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So where will all that 'legal' pot come from? Sale of pot stymied

So where will all that 'legal' pot come from? Sale of pot stymied | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Washington and Colorado say you can legally smoke marijuana for fun now, but here's the catch: You can't legally buy it.
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Jesse Morris's comment, December 12, 2012 2:18 PM
I never understood these laws. It makes no sense for possession of marijuana, but illegal to buy. Also the feds still arrest you if you have it because its still a crime on the fed level. So confusing. I think this was a half ass attempt to cut down on crime by making it legal. However at the same time, they don't want people profiting from it, so sale is illegal? Wouldn't that mean peopel will jsut start growing the stuff in their backyard? How can you even enforce the no-sale side of this anyway? If people are growing it, they are definitely going to branch out and start selling it to their friends and neighbors. Seems inevitable to me.
biggamevince's comment, December 12, 2012 11:36 PM
This is a confusing dilemma. It is ok to possess a small amount of weed but not buy, sell, or grow it. Possession is still illegal under federal law. This means people are still going to obtain marijuana through illegal means and it proves how much of a failure the war on drugs is.
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West Michigan police officer impaled by screws at marijuana grow site

The person who set up a bed of screws to protect a marijuana grow operation, seriously injuring a Wyoming police officer, might face charges if prosecutors can find a criminal statute that applies.
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Seriously!  This is not a one-off.  I jumped over a fence to check an alarm and barely missed a board with nails purposely laid out in leaves by the business owner to catch/deter thieves.  To say the least, I was not amused.
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Report: LAPD mediation works – when officers, residents show up

Report: LAPD mediation works – when officers, residents show up | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A mediation program designed to help LAPD officers and residents understand each other better is largely successful when both sides agree to meet, according to a department report to be delivered Tuesday to the Los Angeles Police Commission.

But cops and residents often choose not to engage in face-to-face mediation.

The three-year pilot program, established in 2014, sought to “influence the way employees communicate and treat people, as well as give community members a better understanding of law enforcement practices,” according to the report. Mediation was “an informal process” in which officers and the people complaining about them would meet “face-to-face with impartial mediators to discuss the alleged misconduct.”

The idea would be to reach a “mutually agreeable resolution,” instead of sending the complaint through a formal process where the department dismisses it entirely or the officer could face formal discipline. Complaints involving suspected bias and/or discourtesy – not more serious conduct like excessive use of force – were eligible.

The report found of the 363 eligible complaints, 73 resulted in meetings between officers and residents over the three-year period that ended Dec. 31. Why didn’t the two sides seek mediation more often?

Most of the time, either the officer or resident had no interest in meeting with each other.

In 2016, nearly half of officers demanded a full investigation of the complaint. Nearly a fifth of officers wanted to “avoid the other party,” according to the report.

Among residents who filed complaints in 2016, about a quarter wanted a full investigation. Another fifth said it was “too much bother” to meet with the officer.

But when the angry resident meets with the man or woman who wears a badge, mediation appears to work.

Of 185 survey responses, 155 participants were either satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the process, according to the LAPD report. And two-thirds of the officers and residents who participated said their understanding of the other party increased after mediation.

The department plans to continue the program and, as more and more officers wear body cameras, make that footage available for viewing as part of the mediation.
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School Security Officer Fired for Use of Force in Reverse of Previous Ruling

School Security Officer Fired for Use of Force in Reverse of Previous Ruling | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Linda Henderson also defended school security staff during that meeting.

“You are not sending a good message,” Henderson said. “If a child is a danger, we must passively restrain. First, we try to talk them down, but if a child can’t contain themselves, then we must restrain. There is no intent to harm. We are the first people to come when there is a problem. You can’t punish us for doing our job.”

But Bauer sent a letter to the school board two days after their vote informing them of her decision to terminate Barnes. She cited her review of the investigative report on the incident, which included interviews and photographs of the victim. The victim reportedly had marks on his neck from Barnes.

Bauer also said a previous incident in 2011 when Barnes was suspended for getting into a physical altercation with a student factored into her decision.

“Promoting safety for students is a paramount public interest, and on occasions when I believe the board’s actions may be inconsistent with this fundamental principal, as state monitor I will take such actions under review,” Bauer wrote.
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Schools are like ships and the Principal is like a ship's captain.  Anything and everything on campus is his/her domain.  Given this, school policing is often delegated to security because police have an independence that security do not enjoy, but that independence isn't appreciated by schools.  This case illustrates how their goals and priorities are different than would be the case of an independent police.
This is what we risk if we put the police completely under civilian control.
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Philadelphia cops win the ugly war against the D.A. who wouldn’t prosecute suspects

Philadelphia cops win the ugly war against the D.A. who wouldn’t prosecute suspects | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
You could be stabbed, shot or strangled into unconsciousness, and this district attorney wouldn’t do anything about it, the cops say.
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Trooper who pulled over speeding cop loses privacy lawsuit against Miami officers

Trooper who pulled over speeding cop loses privacy lawsuit against Miami officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Watts’ lawsuit alleged 88 law enforcement officers from 25 jurisdictions illegally accessed her personal information more than 200 times, violating her privacy. All of them settled — except for the five Miami officers, who were individually named in the lawsuit and took it to court. 

