Federal prosecutors are battling in court to keep $167,000 in cash seized in a 2013 traffic stop, despite the motorist never being charged in the incident and the Obama administration clamped down this spring on such asset seizures and forfeitures.
MELBOURNE – In 1809, Jeremy Bentham, the founder of utilitarianism, set to work on The Book of Fallacies. His goal was to expose the fallacious arguments used to block reforms like the abolition of “rotten boroughs” – electorates with so few electors that a powerful lord or landowner could effectively select the member of parliament, while newer cities like Manchester remained unrepresented.
Bentham collected examples of fallacies, often from parliamentary debates. By 1811, he had sorted them into nearly 50 different types, with titles like “Attack us, you attack Government,” the “No precedent argument,” and the “Good in theory, bad in practice” fallacy. (One thing on which both Immanuel Kant and Bentham agree is that this last example is a fallacy: If something is bad in practice, there must be a flaw in the theory.)
Bentham was thus a pioneer of an area of science that has made considerable progress in recent years. He would have relished the work of psychologists showing that we have a confirmation bias (we favor and remember information that supports, rather than contradicts, our beliefs); that we systematically overestimate the accuracy of our beliefs (the overconfidence effect); and that we have a propensity to respond to the plight of a single identifiable individual rather than a large number of people about whom we have only statistical information.
A year ago, he took a leave from the U to return to the DOJ to take part in the federal investigations into the Ferguson and the Baltimore police departments, and to work to implement many of the programs pushed by the Obama administration. “We have evidence-based practices that work around the country,” he said. “Why don’t we collect those practices and disseminate them broadly throughout the country?”
Addressing three aspects of community-police relations — implicit bias, procedural justice and racial reconciliation — the new initiative is being led not by cops or politicians but by academics from UCLA, Yale Law School and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (as well as several institutes, ranging from UCLA's Center for Policing Equity to the National Network for Safe Communities).
Rob Duke's insight:
It's worth a shot. There's a pragmatism in policing, though, that can't be glossed over. Cops will support this under one condition: it must work. If it's a "bullshit party", cops will do what they must to cooperate, but they won't have ownership.
The excerpt is about feminist, alternative forms of (criminal) justice. All published on bitch. This is an excerpt from the book Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America, whose third edition came out from AK Press this July. The above photo is of a Black Lives Matter protest in Las ...
North Carolina law now recognizes military-police certification in civilian law enforcement. Hollis is the first to wear the badge under the new legislation effective June 3, according to N.C. General Statutes. Under the new law, N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission “shall waive an applicant’s completion of the commission-accredited training course and issue probationary certification to a current or honorably discharged former military police officer,” according to General Statutes. To become a police officer with military certifications under the law, former service members must have: • Completed a military-police training program. • Been awarded a “military police specialty occupancy rating.” • Performed duties as a military police officer at least two years of the five years before applying for civilian law-enforcement certification. • And meet other standards required of law-enforcement officers. Hollis is completing 120 hours of basic law-enforcement training education sections pertaining to state law, he said.
Right now, a person can take the NYPD exam only until age 35, although if a person served in the military he or she can extend the age limit for up to six years. The thinking behind the age restriction is pretty obvious: Younger people are more likely to be able to handle the physical requirements of training and, over the course of a career, any job.
That is true, on average. All else being equal, a 20-year-old is probably going to beat a 40-year-old in a foot race, and a 40-year-old is likely going to best a 50-year-old over the same distance.
But being 40 or 50 today is very different from what it was 20 years ago. People are living longer. They are smoking less. Folks who care about their health are eating better and exercising more. Plenty of people in their 50s, even in their 60s, are in extremely good physical condition. There are 40-year-olds playing professional baseball and football, even boxing. If you have run in a road-race recently, chances are someone who was 20 or 30 years your senior finished with a better time. While there is certainly a drop-off in physical assets—especially reflexes and the ability to recover from injuries—as one ages, exercise and diet can slow those declines and prevent steep losses in strength and stamina. I'd bet that many people in their late 30s and 40s reading this are in better shape now than they were in their mid-20s.
Rob Duke's insight:
They have a good point. I'd also argue that adding a pre-academy physical training camp would entice an even wider group to apply. One of the best cops that I knew in my career was an auto mechanic until they were 38. I wonder what the job would look like if we had a bunch of folks with mindsets more akin to farmers, mechanics, craftspeople, chefs.
Several thousand people marched Sunday in the northwest Houston neighborhood where a sheriff’s deputy was shot just days ago, in a show of support for the deputy’s family and for the local law enforcement community.
Setting off from a local church and led by a handful of pastors sharing a megaphone, the group walked toward the Chevron station about one mile away. Some in the crowd waved American flags and at least one person carried a sign reading “all lives matter,” a reference to the “Black Lives Matter” movement focusing on police aggression and violence against African-Americans. The community here is now blaming the movement, at least in part, for what some believe created an atmosphere of tension that led to Friday’s violence.
“I think all the stigmas that are going around in our nation right now definitely contributed to what happened,” said Lauren Duvall, a 29-year-old marcher working in real estate, about criticism of law enforcement in the wake of police shootings of black men across the country.
