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Shootout and Takedown! Police tactics in action! - Watch how it's done!

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Uncovering information about police misconduct might soon get easier in California

Uncovering information about police misconduct might soon get easier in California | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
California has some of the strictest laws in the country against publicly releasing information surrounding police discipline.

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California has a very balanced policy, which was set by the court in the Pitchess v. Superior Court (1974) case.  The court reviews all requests for records and then examines the officer's file en camera (or in chambers).  The judge then decides what is relevant and gets released.  This prevents "fishing expeditions" by defense attorneys.  The same defense attorneys already keep databases on known complaints (that their clients have filed) and they update those files with any information gleaned through what is now known as a "Pitchess" motion.  These attorneys then charge a fee to other attorneys to access the database.  It's clear that there's a potential abuse by attorneys if they have unfettered access.  Having a judge review is a fair and balanced solution to the problem.  We'll see if this change moves forward.
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New laws for automated license plate readers

REDLANDS >> Agencies that use automated license plate readers must follow enhanced privacy standards and public disclosure requirements according to newly adopted state legislation.
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American Press - Opinion

American Press - Opinion | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As police departments around the country increasingly put body cameras on officers, Louisiana is beginning to take a hard
look at doing the same and is considering what, if any, regulations would nee
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McCubbin resigns position as police chief | KYStandard.com

McCubbin resigns position as police chief | KYStandard.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“After much consideration, meeting with the mayor, and those closest to me, I have made the decision to retire as the Chief of Police of the Bardstown Police Department. As you are aware the past events and restructuring of our department has caused much attention as I have stated that I did not agree with the direction that has been published in a directive by the mayor. I am aware that the mayor has the full authority to do this and in order to allow this to happen I will retire and remove myself as a distraction.
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This is one reason why the Council-Manager form of government is superior.  You rarely have these roller-coaster transitions every election.  Chiefs and managers have stable contracts with clauses that prohibit their removal within 6 months of an election (either before or after).  All that is good will grind to a halt for years after this (perceive to be dirty) political removal....
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Los Angeles Joins Debate on Force After Police Killing of Homeless Man

Los Angeles Joins Debate on Force After Police Killing of Homeless Man | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
More than 20 years after Rodney King was beaten, the city has entered a vigorous new debate about the police’s use of force on civilians and minorities.
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More police shootings violated LAPD policy in 2015

More police shootings violated LAPD policy in 2015 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Last week's finding that an LAPD officer had no cause to shoot and kill Brendon Glenn was the fifth 2015 shooting found out of policy so far, an uptick from recent years.
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Dispatcher trauma: The unique stress of the job (and how to overcome it)

Dispatcher trauma: The unique stress of the job (and how to overcome it) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Just because dispatchers don’t witness trauma first-hand doesn't mean they are not potentially vulnerable to the stressful aftermath
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Woman admits tweeting fake threats to fellow black students at N.J. college

Woman admits tweeting fake threats to fellow black students at N.J. college | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Prosecutors said the student tweeted threats from a campus library because she wanted more people to attend a rally on racial issues
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No one kept track of police shootings until this Pulitzer-winning project

The Washington Post won two Pulitzers yesterday, including one for national reporting for a series on police shootings of civilians. There had been little national data about those kind of shootings.

The Post created its own database that included these findings: 990 people were fatally shot by police last year. One in six officers had been involved in a prior shooting. In three-quarters of the cases, police were under attack or defending someone who was.

Wesley Lowery was one of The Washington Post’s lead reporters on this. He’s part of a team of more than 60.
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Rahm Emanuel announces changes to Chicago's police force

Rahm Emanuel announces changes to Chicago's police force | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A week after this report was published, on April 21st, Mr Emanuel responded by announcing his reform plan for the CPD. To the disappointment of some, his proposed changes ignore about two-thirds of the 76 recommendations of his own task force. He called it a “down payment” on the road to reform, which will include the creation of an early warning system to flag up officers who generate a high number of citizen complaints as well as speedier internal investigations of problematic officers. A third-party hotline will be created for cops to report misconduct by fellow officers and to break the force's perceived code of silence. The CPD, the IPRA and the city’s law department will work together to “review officer discipline histories, patterns of alleged misconduct, civil settlements and judgments, citizen complaints and other data”. And Chicago authorities will be allowed to conduct internal investigations at the same time as state or federal investigations.

