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First LA Prisoner Released for Invoking New Law Benefiting Informants

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The Ferguson Syllabus

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Sociologists for Justice have compiled a compelling and engaging list of readings that inform the socio-historical context of the events in Ferguson, MO.
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Forensic Criminologist shows how fast an assailant can harm a cop from VERY far away

Forensic Criminologist shows how fast an assailant can harm a cop from VERY far away | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
You hear all the time people demanding that police use tasers, and say that an assailant can't really harm them from far away, but this forensic criminologist shows just how quickly someone can sta...
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Man Claims He Recorded the Fatal Gunshots That Ended Michael Brown’s Life

Man Claims He Recorded the Fatal Gunshots That Ended Michael Brown’s Life | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
CNN aired newly released audio last night that purports to capture the gunshots that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month. A man who asked not to be identified reportedly lives in a building near the location where the shooting unfolded. He was on a video...
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Texas police chief killed in traffic stop

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Police chief in a small Texas town was shot multiple times during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon and later died.
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Missouri police officer on leave over video in which he says: 'I'm ... a killer'

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A Missouri police officer is on leave after video of his political rants and admission "I'm ... a killer."
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The Ferguson Riots Show Why Good Cops Will Quit

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Please shoot me

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IN THE first part of VICE News's extraordinary five-part documentary on ISIS, released earlier this month, a bearded and strangely innocent-looking young press...
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Video released of man shooting Alpharetta police officer

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Newly released video shows the moment when Alpharetta police officer David Freeman barely escaped death.
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A big payout, but justice still denied 

A big payout, but justice still denied  | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Sexton: The dollar figure was so large and the public statements of vindication and concession so harmonious, one might have been tempted to think the system had actually worked.

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Op-Ed by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

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Veteran Cop: 'If You Don't Want To Get Shot,' Shut Up -- Even If We're Violating Your Rights

Veteran Cop: 'If You Don't Want To Get Shot,' Shut Up -- Even If We're Violating Your Rights | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and adjunct instructor of homeland security at Colorado Technical University, has a suggestion for victims of police violence searching for someone to blame: Look in the mirror.

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A misleading headline.  Dutta might want to rethink the way he explains this concept.  While I agree, it's a simple request to comply on the scene and then go to the station and complain; the other side also has a legitimate complaint that nothing changes with that approach (as we saw under Jim Crow through the civil rights era and even until today); and, furthermore, it's a slippery slope to merely comply because the government tells you to do so.  Is there a solution?  Officers have some reasonable expectation to safety and citizens have a reasonable expectation to have an authentic way to challenge police actions.  Without proof of the circumstances, it becomes a case of dueling perceptions.  Did the officer have the requisite alchemy of sometimes nebulous ingredients sufficient to satisfy the demands of reasonable suspicion and/or probable cause?  It depends on the circumstances, time, place, manner of the activity, even the training and experience of the officer factors in.  Frankly, no citizen is ever going to have all this info (or be qualified to evaluate), nor is it reasonable for us to ask officers to delay officer safety concerns (e.g. pat down searches for weapons, warrant checks, etc.) long enough to satisfy a citizen that a stop is based upon legitimate probable cause and not racial profiling--nor could we expect there to be agreement under the stress and emotion of the real-time detention.  Given these circumstances, I propose one not-so-novel solution; and one solution not generally under discussion.  First the not-so-novel solution: 1. Improve evidence gathering and storage through the use of recording devices: belt recorders, livescribe pens, body cameras (where available), vehicle cameras.  Furthermore, a system to routinize the collection and preservation of this evidence needs to be designed, built and funded, so that all agencies/communities, regardless of fiscal resources, can be protected equally. Now, for the novel solution: 2. Engage in a three-part approach to dispute resolution and restoration: Part I: enlist experts (each community has candidates possessing skills or who can be trained) familiar with community visioning and team building to create dialogue and design systems to begin removing saddle burrs, extracting thorns, dislodging the wedges of discontent in communities.  These issues include not just problems associated with what Muir calls the "Power of the Sword"--though coercive power is certainly the most visible police problem--but we must also pay particular attention to the "Power of the Purse", the under-investment in communities that sustains the need and existence of underground economies based upon contraband and vice, and, the "Power of the Word", that enables all sorts of verbal and political dirty dealings (rent-seeking behaviors) to mask inequities and impotent attempts to remedy the myriad of problems that lie at the root of any major community disgruntlement.  We're foolish to think that, Ferguson, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. are experiencing unrest only because the cops are engaging in racial profiling.  Dispute Resolution only works if we blast the problem with sunshine so that all problems are addressed on something resembling equal footing, whether these be problems of the sword, the word, or the purse.  Part II: capacity must be built so that everyone has access to Dispute Resolution systems.  This means that we need to find funding for system design and mediation centers that can resolve problems in real time--not the years civil and criminal courts often need to process cases (though courts are, of course, still needed for serious cases and as the appellate process for more informal programs of dispute resolution).  We can't expect ADR to work if we don't design, implement, fund, evaluate, tweek, and perform expert analysis to improve theoretical understandings of what works and what doesn't.  Part III: community leaders, including the cops, must be trained in Dispute System Design and Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques.  It's not enough to find a vision and restore goodwill (Part I), nor develop a plan to capture the promise of good intentions as concrete goods to be shared by all (Part II), we must also teach people, encourage them, and provide time, public spaces, private meeting spaces, and other resources to actually embrace the concept of restoring their communities through dispute resolution.

