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Indiana state senator files marijuana decriminalization bill

Indiana state senator files marijuana decriminalization bill | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An Indiana state senator has introduced a bill reducing the penalties for possession of marijuana.
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Robert Tompkins's comment, January 22, 2013 10:41 PM
I believe with the recent turn of events with some states moving to legalize marijuana that the U.S government should re examine the reason that they have made the drug illegal. There is little reason that it is still on the controlled substance list. There are many benefiets of making marijuana legal. Tax it such as cigarettes and alcohol. Also it would reduce a significant part of the war on drugs burden.
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City council to consider public safety emergency over SJPD shortage

City council to consider public safety emergency over SJPD shortage | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The San Jose City Council is set to take the extraordinary step of declaring a public safety emergency to put more police officers on the streets.
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Oakland County Sheriff: No One Wants to Be a Cop Anymore

Oakland County Sheriff: No One Wants to Be a Cop Anymore | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Bloomfield-Bloomfield Hills, MI - Law enforcement agencies across the country are having a tough time filling positions.
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It's cyclic, see this old song by Paper Lace: "The Night Chicago Died":


Take note of the line: "In the land of the dollar bill..."  Economic strain never changes much in the U.S.A., and the underlying reasons for our problems never change much either....
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Former FBI Agent Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison for Stealing Drug Proceeds and Obstructing Justice

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This is very rare: these folks are generally pretty professional....
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Troopers, drones search for missing hiker near Chena Hot Springs Resort

Troopers, drones search for missing hiker near Chena Hot Springs Resort | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers are asking for help in locating a missing hiker in the Chena Hot Springs Resort area.
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Search and rescue use for drones.
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Man shot, killed by FBI agent serving warrant in Compton

Man shot, killed by FBI agent serving warrant in Compton | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
COMPTON >> The FBI is investigating an agent-involved shooting that killed a man who was not the subject of the search warrant agents were serving at the time.The shooting happened at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday at a Compton home, according
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It's not just the locals who use the objective reasonableness of Graham v. Connor.  The Feds also use lethal force, but we rarely hear of any call for increased scrutiny....
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The Latest: California bill targets false murder confessions

The Latest: California bill targets false murder confessions | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO >> The Latest on action in the California Legislature (all times local):3:45 p.m.California Gov. Jerry Brown will decide if police should be required to record interrogations of murder suspects.Democratic Sen. Ed
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Law enforcement in New Mexico learn to de-stress with yoga

Law enforcement in New Mexico learn to de-stress with yoga | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
One of the officers has taken up yoga to help him not only perform better on the job but to also become a healthier person.
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Manfred Kets de Vries

Manfred Kets de Vries | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Professor of human resource management. Research areas: leadership, career dynamics, entrepreneurship, family business, cross-cultural management, and organizational transformation/change
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Troopers call on UAF drones for help in search for autistic boy

Troopers call on UAF drones for help in search for autistic boy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — When an 11-year-old Fairbanks boy ran away this week with a rifle, Alaska State Troopers realized they had a tough search on their hands. So they reached out
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Secret surveillance revelation raises trust issues in Baltimore

Secret surveillance revelation raises trust issues in Baltimore | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Small planes outfitted with video cameras have been flying over Baltimore since January. The public knew nothing about it until this week.
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A fixed-wing program is much cheaper than a chopper and performs the same function.  The plane can also stay up much longer than the chopper on the same fuel.  We pioneered this approach in Southern California and one of my old partners is the outside sale manager for the optics company that provides the cameras to outfit a small fixed wing plane.  Oh, and you only need one operator (the pilot) who both flies the plane and operates the cameras.
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Mayor’s battle over $37.50 fine reaches Alaska Supreme Court

Mayor’s battle over $37.50 fine reaches Alaska Supreme Court | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — Mayor John Eberhart filed an appeal in January to the Alaska Supreme Court regarding a 2013 campaign finance violation.
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This one may be interesting to follow as the election approaches.  The local police have not been happy with what they perceive to be a Mayor who micromanages and has painted the department in a bad light.
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Tenn. officer fatally shot, suspect in custody

Tenn. officer fatally shot, suspect in custody | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats was responding to a domestic disturbance call when the suspect opened fired fatally wounding Moats
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Officer deaths up about 44% over last year....
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Review finds Anchorage officers legally justified in use of deadly force against robbery suspect

