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Bill Clinton: Drug war 'hasn't worked'

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Former President Bill Clinton says in a new documentary that his administration’s attempts to limit drug trafficking from Colombia “hasn’t worked.” Clinton joined other world leaders — including former President Jimmy Carter — in filmmaker Sam...
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Jesse Morris's comment, December 11, 2012 10:19 PM
I think he went about it all wrong, if the narcotic drug dealing lords are already in control of 30% of the government, then any attempt at slicing off that gangrenous limb is not going to work, not without killing the owner of the leg. Also, i thought this was an attempt at stemming or stopping the flow of drugs into America? So why are we trying to change another countries government? Why not just spend all that money on arresting or shooting the people trying to smuggle drugs into the country? I think that would be much more effective. That or just ride into the drug lords turf, a-whompin and a-wailing, beating every druggy bastard within an inch of their life. THAT would be effective, and would send a clear message to the rest of the drug lords as well.
Madeleine M-Stanley's comment, December 14, 2012 4:25 AM
One of the biggest criticisms of the drug war and it's perceived failure is that it focuses too heavily on where the drugs are coming from. I do believe that it is important and should not be ignored, but there are other aspects that need more attention than they are getting. For example, studying and promoting new and effective forms of affordable drug treatment for US citizens; this would reduce the demand for drugs being imported. The presence of the drugs is not the only root of the problem, we need to broaden our focus instead of repeating the same, tired, tactics.
Also, I think that viewing the legalization of marijuana as a failure of the drug war is a little ridiculous. In many ways, marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. The problem in Colorado, now, is that people are still forced to buy marijuana from drug dealers and there is no way to ensure that it hasn't been tampered with or laced. If the would regulate the sale of marijuana and take it out of the hands of drug dealers, marijuana use could be even safer and profits from taxing it (like cigarettes and alcohol) could be put toward efforts to stop and treat more serious drug use.
Rob Duke's comment, December 14, 2012 1:38 PM
#Madeleine: Yes, that's a great point about the oversight in Colorado's law. On the other hand, I wouldn't want an unimaginative government distributing it either because then you'll just have 2% THC content sativa. Like them or not, but the Cannabis Dispensaries in California have promoted innovation and efficiency. If you've got an old skateboarding injury ;) you can buy many types of Cannabis (sativa, indica, crosses, etc.) and in different delivery systems (from brownies and joints to dog biscuits and suppositories).
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Ex-Bethel cop must serve time for violent 2014 arrest caught on video

Ex-Bethel cop must serve time for violent 2014 arrest caught on video | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The FBI led the investigation as part of a civil rights program that addresses official misconduct, including excessive force by police.
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Two Cleared Baltimore Cops In Freddie Gray Case Get Back Pay

Two Cleared Baltimore Cops In Freddie Gray Case Get Back Pay | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Two Baltimore police officers are getting back pay after being cleared of criminal charges in the death of Freddie Gray.
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Over 100 Organizations Sign On to Joint Statement for AAPI Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and the Movement for Black Lives

Over 100 Organizations Sign On to Joint Statement for  AAPI Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and the Movement for Black Lives | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
​In the wake of increased violence against Black folks, 126 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations and allied organizations – from national advocacy NGOs to universit
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N.C. trooper kills deaf man after traffic stop

N.C. trooper kills deaf man after traffic stop | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
State trooper Jermaine Saunders shot Daniel Harris to death after what the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation described as 'an encounter.'
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The Hedge Fund Trader Who Beat the Feds

The Hedge Fund Trader Who Beat the Feds | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After Todd Newman’s insider-trading conviction was overturned, his case became a landmark.
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Deputy Is Ambushed While Checking On A Parked Vehicle

Deputy Is Ambushed While Checking On A Parked Vehicle | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

A sheriff's deputy makes a stop to check on a driver sitting inside of a vehicle when he is ambushed by a man with a revolver. The shootout lasts several minutes until the attacker gets back into his pickup truck to lead the police on a short chase. More officers join in on the pursuit, and eventually the man stops his vehicle and gets out. He complies with all police orders, and is now facing multiple serious felony charges.
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California May Restrict Footage Of Police Deaths

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(AP) -- Police departments would be prohibited from releasing recordings of an officer's death or serious injury under legislation advancing in the California Legislature.
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Orange County DA's Office, Sheriff's Department Disagree About Whether There's A Jailhouse Informant Program

Orange County DA's Office, Sheriff's Department Disagree About Whether There's A Jailhouse Informant Program | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Does an informant program exist in Orange County jails? Depends on who you ask.
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2 Men Charged for Walking Around Inglewood With Assault Rifles

2 Men Charged for Walking Around Inglewood With Assault Rifles | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Two men were charged on Thursday for allegedly walking around an Inglewood neighborhood with assault rifles while dressed in camouflage and body armor, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
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What are the rules for snitching and why are they so secret?

What are the rules for snitching and why are they so secret? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
What are the rules for snitching and why are they so secret? | police, enforce, talk, rules, few, used, secretive, justice, circles, want
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Why We Are Publishing Videos the LAPD Wouldn’t Release

Why We Are Publishing Videos the LAPD Wouldn’t Release | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The publishing of the videos detailing Vachel Howard’s death inside a Los Angeles police jail involved months of reporting and a lot of thought.
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State Auditors Find Problems With How Santa Ana Police Handle Gang Database

State Auditors Find Problems With How Santa Ana Police Handle Gang Database | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Santa Ana Police Department is among several law enforcement agencies statewide that have been entering people into a gang database without proper justification, according to a new report from the California State Auditor’s office.

One of the starkest examples across the so-called CalGang database was the inclusion of dozens of people whose birth dates showed they were less than one year old. Most of these 42 apparent babies were labeled as gang members for supposedly “admitting to being gang members,” auditors said.