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A misleading headline.  Dutta might want to rethink the way he explains this concept.  While I agree, it's a simple request to comply on the scene and then go to the station and complain; the other side also has a legitimate complaint that nothing changes with that approach (as we saw under Jim Crow through the civil rights era and even until today); and, furthermore, it's a slippery slope to merely comply because the government tells you to do so.  Is there a solution?  Officers have some reasonable expectation to safety and citizens have a reasonable expectation to have an authentic way to challenge police actions.  Without proof of the circumstances, it becomes a case of dueling perceptions.  Did the officer have the requisite alchemy of sometimes nebulous ingredients sufficient to satisfy the demands of reasonable suspicion and/or probable cause?  It depends on the circumstances, time, place, manner of the activity, even the training and experience of the officer factors in.  Frankly, no citizen is ever going to have all this info (or be qualified to evaluate), nor is it reasonable for us to ask officers to delay officer safety concerns (e.g. pat down searches for weapons, warrant checks, etc.) long enough to satisfy a citizen that a stop is based upon legitimate probable cause and not racial profiling--nor could we expect there to be agreement under the stress and emotion of the real-time detention.  Given these circumstances, I propose one not-so-novel solution; and one solution not generally under discussion.  First the not-so-novel solution: 1. Improve evidence gathering and storage through the use of recording devices: belt recorders, livescribe pens, body cameras (where available), vehicle cameras.  Furthermore, a system to routinize the collection and preservation of this evidence needs to be designed, built and funded, so that all agencies/communities, regardless of fiscal resources, can be protected equally. Now, for the novel solution: 2. Engage in a three-part approach to dispute resolution and restoration: Part I: enlist experts (each community has candidates possessing skills or who can be trained) familiar with community visioning and team building to create dialogue and design systems to begin removing saddle burrs, extracting thorns, dislodging the wedges of discontent in communities.  These issues include not just problems associated with what Muir calls the "Power of the Sword"--though coercive power is certainly the most visible police problem--but we must also pay particular attention to the "Power of the Purse", the under-investment in communities that sustains the need and existence of underground economies based upon contraband and vice, and, the "Power of the Word", that enables all sorts of verbal and political dirty dealings (rent-seeking behaviors) to mask inequities and impotent attempts to remedy the myriad of problems that lie at the root of any major community disgruntlement.  We're foolish to think that, Ferguson, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. are experiencing unrest only because the cops are engaging in racial profiling.  Dispute Resolution only works if we blast the problem with sunshine so that all problems are addressed on something resembling equal footing, whether these be problems of the sword, the word, or the purse.  Part II: capacity must be built so that everyone has access to Dispute Resolution systems.  This means that we need to find funding for system design and mediation centers that can resolve problems in real time--not the years civil and criminal courts often need to process cases (though courts are, of course, still needed for serious cases and as the appellate process for more informal programs of dispute resolution).  We can't expect ADR to work if we don't design, implement, fund, evaluate, tweek, and perform expert analysis to improve theoretical understandings of what works and what doesn't.  Part III: community leaders, including the cops, must be trained in Dispute System Design and Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques.  It's not enough to find a vision and restore goodwill (Part I), nor develop a plan to capture the promise of good intentions as concrete goods to be shared by all (Part II), we must also teach people, encourage them, and provide time, public spaces, private meeting spaces, and other resources to actually embrace the concept of restoring their communities through dispute resolution.

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Officer involved in Walmart shooting back on the job

Officer involved in Walmart shooting back on the job | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Beavercreek City Attorney Stephen McHugh says Sergeant David Darkow returned earlier this month.
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'No' Sheriff in Town: Some Lawmen Refuse to Enforce Federal Gun Laws - NBC News

'No' Sheriff in Town: Some Lawmen Refuse to Enforce Federal Gun Laws - NBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
With more states passing stronger gun control laws, rural sheriffs across the country are taking their role as defenders of the Constitution to a new level b...
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The Massachusetts State Police Had to Apologize After Someone Noticed This Bumper Sticker on Their Cruiser

The Massachusetts State Police Had to Apologize After Someone Noticed This Bumper Sticker on Their Cruiser | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Massachusetts State Police apologized Monday after they first accused an individual of fabricating evidence showing a distasteful bumper sticker on one of their police vehicles. Chris Kantos, who was walking in Boston Sunday morning, came across an official police cruiser when he noticed a bumper sticker attached to...
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Video obtained after pastor, NAACP claim police mistreatment

Video obtained after pastor, NAACP claim police mistreatment | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
WBTV obtained the more than six minute video of Reverend Bill Godair's traffic stop in 2013.
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‘You’ve Lost Where You Come From!’: Al Sharpton Has Harsh Words for the Black Community During Michael Brown’s Funeral

‘You’ve Lost Where You Come From!’: Al Sharpton Has Harsh Words for the Black Community During Michael Brown’s Funeral | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Rev. Al Sharpton had harsh words for the black community on Monday during the funeral for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month. Sharpton said the "bad apples" must be taken care of within American police departments,...
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How Ferguson could be America's future

How Ferguson could be America's future | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The protests in Ferguson aren't just about America's present; it's a sneak preview of its tumultuous future.
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Us vs. Them is right...

