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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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The Paris Serial Killer Guy Georges Was My Photo Assistant | VICE | United States

In October 1994, I worked alongside a murderer, through whom I met Guy Georges, the "East Paris serial killer."
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Man held in killing of Texas sheriff's deputy - CNN.com

A man believed to be the gunman in the killing of a Texas sheriff's deputy is in custody and being questioned, a Department of Public Safety spokesman says.
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On Monday, the LAPD Will Start Wearing Body Cameras | VICE | United States

Many have reservations about the program, which promises to equip nearly 7,000 officers with body cameras in the coming months.
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Bentham’s Fallacies, Then and Now

Bentham’s Fallacies, Then and Now | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

MELBOURNE – In 1809, Jeremy Bentham, the founder of utilitarianism, set to work on The Book of Fallacies. His goal was to expose the fallacious arguments used to block reforms like the abolition of “rotten boroughs” – electorates with so few electors that a powerful lord or landowner could effectively select the member of parliament, while newer cities like Manchester remained unrepresented.

Bentham collected examples of fallacies, often from parliamentary debates. By 1811, he had sorted them into nearly 50 different types, with titles like “Attack us, you attack Government,” the “No precedent argument,” and the “Good in theory, bad in practice” fallacy. (One thing on which both Immanuel Kant and Bentham agree is that this last example is a fallacy: If something is bad in practice, there must be a flaw in the theory.)

Bentham was thus a pioneer of an area of science that has made considerable progress in recent years. He would have relished the work of psychologists showing that we have a confirmation bias (we favor and remember information that supports, rather than contradicts, our beliefs); that we systematically overestimate the accuracy of our beliefs (the overconfidence effect); and that we have a propensity to respond to the plight of a single identifiable individual rather than a large number of people about whom we have only statistical information.

 


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The professors and the police: How a Minneapolis project may change the way cops everywhere relate to the public

The professors and the police: How a Minneapolis project may change the way cops everywhere relate to the public | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A year ago, he took a leave from the U to return to the DOJ to take part in the federal investigations into the Ferguson and the Baltimore police departments, and to work to implement many of the programs pushed by the Obama administration. “We have evidence-based practices that work around the country,” he said. “Why don’t we collect those practices and disseminate them broadly throughout the country?”

Addressing three aspects of community-police relations — implicit bias, procedural justice and racial reconciliation — the new initiative is being led not by cops or politicians but by academics from UCLA, Yale Law School and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (as well as several institutes, ranging from UCLA's Center for Policing Equity to the National Network for Safe Communities). 
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It's worth a shot.  There's a pragmatism in policing, though, that can't be glossed over.  Cops will support this under one condition: it must work.  If it's a "bullshit party", cops will do what they must to cooperate, but they won't have ownership.

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7 Deputies Walk Off Job After Oregon Sheriff Allegedly Beats Handcuffed Suspect

An attorney for the deputies union said that the officers requested the leave to protect themselves from retribution.
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book excerpt: Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America

The excerpt is about feminist, alternative forms of (criminal) justice. All published on bitch. This is an excerpt from the book Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America, whose third edition came out from AK Press this July.  The above photo is of a Black Lives Matter protest in Las ...


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How To Stop Managing And Start Actually Leading

How To Stop Managing And Start Actually Leading | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
True leadership is specific, substantial, and sets its own course. If you want to truly lead, following familiar patterns is rarely ever enough.
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Jacksonville hires former military police officer under new law

Jacksonville hires former military police officer under new law | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
North Carolina law now recognizes military-police certification in civilian law enforcement. Hollis is the first to wear the badge under the new legislation effective June 3, according to N.C. General Statutes.
Under the new law, N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission “shall waive an applicant’s completion of the commission-accredited training course and issue probationary certification to a current or honorably discharged former military police officer,” according to General Statutes.
To become a police officer with military certifications under the law, former service members must have:
• Completed a military-police training program.
• Been awarded a “military police specialty occupancy rating.”
• Performed duties as a military police officer at least two years of the five years before applying for civilian law-enforcement certification.
• And meet other standards required of law-enforcement officers.
Hollis is completing 120 hours of basic law-enforcement training education sections pertaining to state law, he said.
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Maybe New York City Needs Older Cops for Community Policing

Maybe New York City Needs Older Cops for Community Policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Right now, a person can take the NYPD exam only until age 35, although if a person served in the military he or she can extend the age limit for up to six years. The thinking behind the age restriction is pretty obvious: Younger people are more likely to be able to handle the physical requirements of training and, over the course of a career, any job.

That is true, on average. All else being equal, a 20-year-old is probably going to beat a 40-year-old in a foot race, and a 40-year-old is likely going to best a 50-year-old over the same distance.

