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Police clash with protesters during march near Lloyd Center

Police clash with protesters during march near Lloyd Center | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police and protesters clashed Saturday afternoon during a march in Northeast Portland.
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Donna Sharp's comment, November 7, 2012 10:27 PM
I also agree there wasn’t a lot of a detail given in this article or even the video clip. I am all for freedom of speech and the right to free expression but I do think that there is a fine line and that once they go from a so called peaceful protest to breaking the law by trying to enter a location that was known to be “off limits” they crossed that line. The officers have the right to protect themselves especially when extremely outnumbered and what I don’t get is if this group had only gotten the permit the police would have assisted the protestors by making sure the roadways were properly blocked.
Sarah's comment, November 18, 2012 12:01 PM
The kids say they are wooden banners, the police say that are wooden shields. We will probably never really know. In all honesty, they were probably both. Protests are hard because we all want to defend our right of free speech and our right to peacefully protest. However, I think that a lot of times protests that are meant to be peaceful turn violent, because one person decides to break the rules and then mob mentality breaks loose. I don't think police intentionally try to ruin a peaceful protest, I am sure protestors are being rude, yelling obscenities, etc. The fact of the matter is, is that police are there to ensure no one gets hurt and no property is damaged. If the protestors are unwilling to work with the officers, then the officers are completely out of the loop and are left only with their judgment and experience to take action and make decisions. So are things going to get wrong? Yes. Are people and actions going to be misunderstood and criticized? Yes. Are we ever going to know all the true facts? Probably not.
Eric Martinsen's comment, November 18, 2012 10:59 PM
I don't know, when I see things like this it seems like it should have been obvious what was gonna happen. Push into a police line and someone is gonna get hurt. I always hear protestors or protestor sympathizers saying how the police were brutalizing them when they were rushing the police and shouting, throwing stuff, etc.! I would imagine when you are outnumbered to such a degree that it would be really tense, and it would be really easy to snap into action. Also I'm not sold on the benign intentions of their "banner"...that's a freaking wall, and there should have been no reason for it if you were having a peaceful protest. Also consider the fact that the article said the police tried to contact the group to find out if they were going to be peaceful and no one responded, that wouldn't really fill me with a lot of confidence either. I'm not saying there aren't abusive police in crowd situations, I just am a little skeptical when protestors cry abuse.
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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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New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution

New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A former Obama administration official calls attention to unaccountable mass surveillance conducted under a 1981 executive order.
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Fruitland Park, Florida, town of 5,000, stunned by news of police KKK ties

Fruitland Park, Florida, town of 5,000, stunned by news of police KKK ties | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into
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Brunswick police chief suspended in training probe

Brunswick police chief suspended in training probe | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The police chief for the city of Brunswick has been suspended amid an investigation into an online training program for officers.
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NYPD Cop in Chokehold Death Loses Gun, Badge

NYPD Cop in Chokehold Death Loses Gun, Badge | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Staten Island man who died as New York City police were trying to take him into custody appears to have suffered a heart attack, the NYPD said today.
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Leavenworth police urge cooperation with chase, shooting probe

Leavenworth police urge cooperation with chase, shooting probe | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Leavenworth police have not yet released the name of the man injured in a chase and shootout that left a 5-year-old girl dead late Friday.
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The 'Facebook Cop' and the Implications of Privatized Policing

The 'Facebook Cop' and the Implications of Privatized Policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Is the law applied evenly when a company foots the bill?
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Alaska VPSOs get official state backing for firearms training and use

Alaska VPSOs get official state backing for firearms training and use | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After the death of village public safety officer Thomas Madole, the Alaska Legislature voted unanimously to allow Native associations to let the officers carry handguns. The bill was signed into law Friday in Naknek by Gov. Sean Parnell. 
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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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Judge Rules Police Can Stuff Entire Email Accounts Into Evidence Lockers | Tech Law | TechNewsWorld

Concerns about overly broad searches of digital data by law enforcement once again have emerged after a federal judge issued an opinion stating officials armed with a warrant can seize and hold a suspect's entire email account. Such an action would not violate the suspect's rights under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, said U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein.
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New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution

New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A former Obama administration official calls attention to unaccountable mass surveillance conducted under a 1981 executive order.
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In major policy shift, Miami-Dade police to video record entirety of suspect interviews - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

In major policy shift, Miami-Dade police to video record entirety of suspect interviews - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In a major and widely praised shift, county homicide detectives will begin recording all interactions with suspects in killings.
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Evesham police first station in New Jersey to require all police wear body cameras

Evesham police first station in New Jersey to require all police wear body cameras | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In an age where shaky cell phone footage leaked to YouTube has sometimes landed police departments in hot water, the Evesham Police Department has decided that they would rather be the ones behind the camera. Formerly PhillyBurbs
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Police: Men May Have Robbed California Bank Before

Police: Men May Have Robbed California Bank Before | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police were investigating whether the same men who robbed a bank, took hostages and led a deadly chase and shootout carried out other recent bank heists in the same part of Northern California, including one earlier this year at the very same branch. There were striking similarities between...
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When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid'

When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Whether I was working as a barista or a paralegal, the story was the same: My employers wanted me to keep my mouth shut about money.
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Police Scotland's stop-and-search rate nine times that of NYPD ... but watchdog 'buried' statistic

Police Scotland's stop-and-search rate nine times that of NYPD  ... but watchdog 'buried' statistic | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A police watchdog has been slammed after it buried damning parts of its own report into the scale of stop and search north of the Border.
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