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Brad Pitt Blasts U.S. 'War On Drugs,' Calls For Policy Rethink

Brad Pitt Blasts U.S. 'War On Drugs,' Calls For Policy Rethink | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Brad Pitt has thrown his weight behind a documentary that blasts America's 40-year war on drugs as a failure, calling policies that imprison huge numbers of drug-users a "charade" in urgent (Brad Pitt Blasts U.S.'War On Drugs,' Calls For Policy Rethink...
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Benjamin Russell's comment, October 22, 2012 3:30 AM
The war on drugs definitely has its issues and glitches within the system. I would definitely say it hasn't been upheld and enforced as much as it should be. The War on Drugs is one of those things where its either all in or all out, we can't just kind of enforce it, which is what we are doing. As far as Brad Pitt goes, I could really care less what a Hollywood performer has to say about anything regarding our country.
Morgan Hostina's comment, October 30, 2012 1:35 AM
Personally, I think it’s great when people in traditional power positions question the institutions that seemingly benefit them, like Warren Buffet. I know that their opinion matters little in and of itself, but I feel like maybe it may inspire political change, or at least awareness to an extent. As for the War On Drugs; I find hard drugs, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, speed and the like repulsive. They are incredibly destructive to the user and the trade is regularly violent and destructive to communities on so many levels, not to mention a legitimate National Security threat on the borders. I feel that they should never be legalized on the grounds of how physically destructive they are, but if all drugs were legalized, you would probably weaken the cartels power significantly and reduce illegal drug trafficking. If you use bootlegging during prohibition as an example, while bootlegging and illegal moonshine still exist, it is a tiny percent of what would have been a million dollar business if that were in today’s currency. The temptations of selling drugs are massive. The going rate for so many of the hard drugs is incredibly high, and if you happen to have an expensive lifestyle, aka users, then it’s the perfect way to pay for it.

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Former Pasco police officer arrested for '86 Spokane killing

Spokane Police have arrested a former Pasco Police Officer for the murder of a Spokane woman in 1986. Richard Aguirre will be booked into the Spokane County Jail on First Degree Murder charges.
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The TSA Doesn't Work—and Never Has

The TSA Doesn't Work—and Never Has | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After undercover agents snuck weapons past screeners in 95 percent of cases, the acting administrator has been fired.
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As Violence Spikes in Some Cities, Is 'Ferguson Effect' to Blame?

As Violence Spikes in Some Cities, Is 'Ferguson Effect' to Blame? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Upticks in violence in many of the country's biggest cities is raising concerns that historic crime reductions may be eroding.
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Paris Police Clear Out Migrant Camp and Destroy Tents

Paris Police Clear Out Migrant Camp and Destroy Tents | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The camp in north central Paris held 380 people, mostly from East Africa, who were moved to housing for asylum seekers or shelters.
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The onrushing wave

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IN 1930, when the world was “suffering…from a bad attack of economic pessimism”, John Maynard Keynes wrote a broadly optimistic essay, “Economic...
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wow! 17% chance that firefighters jobs will be accomplished by a computer/machine in the next 20 years.

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How “Dilbert” Practically Wrote Itself

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A few of our favorite cartoons – all based on real management blunders.
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Does the FBI have a secret surveillance air force? - CNNPolitics.com

Does the FBI have a secret surveillance air force? - CNNPolitics.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Senior Law Enforcement Official responded to an AP report, saying the FBI has a secret fleet of planes because they want to be as discreet as possible.
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Duh? Yeah, let's see...I'm flying a plane over area where a bank robber is working the area and I want to make this fact public?

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10 Core Competencies of Servant Leadership

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Servant-Leaders strive to become the best leaders possible each and every day. To do so means that they follow and are empowered by key characteristics that build a service-oriented consciousness (mind-set). Much of the research on servant leadership discuss the characteristics of a servant leader. Some researchers say servant leadership is seen as vision, influence, credibility, and trust. Others include emotional healing, creating value for the community, conceptual skills, empowering, helping subordinates grow and succeed, putting subordinates first, behaving ethically, relationships, and servant hood as key characteristics. One of my favorite researchers, K. Patterson, added another characteristic; Agapao love. She defined it as to do goodwill for another.


