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The Government Wants To Keep Reading Your Email

A recent vote in Congress continues to allow easy access to private correspondence
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Examining the possibilities of abuse of power without the constraint of New Public Administration.
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Pee-Filled Projectiles A Recurring Weapon Of Choice For ‘Anti-Fascists’

Pee-Filled Projectiles A Recurring Weapon Of Choice For ‘Anti-Fascists’ | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In their efforts to drive political opponents from the public square, self-described “anti-fascists” (or “antifa”) are utilizing a disgusting and degrading weapon: human urine.

In just the latest instance of weaponized urine, counter-protesters demonstrating against a free speech rally in Boston on Saturday flung urine-filled bottles at police officers trying to maintain order amidst an already tense political climate.

The Boston Police Department sent out a message on Twitter urging demonstrators not to assault officers with urine, but it’s unclear if it had any effect. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans stated at a press conference later that day that protesters successfully hit officers with their urine-filled projectiles.

“I’m sorry to report that we did have some bottles thrown at our officers that did have urine in it. A couple of our officers were hit with that,” Evans said. “They were hit with a lot of stuff today.”
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More on the supposedly "peaceful" protest in Boston.  
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Special Report: A 911 plea for help, a Taser shot and the toll of stun guns

Special Report: A 911 plea for help, a Taser shot and the toll of stun guns | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

As thousands of police forces across America have embraced Tasers, the outlines of the Schrock case have grown familiar: a Taser shot, an unintended death, a damage claim. But the episode’s nuances – a mentally ill victim, a complex death investigation, a debate over the weapon’s use – tell a deeper story.

Tom Schrock’s death is one tragedy in a larger constellation of fatalities involving Tasers explored by Reuters in a first-of-its-kind examination of deaths and lawsuits involving the stun guns.

Reuters documented 1,005 incidents in the United States in which people died after police stunned them with Tasers, nearly all since the early 2000s – the most thorough accounting to date of fatal encounters involving the paralyzing stun guns.
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FOP president says narrative of police-involved shootings needs change

FOP president says narrative of police-involved shootings needs change | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"That narrative of 'We shoot because we are afraid' is garbage narrative being extolled by the extremists," Zona said. "I don't even buy into that. That's not why we shoot, and it's not why the majority feel we shoot."

Police said Brabham first shot at officers after threatening to kill himself and his family. Zona said these are the types of incidents police deal with daily. He said the reality is that officers need better protective gear when handling highly dangerous situations.

"You can go good, better and best, and right now I think we have good equipment, but you're talking about the lives of the men and women here in Jacksonville and we want the best," Zona said. "A discussion needs to start to equip these officers with safety equipment that would protect them from the fire they suffered."
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EXCLUSIVE: Soros-Funded Activist And His Group Try To Undercut LAPD

EXCLUSIVE: Soros-Funded Activist And His Group Try To Undercut LAPD | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An activist that was paid by George Soros’ foundation to “challenge Los Angeles Police Department surveillance” has vowed to shut down the LAPD’s drone program before it gets off the ground.
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Prosecutor Removed After Death of Kissimmee Police Officers

Prosecutor Removed After Death of Kissimmee Police Officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After a short struggle, 45-year-old Everett Miller and the suspect in the shooting deaths of Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter, were taken into custody.

While the world has been told that American police officers randomly shoot African Americans, the true narrative is what you saw Friday night in that small bar in Florida.

Officers made the difficult decision to tackle the cop killer, who had reached for weapons, rather than a shootout in a crowded bar full of citizens.

While that was no doubt a tough decision, the decision by Governor Rick Scott on Saturday night to issue an executive order removing the prosecution from  State Attorney Aramis Ayala was an easy one.

The officers were fatally shot in a district where the top prosecutor says she will no longer seek the death penalty. State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced earlier this year that she wouldn’t seek the death penalty, explaining it’s not a deterrent and it drags on for years for the victims’ relatives. The announcement came as her office was building a case against Markeith Loyd, who is charged with the fatal shooting of an Orlando Police lieutenant.

“Today, I am using my executive authority to reassign this case to State Attorney Brad King to ensure the victims of last night’s attack and their families receive the justice they deserve,” Scott said in the order.
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5 stresses cops deal with that non-cops should know about

5 stresses cops deal with that non-cops should know about | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The incidents LEOs witness will change them on duty and off duty
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Spanish hero cop confronts & kills 4 terrorists covering injured partner (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Spanish hero cop confronts & kills 4 terrorists covering injured partner (GRAPHIC VIDEO) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Spanish officer reportedly singlehandedly confronted and shot dead four terrorists involved in the vehicle ramming attack which saw 1 person killed and five others injured in the Catalan town of Cambrils.
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Graphic video: we'd have riots if American officers had shot a suspect in this manner, but I think it's a justified shooting given the gravity of the offense and the fact that the suspects appeared to be wearing suicide bomb vests.
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2 police officers fatally shot in Kissimmee, officials say

2 police officers fatally shot in Kissimmee, officials say | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Two Kissimmee police officers have been shot and killed, authorities say.

