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Chinese activists clash with police during protest over lethal chemical production (PHOTOS) — RT

Chinese activists clash with police during protest over lethal chemical production (PHOTOS) — RT | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Riot police clashed with activists protesting the expansion of a chemical plant in Ningbo, China. Residents decried the environmental consequences of the plant, expressing fears over the possible leak of a potentially lethal chemical.
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FBI report to show errors affected hundreds of cases

FBI report to show errors affected hundreds of cases | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Flawed testimony and lab reports done by forensic examiners over a decades-long period may have resulted in false convictions, the agency says
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I Was a Police Officer

Today, I will not answer the radio call
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Today I was killed doing my job.

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KC police chief defends his $185,000+ salary

KC police chief defends his $185,000+ salary | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte posted a blog on Thursday, addressing questions about his compensation, which he says was nearly $186,874, in 2014. The average, estimated ...
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To me, a $185k salary seems a little low for a big city Chief.  That's probably a reflection of the lower cost of living, but I don't think this is out of line at all.

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3 Ways to Make Less Biased Decisions

3 Ways to Make Less Biased Decisions | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Unconscious bias – judgments and behaviors toward others that we’re not aware of – is everywhere in our lives. And while this type of bias may seem less dangerous in the workplace than it may be on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., or in a courtroom, it still leads to racial injustice.
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The Walter Scott outrage nobody is talking about

The Walter Scott outrage nobody is talking about | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Tasers guidelines vary by department and jurisdiction, but generally their use is only considered reasonable when the subject poses a safety threat.
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One San Diego case puts Tasers at the same force level as the officers' handguns.  Is that reasonable?  Should we crack down on Taser use?

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Did Alaska legalize industrial hemp along with recreational cannabis?

Did Alaska legalize industrial hemp along with recreational cannabis? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Does Alaska law allow industrial hemp cultivation, and what might be the possibilities for an industry in our state?
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Criminal Justice News: Department of Justice Launches Collaborative Reform Process with Calexico, California, Police Department

Criminal Justice News: Department of Justice Launches Collaborative Reform Process with Calexico, California, Police Department | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The COPS Office will conduct a thorough, independent assessment of the Calexico Police Department’s policies, practices and responsiveness to the community to ensure that they are taking into account national standards and community expectations,”
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Leadership is Helping Things Grow

Leadership is Helping Things Grow | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

It takes hard work and wisdom to help things grow.


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(From the article): The leaders who inspire me are very good at helping things grow. They appreciate the cycle of working and waiting. The leaders who inspire me have insight into what can grow where. They prepare the ground, breaking down resistance. Their leadership plants good seeds, then cares for the plants they produce. They are invested in the results of their efforts, and know the benefits of waiting to see what happens.

 

My friends know they cannot force things to grow. They work hard to help, but cannot control whether growth takes place. They plan well, work hard to do their best, try to make wise choices, and hope for growth. The leaders who inspire me have learned the importance of waiting to see what happens.

 

Each of us leads in ways that affect how we, and other people, grow.

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A New Approach That Unwinds the Drug War and Produces Dramatic Reductions in Recidivism

A New Approach That Unwinds the Drug War and Produces Dramatic Reductions in Recidivism | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

One of the most innovative reforms in the country is one you've probably never heard of. That's about to change, because Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is transforming the national discussion about how to end the war on drugs and mass incarceration. LEAD began in Seattle 2011, a bold new response to a familiar problem. After decades of waging a war on drugs in Seattle, nobody was satisfied with results -- drug use and addiction were just as prevalent as ever, incarceration rates had skyrocketed, the entire system was marked by outrageous racial disparities -- and the whole thing cost a fortune. To top it off, there weren't any real benefits to public safety or health. Everyone was frustrated and ready for a new approach.


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Abstinence is an option, but not the primary objective. Instead, integrate the low-level criminal offender into a highly coordinated, harm-reduction focused continuum of human services -- including housing, counseling, job training, drug treatment, mental health services, and health care. There is no need for jail, criminal prosecution, or courts.

