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Texas Trooper Fires on Fleeing Truck, "Drug Load," Two Dead | StoptheDrugWar.org

Texas Trooper Fires on Fleeing Truck, "Drug Load," Two Dead | StoptheDrugWar.org | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
U.S.Drug War Claims Casualties #54 and #55 in 2012 During Drug Law Enforcement http://t.co/yMegVPyl...
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Donna Sharp's comment, November 7, 2012 10:56 PM
After reading this article I just couldn’t believe it, at first I was thinking that the two who were killed were under the tarp at the time of the incident but to find out that the tarp had blown off and that the people in the back of the pickup were in plain sight of the sniper in the helicopter and he still fired knowing that this was no longer a “drug load” is not acceptable in my book, I hope they do continue with the investigation and if the sniper is found out of line I hope they are appropriately punished. I do understand and see where the department is coming from in having an eye in the sky because it can truly save an officers life but I do not see how they will be able to justify this shooting as in the name of officer safety or the safety of others since they were on a dirt road in a low populated location.
Maria Osornio's comment, November 11, 2012 6:44 PM
Shooting at innocent people only because their first incline is that they are drug offenders is incomprehensible. I understand the drug lords are eager to bring drugs to those U.S. Citizens who are desperate to get a high and they are not afraid of firing back or killing our agents. Yet, these people were innocent of such action. Even though they are in the U.S. Illegally, they are still human beings and only looking for a better life. I still do not understand why a Wildlife game warden is even in the picture. Seems this sharpshooter was out to add another accomplishment to his resume and in the process people were killed. What bothers me the most is that those in the vehicle testified the tarp flew off during the chase and yet this agent still continued with his actions. I do believe more training needs to be added when dealing with these type of circumstances.
Chris Castillo-Romo's comment, November 17, 2012 9:08 AM
Well, this is a great article to pull up in our segment on corruption, no? Both Donna and Maria are far less cynical than I am about the situation presented here. The vast powers presented to Texan law enforcement agencies seem to be written specifically to cover incidents like this. The "enthusiasm" with which all officials in the case pursued the suspect vehicle makes me believe that the actions taken were not due to mistaken perceptions, and more out of a shared and comparable targeting of both drug cartel ops and undocumented immigrants alike. I fully expect this case to end in favour of the officers and the game warden; even a slap on the wrist would honestly surprise me.
Of course, there is also the alternative explanation that the Consulate of Nicaragua might have altered points of the story in an attempt to politicize and exploit the issue for gains in immigrants' rights. Regardless, tarp or otherwise, I should be able to say that the Texans overstepped their limits. The fact that Texas law disagrees with my interpretation is, to me, far more concerning than the situation discussed in the article.
This could further be analyzed through a macro lens as commentary on the effectiveness of our War on Drugs. Fortunately, Portugal's got the right idea as far as drugs go; let's hope their now-radical ideas spread to our little corner of the world to both reduce the harmful effects of drugs and restore human dignity to people on both sides of the border.
(All that aside, there's a great spam comment on this article. It's a masterpiece. If you've got a sec or two, you owe it to yourself to read through it).
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SDPD loses dozens of officers in just months

SDPD loses dozens of officers in just months | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The San Diego Police Department is aggressively trying to add officers, but what's really happening seems criminal.
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Oakland police doing best job ever in complying on reforms

Oakland police doing best job ever in complying on reforms | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In particular, the department installed a computer system that can track the activity of police officers and warn commanders about officers who use excessive force, Warshaw wrote. The department is in compliance with 17 of the 22 tasks required in the 2003 reform plan that settled a lawsuit accusing four Oakland police officers of running roughshod over residents of West Oakland. In a statement, Whent said the Police Department "remains committed to making the necessary adjustments to bring the remaining tasks into full compliance."
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Oakland police officer fired over Occupy incident is reinstated

Oakland police officer fired over Occupy incident is reinstated | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Arbitrator overturns the firing of Officer Robert Roche.
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Off-duty cop stops man from attempting suicide at R train subway station in Brooklyn

Off-duty cop stops man from attempting suicide at R train subway station in Brooklyn | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An off-duty cop on his way to work early Tuesday talked a man out of a suicide attempt in Brooklyn, police said.
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Animated Stories of the Freeway Patrol - Episode 9 - YouTube

The One with the Mobile Dispatcher ©2014 Brian Samms FREEWAY PATROL MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE at: http://stubbornpawn.bigcartel.com/
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While we can expect a great deal from our law enforcement, it's important to remember that it is a warrior culture (for good reason)...here's a little comedy to illustrate.

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LAPD Investigates Complaint of Falsified Patrol Logs

LAPD Investigates Complaint of Falsified Patrol Logs | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a complaint that some officers are incorrectly logging hours for street patrol duty.
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New York Times Editorial Board Calls for Repeal of Marijuana Prohibition! | Drug Policy Alliance

New York Times Editorial Board Calls for Repeal of Marijuana Prohibition! | Drug Policy Alliance | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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This is HUGE!  When the NYT takes a stance on an issue, it makes an impact.

I spent more of my life as a cop than anything else and I am convinced that you can regulate things without a significant black market developing, but if you criminalize something, criminal organizations and violence are the inevitable, though unintended, consequence.

