Molotov cocktails and looters rampaging through local businesses.
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NYPD cops have been warned against using their personal cell phones to record video or take photos while on duty

NYPD cops have been warned against using their personal cell phones to record video or take photos while on duty | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
What's good for the goose isn’t good for the gander — especially when it comes to cops and smartphones.
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Attorney: Dorian Johnson confirms he was with Brown at store robbery

Attorney: Dorian Johnson confirms he was with Brown at store robbery | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The friend who was with Michael Brown when he was shot and killed by a police officer near St. Louis over the weekend is reportedly confirming that he and Brown had taken part in the theft
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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.

As always, please share your comments and ideas.

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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

Video of Bethel police shooting comes amid two investigations | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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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What happens when police wear cameras

What happens when police wear cameras | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
One problem with police departments' body-mounted cameras has been the cost—expenses can mount in the storage and management of the data they generate.
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Problems: 1. Storage cost; 2. reliability (technology is new and fragile); 3. reliability (software/hardware, but assumption when data lost may be that cops are covering up; 4. cameras only capture one angle and the human eye and head can capture nearly 360 degrees, thus a perceived threat may not be captured on camera; 5. rules on discoverability (criminal and civil cases) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests--what do we release and when?  How does that impact victim confidentiality and/or informants?

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The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race

The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ferguson is not just about systemic racism—it's about class warfare, and how America's poor are held back
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National Incident Management System | FEMA.gov

National Incident Management System | FEMA.gov | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards—regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity—in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment.
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NIMS provides a central meeting place for all interest holders (including community and press liaison).  

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BTW, in order to get Federal reimbursement during disasters, every local agency must use NIMS, so every agency uses it; and, since it wouldn't work to change back and forth between systems, the standard practice is to activate the Emergency Operation Center and all parties converge there. Having an alderman out doing his own thing is a problem. He's not being part of the governance solution at that point. See story adjacent and above.
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Ferguson police were 'aggressive,' a critical Missouri governor says

Ferguson police were 'aggressive,' a critical Missouri governor says | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon criticized the "over-militarization" of police response to protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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The "JJ Witness Video" - Eye Witness Audio of Mike Brown Shooting States: "Brown Doubled Back Toward POlice"...

The "JJ Witness Video" -  Eye Witness Audio of Mike Brown Shooting States: "Brown Doubled Back Toward POlice"... | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
I'm going to call this the "J J Video" because a sharp Treeper catches the background conversation within a video of the Mike Brown shooting scene.  The video was uploaded by a U-Tube account "Blac...
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This is why everyone gets interviewed...even the folks who said they didn't see anything.  Also, everything gets recorded--that way later all the interviews, audio, video can be reviewed by the D.A./I.G./etc. and witness statements can be impeached if public opinion has swayed "memories".

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Photos: Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson earned police honor before fatal shooting

Photos: Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson earned police honor before fatal shooting | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Photos and records show that six months before he shot and killed an unarmed teenager, Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson earned a commendation for his “extraordinary effort in the line of duty.”
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