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Minn. police officer killed in ambush shooting

Minn. police officer killed in ambush shooting | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ryan Michael Larson, of Cold Spring, was held Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder. The county attorney's office was considering criminal charges.
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Taylor Altenburg's comment, December 4, 2012 7:00 PM
Stories such as this one are very disappointing. I feel awful for this officers family. I cant believe he was just ambushed like that. I think the individual responsible for this needs to be locked up forever. Responding to a call such as the one in this article is interesting that they couldn't find anyone at first and then were attacked the second time around. I thought suicidal people were out to hurt themselves not attack others?
roderick glover's comment, December 7, 2012 6:22 AM
I don’t know if the officer is corrupt, but there been a lot of attacks on officers lately. Criminals are getting more comfortable with attacking men in uniform. Today’s, gangs are threatening law officials with no fear of repercussions; it like they have protection in prison and on the streets. Is this the impact of the bad history of police abuse in America? Something needs to be done to neutralize these attacks on officer. I make take more federal involvement to fix the issues of attacks on officers and citizens.
Jesse Morris's comment, December 12, 2012 5:37 AM
Wow, the officer was made out to be some kind of kickass rockstar townsman and Larson this complete scumbag with a bad record. So, not to point fingers or anything; but shouldn't the police have suspected this sort of thing or maybe felt at least a little apprehensive when they went to the Larson's home the first time and no-one was there? I mean is sad the officer dude died and especially since he left a family behind, but i cant help but shake this feeling that they should have known what was up. Not that they are at fault in anyway, that lies entirely on the guy who pulled the trigger.
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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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NYPD patrol guide clearly states members cannot use chokeholds

NYPD patrol guide clearly states members cannot use chokeholds | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After several people were asphyxiated while in police custody, the NYPD forbade the use of chokeholds in 1983, stating it could only be used when an officer’s life was in danger. Former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly banned the use of chokeholds all together in 1993.
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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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Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO

Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.
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