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Justice system protects sex offenders, not children, mother of abuse victim says

Justice system protects sex offenders, not children, mother of abuse victim says | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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There's quite a bit of truth in this allegation.  Should courts care more about victims?

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Willow Weir's comment, January 22, 2013 3:02 PM
I see this as a problem with general social feeling about sex offenders. It seems that unless someone personally witnessed it then there is a level of disbelief. I'm not sure if the act itself seems so repugnant that most people want to forget it . I know personally I have seen friends ignore abuse signs or choose to just remove their child from the care of someone who they suspect of abuse rather than report it. The culture seems to support protecting the perp and think that by removing focus from the victim that it will be more healing.
LaDonna Coghill's comment, January 23, 2013 8:24 PM
I can see where the mother is coming from, this pedophile got off pretty easy for the heinous crime that was committed not even two years in jail and three years probation? If I were the mother in this situation, I too would lose faith in the system if my child were violated and then the sentence didn't fit the crime. I am glad that the child didn't have to go to trial and relive the horrific situation but still, I don't think that the offender got the punishment that was deserved. I also agree that there is judgement and stigma when it comes to sex offenders and especially those that violate young children, they are seen as evil and unable to rehabilitate so the thought of them on the street is a scary one, especially for those that parent young children.
Ixchelle Oleson's comment, January 24, 2013 1:43 PM
When I read the punishment of the pedophile I immediately became just hacked. His punishment was "...18 months in jail in addition to 139 days of time served. He was also sentenced to three years of probation." Um, is this a joke? I am not sure what "sexual act" this freak acted upon but in all honesty, it doesn't really matter to me. I feel like people don't realize what effects sexual abuse has on people, especially younger kids. The mother stated that she has seen trust issues with her daughter, a drop in grades, and not as affectionate anymore. Well, yeah this makes absolute sense, the eight year old girl should probably jump on some counseling right away so the effects do not continue. Although the young girl is not aware of what happened completely because she was blind folded and confused, I bet money that some day she will look back on this horrific event and realize something was not right with what this pedophile did and she might become a disturbed person for life if she does not receive help such as counseling. How could he this sex offender get away so easily? Sex offenders will not just do such things ONE time, there is always more. So who is next? Another kid? A woman? Like come on people, he needs a punishment not a flick on the wrist. If it was me I would sentence him to lifelong prison, and no, I do not believe that is a dramatic punishment at all. What he did was sick. I more than agree with the mother of this eight year old girl, the system needs to protect children more rather than the offender. This article really has me mind blown.
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When Cell Door Opens, Tough Tactics and Risk

When Cell Door Opens, Tough Tactics and Risk | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Cases in Tennessee and elsewhere illustrate the risk of cell extractions, a common tactic in which inmates are forced out of their cells by prison officers.
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Preventing Law Enforcement Officer Suicide

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Turkish court orders arrest of 12 more police officers in wiretap probe

Turkish court orders arrest of 12 more police officers in wiretap probe | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Saturday ordered the formal arrest of 12 more police officers, including the former head of Istanbul's intelligence unit, pending charges they may have illegally
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Bayonne police chief retires with huge unused comp time payout

Bayonne police chief retires with huge unused comp time payout | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ralph Scianni, who retired at the start of July as James Davis took over as mayor, will receive $444,450.40 for his unused sick, vacation and personal time, as well as terminal pay for his 34 years on the force, according to city records.
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Wow! What do you think? Who's at fault here?  The former Mayors? The Chief?  Prevent this by: 1) establish a reserve fund each year to cover unpaid leave banks; 2) allow a payout of a capped amount of leave each year--many places allow 80 hours per year; and/or, 3) set a cap of the amount of leave allowed to be carried forward and require employees to take time off when the cap is approached.

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US guard at Canada-Alaska border accused of pointing gun at Boy Scout who took photo

US guard at Canada-Alaska border accused of pointing gun at Boy Scout who took photo | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An incident at the Alaska-Canada border went from bad to worse when a U.S. border agent allegedly pointed a gun at the head of a detained Iowa Boy Scout.
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Elise Patkotak: Keeping pot illegal has only made substance abuse, illicit trade harder to address

Elise Patkotak: Keeping pot illegal has only made substance abuse, illicit trade harder to address | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
OPINION: It's time we realized that prohibition of substances people want to use badly enough simply doesn’t work. It was a failed policy with alcohol in the 1920s and it’s a failed policy now with marijuana.
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Officer deaths jump nearly one-third in first half of 2014

Officer deaths jump nearly one-third in first half of 2014 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By Richard Winton Los Angeles Times The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty nationwide jumped 31% in the first half of 2014 with California leading the nation with eight deaths, data shows. In the first half of the year, 67 officers died in the line of duty
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EXCLUSIVE: Internal NYPD report on incident with Staten Island dad Eric Garner does not mention chokehold, states he was not 'in great distress'

