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Two Officers Charged in Fatal Beating of Mentally Ill Man

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Prosecutors have charged two Fullerton, California police officers involved in the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic, homeless man who was brutally beaten during a confrontation with six Fullerton cops in early July.

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Donna Sharp's comment, December 8, 2012 12:43 AM
This is just unacceptable. What’s even more intolerable is that there were four other officers on scene that didn’t take part but just sat back and allowed this to happen and none of them are being charged for anything! I hope that both officers charged are convicted and receive their maximum sentences. There is no reason what so ever that brutal force had to be used on an unarmed man especially when it was a six to one ratio, with all the officers on scene they could have detained him without major injury if that was their true intention.
Jesse Morris's comment, December 12, 2012 8:17 AM
"Trying to use less force, not more." How is beating a man until he dies using less force? Anyway, this is obviously one of those circumstances in which police used the wrong discretion, or none at all and used WAY to much force. Hell it doesn't sound like the situation required any force to begin with. Seems to me that the officers just got fed up dealing with the guy for god knows how long and took their rage out on him....consequently killing him. Yeah, not a lot of thought went into this from the officers involved. What i want to knwo is why the other 4 cops just stood there.. Thats teh big ticket question.
biggamevince's comment, December 13, 2012 12:04 AM
Officers can use any force necessary to detain a suspect but there are laws against excessive force. The man showed obvious signs of having a mental illness which is why he couldn’t obey the officers commands. The officers should have sent him to jail then to a mental institution. When is it ok to continually beat someone while detained? The defense attorney who represented one of the officers the other officer were trying "to use less force, not more," in mashing Thomas to a pulp. This statement is illogical when the man was beaten to death.
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Man charged in deadly scuffle with police at Sodo light rail station

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Fairbanks Trooper Breaks Hand in Arrest of Passed Out Subject | Alaska Native News

Fairbanks Trooper Breaks Hand in Arrest of Passed Out Subject | Alaska Native News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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Ikea tells uniformed chief to disarm or leave store

Ikea tells uniformed chief to disarm or leave store | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By Chris Gordon NBC Washington TAKOMA PARK, Md. — Takoma Park Police Chief Alan Goldberg said in 35 years in law enforcement he's never had a store tell him that he would have to leave his service weapon in the car or leave — especially when he was in his police
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Utah Cop Joshua Boren Killed Family, Self After Rape Text - NBC News

Utah Cop Joshua Boren Killed Family, Self After Rape Text - NBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Utah police officer who murdered his family and killed himself in January had repeatedly drugged and raped his wife, who threatened to take their kids away...
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Amber Castaneda's comment, Today, 6:48 PM
Reading this story broke my heart, Justice was not serviced for Joshua Boren when he was a child or his family. It is obvious he didn't receive the counseling that was needed. And justice was not served for the wife and children of Boren's crime. The emotional suffering must have been a terrible ordeal to cope with. The system failed to realize the emotional stability of Officer Boren during his initial police training or even psychology evaluations during his time being a police officer, which then led to this triple homicide/suicide. These issues should have been caught earlier than two children and a mother and an officer wouldn't have had to die.
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Civil rights activists, CHP meet to discuss woman punched by officer

Civil rights activists, CHP meet to discuss woman punched by officer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Los Angeles civil rights activists said they were pleased by their Monday meeting with an upper-level California Highway Patrol official regarding the officer who was captured on video punching a woman alongside the 10 Freeway last week.
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404 Memphis police officers call in sick

404 Memphis police officers call in sick | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Nearly 200 police officers have called in sick over the last few days in Memphis.
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This never works and just makes things worse.  We live and work in service and that's never going to be fully appreciated, but that's ok, because that's not why we do it.  When you go to work to serve, you create raving fans and city councils get elected by raving fans.  I had a garbage man take my servant leadership class and he taught me that a good garbage man always "takes care of his route"--you know when Mrs. Smith husband passes away and you go get her trash can from that time on.  You know when Joe has forgotten to take the cans to the curb, so you help him out.  People don't always notice, but eventually they do and when that happens, the people of Memphis will demand better working conditions for their cops....just my two cents and I haven't worked that beat so I may be full of it...

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Man arrested with 'artfully concealed' knife inside shoe at Detroit airport, TSA says

Man arrested with 'artfully concealed' knife inside shoe at Detroit airport, TSA says | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Authorities said an airline passenger has been arrested in Michigan after being found with a knife concealed inside the bottom lining of one of his shoes.
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Albuquerque police sued over fatal camper shooting

Albuquerque police sued over fatal camper shooting | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) â€" The family of a homeless camper has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Albuquerque police for a fatal shooting that sparked protests and calls for reform throughout the city.
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What To Do if The Police Stop You at a Music Festival

What To Do if The Police Stop You at a Music Festival | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
If the police stop you out of the blue in the middle of a music festival and start questioning you, what do you do? Follow these 5 steps from the Festival Lawyer.
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Florida man charged with vandalism after bumper sticker protest of judge who handled his divorce case

Florida man charged with vandalism after bumper sticker protest of judge who handled his divorce case | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“The moral here is they are trying to tell me, ‘Don't mess with a judge,’ and my reply is, ‘This is a first amendment issue.’”
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Boston Bombing Suspect Tsarnaev Expected to Die: Prosecutors - NBC News

