Unconscious bias – judgments and behaviors toward others that we’re not aware of – is everywhere in our lives. And while this type of bias may seem less dangerous in the workplace than it may be on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., or in a courtroom, it still leads to racial injustice.
The COPS Office will conduct a thorough, independent assessment of the Calexico Police Department’s policies, practices and responsiveness to the community to ensure that they are taking into account national standards and community expectations,”
One of the most innovative reforms in the country is one you've probably never heard of. That's about to change, because Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is transforming the national discussion about how to end the war on drugs and mass incarceration. LEAD began in Seattle 2011, a bold new response to a familiar problem. After decades of waging a war on drugs in Seattle, nobody was satisfied with results -- drug use and addiction were just as prevalent as ever, incarceration rates had skyrocketed, the entire system was marked by outrageous racial disparities -- and the whole thing cost a fortune. To top it off, there weren't any real benefits to public safety or health. Everyone was frustrated and ready for a new approach.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) on Friday signed a bill into law overhauling the state's civil asset forfeiture program, which had previously allowed police to permanently seize property without a conviction or charging the owner with a crime.
A recent survey of Tijuana police officers shows more than 80 percent of them acknowledge some level of corruption in their department.
The University of San Diego’s Justice in Mexico project shared the survey's findings on Friday, a month after releasing the results in Mexico.
Project researchers teamed up with think tanks on both sides of the border to conduct what they say is the largest study ever done on the Tijuana Police Department.
Among their findings:
• 80 percent report corruption; of those, one in four say it is extreme.
• 40 percent say corruption exists at all levels of the force.
• 28 percent say it exists in leadership.
The director of Justice in Mexico, David Shirk, says the corruption problem may be tied to the way promotions and raises are determined in the department.
Thirty-two percent of the officers said connections, rather than merit, determine whether someone moves up in the ranks. Shirk said the lack of a merit-based system hurts morale and may be contributing to corruption.
"It suggests policing in Tijuana is not a professional endeavor," he said.
"They said, 'That means it's stick time; we get to use our batons. Down there, you can get a righteous shoot,'" said Rice. She told me that white, Latino, black and Asian officers expressed the same sentiment, and said they felt even more emboldened in the housing projects because "crime is off the charts there," so police can stretch the limits of what it takes to stifle it.
Rob Duke's insight:
It's a warrior culture and that's what you say to be a part of a warrior culture. You may even believe that when you're young.
The footage — recorded on two police cruisers' dashboard-mounted cameras and released publicly this week — shows one of the officers, Michael Rapiejko, steer directly into Valencia, tossing him into the air like a rag doll. Valencia was hospitalized for two days, police said. Rapiejko was apparently unhurt amid the chaos.
Knowing that, Burke decided the ramming was a legitimate move.
"Was it excessive force? I would say, under the circumstances: No," Burke said. "It was an appropriate use of force. There could have been other ways of handling the situation, but given this person's past and the way he was reacting, or not reacting, to police officers' commands, the officer felt this was the best way to deal with the situation."
Rob Duke's insight:
As crazy as it seems, upon watching the video a second time, I agree--I think the officer was justified....
There is a tendency, when examining police shootings, to focus on tactics at the expense of strategy. One interrogates the actions of the officer in the moment trying to discern their mind-state. We ask ourselves, "Were they justified in shooting?" But, in this time of heightened concern around the policing, a more essential question might be, "Were we justified in sending them?" At some point, Americans decided that the best answer to every social ill lay in the power of the criminal-justice system. Vexing social problems—homelessness, drug use, the inability to support one's children, mental illness—are presently solved by sending in men and women who specialize in inspiring fear and ensuring compliance. Fear and compliance have their place, but it can't be every place.
Rob Duke's insight:
We're taught from early on in the academy if you don't follow your training, you get dead. So, cops follow the training....perhaps too much.
Five Cleveland police supervisors invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Monday in the trial of police officer Michael Brelo.
Rob Duke's insight:
The old social contract was: we might fire you, but if you use "good faith" you won't be prosecuted, but that has changed. Given this, we can probably expect to see more instances of officers taking the 5th.
Incidents of police violence and discrimination against people of color evoke our raw emotions -- pain, frustration, fear, hopelessness and anger. Sometimes our emotions overwhelm us. But they can also help energize us and fuel our work for social ...
While mindfulness is rooted in Buddhism, its techniques have been embraced by a range of secular professions, from mental health to Silicon Valley, including the Navy SEALs. It is also finding its way into police departments, such as in Oregon, and thecriminal justice system as a whole. When practiced over time, mindfulness may help police officers develop their ability to more accurately read the emotions of suspects, discern threats, withstand high pressure encounters, reduce on the job stress and reduce the role of personal biases in policing practice.
By strengthening non-judgmental awareness of emotions, mindfulness can strengthen empathy and compassion in police-community interactions. It may ultimately reduce unwarranted use of excessive force.
I have a friend who was the Army’s top psychiatrist, and she once told me that they had a technical term in the Army for the prefrontal cortex, where judgment and social control are located. She said, “We call them sergeants.”
In the print world, we call them editors. And I had one, and he was gifted, but the early going was rocky. The strip was forever being banned. And more often than not, word would come back that it was not the editor but the stuffy, out of touch owner/publisher who was hostile to the feature.
Rob Duke's insight:
Great article. I love the line above about Sergeants (and editors)....
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.