EXCLUSIVE: Internal NYPD report on incident with Staten Island dad Eric Garner does not mention chokehold, states he was not 'in great distress' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
See no evil, hear no evil. Cops heard Eric Garner cry that he couldn’t breathe, a recording captured officers violently taking him to the ground and even Mayor de Blasio said he believes the asthmatic father of six was put in a chokehold. But an NYPD internal report prepared right after his death on Staten Island last Thursday plays down the incident, with supervising officers failing to note the chokehold and insisting Garner was not in “great distress.”
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Judge Rules Police Can Stuff Entire Email Accounts Into Evidence Lockers | Tech Law | TechNewsWorld

Concerns about overly broad searches of digital data by law enforcement once again have emerged after a federal judge issued an opinion stating officials armed with a warrant can seize and hold a suspect's entire email account. Such an action would not violate the suspect's rights under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, said U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein.
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New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution

New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A former Obama administration official calls attention to unaccountable mass surveillance conducted under a 1981 executive order.
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In major policy shift, Miami-Dade police to video record entirety of suspect interviews - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

In major policy shift, Miami-Dade police to video record entirety of suspect interviews - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In a major and widely praised shift, county homicide detectives will begin recording all interactions with suspects in killings.
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Evesham police first station in New Jersey to require all police wear body cameras

Evesham police first station in New Jersey to require all police wear body cameras | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In an age where shaky cell phone footage leaked to YouTube has sometimes landed police departments in hot water, the Evesham Police Department has decided that they would rather be the ones behind the camera. Formerly PhillyBurbs
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Police: Men May Have Robbed California Bank Before

Police: Men May Have Robbed California Bank Before | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police were investigating whether the same men who robbed a bank, took hostages and led a deadly chase and shootout carried out other recent bank heists in the same part of Northern California, including one earlier this year at the very same branch. There were striking similarities between...
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LAPD Investigates Complaint of Falsified Patrol Logs

LAPD Investigates Complaint of Falsified Patrol Logs | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a complaint that some officers are incorrectly logging hours for street patrol duty.
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New York Times Editorial Board Calls for Repeal of Marijuana Prohibition! | Drug Policy Alliance

New York Times Editorial Board Calls for Repeal of Marijuana Prohibition! | Drug Policy Alliance | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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This is HUGE!  When the NYT takes a stance on an issue, it makes an impact.

I spent more of my life as a cop than anything else and I am convinced that you can regulate things without a significant black market developing, but if you criminalize something, criminal organizations and violence are the inevitable, though unintended, consequence.

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California inmates win class-action status over race-based treatment

California inmates win class-action status over race-based treatment | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday awarded class-action status to California prison inmates who allege that their rights are violated by what they say are widespread instances of race-based punishment.
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Arizona Gov. Orders Full Review of Execution Procedures - NBC News

Arizona Gov. Orders Full Review of Execution Procedures - NBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Wednesday's execution of Joseph Wood took nearly two hours. Some witnesses say something obviously went wrong but relatives of the man Wood killed say the fo...
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Promotion or enforcement? Alcohol regulation sparks contradictory claims

Promotion or enforcement? Alcohol regulation sparks contradictory claims | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The state board charged with regulating the alcohol business in Alaska doesn’t belong under a state agency that promotes business, the head of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority told the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Tuesday.
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Criminal Justice News: Former Maryland Correctional Officer Sentenced in Connection with Series of Assaults on Inmate Final Officer Sentenced in 16-Person Conspiracy to Assault Inmate

Criminal Justice News: Former Maryland Correctional Officer Sentenced in Connection with Series of Assaults on Inmate Final Officer Sentenced in 16-Person Conspiracy to Assault Inmate | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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Judge's modest proposal: Bring back the firing squad

Judge's modest proposal: Bring back the firing squad | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"Firing squads can be messy, but if we are willing to carry out executions, we should not shield ourselves from the reality that we are shedding human blood."
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When It's Okay to Use Ethnic Slurs: A Guide

When It's Okay to Use Ethnic Slurs: A Guide | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Is it ever acceptable to talk about "Chinamen"?
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WTH? The first amendment doesn't have any provisos.  Who can envision when and why it may be necessary to say provocative messages?  To limit them with a rule is to court dangerous precedents.  Like pornographic images: we'll know them when we see them, but let's not make up rules that have unintended consequences. 

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New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution

New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A former Obama administration official calls attention to unaccountable mass surveillance conducted under a 1981 executive order.
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Fruitland Park, Florida, town of 5,000, stunned by news of police KKK ties

Fruitland Park, Florida, town of 5,000, stunned by news of police KKK ties | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into
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Brunswick police chief suspended in training probe

Brunswick police chief suspended in training probe | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The police chief for the city of Brunswick has been suspended amid an investigation into an online training program for officers.
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NYPD Cop in Chokehold Death Loses Gun, Badge

NYPD Cop in Chokehold Death Loses Gun, Badge | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Staten Island man who died as New York City police were trying to take him into custody appears to have suffered a heart attack, the NYPD said today.
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