The Miami officers argued that because Watts had pulled her gun on a Miami police officer, they “wanted to be able to identify her for their own safety” and so they needed to see her picture.
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Bad juju to start trying to arrest on-duty cops at gun point.  Departments have procedures to stop bad driving and the deputy should have used those remedies first.  She then escalated the situation by drawing her gun...  Finally, inter-agency suits like this are generally bad news.
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AUDIO: FOREST LAKE K9 RANGER END OF WATCH - 2-8-17 0038

AUDIO: FOREST LAKE K9 RANGER  END OF WATCH - 2-8-17 0038 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
AUDIO: FOREST LAKE K9 RANGER END OF WATCH - 2-8-17 0038
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Heart attack....RIP...off to fiddler's green.  We'll be along shortly, ol' man.  Keep the suds cold until then.

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2 armed men wearing tactical vests arrested upon entering Dearborn police station

2 armed men wearing tactical vests arrested upon entering Dearborn police station | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A 24-year-old Leonard man and a 40-year-old Jackson man were taken into custody after entering the Dearborn police station Sunday dressed in tactical vests and armed with multiple firearms.
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Expect a Federal Civil Subpoena 13 months or so from now....

13 months because they expect you to purge your evidence 12 months from now.  That makes their lawsuit much easier and lets them insinuate that you're covering up.

Work with a shady attorney for a year and settle out for $100k each.  It's a hell of a way to earn a living.
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LAPD Chief Beck explains why he doesn't want his officers to be immigration cops

LAPD Chief Beck explains why he doesn't want his officers to be immigration cops | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
This is a blended city, says LAPD chief, who believes a focus on illegal immigrants won't help anyone
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Fight over stun guns for SFPD may come to forefront of Police Commission appointment

Fight over stun guns for SFPD may come to forefront of Police Commission appointment | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The long and, up until this point, unsuccessful fight to put stun guns into the hands of San Francisco’s police officers may once again come to a head when
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Duh! No brainer.  It's like a k9 on every officer's belt.
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Targeted Attack On At Least Seven Indianapolis Area Officer's Homes In One Night

Targeted Attack On At Least Seven Indianapolis Area Officer's Homes In One Night | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Whitestown, IN - Officers from up to seven agencies who live in an Indianapolis suburb had their homes and cars vandalized Wednesday night
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Take home car? Garage it....
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Sacramento poised to settle Joseph Mann police shooting suit with ‘mid- to high six figures’

Bruce Praet, a private attorney working on Sacramento’s defense in the federal lawsuit filed by Mann’s father, said Tuesday that a tentative settlement in the “mid- to high six figures” has been reached and he recommended that the city accept it. City Hall sources confirmed that the deal was on the agenda for a closed-session Tuesday meeting of the City Council.

Mann’s family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in October alleging that two officers, John Tennis and Randy Lozoya, failed to properly de-escalate their confrontation before resorting to lethal force.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office on Friday cleared the officers of any legal wrongdoing in the July 11 shooting of Mann, who was wielding a knife. But Mann’s family and community activists have said the officers exacerbated the situation by aggressively trying to run over the mentally ill man with their car and chasing him on foot before shooting him dead.
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What do you think?  Did the last two cops in alter the outcome of this incident?  Or was the individual the cause of his own demise?  He walked away from the guy with the dog...was it reasonable to say "we were preventing a possible situation where he hurt someone innocent"?
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DOJ's Chicago PD report reveals alarming suicide rate

DOJ's Chicago PD report reveals alarming suicide rate | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The rate of suicide among CPD officers is 60 percent higher than other U.S. police departments
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Sheriff's drone may spy on you? Skeptical supervisors say 'not so fast' - MyNewsLA.com

Sheriff's drone may spy on you? Skeptical supervisors say 'not so fast' - MyNewsLA.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Board of Supervisors asked LA County's inspector general to review the sheriff's plan to operate a drone.
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Most officers say the media treat police unfairly

Most officers say the media treat police unfairly | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Among the challenges U.S. police officers perceive on the job is a widespread feeling that police are mistreated by the media.
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Rumors about 3 officers' deaths 'painful' for families, co-workers, sheriff says | KSL.com

Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder says his office is devastated by the deaths of three Unified police officers all within a span of 18 days.
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Dodge’s New Charger Gives Cops Eyes in the Backs of Their Heads

