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Man shot by DC police officer pointed gun at him, authorities say - Washington Post (blog)

W*USA 9Man shot by DC police officer pointed gun at him, authorities sayWashington Post (blog)A man whom a D.C.
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Gregory's comment, December 1, 2012 6:42 PM
Most people would jump the gun and completely side with the officer but I did see a few flaws with this whole mess. Let me just state that the officer was in the right when he fired his gun. The man did point a gun at him and that gives an officer the right to defend himself. But how did this whole thing start? Well remember that the article said the officer made eye contact with the guy from his car, and then decided to try to do a search on the guy with no probable cause. It did say that he had he hand on his waist so yeah the guy was most likely holding on to his gun but think about why he would do that. The officer was not in a police car, and this was a poor part of the city. The man most likely carries an unloaded gun to scare people off who try to attack him but because it was unloaded you know he does not have any intention to kill. When the officer was chasing him without a uniform on, or a police car the guy thought he was being attack. Maybe this guy is wanted by some gang, maybe he owes money, or maybe hes been shot at before making him really paranoid. Also could be the departments fault for not making that neighbor hood safe in the first place so this man wouldn't be fearing for his life. This is what I believe what should happen. The man needs to be questioned for why he ran and pointed a gun at the other guy, so that the officers can try to fix whats going on in that poorer part of town. With the mans support I believe that he should go free, because the officer is half at fault and the fact he did not carrier a loaded gun.
Benjamin Russell's comment, December 8, 2012 9:19 PM
I do not see anything wrong with any part of the officers actions at any stage in this incident. The officer saw signs of suspicious behavior by the man during the late night in a bad part of town and , because of his suspicious the officer, who was wearing a police vest and a badge around his neck, approached the man and ASK if he could search him. Then the man began running and flashing his gun. At this point, the officer had full obligation to pursue the man. I believe that the officer was just in everything he did from this point on as well, and as the fleeing individual aimed a gun at the officer, loaded or not, the officer was in fear of his life and had every right to shoot at the man.
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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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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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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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How the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Apparatus Is Being Turned on Protesters | We Are Change

How the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Apparatus Is Being Turned on Protesters | We Are Change | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"When I see counterterrorism folks amongst protesters, it sends me a message that I'm the enemy,"

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11 Months After Marijuana Legalization, Here's What's Happening to Mexican Cartels

11 Months After Marijuana Legalization, Here's What's Happening to Mexican Cartels | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There's never been a better reason to legalize it.
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[Leadership] Army Doctrine Reference Publication ADRP 6-22 (FM 6-22) Army Leadership

[Leadership] Army Doctrine Reference Publication ADRP 6-22 (FM 6-22) Army Leadership | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

 Army Leadership Competent, Confident, and Agile

https://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm6-22.pdf ;

 

Chapter 4 LEADER 

2 Empathy........................ 4-9

 

the Army leader to build high-performing and cohesive organizations able to effectively project and support landpower. It also creates positive organizational climates, allowing for individual and team learning, and empathy for all team members, Soldiers, civilians, and their families.

 

2-15. Three major factors determine a leader’s character: values, empathy, and the Warrior Ethos. Some characteristics are present at the beginning of the leader’s career, while others develop over time through additional education, training, and experience.

 

4-4. Character is essential to successful leadership. It determines who people are and how they act. It helps determine right from wrong and choose what is right. The factors, internal and central to a leader, which make up the leader’s core are—

    Army Values.

    Empathy.

    Warrior Ethos.

 

EMPATHY

 

4-42. Army leaders show a propensity to share experiences with the members of their organization. When planning and deciding, try to envision the impact on Soldiers and other subordinates. The ability to see something from another person’s point of view, to identify with and enter into another person’s feelings and emotions, enables the Army leader to better care for civilians, Soldiers, and their families.

 

4-43. Competent and empathetic leaders take care of Soldiers by giving them the training, equipment, and all the support they need to keep them alive in combat and accomplish the mission. During wartime and difficult operations, empathetic Army leaders share the hardships with their people to gauge if their plans and decisions are realistic. Competent and empathetic leaders also recognize the need to provide Soldiers and civilians with reasonable comforts and rest periods to maintain good morale and mission effectiveness. When a unit or organization suffers injuries or death, empathetic Army leaders can help ease the trauma and suffering in the organization to restore full readiness as quickly as possible.

