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Supreme Court blocks Illinois law prohibiting taping of police

Supreme Court blocks Illinois law prohibiting taping of police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a plea from the Cook County state's attorney to allow enforcement of a law prohibiting people from recording police officers on the job.
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Rob Duke's comment, November 26, 2012 6:09 PM
I don't have a problem with the recording, but it's often the intrusive manner that folks want to conduct the recording. If I were in the situation of trying to engage in an investigation, I wouldn't let someone get close enough to be able to exchange contraband or weapons with the suspects; I wouldn't want them to get anywhere where I couldn't control their actions (or eventually someone will use recording as a ruse to hurt officers); nor would I want them to be in a position to interfere with the investigation, pass on information to other suspects, or be able to tamper with evidence. The press go by these rules, so it's only reasonable that citizens learn the rules, too.
Morgan Hostina's comment, November 28, 2012 1:10 AM
I definitely understand why it would be inconvenient, irritating and sometimes downright dangerous to have people trying to video tape and audio record police activity, but the idea that it would be a felony for "wire tapping" when a person who was in direct contact with LE is absurd. Making your own recording might be one of the only ways that could show your side of the story. Like in the NYPD Stop and Frisk case that was up here a while back. How else could that kid have shown the abuse that he and others were experiencing. That all being said, there do need to be some straightforward rules for it, like you had talked about in class. Maybe if you arent the person in direct contact with officers, aka not the recipient of their attention, there should be a distance or interference rule.
Rob Duke's comment, November 28, 2012 2:34 AM
@Morgan: that's a good point about the person who is having contact with the police recording. I'll have to consider that...these circumstances may be when a person needs to record the contact most....
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Police consider using body cameras amid Texas bill proposal

Police consider using body cameras amid Texas bill proposal | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Abilene and other police departments across the state debate body cameras for officers.
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Anchorage police arrest marijuana delivery driver in sting operation

Anchorage police arrest marijuana delivery driver in sting operation | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The driver was working for a company that said it was openly selling marijuana in anticipation of Alaska’s new legal possession law.
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How many years will it be before we look back and admit that MJ prohibition was bad public policy?

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Why de Blasio Was Right to Take On Criminal Justice Reform

Why de Blasio Was Right to Take On Criminal Justice Reform | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“People actually lose their employment because they weren’t able to come into work,” said one New Yorker in a 2011 interview with the Center for Constitutional Rights on the city’s now-defunct “stop-and-frisk” policy. “And when they’re released they have to start from scratch all over again and figure out another...
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Zero-tolerance works, but keeping it too long was a mistake.  It remains to be seen whether the deviant subculture (and/or the underserved economic conditions of the communities) has been disrupted enough that public safety will be preserved without stop/frisk.  New York was Gotham City in the 1980's and Bill Bratton's adoption of Broken Windows Theory/Zero Tolerance (Wilson and Kelling) seems to have broken that criminality cycle, but it was a mistake to keep the system in place for so long without enlisting the input and help of the communities it was meant to help/control.

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What can the Justice Department do to improve local policing?

Loretta Lynch has promised to make police-community relations a priority if confirmed as attorney general, but can the feds really help local forces?

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Let’s face it, we need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol — and legalise other drugs

Let’s face it, we need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol — and legalise other drugs | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

In the last few years alcohol has become the leading cause of death in men under 50 years of age, and it will soon achieve a similar deadly status in women. Alcohol-induced liver deaths have quadrupled in the past 40 years whereas deaths from heart and lung disease have halved.

The reasons for this are well established – alcohol is cheaper and more easily available than it has been since the gin-epidemic of the 1700s and half of all 15-16 year olds are becoming dangerously intoxicated at least once a month. A 21 year woman was recently given a liver transplant for cirrhosis induced by her having essentially an alcohol-only diet since aged ten. Alcohol misuse costs the UK about £30 billion per year of which about £3.5 billion is in health care costs with over 1 million hospital admissions for alcohol-related disorders at the last count. Policing public disorder and alcohol road accidents cost the taxpayer over £6 billion a year.


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"Today the cost of alcohol misuse in the UK is around £30 billion per year —about £1000 per tax-payer. Estimates that have modelled the value of minimum pricing suggest that a 50p unit price would lead to at least a 10 per cent reduction in consumption!"

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Inquest: Sydney Café Hostage Killed by Police Bullet

Inquest: Sydney Café Hostage Killed by Police Bullet | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed in to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday. Katrina Dawson, a 38-year-old lawyer who was...
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Wise County Sheriff's K-9 Officer Shot Dead By Suspect

Wise County Sheriff's K-9 Officer Shot Dead By Suspect | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Wise County Sheriff's Office K-9 officer has been shot dead and the man believed to have killed the K-9 is also dead.
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My 'ol k-9 Ronny was a Malinois, too; and, I'd have been amazed if a bullet could have stopped him cold.  They are like a bolt of pure energy.  My sincere condolences go out to the Deputy and his/her department.

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Laura Lee Smith's comment, January 30, 11:36 PM
I think that police dogs perform vital functions, and anything we can do to protect them is well worth the trouble. My neighbor owns a Malinois and he is clearly unhappy at being an apartment dog, he has that amazing energy, This article highlighted for me the danger these dogs and their handlers face, I know there has been a push to get bullet proof vests for the dogs, I wonder what the barrier to that is?
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It's Not Just About Race, It's About Power - Reason.com

It's Not Just About Race, It's About Power - Reason.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Rethinking policing after the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown
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Should LA Save a Beautiful Symbol of a Terrible LAPD?