Boston Bombing Suspect Tsarnaev Expected to Die: Prosecutors - NBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sent his mother an e-mail suggesting he expected to die in a confrontation with authorities, prosecutors sa...
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NYPD detective gets four months for spying on fellow cops 

NYPD detective gets four months for spying on fellow cops  | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A former NYPD detective was sentenced to four months in federal lockup Monday for cyber-snooping on his colleagues at a Bronx station house.
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Prosecutor reviews police raid that burned toddler

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Prosecutor reviews police raid that burned toddler ATLANTA (AP) â€" A Georgia district attorney says his office has begun reviewing a raid that left a toddler severely burned by a flash grenade thrown by officers.
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Alaska police chiefs say legalizing marijuana will increase funding, training needs

Alaska police chiefs say legalizing marijuana will increase funding, training needs | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police says local police departments could end up spending $6 million next year if a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana passes in November.
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska: Parnell won't study pot measure ahead of vote | Business | Modesto Bee

FAIRBANKS, Alaska: Parnell won't study pot measure ahead of vote | Business | Modesto Bee | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Gov. Sean Parnell said he will not use state resources to study the implications of legalizing marijuana unless voters approve a pot initiative this fall.
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Woman Killed After Trooper Allegedly Runs Stop Sign

Woman Killed After Trooper Allegedly Runs Stop Sign | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A woman has died after her car hit a Pennsylvania State Police patrol vehicle that ran a stop sign. The Erie Times-News reports that 57-year-old Donna Platz of Edinboro died early Saturday morning.
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Amber Castaneda's comment, Today, 6:22 PM
I would hope for this case/accident that they (the police) preformed all the necessary tests on the trooper who was involved in the accident as they would do to every other person involved in an accident (breathalyzer/drug tests anything that could impair your ability). Since it was stated clearly in the article the troopers were not on a call and had no plausible reason to run the stop sign, and since their actions led to the death of the driver and serious injury to the passenger charges should have been filed. I feel that if they were not to receive any charges that this would change the view on police by the people of the community and make them distrust authorities.
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Here's The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed

Here's The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By Daniel Wallis DENVER, July 3 (Reuters) - At the Native Roots Apothecary, a discreet marijuana shop in a grand old building in Denver's busy 16th street shopping mall, business is so brisk that customers are given a number before ...
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Fed up: Anger rising across America

Fed up: Anger rising across America | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Every Fourth of July we have a family dinner and take turns reading sections of the Declaration of Independence. 
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I recently read that we must decide that truth is more important than justice.  In truth, all freedom is precious--even when it might be abused to commit a sneak attack.  In justice, enforcement and investigation becomes our focus.  I'm very swayed by this idea.  I think we should first uphold "truth" and then try to find reasonable justice within Human Dignity....what do you think?

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Shocking video of a police officer punching a woman

California Highway patrol promises a full investigation
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This was on the while I was in the hospital.  The first day, you see the homeless woman walking in traffic and then she tries to get away from the officer and fights with him.  Of course, now we're seeing just a few seconds of the end of the fight.  It's difficult to know what to do about this--do we let a crazy pedestrian kill other people by causing a bad accident or insist that she exit the freeway--and arrest her if she resists.  I'm not sure what kind of rule we could enact to avoid this kind of confrontation....

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L.A. Marijuana Farmers Market Draws Hourlong Lines - Hollywood Reporter

L.A. Marijuana Farmers Market Draws Hourlong Lines - Hollywood Reporter | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Temperatures in the 90s didn’t keep thousands of pot smokers, pain sufferers and partiers alike from standing outside California Heritage Market, bil...
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LAPD Detective Pleads to Assault at Massage Parlors

LAPD Detective Pleads to Assault at Massage Parlors | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Los Angeles Police Department detective pleaded no contest Wednesday to assaulting three women who worked at massage parlors across the San Fernando Valley fr
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Indiana police pepper-spray stripped woman, leave her naked for hours, make her walk through jail nude: lawyer

Indiana police pepper-spray stripped woman, leave her naked for hours, make her walk through jail nude: lawyer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After Tabitha Storms Gentry was arrested on misdemeanor charges, she was forcibly stripped and forced to sit naked in jail overnight, her lawyer said. The New Albany woman is suing police.
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Baltimore Police to post 'use of force' cases online

Baltimore Police to post 'use of force' cases online | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Baltimore Police Department says it will begin to post a log of its investigations into serious use of force by officers online, and for the first time will ask the city's civilian review board to look at shootings involving its officers and deaths of people in custody.
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Rob Duke's comment, June 11, 11:43 PM
Good idea, but I suspect use of force suits will increase as attorneys track this website. If officers' behaviors are changed by civil judgments/settlements, it might be a good thing, but I'll reserve my final vote until a test run has been completed.
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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton sacks detective who accidentally shot partner amid night of drinking 

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton sacks detective who accidentally shot partner amid night of drinking  | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
NYPD Detective Jay Poggi, a 31-year veteran who accidentally shot his partner in the wrist during a night of heavy drinking last month has been fired, the Daily News has learned.
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Vt. woman who cut officer’s throat acquitted of charges

Vt. woman who cut officer’s throat acquitted of charges | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By PoliceOne Staff RUTLAND, Vt. — A woman who approached an officer from behind and used a knife to cut his throat has been acquitted by a jury of an attempted murder charge. The Times-Argus reports Jennifer Berube was acquitted Friday less than two hours after jurors began
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