The directives of the judge’s order became clear this summer in a supportive ruling from the Court of Appeals; the critical aspect of the sealed November document sent to the News-Miner, however, is that it contained the judge’s summary of Wallace’s reported statement. The Court of Appeals decision did not contain information about the contents of the statement. Lyle’s order is clearly marked “Sealed” on each page. Why, then, did the News-Miner publish a story about the contents of the sealed order?
The more time goes by since last fall’s passage of the high-minded Proposition 47, the more it begins to look like a well-intentioned mistake.
This was the ballot measure that turned some “minor” felonies into misdemeanor crimes, thus easing the crowding in state prisons and many county jails. It has unquestionably helped some ex-felons rebuild their lives.
But as crime statistics for the first half of this year pour in from around the state, this measure looks worse and worse, on balance. The numbers are bearing out warnings Proposition 47 opponents made in their official ballot argument against the initiative before it passed by a whopping 60-40 percent margin.
Members of the #FYF911 or #FukYoFlag and #BlackLivesMatter movements called for the lynching and hanging of white people and cops. They encouraged others on a radio show Tuesday night to "turn the tide" and kill white people and cops to send a message about the killing of black people in America.
Rob Duke's insight:
I posted this for the audio. This is likely an outlier, but it is followed by murders, see the Deputy executed in Texas last night.
The moral power of King's speech is unimpeachable. Its historical role is similarly unquestionable. His revolutionary words delivered in front of the Lincoln Memorial would leave America changed. But what is striking is something that is largely lost to modern rhetoric: King's constant evocation of ancient laws and age-old values. With radical intent, King appealed to America with a deeply conservative speech.
To have invented rights would have been preposterous. Instead, King reminded his audience what Thomas Jefferson wrote: "That all men—yes, black men as well as white men—would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." King had come to redeem a two-century-old debt, a "promissory note" that America had defaulted on, or, riffing further, "a bad check". Again, the conservatism: responsible people do not write checks they cannot cover.
But the preacher in King reached back further, into the source of morality that nearly all Americans of his time held dear to their hearts, and the book they read and quoted memorised passages of. While the Baptist Bill Clinton, the born-again George Bush and the black-church-influenced Barack Obama have all salted their speeches with Biblical allusions, for King faith was not an added bit of spice but the meal itself, the base of his thinking—as it was for his listeners.
Young’s attorneys presented evidence that Young’s predecessor, the late Sheriff W.A. Woodham, also authorized furloughs, including three inmates with felony charges. Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch and former Monroe County Sheriff Allison DeFoor both testified they had granted furloughs, but did not provide legal authority for their actions.
Pittman maintained Meggs targeted Young for political reasons.
“This same furlough process, which is currently practiced by other sheriff’s offices in North Florida, has not been placed under the same level of proprietorial scrutiny in other counties,” he said. “We believe this kind of selective prosecution illuminates the political motivation behind the State Attorney’s decisions to continue this witch hunt at the expense of taxpayer dollars.”
If police departments were graded by social media users the way a high school teacher grades homework, many of them would flunk or barely pass, according to a new analysis of public sentiment toward law enforcement on Twitter. The drug addiction resource organization DrugAbuse.com released Thursday a report card on municipal police forces based on highly-positive and highly-negative tweets transmitted in the first half of the year.
Using a series of tweeted keywords that commonly represent descriptions of law enforcement, the organization found that nearly half of Americans give their police department a “D” grade or a failing grade. The most positively rated state and city police departments were in New Hampshire and Columbus, Ohio. Arkansas and Ferguson, Missouri, had the most negatively rated state and city police, according to the report.
Rob Duke's insight:
Terrible methodology: all that one can say is so what? This isn't reliable or valid. For instance: Alaska gets a C, but I can tell you from living here that the Troopers, for example, are generally beloved. So much for social media giving us significant results....
St. Landry Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the two deceased victims are Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson, 52, and Shameka Johnson, 41. Surlay Johnson, 34, is critical condition at Lafayette General Hospital after being stabbed. The suspect's wife, Courtney Jolivette, was also stabbed and is currently in critical condition at Rapides Medical Center. Surlay and Shameka…
Two advocacy groups suing the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for access to data from automated license plate readers have won a chance to argue before the California Supreme Court.The Americ
The thief-thief technique, as Noam Chomsky puts it, is when your hand is someone’s pocket and you point to someone else and say, “Thief! Thief!”, hoping everyone forgets you are the robber. It is used by petty crooks, tenth-rate lawyers, propagandists, the press and, when talking about race, by Whites and their hangers-on.
“For policing scholars, space, places, and the physical and social environment have served as significant contextual backdrops," state Cynthia Lum and Nicholas Fyfe, Special Editors of the Policing Special Issue. To mark Policing’s new Special Issue on ‘Space, Place, and Policing: Exploring Geographies of Research and Practice’, we’ve put together a map showcasing the global and place-based approaches the journal’s contributors have taken towards policing research. Explore the map below to dis
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