Dodge’s New Charger Gives Cops Eyes in the Backs of Their Heads | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A new feature to foil cop car ambushes, before they even happen.
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Courtney Antilla's comment, February 13, 12:53 PM
This sounds wonderful. Hopefully this will help cut back on attacks on officers. It is refreshing to see a company go out of their way to support our law enforcement.
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First black police officer in Miami Beach, James Smith, dies at 87

First black police officer in Miami Beach, James Smith, dies at 87 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
James Smith was hired in 1964 when the old Miami Beach police station still had water fountains marked for blacks and whites. He retired as a major 26 years later.
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An American hero dies.  It could not have been easy to be the first with practically everyone wanting you to fail: Whites wanted failure to prove their agenda; and, Blacks often resented a police officer who was intimate with the community--better to have the outsider who didn't really understand (and was easier to "fool" or misdirect).  For more on this experience, see Darktown (2016), a novel by Thomas Mullen depicting the dramatized history of the first year of Atlanta's first Black officers.
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Law Enforcement Applauds Trump’s Attack on the ’Dishonest Media’ - Breitbart

Law Enforcement Applauds Trump’s Attack on the ’Dishonest Media’ - Breitbart | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Law enforcement officials applauded after President Donald Trump attacked the “dishonest media”

Via Thomas Wentzel
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Better flawed cops who are beholden to a rule of law than a bunch of street thugs who answer to no one.

Dirty cop: placed on administrative leave--often permanently.

Dirty thug: no remedy---live with him or kill him--those are your choices.

Trump's trying to push ownership of the common space back towards the police.  We'll see if he has the clout.
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Sheriff’s office using technology to hold deputies accountable

Sheriff’s office using technology to hold deputies accountable | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office announced Monday that it is using new technology to help keep communities safe and hold deputies accounta…
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A Surprise Witness Steps Forward in Case of Black Lives Matter Activist

A Surprise Witness Steps Forward in Case of Black Lives Matter Activist | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
L.A. police commissioner Cynthia McClain-Hill will testify against the commission president who filed a restraining order against activist Trevor Gerard.
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Why Local Law Enforcement Should Not Be Immigration Agents

A prosecutor's job is to seek justice for all people who are victims of crime, whatever their legal status in this country. To accomplish this goal,
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Was police chase a crime? - BC News

British Columbia's police watchdog has forwarded a report to Crown counsel for consideration of charges against an RCMP officer who was chasing a vehicle that hit a police cruiser, killing the officer inside.
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Gonna be a lot of cops saying: fine. good. luck. protecting. yourselves. I'm. out.
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Denver Transit Officer Shot And Killed In Ambush Attack

Denver Transit Officer Shot And Killed In Ambush Attack | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police are asking their officers to be vigilant after a man walked up to a uniformed transit officer in downtown Denver Tuesday night, put a gun to his neck and shot him, killing the 56-year-old officer.
Police say two women were asking Scott Von Lanken for help with the light rail system when 37-year-old Joshua Cummings approached him from behind and shot him near Union Station, a transit hub. They say the women heard the gunman say something to the effect of “Do as I say” before firing.
Chief Robert White says investigators aren’t sure what motivated the shooting but because the officer was wearing a dark blue uniform similar to those worn by police, he warns officers to be careful.
Security camera footage helped police quickly find and arrest the suspected gunman, 37-year-old Joshua Cummings.
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Delgado fires Nyx Captain from her post as college's police chief after 'unacceptable' behavior

Delgado fires Nyx Captain from her post as college's police chief after 'unacceptable' behavior | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Delgado Community College officials announced Monday the termination of the college's police chief, Julie Lea, after an internal affairs investigation revealed Lea assigned two Delgado police officers to work a private funeral detail during school work hours.

Lea is also the Captain and founder of all-female Carnival krewes Nyx and Pandora. Pandora is not parading this year.

Delgado's executive leadership found Lea compromised the school's safety due to the shortage of officers working on campus on January 13, 2017, the day Xavier Police Chief Duane Carkum was laid to rest.

"This type of behavior is unacceptable,  particularly for a member of the College’s administrative staff, and it is incompatible with the mission and values of the College. Delgado Community College takes seriously its responsibility to provide and maintain a safe environment for all persons engaged in activities on our campuses, and to use state resources appropriately and effectively," said Tony Cook, Public Relations and Marketing Director for Delgado.
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The College President is wrong in this case.  A retired officer is just like a retired military officer and entitled to a State Funeral.  Given this, the assistance to help with the funeral procession was not an inappropriate expenditure of state funds.  This Chief will likely win on appeal.
Small towns and small agencies are just as political, if not more, than big agencies.
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LA County Supervisor Leads Effort to Deescalate Controntations Between Deputies and Homeless

By Sandy Wells
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Los Angeles County is taking steps to double-down on its successful program dedicated to helping mentally-ill homeless people when they get into confrontations involving law enforcement officers. Los Angeles County Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Mark Ridley-Thomas co-au
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