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Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Striking South Africa Miners

Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Striking South Africa Miners | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Anglo American Platinum has agreed to reinstate workers let go for staging illegal strikes, but not to wage demands.
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How the Supreme Court Made It Legal for Cops to Pull You Over for Pretty Much Anything | VICE | United States

What's striking about these cases—aside from the officers' limited understanding of the laws they're entrusted to enforce—is how flimsy the pretext can be to pull someone over. The grounds cited for stopping drivers included entering an intersection when the light was yellow; or having, on the back of a car, a trailer hitch; or having, in the front of a car, an air freshener hanging from the rearview mirror—you know, the ones shaped like pine trees, the ones so ubiquitous that the president of the Car-Freshner Corporation once told the New York Times Magazine: "We've sold billions of trees. Probably right up there with the number of hamburgers McDonald's sells."


In February, in a case involving a traffic stop over a dangling parking pass, D. Arthur Kelsey, then a judge on Virginia's Court of Criminal Appeals, wrote: "So dense is the modern web of motor vehicle regulations that every motorist is likely to get caught in it every time he drives to the grocery store." And now, he wrote, "reasonable suspicion justifying the seizure of citizens will be found even if police officers are mistaken concerning the law as long as their testimony includes magic words such as 'I thought . . . I believed . . . I mistakenly believed . . . I suspected . . . I mistakenly suspected . . .' or as in this case, the officer just doesn't really know one way or the other."
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Good faith exception was once held to mistakes made by judges, but this is a fairly broad extension.

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Good faith exception was once held to mistakes made by judges, but this is a fairly broad extension.

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'Black Silent Majority'

'Black Silent Majority' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The book looks at how growing disorder and addiction drove many working- and middle-class people in Harlem and elsewhere to mobilize for tougher crime policies.
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This is a sort of Paradox of Proximity where the police are hounded by the local victims, business owners and politicians to "do something" about crime....

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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, Today, 5:09 PM

This is a sort of Paradox of Proximity where the police are hounded by the local victims, business owners and politicians to "do something" about crime....

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What Only the CEO Can Do

What Only the CEO Can Do | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
1. Defining and interpreting the meaningful outside

2. Answering, time and again, the two-part question, What business are we in and what business are we not in?


3. Balancing sufficient yield in the present with necessary investment in the future

4. Shaping the values and standards of the organization
Rob Duke's insight:

Numbers 1, 2, and 4 sound suspiciously like Chester Barnard's advice from 1938's Functions of the Executive.  Chet also noted that the organization is a negotiation between the needs of the organization and the needs of its employees....

 

Police leaders should also engage their organizations using these same management principles.

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Using police officers as revenue generators often invites distrust of them

Using police officers as revenue generators often invites distrust of them | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Perhaps you haven't noticed a certain commonality among many of the recent violent incidents involving police officers and racial minorities: The troubles often arose from enforcement or investigation of petty offenses.
Yes, laws are laws, and even relatively piddling ordinances should be obeyed. But when enforcement of petty stuff falls inordinately on certain populations and is calculated mainly to generate revenues for the municipality, something is wrong.
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Like it or not, Whren is the law and the Supreme Ct. said that they don't care how Chicken Shit the probable cause is as long as the officer has it.  So, the problem isn't revenue, usually, it's the fact that people are being wound up to believe the cops aren't allowed to do something that the courts clearly said was allowed.  My colleagues and I argued for a better standard last year in the following article:

http://alr.law.duke.edu/article/pretext-searches-and-seizures-may-vol30-iss2/

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Mongols biker member to stand trial in killing of Pomona police officer Shaun Diamond

Mongols biker member to stand trial in killing of Pomona police officer Shaun Diamond | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A 37-year-old Mongols motorcycle club member will stand trial for the October killing of a Pomona police officer, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday.Judge M.L. Villar agreed to add a special gang allegation to the capital murder
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American police kill more people in one day than Norway cops have in 10 years

American police kill more people in one day than Norway cops have in 10 years | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
What would it take for the violence to end?
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Yeah, so what?  They also have 5.08 M people in the whole country.  That's not even one of our big cities....

 

We'd expect Norway to have had about 9.5 deaths in that same time based solely on population, but culture is also important.  We can't compare a relatively homogeneous culture without the history of racial strife and economic strain to the U.S. culture.

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Fired Denver police officer James Medina to get his job back

Fired Denver police officer James Medina to get his job back | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Medina should have called for medical help when Trujillo slid to the floor. And he could have prevented the fight by asking for another officer's help or by allowing her to keep her shoes and belt by appointing some to monitor her in the cell, documents said.
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Always get help, but not too much help or we'll say you ganged up....

 

IDK, she pled guilty to assault on an officer for the kick in the face and the spitting (when they had trouble with her in the back of a patrol car), what do you think about this level of punishment?

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Learning to Lead Without Authority

Learning to Lead Without Authority | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
What started off as an innocuous query from my leader soon became a chance to explore and grow myself as an individual contributor at a deeper leadership level -- someone who doesn't need a hierarchy, department or budget to make an organizational impact.