Sensitivity training is sensible...

Diversity is sensible...

Dialog and engaging the community with police: also sensible...

 

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Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammunition bills

Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammunition bills | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Bills would ensure gun records are searched during welfare checks, bullet sales are tracked
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Ferguson and Future Generations of Law Enforcement

A status popped up on my personal feed today. It was posted by a good family friend, an Oklahoma deputy who is an amazing  husband and daddy to three little ones. Like many little boys who have a...
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Sad, but true, most cops I know try to discourage our children from following in our footsteps.  Most of us would do it over again and would do it for free if we had a major depression and we collectively couldn't pay our cops a full wage, yet we wouldn't wish the heartaches and headaches on our worst enemies.  Isn't that a paradox?

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Nine Time-Tested Rules of Good Policing

Nine Time-Tested Rules of Good Policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The consent and collaboration of residents is key: 'The police are the public and the public are the police'
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We're Compiling Every Police-Involved Shooting In America. Help Us.

We're Compiling Every Police-Involved Shooting In America. Help Us. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

The United States has no database of police shootings. There is no standardized process by which officers log when they've discharged their weapons and why. There is no central infrastructure for handling that information and making it public.


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The FBI needs to modify the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) asap and start collecting these statistics:

Officer involved shootings;

All weapon discharges including accidental discharges;

Use of force incidents resulting in medical care for officers or civilians;

Any injuries to officers, suspects, others in any of these incidents.

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Police Department Says Cop Camera Footage Not Public Record - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Police Department Says Cop Camera Footage Not Public Record - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After resisting for decades, Major League Baseball has adopted instant replay on nearly all disputed calls, providing a transparent and public view of
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There should be some authority outside departments to audit these recordings, but I'm not sure our media is the right entity.  When the press was free and not dominated by two or three big corporations, it might have made sense, but today sensationalism seems to be more important than truth and justice.  On the other hand, we may never hear the end of this until we do just open up the files.  If that's what we collectively decide, then Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are just another cost center that must be accounted for when we figure out how to finance video, maintenance/repairs, storage, and dissemination for court, discovery, and FOIA requests.  Few departments are currently prepared for this and most small departments couldn't begin to afford the costs associated with this mostly new function.

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Take It From a Cop: The Drug War Poisons Community Policing - Substance.com

Take It From a Cop: The Drug War Poisons Community Policing - Substance.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Events in Ferguson expose US law enforcement's longstanding abandonment of its founding ethical principles. Rebuilding relationships with the people we've harmed won't come easily.
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This is too simplistic an argument for a complex problem.  As William Ker Muir pointed out in his 1979 "Police: Street-Corner Politicians", the Power of the Sword is only one part of the problem facing communities and the officer charged with maintaining public safety and keeping the peace.  Equally powerful and also subject to abuse are the Power of the Word; and the Power of the Purse.  Until we give equal time to media scrutiny, peace marches, and riots to these power abuses, we'll never solve this problem.  Communities need economic investment and jobs, they need to build capacity to reclaim the social organization that can tame the deviant subculture that tolerates the underground economy and the resultant selfish behaviors that undermine civil society and the rule of law.  However, as long as political rhetoric justifies when economic investment are withheld from these communities, nothing significant will change.  So, whenever we attack the Power of the Sword (and we should remain vigilant to this type of abuse), we should give equal examination and critique to the abuses of the Power of the Word and those of the Power of the Purse.

Muir, William Ker, Police: Street-Corner Politicians, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1979.

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St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing That Appears At Odds With Their Story

St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing That Appears At Odds With Their Story | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released cell phone footage Wednesday of the police shooting of Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old black man killed on Tuesday in St. Louis, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

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Too much said at the news conference. The details become fuel for contention, instead of the totality of the circumstances. We should be debating whether it's reasonable for officers to let a knife wielding man threaten a neighborhood; whether it's reasonable to let him get so close as to be a threat to them; and, whether they have a duty to retreat when he encroaches into their safety zones. These are fundamental issues, which the video provides some basis for debate. Instead we're arguing about whether the Chief correctly described the way the knife was held or whether the man was 3-4 feet or 6-10 feet away from officers when they fired on him.
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Michael Brown's Autopsy: What It Can (and Can't) Tell Us

Michael Brown's Autopsy: What It Can (and Can't) Tell Us | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The results of two autopsies of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot by a St. Louis police officer on Aug. 9, can't provide crucial information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
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