Mr Emanuel’s first reform instalment did not include the abolition of the IPRA, the setting in motion of a formal reconciliation process between the community and the CPD or the creation of the position of deputy chief of diversity, which his task force proposes. But if the mayor's reaction to the report’s recommendations was limited it was swift, and it left the door open for further reform. At the very least, it’s a start in tackling problems that have beset the CPD for decades.
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'Strong but Wrong' Training - Calibre Press

'Strong but Wrong' Training - Calibre Press | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“I have spoken to thousands of firearms and use-of-force trainers,” Butler says, “and I ask them, ‘What is your current firearms certification standard based on?’ I can count on one hand the number who have said, ‘We base training on the threats andcircumstances that officers are likely to encounter on the street.’

“Almost always the standards are designed to meet some sort of administrative risk-management requirement. Very little is finding its way from real-life combat situations into firearms training.”

For example, he notes, training in no- or low-light situations is commonly neglected, even though a significant percentage of OISs occur where visibility is impaired. And officers frequently are not taught the importance of moving immediately when faced with a threat—a proven means of disrupting offender hit rates—because trainers mistakenly accept that range design prohibits any movement that’s effective.
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Victoria police officer who lobbied for legalizing pot gets $20,000

Victoria police officer who lobbied for legalizing pot gets $20,000 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Victoria police officer who advocated for drug legalization while off duty and claimed discrimination by the Victoria Police Department has been awarded $20,000 in a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal . . .
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BODYCAM: Officer Dragged during Traffic Stop - Calibre Press

BODYCAM: Officer Dragged during Traffic Stop - Calibre Press | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Aurora police on Thursday released body camera video of an officer being dragged and injured during a traffic stop earlier this month. The recording shows the April 3 confrontation where the driver flees as the officer asks him for identification. Police say they have identified the driver as 34-year-old Jason Moore. “His current whereabouts are unknown,” …
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Bill Bratton gives advice on how not to get shot by cops

Bill Bratton gives advice on how not to get shot by cops | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has some simple advice for New Yorkers - if you don’t want to get shot by cops, don’t point a gun at them.

“The best way to not get shot by a New York City police officer is not carry a gun and not raise that gun toward them,” Bratton said at a news conference Monday.

His comments came in reaction to a question about George Tillman, 32, who was killed on April 17 when an NYPD sergeant and three cops fired 13 shots at him, hitting him 11 times in Queens around 1:30 a.m. Police sources said he had a gun in his waistband and pulled it out as officers chased him near the corner of 135th St. and 116th Ave. in South Ozone Park.

His family has since hired an attorney, who has been publicly questioning whether he had a gun and if he should have been shot so many times.

“The witnesses I’ve interviewed tell me George didn’t take any gun out and that he was shot while running away from the police,” attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said Monday. “Instead of trashing me in the media, Commissioner Bratton should make an effort to speak to witnesses.”

But Bratton was disgusted by those claims and stressed that his officers lives were at risk.

“My cops go out there every day and put their lives at risk and the attorneys the games they play the families that never want to believe that their loved ones were involved in anything,” he said. “I’m sorry, that individual was carrying a gun, raised that gun and was shot.”
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BODYCAM: Tucson Police Release OIS Footage - Calibre Press

BODYCAM: Tucson Police Release OIS Footage - Calibre Press | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Tucson Police Department held a press conference Monday afternoon regarding the officer-involved shooting that occurred on March 16. Police released officer body camera video from the shooting incident.