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Doctors Make House Calls On Tablets Carried By Houston Firefighters

Doctors Make House Calls On Tablets Carried By Houston Firefighters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Most calls to the Houston Fire Department are for health problems, not fires. All those medical calls strain the 911 system and make a career in firefighting seem more like a career in health care.
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Interesting application:  Does this have implications for law enforcement and mental health calls?

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Oklahoma Deputy Sheriff Robert Bates Charged With Manslaughter in Eric Harris Shooting Death

A Tulsa, Oklahoma reserve sheriff's deputy was charged with second-degree manslaughter Monday for the shooting death of an unarmed black man.The charges agai...
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I Thought Legalizing Pot Would Be a Disaster. It Wasn't.

I Thought Legalizing Pot Would Be a Disaster. It Wasn't. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
We no longer arrest 12,000 people every year for having pot in Washington state.
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Police In New Mexico Will No Longer Seize Your Property Without Finding You Guilty Of A Crime

Police In New Mexico Will No Longer Seize Your Property Without Finding You Guilty Of A Crime | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) on Friday signed a bill into law overhauling the state's civil asset forfeiture program, which had previously allowed police to permanently seize property without a conviction or charging the owner with a crime.

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Alaska should take measures to increase police accountability

Alaska should take measures to increase police accountability | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
OPINION: Most police are honest, dedicated public servants. But we should acknowledge that there have been enough instances of officers committing serious crimes in Alaska and then account for it in our policies.
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And, a suspect in a murder would also have the right not to talk to the officers, which I'm sure this author would advise any prospective client is the wise thing to do.

 

Officers do not have this luxury.  First, they almost always give a brief statement in order to establish that there was a crime, where weapons and other evidence may be found, and descriptions of any outstanding suspects.  After this, officers are treated different than the public in that officers will be ordered to give a statement and can be terminated for refusing.  In addition, the district attorney needs a statement if there is any chance that the other person should be charged with a crime.  Officers are often one of a few victims (most of which are not police officers), thus the officer often has a duty to testify in order for the victim to have some justice.

 

Given this, there's a trade off.  If officers are not expected to always take the 5th, depriving the district attorney of a witness, and making everyone suspect that the officer has something to hide; it's reasonable to let the officer talk to a representative first, calm down, talk to a psychiatric professional/counselor or clergy, and then give a statement.

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Three zebras are on the run from police in Belgium

This has been a very good year for animal escapes.
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Oh no! Someone found the Jumanji game....

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Crime rise puts LAPD in a difficult position

Crime rise puts LAPD in a difficult position | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The city's first major crime increase in more than a decade has Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck trying to maintain a delicate balance.
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The eternal struggle
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Curbing use of deadly force by police calls for new policies, training

Curbing use of deadly force by police calls for new policies, training | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"They said, 'That means it's stick time; we get to use our batons. Down there, you can get a righteous shoot,'" said Rice. She told me that white, Latino, black and Asian officers expressed the same sentiment, and said they felt even more emboldened in the housing projects because "crime is off the charts there," so police can stretch the limits of what it takes to stifle it.
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It's a warrior culture and that's what you say to be a part of a warrior culture.  You may even believe that when you're young.

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Sad but true
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'Creative' or Excessive? Footage of Cop Ramming Gunman Sparks Debate

The footage — recorded on two police cruisers' dashboard-mounted cameras and released publicly this week — shows one of the officers, Michael Rapiejko, steer directly into Valencia, tossing him into the air like a rag doll. Valencia was hospitalized for two days, police said. Rapiejko was apparently unhurt amid the chaos.

Knowing that, Burke decided the ramming was a legitimate move.