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The Kansas Supreme Court challenged Republicans' agenda. Their solution: Replace the judges.

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Gov. Sam Brownback's tax-slashing crusade threatens to become a full-blown constitutional crisis.

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Shortage of deputies could threaten L.A. County sheriff's reform agenda

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As Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell tries to turn around a department under federal scrutiny for jail brutality, racial harassment and corruption, one of his most immediate challenges is a staffing shortage that could threaten his reform agenda.
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Federal judge accuses state of ethical lapses in prison case - The Sacramento Bee

Federal judge accuses state of ethical lapses in prison case - The Sacramento Bee | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In a high-stakes bid to wrest control of California's prison system from federal oversight, opposing lawyers for the state and for 33,000 inmates sparred Wednesday over whether the state violated legal ethics by interviewing mentally ill prisoners...

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Doingtime2's curator insight, April 4, 2013 1:06 AM

The lawyers describe the sessions as being conducted in secret despite the legal requirement that they be present for all those tours and interviews.

"They interviewed our mentally ill clients without our knowledge about the case and then they used the evidence (to buttress their claims that conditions in the prisons have improved)," Don Specter, head of the Prison Law Office, told reporters after the hearing.

"They didn't really explain to the mentally ill clients what the purpose of the interviews were, so the inmates had no idea who they were speaking to, they had no idea for the reason."

Those interviews and the 50 expert declarations based on them that were filed with the court by the state now are at the heart of a heated dispute over whether California has made enough progress in improving access to mental health care at a constitutional level inside its prisons.

The inmate attorneys want the declarations thrown out, a move that would cripple the state's efforts in court to rid its self of the 23-year-old class action.


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/27/5297978/federal-judge-accuses-state-of.html#.UVpnexHtdRQ.gmail#storylink=cpy

 

Nora ImmigrationReform Guadalajara's curator insight, December 27, 2013 5:20 PM

The lawyers describe the sessions as being conducted in secret despite the legal requirement that they be present for all those tours and interviews.

"They interviewed our mentally ill clients without our knowledge about the case and then they used the evidence (to buttress their claims that conditions in the prisons have improved)," Don Specter, head of the Prison Law Office, told reporters after the hearing.

"They didn't really explain to the mentally ill clients what the purpose of the interviews were, so the inmates had no idea who they were speaking to, they had no idea for the reason."

Those interviews and the 50 expert declarations based on them that were filed with the court by the state now are at the heart of a heated dispute over whether California has made enough progress in improving access to mental health care at a constitutional level inside its prisons.

The inmate attorneys want the declarations thrown out, a move that would cripple the state's efforts in court to rid its self of the 23-year-old class action.

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Here's What Could Happen If the Patriot Act Expires

Here's What Could Happen If the Patriot Act Expires | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
If the Patriot Act expires and the USA Freedom Act is not passed in its place, the government would lose three tools in the fight against terrorism, according to CNN. The NSA would not longer be allowed to collect metadata on Americans and store that data for five years, as they’re currently allowed to do under Section 215, and law enforcement couldn’t get roving warrants to track all of a terror suspect’s devices—they’d have to get individual warrants for each device. And the U.S. would no longer be legally allowed to use national security powers against “lone wolf” terrorists (i.e., not part of a known terror network), a power the government says it has never used. If the USA Freedom Act is passed, those last two powers would stay intact—only the metadata collection would be affected.
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JonHochendoner's comment, May 31, 7:58 PM
This program was instituted prematurely. I believe that letting portions of the bill expire, as future legislation can be passed while evaluating those provisions still on the books. As an aside, there is nothing patriotic about the Patriot Act and the Freedom Act does not protect freedom.
Rob Duke's comment, May 31, 9:56 PM
Prior to the Patriot Act, the Feds had most of the powers that it extended under the auspices of RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) act and the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act). RICO was directed at mobsters; and FISA was directed at the James Bond type of operatives. With the development of asymmetric warfare in this "newish" type of terror that came to the U.S. after 9/11 did not fall into the definitions allowed under either FISA or RICO, thus the need for something like the Patriot Act to allow surveillance with something like Reasonable Suspicion "lite". This made it possible to surveil and wiretap, plus do "sneak & peak" warrants without alerting the subjects that you were watching. I think it was prudent to enact, but liked the sunset clauses, so that the powers revert to the people when the threat expired or diminished. We always worried that the powers might get "sticky", but so far (and this debate seems to support this idea), Congress has been disinclined to tolerate these powers any longer than truly necessary. I think you're right to worry about it, though.
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Why Should It Be a Crime to Withdraw Money From a Bank?

