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Crime Rate Rises As Prison Realignment Moves Ahead

We're taking a look at California's effort to ease the prison population. It's happening while the cash-strapped state tries to save some money, without jeopardizing public safety.
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CHP: Plainclothes cop justified in drawing gun at protesters in melee

CHP: Plainclothes cop justified in drawing gun at protesters in melee | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By David DeBolt Contra Costa Times OAKLAND, Calif. The California Highway Patrol has concluded a plainclothes officer acted within department policy when he drew his gun and pointed it at protesters
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A New Estimate Of Killings By Police Is Way Higher -- And Still Too Low

A New Estimate Of Killings By Police Is Way Higher -- And Still Too Low | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
We still don't know how many people the police kill in the U.S. annually. But we're getting closer. In the past two months, the president and his attorney general have said they need better data on...
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Community Ferguson discussion to better relationship between police and public

Western students and Bellingham community members gathered to discuss the concepts of race and citizenship in light of last summer’s events in Ferguson.
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A ‘grey area’ over new state police commissioner’s uniform

There is a controversy brewing over Governor Tom Wolf's nominee for state police commissioner. It's a cabinet position, but Colonel Marcus Brown, 50, says he will wear a state police uniform and carry a gun even though he didn't graduate from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Brown has been wearing the grey uniform to work…
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Give me a break, he's been a cop for years in neighboring states, which are so close and small, they'd be counties on the Western side of the country.  So, he hasn't been through your academy?  Is your academy so much more professional than the one 100 miles away across state lines?  Do you really want to perpetuate the image of cops always having to whip out their wedding tackle to see who has the biggest johnson?

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Red Bank police officer charged in violent arrest, resigns from department

Red Bank police officer charged in violent arrest, resigns from department | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Red Bank police officer Mark Kaylor has been charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and official misconduct for his role in the violent arrest of a Hispanic man in April 2014.
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Ferguson Police Employee Fired, Two Suspended for Racist Emails

A Ferguson, Missouri, police official has been fired and two others are on administrative leave pending an investigation of racist emails uncovered by the U....
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How the DOJ Reforms a Police Department Like Ferguson – Criminal Justice - FRONTLINE

How the DOJ Reforms a Police Department Like Ferguson – Criminal Justice - FRONTLINE | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ferguson is one of of more than 30 departments that have been compelled to make changes to its police force.

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9 Social Panics That Gripped the Nation, Were Totally False, and Did Horrible Lasting Damage

It's a lot worse than, "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" The latest in AlterNet's Fear in America series.
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#10.  Cops have latent racism.  Even cops of color are racist.

 

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Man Killed by LA Cops Was Using Stolen Identity: Authorities

Man Killed by LA Cops Was Using Stolen Identity: Authorities | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The homeless man who was shot to death by Los Angeles police in a confrontation that was captured on dramatic cellphone video was a convicted bank robber liv...
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When Not to Treat a Colleague as You’d Want to Be Treated

So what’s the solution?

Rabbits need to:
Recognize that guinea pigs may require more support, empathy and encouragement than other rabbits.
Understand that your impact on a guinea pig is many times greater than you imagine.
That one of the keys to turn guinea pigs into rabbits is to reveal that you aren’t as perfect as you may seem to them.
Guinea pigs need to:
Acknowledge and recognize that they are projecting unrealistic images onto someone.
Name the emotions underlying their judgement of the rabbits — is it fear, envy, jealousy, inferiority, a mix of all of these?
Avoid making assumptions. Reach out to enough rabbits to realize that they are human too.
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Female Santa Fe sheriff's office sergeant fighting demotion over sexual encounters

Female Santa Fe sheriff's office sergeant fighting demotion over sexual encounters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
SANTA FE - A female Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office sergeant is fighting a demotion and pay cut because, her attorney says, her off-duty sexual encounters with an on-duty, subordinate male deputy is the same…
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Ferguson's history of racial divisions

CNN's Randi Kaye looks at the racial injustices Ferguson residents say are occurring in their town.

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Alcohol Prohibition in America Is Not Over Yet

Alcohol Prohibition in America Is Not Over Yet | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There are still many areas where selling and even possessing alcohol is illegal. Research shows that they are probably not faring as well as their wet counterparts.
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A Cheat Sheet For Comey's Speech On Race And Policing

A Cheat Sheet For Comey's Speech On Race And Policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FBI Director James Comey’s Thursday speech on race and law enforcement is getting a lot of attention for what The New York Times called its “unusually candid” assessment of a wide range of issues: ...
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DOJ Shows Ferguson’s — & America’s — School Discipline Crisis

Back in August, amid the uproar of the senseless slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown by now-former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, Dropout Nation detailed how the Ferguson-Florissant School District overused out-of-school suspensions and other forms of harsh school discipline. The fact...
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Training Police Departments to Be Less Biased

Training Police Departments to Be Less Biased | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An interview with an expert who’s been working with police departments in American cities.
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The Residents of Ferguson Do Not Have a Police Problem. They Have a Gang Problem.

Darren Wilson is not the first member of a gang to be accused of something he did not do. If only the cops of Ferguson extended to their own citizens the same due process he received.
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Ferguson was bad.  Interesting article.

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Stoned rabbits? DEA agent says medical marijuana endangers bunnies

Stoned rabbits? DEA agent says medical marijuana endangers bunnies | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
At illegal grow sites, he said, his team saw “even rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana, where one of them refused to leave us.” Even after Fairbanks and his group cleared the space of weed, the rabbit’s “natural instincts to run were somehow gone,” he added.
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In other news, Elmer Fudd held a press conference to say: "Well, that expwains awot, huh-huh-huh!"

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In other news, Elmer Fudd held a press conference to say: "Well, that expwains awot, huh-huh-huh!"

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DOJ: Wilson won't be charged in Ferguson fatal shooting

DOJ: Wilson won't be charged in Ferguson fatal shooting | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A scathing report denounces the Ferguson Police Department for biased law enforcement.
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LAPD Involved In Another Skid Row Confrontation After Man Attacks FOX 11 Camera (VIDEO)

LAPD Involved In Another Skid Row Confrontation After Man Attacks FOX 11 Camera (VIDEO) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
(FOX 11) - RELATED | Officials: Homeless Man Killed In Police Shooting Stole French IdentityRELATED | LAPD Chief: Homeless Man Grabbed Officer's Pistol Prior To Fatal ShootingCopyright 2015 FOX 11 ...

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Are The Racial Disparities In Ferguson's Traffic Stops Unusual?

Are The Racial Disparities In Ferguson's Traffic Stops Unusual? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
For years, black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, have been disproportionately targeted by the city’s police officers for traffic stops, according to a damning Justice Department report released We...
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Mexico Calls for Probe of Police Killings in the U.S.

Mexico Calls for Probe of Police Killings in the U.S. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Three Mexicans have been killed by U.S. police in under a month.
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And, we should get to the bottom of those 43 missing students suspected of being killed by the police...oh wait, scratch that, those were Mexican cops that did that....

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School police officer charged with assault of 3 students

A grand jury has indicted a school police officer on charges of assaulting three students.
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Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, law enforcement officials...

Via Randy L. Dixon Rivera
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NYPD using new tactic in taking down suspects, undergoing Police Academy training

NYPD using new tactic in taking down suspects, undergoing Police Academy training | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Taking down out of control suspects is very much on the mind these days of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. The NYPD is now tackling a new technique.
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No more LVNR?

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