"Was it excessive force? I would say, under the circumstances: No," Burke said. "It was an appropriate use of force. There could have been other ways of handling the situation, but given this person's past and the way he was reacting, or not reacting, to police officers' commands, the officer felt this was the best way to deal with the situation."
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As crazy as it seems, upon watching the video a second time, I agree--I think the officer was justified....

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The Myth of Police Reform

The Myth of Police Reform | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There is a tendency, when examining police shootings, to focus on tactics at the expense of strategy. One interrogates the actions of the officer in the moment trying to discern their mind-state. We ask ourselves, "Were they justified in shooting?" But, in this time of heightened concern around the policing, a more essential question might be, "Were we justified in sending them?" At some point, Americans decided that the best answer to every social ill lay in the power of the criminal-justice system. Vexing social problems—homelessness, drug use, the inability to support one's children, mental illness—are presently solved by sending in men and women who specialize in inspiring fear and ensuring compliance. Fear and compliance have their place, but it can't be every place.
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We're taught from early on in the academy if you don't follow your training, you get dead.  So, cops follow the training....perhaps too much.

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Dashcam video shows Arizona police officer ramming cruiser into robbery suspect

Dashcam video shows Arizona police officer ramming cruiser into robbery suspect | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Dramatic dash-cam video released Tuesday shows a police officer in a Tucson suburb using his cruiser to ram an armed suspect, sending him flying in the air before the car smashes into a wall.

The man survived the Feb. 19 crash, and prosecutors cleared the officer of any wrongdoing.

The video, now getting attention across the U.S., comes at a time of heightened tension over the use of force by police across the country.
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Warning: Very graphic! 

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3 Powerful Questions To Start and End Your Day - Jesse Lyn Stoner

3 Powerful Questions To Start and End Your Day - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Powerful Morning Questions

Start your day with focus and energy by taking a few moments to answer these questions.

1. What will give me joy today?

2. What am I excited about accomplishing today?

3. Who needs my help today?

Powerful Evening Questions

Your day will take on greater meaning and will end on a better note if you take a few moments to answer these questions before you go to sleep.

1. What am I proud of?

2. Who do I love?

3. What am I grateful for?
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Richmond, CA Dirty Bomb Drill 2015 - YouTube

National Guard conducts Dirty Bomb drill in Richmond, CA April 11, 2015. Soldiers conduct riot control drill against "sovereign citizen".

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But I thought the enemy of our Freedom & Liberty was foreign terrorist who hate US? ‪#‎OATH‬ not ‪#‎NDAA‬

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Five police supervisors plead the Fifth in the trial of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo

Five Cleveland police supervisors invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Monday in the trial of police officer Michael Brelo.
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The old social contract was: we might fire you, but if you use "good faith" you won't be prosecuted, but that has changed.  Given this, we can probably expect to see more instances of officers taking the 5th.

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Supreme Court Ruling May Force Widespread Implementation of Crisis Intervention Training - Treatment Advocacy Center

Supreme Court Ruling May Force Widespread Implementation of Crisis Intervention Training - Treatment Advocacy Center | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
(Apr. 13, 2015) The Sheehan v.
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Mindfulness in Policing

Mindfulness in Policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

by Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. 

Incidents of police violence and discrimination against people of color evoke our raw emotions -- pain, frustration, fear, hopelessness and anger. Sometimes our emotions overwhelm us. But they can also help energize us and fuel our work for social ...

 

While mindfulness is rooted in Buddhism, its techniques have been embraced by a range of secular professions, from mental health to Silicon Valley, including the Navy SEALs. It is also finding its way into police departments, such as in Oregon, and thecriminal justice system as a whole. When practiced over time, mindfulness may help police officers develop their ability to more accurately read the emotions of suspects, discern threats, withstand high pressure encounters, reduce on the job stress and reduce the role of personal biases in policing practice.

 

By strengthening non-judgmental awareness of emotions, mindfulness can strengthen empathy and compassion in police-community interactions. It may ultimately reduce unwarranted use of excessive force.

 

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