The Kissimmee Police Department said via its official Twitter page Friday night that the officers were shot in the area of Palmway and Cypress streets around 9:30 p.m.

Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs tweeted that both officers had died.

"Heartbreaking loss of two of Kissimmee's finest officers. Please join in prayers for families, friends, and law enforcement," Jacobs said.

The names of the officers killed has not been released.

The Florida Highway Patrol is asking people to avoid the area of Highway 192 and Orange Blossom Trail. It is unclear if anyone has been taken into custody.

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157 people killed by police in California in 2016

157 people killed by police in California in 2016 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Violent police encounters in California last year led to the deaths of 157 people and six officers, the state attorney general's office said Thursday.
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Ex-SC Officer Sentenced for Shooting Man, Tells Him 'I Screwed Up'

Ex-SC Officer Sentenced for Shooting Man, Tells Him 'I Screwed Up' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A former South Carolina state trooper has been sentenced to for shooting an unarmed man, in an at times emotional hearing that saw the ex-officer break down into tears in court.
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Opinion | Court: No First Amendment right to videorecord police unless you are challenging the police at the time

But that can't be right -- recording in public is protected because of what you could say later using the recording, not because of what you're saying while you're recording.
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Former sheriff's deputies sentenced to probation for conspiring to sell drugs they stole

Former sheriff's deputies sentenced to probation for conspiring to sell drugs they stole | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FRESNO — Two former Kern County sheriff's deputies, Logan August and Derrick Penney, who conspired with another law enforcement officer to sell drugs they stole from evidence lockers, were sentenced
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Was Policeman Mohammed Noor Justified in Shooting Justine Damond?

Was Policeman Mohammed Noor Justified in Shooting Justine Damond? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police Officer Mohammed Noor was not justified in shooting Justine Damond in a Minneapolis police shooting case.
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Prosecutor: 3rd bodycam video shows "questionable" Baltimore police activity

Prosecutor: 3rd bodycam video shows "questionable" Baltimore police activity | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"This is not an allegation of planting evidence. This is a self-reported situation where the officer felt that it deserved more scrutiny based on the things that have been in the news," police spokesman T.J. Smith told the paper. "We are aware of it and it is something that we are looking into."

All three videos remain under investigation.
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The article's a little vague, but this is the type of "growing pains" you have with every new technology.  Officers aren't sure how to use it, so they experiment and now someone has asked someone "in charge"--"Hey, is this o.k.?  We've been doing this in the field and we're debating whether or not it's a good practice."
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Crown claims three Calgary police officers delivered 'a brutal beating' to traffic stop suspect

Crown claims three Calgary police officers delivered 'a brutal beating' to traffic stop suspect | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Three Calgary police officers brutally beat up a traffic stop suspect who fled, before two of them filed false reports to cover up their actions, court was told Monday.

Edmonton Crown prosecutor Jim Stewart said the trio were involved in a July 30, 2016, chase of Clayton Prince when they attacked him unjustly.

Stewart, in his opening comments to the court, told Judge Margaret Keelaghan that Prince fled after being pulled over during a routine stop.

As a result, the officer who pulled him over requested assistance, he said. That arrived in the form of several officers, including constables James Othen, Kevin Humfrey and Mike Sandalack, Stewart said.

When Const. Mike Harris spotted Prince running away he pulled out his service weapon and ordered the suspect to the ground. Prince immediately complied and laid down on the ground with his hands behind his head, the prosecutor said.

Othen, quickly followed by Humfrey “delivered tremendous violence to Mr, Prince while he was surrendering,” Stewart said.
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LA deputies' private body cams raise transparency questions

LA deputies' private body cams raise transparency questions | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
LA deputies' private body cams raise transparency questions
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Buying the cameras out of their own pockets, but activists concerned that there are no policies about how the footage is saved, used, etc.
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Off-duty Las Vegas officer that stopped robbery has been terminated

Off-duty Las Vegas officer that stopped robbery has been terminated | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Officials will not say why off duty Las Vegas cop who stopped robbery is out of a job.
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Verify: can law enforcement patrol with headlights off at night?

Verify: can law enforcement patrol with headlights off at night? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"Yes, actually it's legal in the state of Georgia. We can have our lights off as long as we're visible within 500 feet," says Holmes. 