Carlos Alegria, 41, was shot March 15 after pulling a gun on officers, according to the TPD. Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman for the TPD, said police received a call about a man, later identified as Alegria, with a knife who was being aggressive to workers in the neighborhood.

Dugan said Alegria pulled a gun, which was later determined to be a BB gun, on officers when they arrived on the scene. Officers Mark Molina, a 19-year veteran, and Gary Rosebeck, an 8-year veteran, both discharged their firearms during the incident. Alegria was treated at a local hospital and later booked into the Pima County Jail. He is facing three counts of aggravated assault and five counts of disorderly conduct.
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Law Enforcement Absent From White House Criminal Justice Event

Law Enforcement Absent From White House Criminal Justice Event | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A White House event regarding the economic impact of the criminal justice system held today should have included law enforcement on the panel, FLEOA asserts.
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San Francisco Police Officers Union takes fight with district attorney public

San Francisco Police Officers Union takes fight with district attorney public | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The battle between police officers and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon heated up on Monday. The latest salvo is that the police union is taking its fight to the public via YouTube.
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LAPD failed to report policy on license plate readers

LAPD failed to report policy on license plate readers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Law enforcement across Southern California employ automated license plate readers. But many have failed to make their policies on the technology public.
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When Should Police Release Body Camera Videos?

When Should Police Release Body Camera Videos? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As more California police departments equip body cameras on their officers, state lawmakers are trying to determine who should have access to the videos.
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Sheriff Bob Gualtieri's Response To Media Irresponsibility

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Empty press room.  The "media" isn't really interested in the truth.
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Why I Hated Being a Cop

Why I Hated Being a Cop | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Moral conflicts at every turn.
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It's not a perfect business, but most of these problems are at a much higher pay scale than your typical cop.  You gotta work from the inside to leave a little more just system than you inherited....
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Police release new evidence in deadly shooting of Seaside officer

Police release new evidence in deadly shooting of Seaside officer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
All new police video shows what lead up to the deadly confrontation on the night Seaside Police Officer Sgt. Jason Goodding was killed.
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Protesters demonstrate against police over N.J. man's death (VIDEO)

Protesters demonstrate against police over N.J. man's death (VIDEO) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The family of Richard Bard Jr. walked a little more than a half mile to the Vineland Police Department carrying signs and chanting about justice during a protest Wednesday afternoon.

Bard, 31, of Bridgeton, was killed Sunday morning in a shootout with police after he robbed a man outside a market on 7th and Cherry streets, according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office.

The officer involved in the shooting has not been identified and has been placed on administrative leave, per state statute.

According to the prosecutor's office, Bard and John Bain, 31, of Vineland, beat a man with a handgun on the corner of 7th and Cherry streets around 1 a.m. Sunday.

The two fled the scene and encountered police in the area of East Avenue and Almond Street, prosecutors said. Bard shot at a police officer, who returned fire and killed him, prosecutors said.
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Last year’s crime trends are still a puzzle, even with new data

Last year’s crime trends are still a puzzle, even with new data | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There are plenty of theories about what the numbers mean.
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Ron Coase could give some insight.  The Coase Theorem predicts that the market will find an equilibrium whenever you shift institutional ownership of something.  As we shift the right to investigate, stop, arrest and use force away from cops, the market is reacting.  What we see is a resurgance of crime based upon the new institutional arrangement.
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Louisiana: 5 Cops Plead Guilty to 2005 Post-Katrina Killings

Louisiana: 5 Cops Plead Guilty to 2005 Post-Katrina Killings | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In Louisiana, five former police officers pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to the 2005 killings of unarmed African American civilians on the Danziger bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina. On September 4, 2005, a group of New Orleans police officers opened fire with AK-47s on families crossing the bridge in search of food. Two people, teenager James Brisette and 40-year-old Ronald Madison, were killed. Four more were injured. Police later tried to cover-up the case. On Wednesday, five police officers pled guilty to conspiracy, obstruction of justice and civil rights charges. Their sentences range from 3 to 12 years.
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