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California inmates win class-action status over race-based treatment

California inmates win class-action status over race-based treatment | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday awarded class-action status to California prison inmates who allege that their rights are violated by what they say are widespread instances of race-based punishment.
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Arizona Gov. Orders Full Review of Execution Procedures - NBC News

Arizona Gov. Orders Full Review of Execution Procedures - NBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Wednesday's execution of Joseph Wood took nearly two hours. Some witnesses say something obviously went wrong but relatives of the man Wood killed say the fo...
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Promotion or enforcement? Alcohol regulation sparks contradictory claims

Promotion or enforcement? Alcohol regulation sparks contradictory claims | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The state board charged with regulating the alcohol business in Alaska doesn’t belong under a state agency that promotes business, the head of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority told the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Tuesday.
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Criminal Justice News: Former Maryland Correctional Officer Sentenced in Connection with Series of Assaults on Inmate Final Officer Sentenced in 16-Person Conspiracy to Assault Inmate

Criminal Justice News: Former Maryland Correctional Officer Sentenced in Connection with Series of Assaults on Inmate Final Officer Sentenced in 16-Person Conspiracy to Assault Inmate | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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Judge's modest proposal: Bring back the firing squad

Judge's modest proposal: Bring back the firing squad | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"Firing squads can be messy, but if we are willing to carry out executions, we should not shield ourselves from the reality that we are shedding human blood."
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When It's Okay to Use Ethnic Slurs: A Guide

When It's Okay to Use Ethnic Slurs: A Guide | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Is it ever acceptable to talk about "Chinamen"?
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WTH? The first amendment doesn't have any provisos.  Who can envision when and why it may be necessary to say provocative messages?  To limit them with a rule is to court dangerous precedents.  Like pornographic images: we'll know them when we see them, but let's not make up rules that have unintended consequences. 

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Cruel and unusual

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19 years on death row is long enough THERE are two reasons for arguing that the death penalty is a “cruel and unusual punishment”, and thus unconstitutional. One...
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Tactical Porn destroying the Law Enforcement profession

Tactical Porn destroying the Law Enforcement profession | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Pick up any police magazine, go to any police web page, the predominate images will be SWAT teams. This so called “Tactical Porn” is brining an end to police professionalism and heralding in police militarization.
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This is a comedy/satire site...

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The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia

The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An atmosphere of hysteria in the 1930s took hold and shaped a national policy that lives on today.
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Officers involved in fatal shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray won't face criminal charges

Officers involved in fatal shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray won't face criminal charges | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The NYPD cops who shot and killed a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy who was allegedly armed - sparking mini street riots - will not face a criminal prosecution, the Daily News has learned.
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When Cell Door Opens, Tough Tactics and Risk

When Cell Door Opens, Tough Tactics and Risk | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Cases in Tennessee and elsewhere illustrate the risk of cell extractions, a common tactic in which inmates are forced out of their cells by prison officers.
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Preventing Law Enforcement Officer Suicide

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Turkish court orders arrest of 12 more police officers in wiretap probe

Turkish court orders arrest of 12 more police officers in wiretap probe | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Saturday ordered the formal arrest of 12 more police officers, including the former head of Istanbul's intelligence unit, pending charges they may have illegally
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Bayonne police chief retires with huge unused comp time payout

Bayonne police chief retires with huge unused comp time payout | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ralph Scianni, who retired at the start of July as James Davis took over as mayor, will receive $444,450.40 for his unused sick, vacation and personal time, as well as terminal pay for his 34 years on the force, according to city records.
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Wow! What do you think? Who's at fault here?  The former Mayors? The Chief?  Prevent this by: 1) establish a reserve fund each year to cover unpaid leave banks; 2) allow a payout of a capped amount of leave each year--many places allow 80 hours per year; and/or, 3) set a cap of the amount of leave allowed to be carried forward and require employees to take time off when the cap is approached.

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US guard at Canada-Alaska border accused of pointing gun at Boy Scout who took photo

US guard at Canada-Alaska border accused of pointing gun at Boy Scout who took photo | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An incident at the Alaska-Canada border went from bad to worse when a U.S. border agent allegedly pointed a gun at the head of a detained Iowa Boy Scout.
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Elise Patkotak: Keeping pot illegal has only made substance abuse, illicit trade harder to address

Elise Patkotak: Keeping pot illegal has only made substance abuse, illicit trade harder to address | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
OPINION: It's time we realized that prohibition of substances people want to use badly enough simply doesn’t work. It was a failed policy with alcohol in the 1920s and it’s a failed policy now with marijuana.
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Officer deaths jump nearly one-third in first half of 2014

Officer deaths jump nearly one-third in first half of 2014 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By Richard Winton Los Angeles Times The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty nationwide jumped 31% in the first half of 2014 with California leading the nation with eight deaths, data shows. In the first half of the year, 67 officers died in the line of duty
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EXCLUSIVE: Internal NYPD report on incident with Staten Island dad Eric Garner does not mention chokehold, states he was not 'in great distress'

EXCLUSIVE: Internal NYPD report on incident with Staten Island dad Eric Garner does not mention chokehold, states he was not 'in great distress' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
See no evil, hear no evil. Cops heard Eric Garner cry that he couldn’t breathe, a recording captured officers violently taking him to the ground and even Mayor de Blasio said he believes the asthmatic father of six was put in a chokehold. But an NYPD internal report prepared right after his death on Staten Island last Thursday plays down the incident, with supervising officers failing to note the chokehold and insisting Garner was not in “great distress.”
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