Via Anne Leong, Roger Francis, Dianne Reilly, Bobby Dillard
Rob Duke's insight:

This is good advice.  It's possible to lead from all levels of the organization.  In a warrior culture, this horizontal leadership is probably the most important kind....

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Carolyn Hughes's curator insight, July 30, 9:19 PM

"True leadership is servant leadership"

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, July 31, 10:38 AM

Really good article on "modern leadership"

Ali Anani's curator insight, August 2, 12:43 AM

The title reflects the content

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San Francisco police debut new 'quadski' for Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

San Francisco police debut new 'quadski' for Law Enforcement Appreciation Night | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
This weekend, San Francisco police turned heads during the Bay Bridge Series with its latest off-road vehicle -- the "quadski."
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Just file this one under: Cool!

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Busting the Myth That “ People Don’t Like Change ”

Busting the Myth That “ People Don’t Like Change ” | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In a change it is vital to think about the people and what they are going to lose (and also what their perceived losses will be).

Via The People Development Network, Bobby Dillard
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My guess is that most cops would embrace change that preserved most of their interests (safety, ability to arrest most serious offenders, etc.).

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 29, 5:12 AM

"...Managing change is never easy, but it can be managed more effectively by remembering that people are not resisting change – they are resisting loss..."

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Gov. Brown: Sign SB 227 -We need transparency in officer-involved shootings

FCLCA

Via Doingtime2
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Be careful what you wish for.  While Grand Juries are secret, the prosecutor has broad powers to subpoena and "force" testimony.  Open court does not have the same powers.

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Hundreds of PCSOs to lose their jobs in West Midlands Police cuts

Hundreds of PCSOs to lose their jobs in West Midlands Police cuts | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Police Community Support Officers(PCSO) are set to lose their job as West Midlands Police axes up to 2,500 officers and civilian staff, it has been revealed.
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Sharp rise in Cambridgeshire police 'moonlighting' including high-ranking officers

Sharp rise in Cambridgeshire police 'moonlighting' including high-ranking officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A sharp increase in the number of hard-up Cambridgeshire police officers has seen high-ranking Chief Superintendents and detectives working second jobs. That's more than one in 10 officers in the...
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Austerity UK style...

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Tough Love Performance Reviews, in 10 Minutes

Tough Love Performance Reviews, in 10 Minutes | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There’s growing evidence that conventional performance reviews are not working. According to a CEB analysis, organizations can only improve employee performance 3% to 5% using standard performance management approaches. Last fall, 53% of human resources professionals in a Society for Human Resource Management study gave a grade between B to C+ when rating how their organization managed performance reviews. Only 2% gave an A to their organization. As a result of findings like these, some companies are doing away with annual performance reviews altogether.
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The goods, the bads, in 10 minutes or less....

Sandwich bad between good, then let employee respond: you're done.

It's better than the rote that most evaluations become....

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The goods, the bads, in 10 minutes or less....

Sandwich bad between good, then let employee respond: you're done.

It's better than the rote that most evaluations become....

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Police killings: Separated by many miles, common danger - CNN.com

Police killings: Separated by many miles, common danger - CNN.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In attacks thousands of miles apart, under different circumstances, suspects have killed at least 19 law enforcement officers nationwide this year.
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In Report, Justice Accuses St. Louis County Family Court Of Racial Bias

In Report, Justice Accuses St. Louis County Family Court Of Racial Bias | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In a scathing 60-page report, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division says the St. Louis County Family Court has engaged in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the constitutional rights of children caught up in the juvenile justice system.
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Yup, our dirty little secret is that the prosecution and court system are just as biased as the cops, but we have no riots because people don't have access to the courts in the same ways as the cops; and, courts have procedures to stand behind that mask the way the system operates in unfair ways:

1. who gets bail?

2. who gets good lawyers?

3. what happens if you get a good lawyer?

4. do some members of the defense bar have more clout than others?

5. who gets offered plea bargains?

6. who get the best plea deals?

7. who get squeezed to become informants (with the prosecutors consent)?

8. who gets property taken from them (and which is shared with the prosecutor)?

 

These are just some of the systems that act in a biased manner in the aggregate that pass muster because they follow due process, which doesn't mean equality....

 

 

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Putin v Punk Pussy

Putin v Punk Pussy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
At the last count there were 657,000 Russians behind bars, one of the world’s highest ratios of prisoners to population. “Our current, vile law-enforcement system”, she says, “still grinds people to a pulp and spits them out into their graves.” The frequency of deaths in custody amounts to a “Russian Ebola”. Tuberculosis is the commonest killer, she says, followed by HIV-AIDS, which may affect 75,000 prisoners. The offences for which Russians are most often imprisoned, she says, concern drugs.
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Interview with Pussy Riot from prison.