Should LA Save a Beautiful Symbol of a Terrible LAPD? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Downtown LA's Parker Center, the long-time home of the LAPD, has been headed toward demolition for about a year now (the police moved to new headquarters nearby in 2009),...
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There's been so much good done by police, it's crazy to either say that all police are good; or to try to nullify all the good that has been done, (and continues to be done).  Parker Center should be saved because it's historic to the City of Los Angeles and to the LAPD.

This article perpetuates a moral panic that does little to encourage the kind of dialogue that can result in improved police performance.

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Laura Lee Smith's comment, January 30, 11:38 PM
I agree there has been much good done by police, however there has also been evil perpetrated under the auspice of police authority and those who want this monument destroyed are probably those affected by those actions. I agree it should be saved, but I can understand the reasoning behind wanting to say "out with the old, in with the new" as it were. Sometimes tangible reminders of difficult situations make it harder for people to move forward.
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Yale Police Under Investigation After Holding Prominent Journalist Charles Blow's Son at Gunpoint

Yale Police Under Investigation After Holding Prominent Journalist Charles Blow's Son at Gunpoint | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The New York Times' columnist's son, a student at the university, was leaving a library when he was confronted by campus police
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Official Oppression in Arlington Texas | BrettSanders.me

Official Oppression in Arlington Texas | BrettSanders.me | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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Their own photo shows you the slippery slope upon which they stand.  Old west anarchy or something resembling modern civil society?  Carrying semi-auto rifles around like it's a wardrobe accessory...

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Law Enforcement Wants Popular Police-Tracking App Disabled

Law Enforcement Wants Popular Police-Tracking App Disabled | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police. Waze is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. Fifty million users in 200 countries turn to the free...
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Blind man tased by police files a lawsuit

Blind man tased by police files a lawsuit ◂ WXYZ 7 Action News is metro Detroit's leading source for breaking news, weather warnings, award-winning investiga...

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Well, he's blind in one eye....

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LAPD criticized for arranging downtown talk by Mexican Mafia killer

LAPD criticized for arranging downtown talk by Mexican Mafia killer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The undercover police sedans arrived about noon in a bustling section of downtown Los Angeles.
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A Federal Court Considers Whether We Have a Right to Tell the Truth

A Federal Court Considers Whether We Have a Right to Tell the Truth | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
First Amendment cases often deal with the fringes of free speech, forcing courts to scrutinize expression that might, on first glance, seem pretty worthless. In the last few years, the Supreme Court has constructed constitutional protections for dogfighting videos, funeral protests, violent video games, and outright lies. This month, however,...
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WATCH: Seattle Cop Pepper-Sprays Teacher Jesse Hagopian Directly in Face While He Talks Cell Phone - YouTube

VIDEO: Seattle Police Pepper Spray Teacher for walking too close. Seattle teacher suing city after being pepper sprayed at MLK rally (KomoNews) SEATTLE -- A ...

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Jeez! Scared much?

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'They Could Have Retreated'—Why It's Time the Police Use this New Tactic

'They Could Have Retreated'—Why It's Time the Police Use this New Tactic | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police and civilian safety would improve if police would take a step back from confrontations and call for back-up.

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You can assign these rights wherever you want, but it means that policing changes.  There are likely to be fewer deaths that are tragic, but there's going to be more aggressive offenders who know the police have a duty to retreat.

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New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton announces changes in NYPD policing methods

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New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton announced some changes in NYPD policing methods Thursday.
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Man wielding hammer hits Stockton police K9, shot by police

Man wielding hammer hits Stockton police K9, shot by police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The canine was taken to the emergency vet but he will be fine according to Silvia. No officers were hurt during this incident.
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Chipotle Apologizes For NYPD Dust-Up

Chipotle Apologizes For NYPD Dust-Up | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
On December 16, nine New York police officers walked into a Brooklyn branch of the Mexican food chain Chipotle. Reportedly, several employees raised their hands in a “don’t shoot” pose — which in recent months has become a gesture of protest linked to the police shooting death of Michael
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Cops: Man killed in Stockton after attacking K9, officers with hammer

Cops: Man killed in Stockton after attacking K9, officers with hammer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A man armed with a claw hammer was shot and killed after he attacked a police dog and two officers in north Stockton, officials said Wednesday.
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LAPD had 35 suspected ‘suicide by cop’ incidents in 30 months

LAPD had 35 suspected ‘suicide by cop’ incidents in 30 months | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The LAPD Inspector General reviewed a series of shootings over a 30 month period and identified common characteristics in apparent suicide-by-cop cases.
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The bell curve of the variety of incidents officers face is not a normal distribution.  There are many abnormalities and lots of outlier incidents.

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Two Cops Shot Inside New Hope, Minnesota, City Hall After Ceremony

A gunman was killed after opening fire on two police officers moments after they were sworn in at a ceremony in a Minneapolis suburb on Monday, officials sai...
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17-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead By Three Cops At Texas Police Station

17-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead By Three Cops At Texas Police Station | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The incident, at this point, is shrouded in mystery.

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Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“You don't want to be the first person to do something like this,” says governor.
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Little innovation comes about from politics.  We'd rather keep throwing the same old dollars (and lives) down the prohibition bunny hole rather than try something different.

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