Why Should It Be a Crime to Withdraw Money From a Bank? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Prosecutors may suspect Dennis Hastert of serious misconduct, but charging him with trying to avoid surveillance risks criminalizing harmless behavior.
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Congressional action on NSA is a milestone in the post-9/11 world

Congressional action on NSA is a milestone in the post-9/11 world | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Stewart Baker, a former NSA general counsel, said the law will be a landmark — but not a good one. “It is going to make the National Security Agency risk-averse in ways that the CIA has occasionally been risk-averse,” he said. “They followed the rules. They believed they were following the rules, and they got punished nonetheless.”
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According to the 9/11 report, this risk-aversion and an inability to share info (again due to rules against disclosure--even to sister agencies) is a major reason why terrorists were able to operate on U.S. soil in a manner that allowed 9/11 to occur.

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Man Under Surveillance by Terrorism Investigators Is Shot Dead

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Authorities say he went at officers with a large military-style knife
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US senators call for mandatory reporting of police killings

US senators call for mandatory reporting of police killings | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Plan, announced one day after Guardian investigation, would force all US law enforcement agencies to report officer-involved killings to Department of Justice
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What will be reported?

1. Officers who directly shoot and kill a person(undoubtedly reported);

2. Officers who use some force that appears to be the proximate cause of death (good argument to report these, too);

3. Officers who place the person in some condition that results in death after a Coroner's inquest determines that the condition contributed to death (maybe these should be included);

4. Person dies for some uncertain reason while in custody or after having had contact with an officer(s) [debatable about whether these should be reported];

5. Person(s) killed while fleeing from officers (some sort of accidental death) [prob should not be included].

 

What else?

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8 White Lies We All Tell

8 White Lies We All Tell | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
8 White Lies We All Tell, Even the most honest people occasionally tell a fib or three. If you don't believe you sometimes lie, check out this list of eight
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Yup.  And not one of these is a Brady issue--unless the Chief wants you gone--then, any one of them could result in a termination.

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NYPD: Swedish tourist slashed aboard Brooklyn subway train

NYPD: Swedish tourist slashed aboard Brooklyn subway train | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say are looking for the suspect who slashed a Swedish tourist on the neck as she rode the subway in Brooklyn. The attack occurred Monday evening as the 29-year-old victim and her father headed to Kennedy Airport on an A train.
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As NYPD pulls back from Zero-Tolerance and Stop-and-Frisk, does New York slide back into being Gotham?  If you follow Bratton's career, he brought Zero-Tolerance (an offshoot of George Kelling and James Q. Wilson's Broken Windows Theory) to the Transit Authority (subway cops).  After the subways were made safe through enforcing minor crimes like fare avoidance, spitting, etc., then Bratton brought his policies to NYPD proper.  The drop in crime closely matches these programs.

So, if crime is ticking up, what are the implications for police practice?  Do we accept Stop-and-Frisk as a necessary evil?

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Ex Cop Confronts Florida Cops Who Refused To Ticket Illegally Parked Cop Cars | Filming Cops

Ex Cop Confronts Florida Cops Who Refused To Ticket Illegally Parked Cop Cars | Filming Cops | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

What a dumbass...only marked patrol cars at court and the guy has a problem with lights, but not a decal on the door....

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David Whiting: Ever heard of the 1.5-second rule? For police with guns, it can separate life and death

David Whiting: Ever heard of the 1.5-second rule? For police with guns, it can separate life and death | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
I am in an Orange County Sheriff’s Department use-of-force class getting my keister kicked by virtual bad guys.After a series of loud, stern commands – OK, that and aiming a 9mm Glock – I think I have everything under control when a knife-wielding man standing over a body finally tosses away his weapon.“Get down on the ground,” I shout, confident my suspect will do just that. “Get down on the ground!”In a flash, the man charges me. I squeeze off a shot from point-blank range. But my shot is wild
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We Now Know Just How Many People Were Killed By Police This Year

We Now Know Just How Many People Were Killed By Police This Year | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An investigation by the Washington Post found the number of shootings was double the rate reported by the federal government.