 

4-44. Modern Army leaders recognize that empathy also includes nourishing a close relationship between the Army and Army families. To build a strong and ready force, Army leaders at all levels promote self sufficient and healthy families. Empathy for families includes allowing Soldiers recovery time from difficult missions, protecting leave periods, permitting critical appointments, as well as supporting events that allow information exchange and family teambuilding.

 

4-45. The requirement for leader empathy extends beyond civilians, Soldiers, and their families. Within the larger operational environment, leader empathy may be helpful when dealing with local populations and prisoners of war. Providing the local population within an area of operations with the necessities of life often turns an initially hostile disposition into one of cooperation.

 

B-35. To improve leader counseling skills, follow these general guidelines:

Display empathy when discussing the problem.

 


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Cop Records Himself Shooting Man For Running Away

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The Muskogee, Oklahoma Police Department just released the video from a fatal on-duty police shooting Friday (scroll down for video). The whole thing was
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The article illustrates why these shootings are misunderstood.  The officer has a mindset that the suspect is armed and the suspect fleas when the officer feels the gun during a pat-down search.  A short time later, the suspect drops the gun while apparently pulling it from his coat pocket.  The suspect stops and turns toward the officer and bends to retrieve the gun.  The officer perceives a threat and fires at the same time it's revealed that the suspect may still be intending to continue to run from the officer--but the officer has already perceived the threat and has begun shooting.  Several rounds fly even as the man turns and runs a step or two away.  It's still not clear to those who witnessed the shooting that the suspect had pulled the gun and that the gun is cocked.  There are so many contradictions going on before, during and after the shooting.

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Sen. Sullivan wants EPA agents to go unarmed

Sen. Sullivan wants EPA agents to go unarmed | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
While Sen. Dan Sullivan wants to prohibit agents of the Environmental Protection Agency from carrying guns — an idea triggered by what he describes as a reckless armed raid on miners in Chicken — an independent $50,000 state investigation commissioned by former Gov. Parnell concluded that the agents were not reckless and did not act inappropriately.
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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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Woman claims cops sexually assaulted her 25 years ago when she was a teen in Garden City

Woman claims cops sexually assaulted her 25 years ago when she was a teen in Garden City | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Prominent law enforcement officials are accused of sexually assaulting a Garden City teenage girl and covering it up while she was learning to be a cop 25 years ago.
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Alaska troopers investigating alleged stun gun use on boys

Alaska troopers investigating alleged stun gun use on boys | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Alaska State Troopers are investigating allegations that a village public safety officer in Kake used a stun gun or Taser on two boys.
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Dad calls cops to teach son a lesson; cops shoot son dead

Dad calls cops to teach son a lesson; cops shoot son dead | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
James Comstock called Iowa cops when his son took off with his truck; the 19-year-old was shot dead in the vehicle VIDEO
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Bit more going on here than the article would have you believe....

The force looks reasonable given the suspect's actions, but there's another policy question: Do you pursue in this situation?

The suspect is known and the pursuit is clearly a public danger.  It would have been more prudent to call off the pursuit and seek a warrant.

 

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Heather Wiinikka's comment, January 26, 2:08 AM
There is definitely a lot more to this story that they are not telling. It would have been alot better all the way around if they did call of the pursuit and seek a warrant. I also think that the father should be some what responsible. Honestly if you were to call the cops here in Alaska to teach your kid a lesson they would ignore it they do not have time for that and it is not the police responsibility to help you help discipline your children.
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Delaware troopers carry woman's casket to grave

Delaware troopers carry woman's casket to grave | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Members of the Delaware State Police Honor Guard acted as pallbearers for Valeria V. Mayer
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Life is a team sport!

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The Way Forward For Our Nation's Police

The Way Forward For Our Nation's Police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
  This is my trust-building vision: A national summit is organized which calls together our nation’s police leaders. The purpose is to discuss the growing problem of mistrust and lack of suppo...

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