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L.A. Gangs’ Hashtag Bet: Kill 100 People in 100 Days

L.A. Gangs’ Hashtag Bet: Kill 100 People in 100 Days | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After the death of a Rollin 100 gang member, gangs issued a challenge to kill 100 people as fast as possible. One of the first victims appears to be a 4-year-old boy.
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A little perspective. 

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Rob Duke's comment, July 30, 10:42 PM
A perfect case for a massive clamp down. If you're moving, you ought to be stopped and search. See various examples across the U.S. where the Federal Prosecutor has intervened with a task force.
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10 Best Ways to Manage Your Anxiety

10 Best Ways to Manage Your Anxiety | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There are effective alternatives to medication.
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1. Take care of your body;

2. Learn to relax through breathing;

3. Be aware of triggers, but don't obsess about things that might happen;

4. Learn to ignore some things.  Save your worry for those big things that really matter.

5. Manage anger;

6. Have fun;

7. Interupt the worry;

8. worry once only;

9. Plan for things, so you know that you've prepared.

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Prosecutor: UC officer 'purposefully killed' DuBose

Prosecutor: UC officer 'purposefully killed' DuBose | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted on a charge of murder for fatally shooting Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop July 19.

Via Randy L. Dixon Rivera
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..there's that 2 seconds when the prehistoric lizard guy is running your brain when the logical side is screaming stop and that lizard guy isn't listening to anything. I was at the Sacramento zoo and saw this mountain lion behind a glass wall pacing along back and forth: about every five minutes (time enough for the crowd to get bored and change places), the lion would lunge at the glass. Even though the glass was there and everyone's logical brain told them the lion couldn't get them, you should have seen them scatter (he got me, too, that's why I stood around to watch). It didn't matter for that first two seconds, though. People trampled children. Parents abandoned their kids. Big tough soldier dudes were practically hanging from the rafters they jumped so far. In the shootings I've been in (pretty minor), I experienced this muscle memory or lizard brain or whatever you want to call it. When I watch the video, that's what I think of....

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Randy L. Dixon Rivera's curator insight, July 30, 12:00 PM

If you still frame the video you'll see the suspects hands are off the wheel and are held up as the officer reaches in with his left hand.  I'm betting in the excitement the officer pulled the trigger on accident .... but then again there're no accidents when you're pointing a gun at someone. I believe I've discussed this probability before. Don't point guns at unarmed people.  

Pretty obvious he shot the suspect in the head for trying to rabbit on him. He turned the key and was immediately shot. A simple legal question: Did the punishment fit the crime?

Rob Duke's comment, July 30, 3:47 PM
....apologies to the Cecil fans if it's too soon to be making any lunging lion references. My wife alerted me that I may have made a faux pas there....
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Spotting the potential signs of officer suicide

Spotting the potential signs of officer suicide | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Just a few of the things to watch for:

• An officer who suddenly begins taking unnecessary risks on and off duty
• A shift in attitude and demeanor, like a change from motivated and professional behavior to apathetic and flippant
• Statements of hopelessness like, “None of this really matters anyway. I don’t even know why we try out here. We can’t really do anything anyway. This is a losing battle and I’m tired of it.”
• Loss of interest in recreational things the officer used to like to do previously
• The sudden use of “terminal”-type comments like, “Hey, you’ll take care of my family if something happens to me and I’m not here anymore, right?” or “Listen, if I end up dead I want you to make sure you tell so and so such and such,” etc.
• Noticeable physical changes: weight loss, lack of usual hygiene, an exhausted appearance, etc.
• Increased drinking or signs of drug use
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Suburban Police Investigate Viral Video of Cop's Tirade

The officer then asked Wilson for his ID. When Wilson asked for it back, the officer allegedly told him to step out of the car and he would give it to him. That's when Wilson said he started recording the encounter on his cellphone. The 30-second video, which shows the officer using foul language, went viral.
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The cops feel like they need to be able to go after the guys causing more problems--even when they don't have the probable cause (they apparently did on the passenger), but it seems that society is worried that cops will then not be constrained to be able to harass whoever they want...in the meantime, cops have to keep working; or there will be hell to pay from angry Mayor, City Manager, Chief and other middle managers.

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When Cops Get Caught Sanitizing Or Flat-Out Lying About Brutality

When Cops Get Caught Sanitizing Or Flat-Out Lying About Brutality | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
What might appear improper to the average citizen is often found to be justified in the eyes of the law. (This story includes graphic videos.)

Via Community Village Sites
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trigger warning. horrific violence by cops

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Herts police 'won't cope' with any more cuts, claim rank and file officers

Herts police 'won't cope' with any more cuts, claim rank and file officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Policing "won't cope" with further cuts in Hertfordshire, according to rank and file officers. The admission from Hertfordshire Police Federation came afterChancellor George Osborne...
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Recruitment key to increased diversity within police department

Recruitment key to increased diversity within police department | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As the social and political landscapes of cities across the country have changed, the hiring practices of local law enforcement agencies have needed to adjust their hiring policies to better reflect the racial and gender makeup of the communities they serve.
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