But being 40 or 50 today is very different from what it was 20 years ago. People are living longer. They are smoking less. Folks who care about their health are eating better and exercising more. Plenty of people in their 50s, even in their 60s, are in extremely good physical condition. There are 40-year-olds playing professional baseball and football, even boxing. If you have run in a road-race recently, chances are someone who was 20 or 30 years your senior finished with a better time. While there is certainly a drop-off in physical assets—especially reflexes and the ability to recover from injuries—as one ages, exercise and diet can slow those declines and prevent steep losses in strength and stamina. I'd bet that many people in their late 30s and 40s reading this are in better shape now than they were in their mid-20s.
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They have a good point.  I'd also argue that adding a pre-academy physical training camp would entice an even wider group to apply.  One of the best cops that I knew in my career was an auto mechanic until they were 38.  I wonder what the job would look like if we had a bunch of folks with mindsets more akin to farmers, mechanics, craftspeople, chefs.

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What We Don't Know About Policing, Race and Mental Illness - The Intercept - First Look Media

What We Don't Know About Policing, Race and Mental Illness - The Intercept - First Look Media | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A promising young man went on an inexplicable rampage. Could better training and data on dealing with people in crisis have prevented cops from shooting him?
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See David Rothman's excellent book: The Discovery of the Asylum.  Early in the history of the American Republic, we became reluctant to take local ownership of mental illness.  It's difficult to ask a community to take care of those who just roll into town and have no ties and have never contributed to that community.  Thus, we view mental illness as the responsibility of the central/vertical government.

 

The problem is that as long as we expect both: a. that mental illness is a problem solved by central government; and, b. that we won't spend any public funds to actually solve this problem; then we'll have this imperfect handling of those with mental illness.  Neither cops nor the public are equipped.

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Police forces must reform to survive cuts, says new chief - BBC News

Police forces must reform to survive cuts, says new chief - BBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police services in England and Wales need radical reform if they are to survive tough budget cuts, a leading officer says.
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In New York, Testing Grounds for Community Policing

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“ The 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway, a low-income neighborhood wary of the police, has seen halting progress as the department seeks...
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Prop. 47 looking like well-intentioned blunder: Thomas Elias

Prop. 47 looking like well-intentioned blunder: Thomas Elias | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The more time goes by since last fall’s passage of the high-minded Proposition 47, the more it begins to look like a well-intentioned mistake.

This was the ballot measure that turned some “minor” felonies into misdemeanor crimes, thus easing the crowding in state prisons and many county jails. It has unquestionably helped some ex-felons rebuild their lives.

But as crime statistics for the first half of this year pour in from around the state, this measure looks worse and worse, on balance. The numbers are bearing out warnings Proposition 47 opponents made in their official ballot argument against the initiative before it passed by a whopping 60-40 percent margin.
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Black Activists Call for Lynching and Hanging of White People and Cops

Black Activists Call for Lynching and Hanging of White People and Cops | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Members of the #FYF911 or #FukYoFlag and #BlackLivesMatter movements called for the lynching and hanging of white people and cops. They encouraged others on a radio show Tuesday night to "turn the tide" and kill white people and cops to send a message about the killing of black people in America.
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I posted this for the audio.  This is likely an outlier, but it is followed by murders, see the Deputy executed in Texas last night.

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Johnson: A deeply conservative appeal

Johnson: A deeply conservative appeal | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The moral power of King's speech is unimpeachable. Its historical role is similarly unquestionable. His revolutionary words delivered in front of the Lincoln Memorial would leave America changed. But what is striking is something that is largely lost to modern rhetoric: King's constant evocation of ancient laws and age-old values. With radical intent, King appealed to America with a deeply conservative speech. 

To have invented rights would have been preposterous. Instead, King reminded his audience what Thomas Jefferson wrote: "That all men—yes, black men as well as white men—would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." King had come to redeem a two-century-old debt, a "promissory note" that America had defaulted on, or, riffing further, "a bad check". Again, the conservatism: responsible people do not write checks they cannot cover.

But the preacher in King reached back further, into the source of morality that nearly all Americans of his time held dear to their hearts, and the book they read and quoted memorised passages of. While the Baptist Bill Clinton, the born-again George Bush and the black-church-influenced Barack Obama have all salted their speeches with Biblical allusions, for King faith was not an added bit of spice but the meal itself, the base of his thinking—as it was for his listeners.
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Follow a More Human Form of Justice--Be Found in Contempt of Court: Gadsden Sheriff found guilty of indirect criminal contempt

Follow a More Human Form of Justice--Be Found in Contempt of Court: Gadsden Sheriff found guilty of indirect criminal contempt | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Young’s attorneys presented evidence that Young’s predecessor, the late Sheriff W.A. Woodham, also authorized furloughs, including three inmates with felony charges. Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch and former Monroe County Sheriff Allison DeFoor both testified they had granted furloughs, but did not provide legal authority for their actions.