The audit looked at four local law enforcement agencies across California: the Santa Ana and Los Angeles police departments; and the sheriff’s departments for Santa Clara and Sonoma counties.

A review of 100 people entered into the database between the four agencies found that 13 had inadequate justification to be included, a 13-percent error rate. With over 150,000 people in the database, even a 2-percent error rate would mean that thousands of people are wrongfully in the system statewide.

Among the 100 people reviewed by auditors, 25 were entered by Santa Ana police. And among those, auditors found that three failed to have proper documentation to justify their inclusion.
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Cops aren't above being sloppy in police work nor in entering folks who maybe aren't thoroughly documented as being gang members, but these cases of gang members being entered who are less than a year old is clearly a clerical error....a dose of common sense is needed by someone....
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Some in South Florida law enforcement support feds' proposal to track arrest-related deaths

Some in South Florida law enforcement support feds' proposal to track arrest-related deaths | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A new proposal from the U.S. Department of Justice hopes to change that as law enforcement agencies and coroner offices across the country are being asked to record and report arrest related deaths, including fatal officer involved shootings.
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3 Deadly Falsehoods Gaining Steam - Calibre Press

The unchecked—and almost totally uncontested by the media—anti-police sentiment has reached a fever pitch. Every time I think it has hit its peak, I’m proved wrong. As of now, there doesn’t even have to be proof that a police shooting event was illicit or unlawful. Police shoot someone and immediately the most hateful of rhetoric …
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Oregon police featured in ISIS recruitment video

Oregon police featured in ISIS recruitment video | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The video features Medford police, though a spokesman for the department said they don't see it as a direct threat.
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Councilman, police chief clash over contract, opinion piece

Councilman, police chief clash over contract, opinion piece | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — An ongoing labor dispute between the Public Safety Employees Association and the city of Fairbanks boiled over into a heated discussion during the City Council meeting Monday night,
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1. Why are cops leaving?
2. Who manages the police department?  Professional police practices or partisan politicians?

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Philippines police chief: 300 dirty cops will be brought to justice

Philippines police chief: 300 dirty cops will be brought to justice | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte vows there will be no letup in his hard-line crackdown on drugs and related crime despite global concerns over the alarming death toll and possible human rights violations.
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Hostage Situation Resolved In Summertown

Hostage Situation Resolved In Summertown | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Authorities were able to free a young person from what they called a dangerous situation in Summertown.
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Civil Asset Forfeiture Deal Passes California Assembly

Civil Asset Forfeiture Deal Passes California Assembly | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Law enforcement and civil liberties groups have coalesced behind a bill that would set new limits on public agencies that seize and sell cash and property involved in crimes.
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‘Meet your new neighbor’ cards paint extreme case of criminal release

‘Meet your new neighbor’ cards paint extreme case of criminal release | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The campaign against Gov. Jerry Brown’s ballot measure to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early release is distributing sportslike trading cards with photographs of prisoners under the headline, “Meet your new neighbor.” The cards paint an extreme case.
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Ex-LA Sheriff Lee Baca pleads not guilty, addresses Alzheimer’s symptoms

Ex-LA Sheriff Lee Baca pleads not guilty, addresses Alzheimer’s symptoms | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A week after a grand jury indicted him for obstructing justice and lying, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded not guilty Friday to the charges in connection with inmate civil rights abuses and corruption inside county jails.Baca
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The new American cop: More diverse, better equipped and scared

The new American cop: More diverse, better equipped and scared | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In police departments across the country, a growing number of officers have more in common with Jones than with those who make headlines for killing black men. Although sometimes portrayed as a white occupying army at war with black civilians, American law enforcement has never been so diverse. In 2013, around 27 percent of the country’s 477,000 sworn local police officers were racial or ethnic minorities, up from 15 percent in 1987, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. There are now more female cops than there were decades ago—around 12 percent of local police—and more openly gay, lesbian and transgender officers as well.

Today’s police are also entering the force with higher levels of education and more special abilities, such as foreign language skills and technological expertise. Once they join a department, they often receive better training and equipment than at any other time in history. And regardless of what the public has seen in shocking videos of shootings, today’s cops have been trained to act with more sensitivity and restraint than previous generations of officers. The common refrain among those on the force is that they are guardians, not warriors.And yet the tension between law enforcement and large swaths of citizens has not been this high since the 1960s and ’70s, when riots and targeted cop killings were common. Many Americans feel the country’s 18,000 police departments need major reform, especially when it comes to the use of deadly force. Last summer, a Gallup poll found that confidence in the police was at its lowest level since the beating of motorist Rodney King in 1991 led to massive riots in Los Angeles. That incident was when filming police using excessive force emerged as a new phenomenon.
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Spokane police share body camera footage of ‘disorderly’ man, raising questions

Spokane police share body camera footage of ‘disorderly’ man, raising questions | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A video released by the Spokane Police Department of a drunken man berating an officer to the public before the lawyer had a chance to see it calls into question the motives of law enforcement with body camera footage.
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DEA warns of Fentanyl's 'unprecedented threat' to cops, K-9s

DEA warns of Fentanyl's 'unprecedented threat' to cops, K-9s | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The DEA released a video to law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improper handling and its deadly consequences—especially to drug-sniffing police dogs
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19-Year-Old Man Arrested After Allegedly Shooting at 2 Santa Ana Police Officers

19-Year-Old Man Arrested After Allegedly Shooting at 2 Santa Ana Police Officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly shooting at two police officers on Saturday, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.
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Something often unaccounted for in our explanations: both of the cop and the offender--is the hubris of youth.  We think we're going to live forever and that nothing can hurt us....
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