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She Tried To Cause Chaos At The Border Patrol Station, BIG MISTAKE!

She Tried To Cause Chaos At The Border Patrol Station, BIG MISTAKE! | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After all the police brutality stories going around the internet, we can’t help but wonder how many of these stories were fabricated to push the agenda of Obama’s gun control. Those 20-30 second video clips your friends are showing never
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Here's another one with the entire episode recorded.  It's interesting to have context.

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max mckernan's comment, June 1, 2:09 AM
i think that this is a very interesting incite into how much contexts changes a situation. with cameras being so readaly available now days and police being recorded more, it is interesting to see how people manipulate the context of the video.
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Management's Second Curve

Management has served us well. Since the Industrial Revolution it has paved the way for a sustained and accelerating rise in living standards unheard of and unforeseen. But with the ‘digital revolution’, we are entering a new era where the logic of industrial-age organisation has lost its purchase.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, May 31, 12:24 PM

Another fine article by Richard Straub from EFMD's Global Focus Magazine. 



Excerpt from the article: 


The decisions now being taken in labs, C-suites and boardrooms will affect everyone on the planet. To guide them, we need a management that is “good”, in both senses of the word, building on the best in humanity as well as better able to predict and bring about favourable outcomes.


It must acknowledge the reciprocal obligations it owes to society in return for the privileges conferred on the corporations that it runs.

It must put the “creative” back in the process of creative destruction by prioritising investment in customer- and market-creating innovation over short-term profits.


And it must use digital technologies to complement rather than substitute human effort, augment rather than automate human abilities. That is, add machine strengths to human strengths to do things that neither could do on their own, as Tom Davenport

has proposed.


In short, management is in need of a second curve that sets a new positive path away from the diminishing returns of the first.

Ian Berry's curator insight, May 31, 11:09 PM

Some great insights in the slideshare and looks like a great conference. The following on slide 4 is telling

 

“The great casualty of industrial-age philosophy, it is now clear, is the human being, reduced to just another resource that can be sacrificed to the short-term interests of shareholders and those who see it as their job to serve them”


I personally declared industrial age management dead more than 20 years ago. Remarkable leaders killed it long before that. If you're not embracing the new world of leadership and management you're already a dinosaur. The good news is it's not too late to change!

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How Police Unions and Arbitrators Keep Abusive Cops on the Street

How Police Unions and Arbitrators Keep Abusive Cops on the Street | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Officers fired for misconduct often appeal the decision and get reinstated by obscure judges in secretive proceedings.
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It's usually for due process violations.  It's not as important as to the kind of process that you have as it is to follow it.  If you don't have a clear process, then first have your political body pass one.  Even if this means you must pay the officer for an additional pay period or two, this is better than rushing through and having to reinstate the officer some time later (sometimes years pass).

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Rob Duke's comment, May 31, 9:47 PM
See Ted Lowi's work on "republic" small "r" to differentiate from the Republican party.
max mckernan's comment, May 31, 11:52 PM
I actually find this quite interesting because these officers brought up in this are clearly violating laws and code of conduct. These violations in the private sector would prevent you from ever working for that company again because you are more of a liability than a benefit. how does this not apply to the policing world where not only are you supposed to be protecting the citizens but being a role model? I also find it interesting that most of the cases are on the east coast. I think that these types of appeals between the unions and the state should be a matter of the public becasue after all that is who the police serve. Not making these hearings a public issue really takes away any faith the community has in ensuring justice.
Rob Duke's comment, June 1, 1:07 AM
Some state's have binding arbitration and the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) makes the decision. What I'd bet you're seeing is the ALJ saying, "you didn't follow you're process, so I don't even get to review the merits of the case. Return them to work." The agency then has the option to do a "do over" and a lot of them don't.