But how can patrol cars be visible at night without their headlights on?

"There are letters on our cars that are reflective. They illuminate once your headlights hit them. As long as your headlights work fine, they will illuminate," says Holmes. 

So, yes, we verified that local law enforcement officers can patrol at night without their headlights on.
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Suspect arrested in killings of 2 Kissimmee officers

Suspect arrested in killings of 2 Kissimmee officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The suspect was taken to jail wearing one of the fallen officer's handcuffs
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It is with great sadness that we must reflect on the fact that although officers are mortal, the law and civil society is immortal.  That is only true as long as we nurture it.  We do this through an open and plural society where everyone is not only allowed to participate, but encouraged to do so.
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BREAKING: 6 police officers shot; one officer, one suspect dead in multiple Friday night shootings

BREAKING: 6 police officers shot; one officer, one suspect dead in multiple Friday night shootings | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Officials with three separate departments are confirming that four police officers in Florida and 2 Pennsylvania State Troopers have been shot tonight. Two Kissimmee police officers were shot and one killed today, according to the Associated Press. The shooting is being described as an ambush on the officers as they were investigating suspicious persons i
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Research Indicates De-Escalation Policies Place Officers At More Risk

Research Indicates De-Escalation Policies Place Officers At More Risk | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A research project shows that law-enforcement officers working for agencies with de-escalation policies are far more likely to killed or injured in the line of duty.

News 3 reports that the study looked at metropolitan law enforcement agencies around the country; some have de-escalation policies while others do not.  It used data from more than 75,000 officers over a five-year period.

“The agencies without de-escalation policies, the number of officers killed and assaulted were dramatically lower than the agencies with de-escalation policies in place,” said Brian Landers, author of the study.

Landers, a former police officer, is chair of the criminal justice department of Madison College.
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Years of protest changing how police, sheriff’s officers keep people safe, protect rights

Years of protest changing how police, sheriff’s officers keep people safe, protect rights | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
High-profile confrontations in recent years have changed how local law enforcement responds when faced with crowds of protesters.

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews addressed the issue Tuesday, noting that his staff talked about how to safely respond to Monday’s protest in downtown Durham and about the potential for damage to the Confederate statue. They also talked about how to control the crowd but keep the public and officers safe, he said.

“Collectively, we decided that restraint and public safety would be our priority,” he said.

The Sheriff’s Office has dealt with a number of mostly peaceful protests this year over public concerns about traffic checkpoints and conditions at the Durham County jail.
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Trump retweets story on potential Arpaio pardon

Trump retweets story on potential Arpaio pardon | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump on Tuesday retweeted a Fox News story saying he was "seriously considering" pardoning former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.
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Conjuring Disrespect

Conjuring Disrespect | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In June, a team of nine Stanford psychologists, linguists, and computer scientists released a paper purporting to show that Oakland police treat black drivers less respectfully than white ones. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, elicited a huzzah from the press. The Washington Post, the New York Times, and Science, among many other outlets, gave it prominent play. “Police officers are significantly less respectful and consistently ruder toward black motorists during routine traffic stops than they are toward white drivers,” gloated the New York Times.
Reading the coverage, one expected reports of cops cursing at black drivers, say, or peremptorily ordering them around, or using the N-word. Instead, the most “disrespectful” officer utterance that the researchers presented was: “Steve, can I see that driver’s license again? It, it’s showing suspended. Is that—that’s you?” The second most “disrespectful” was: “All right, my man. Do me a favor. Just keep your hands on the steering wheel real quick.”
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Priest explains why he joined group that won’t work with cops | Belfast Media Group

Priest explains why he joined group that won’t work with cops | Belfast Media Group | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Based on the Falls Road, the group opened an Ardoyne office in 2015 close to the offices of Community Restorative Justice Ireland, which works in conjunction with the PSNI.

“About a year and a half ago Jim Auld made contact with me,” said Fr Magill. “Jim was the director at that stage and he asked if I would consider joining the board. I have had an involvement with Jim over the last ten to 15 years and I said I would.”

Asked if he had an issue with the group’s stance on the PSNI, Fr Magill said: “One of the things in the role itself is that there’s a variety of different views around that particular issue. My role is concerned with governance, for example, and if there are specific issues then I can ask questions. More than anything else I would see myself as a critical friend.”

Fr Magill said he he’s been encouraged by what he’s experienced during his time with Conflict Resolution Services (Ireland).

“I must say I have been very very impressed and there’s a very high level of governance and I have been learning from that.”

When CRSI opened their Ardoyne office, Jim Auld explained their stance regarding the PSNI.

“The point of us and the PSNI is that the people we are working with wouldn’t work with the PSNI,” he said.
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