Pittman maintained Meggs targeted Young for political reasons.

“This same furlough process, which is currently practiced by other sheriff’s offices in North Florida, has not been placed under the same level of proprietorial scrutiny in other counties,” he said. “We believe this kind of selective prosecution illuminates the political motivation behind the State Attorney’s decisions to continue this witch hunt at the expense of taxpayer dollars.”
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Police Brutality Statistics: Law Enforcement Departments Receive Failing Grades In Twitter-Based Report Card

Police Brutality Statistics: Law Enforcement Departments Receive Failing Grades In Twitter-Based Report Card | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
If police departments were graded by social media users the way a high school teacher grades homework, many of them would flunk or barely pass, according to a new analysis of public sentiment toward law enforcement on Twitter. The drug addiction resource organization DrugAbuse.com released Thursday a report card on municipal police forces based on highly-positive and highly-negative tweets transmitted in the first half of the year.

Using a series of tweeted keywords that commonly represent descriptions of law enforcement, the organization found that nearly half of Americans give their police department a “D” grade or a failing grade. The most positively rated state and city police departments were in New Hampshire and Columbus, Ohio. Arkansas and Ferguson, Missouri, had the most negatively rated state and city police, according to the report.
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Terrible methodology: all that one can say is so what?  This isn't reliable or valid.  For instance: Alaska gets a C, but I can tell you from living here that the Troopers, for example, are generally beloved.  So much for social media giving us significant results....

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Suspect, victims identified in deadly Sunset rampage

Suspect, victims identified in deadly Sunset rampage | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
St. Landry Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the two deceased victims are Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson, 52, and Shameka Johnson, 41. Surlay Johnson, 34, is critical condition at Lafayette General Hospital after being stabbed. The suspect's wife, Courtney Jolivette, was also stabbed and is currently in critical condition at Rapides Medical Center. Surlay and Shameka…
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Lawsuit over license plate scanners heading to California Supreme Court

Lawsuit over license plate scanners heading to California Supreme Court | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Two advocacy groups suing the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for access to data from automated license plate readers have won a chance to argue before the California Supreme Court.The Americ
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The Art of Creating the Moral Panic: the thief-thief technique

The Art of Creating the Moral Panic: the thief-thief technique | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

The thief-thief technique, as Noam Chomsky puts it, is when your hand is someone’s pocket and you point to someone else and say, “Thief! Thief!”, hoping everyone forgets you are the robber. It is used by petty crooks, tenth-rate lawyers, propagandists, the press and, when talking about race, by Whites and their hangers-on.

 

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I have heard this technique used frequently.  We need to call people out on this immediately when they use it. People want to deflect from the issue being discussed rather than have sympathy or consider solutions.


Bill O'Reilly is guilty of this and he is paid a fortune to deflect guilt for White America and attempt to put guilt on others. Donald Trump is guilty of this too.

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Place-based approaches to policing research | OUPblog

Place-based approaches to policing research | OUPblog | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“For policing scholars, space, places, and the physical and social environment have served as significant contextual backdrops," state Cynthia Lum and Nicholas Fyfe, Special Editors of the Policing Special Issue. To mark Policing’s new Special Issue on ‘Space, Place, and Policing: Exploring Geographies of Research and Practice’, we’ve put together a map showcasing the global and place-based approaches the journal’s contributors have taken towards policing research. Explore the map below to dis
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Police: Trooper slaying suspect investigated in 2nd death - CNN.com

Police: Trooper slaying suspect investigated in 2nd death - CNN.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The man suspected of killing Louisiana trooper Steven Vincent in Lake Charles is believed to have killed his roommate beforehand, police say.
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Stop-and-Frisk Attorneys Welcome Court Approval of NYPD Reforms

Stop-and-Frisk Attorneys Welcome Court Approval of NYPD Reforms | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The court also approved a pilot program to provide a stop receipt, requiring officers to identify themselves and provide to the person stopped the reason for the stop and information about how to file a complaint.
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It should have a Field Interview Form on the other side with a carbon that the officer keeps.  I like the idea of taking away everyone's anonymity.

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Anti-Violence Advocate Calls for Stop-and-Frisk to Curb Illegal Guns

Anti-Violence Advocate Calls for Stop-and-Frisk to Curb Illegal Guns | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In the wake of violence that left six people dead in the past week, a prominent Indianapolis anti-crime advocate is calling for the use of Stop-and-Frisk to get illegal guns off the streets.
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There's a community demand for more policing when lawless elements get too bold.  Stop and Frisk seems a tool custom made for these times.  Shouldn't we raise the "speed limit" during times of high violence allowing cops to use this more intrusive tools?

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