Review finds Anchorage officers legally justified in use of deadly force against robbery suspect | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The state Office of Special Prosecutions has concluded two officers were legally justified in using deadly force against a robbery suspect who came at them with a hatchet.
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Sounds about right.  It only takes one lucky blow with a hatchet and you're dead.....
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Thomas Antal's comment, August 29, 11:16 PM
I completely stand behind the officer’s decision to use deadly force. An individual can reach an officer 20-35 feet away faster than the officer can draw his service pistol. It doesn’t matter if it’s a knife, hatchet, or even a pick, all it takes is one hit to the wrong area and it could cost the officer his/her life.
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Naperville police build follow-up list during first 'Chat with Chief'

Naperville police build follow-up list during first 'Chat with Chief' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Residents came and top cops listened Tuesday during Naperville police Chief Robert Marshall's first "Chat with the Chief" session.
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This is a good technique: build in access to the Chief.  Also sometimes called Management By Walking Around (MBWA).  I'm a big fan of Management by Wandering....I also liked to stake out a different restaurant every morning with my laptop while I returned emails and had a cup of coffee.  I had a few lunch places where I staked out on different days of the week, too.  Then there's these meetings: be sure to feed people and provide child care (if budgets allow, if not make it a potluck/potlatch and get volunteers to watch kids).  Then use something like the crawford slip method to elicit those timid comments/questions.  I like those anonymous slips as the ice breaker that gets the big issues up on flip charts and then it's easier to brainstorm community solutions.
I like what Ron and Roxanne Claassen say about this: "agreements made and kept build trust".
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Raleigh police identify man killed, officers involved

Raleigh police identify man killed, officers involved | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There are reports a police officer has been shot in the 300 block of Donald Ross Drive near the Raleigh Country Club.
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Commission Improving Police & Community Relations

Commission Improving Police & Community Relations | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Utah Law Enforcement Multicultural Affairs Commission met Monday with law enforcement from around the state. Community leaders said it's been a great opportunity to have an honest conversation in trying to tackle issues around policing.
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Fresno County Sheriff responds after Jerry Brown chastises her in voicemail

Fresno County Sheriff responds after Jerry Brown chastises her in voicemail | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is responding to a scathing voicemail that Gov. Jerry Brown left her regarding a mailer opposing Proposition 57 on the November ballot.
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Mimms responds back to the Governor....
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Jerry Brown chews out sheriff in voicemail over Prop. 57

Jerry Brown chews out sheriff in voicemail over Prop. 57 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In a voicemail, Gov. Jerry brown calls out a sheriff over "malicious" campaign mailers.
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While Mimms is a conservative sheriff, she does a good job (I worked with her in Fresno county) and her constituents keep electing her, so they must be happy.....
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UK police forces under pressure to stop using spit hoods

UK police forces under pressure to stop using spit hoods | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Despite several major forces banning them, investigation shows restraint device used more than 500 times in recent months
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If not the spit hoods, then they need to provide officers with bio-hazard equipment, such as: visors/face shields, gloves, and plastic dividers to keep bodily fluids in the prisoner area of the car....
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Moral Panic: Who Benefits From Public Fear?

Moral Panic: Who Benefits From Public Fear? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Moral panic is a situation in which public fears and state interventions exceed the objective threat posed by an individual or group who is/are claimed to be responsible for creating it. Central to the concept is an argument that public concern or fear over an alleged social problem is mutually beneficial to state officials, politicians, law enforcement and news media.
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Inside The Five-Day Stretch When Obama Found His Voice On Race

Inside The Five-Day Stretch When Obama Found His Voice On Race | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The number of Americans “greatly worried” about race relations hit an all-time low, 13 percent, the year after President Obama took office. Last month, Gallup recorded the opposite, an all-time high of 35 percent.
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Do leaders still "matter"?
Is there some "folie a deux" that comes from the charisma of some leaders?  (see Manfred Kets D'vries for the leader-follower paradox; and Cohen for Moral Panics).
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Georgia Cops Find Beheaded Voodoo Doll Outside HQ

Georgia Cops Find Beheaded Voodoo Doll Outside HQ | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A disfigured lizard was also dumped outside Tybee Island Police Department's station.
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Alrighty then.....
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The Outcry over Violent Crime? - Calibre Press

On August 2, 2016, a shooting in downtown Denver involved over 200 rounds fired by 18 different weapons. In the middle of a congested city, 18 different shooters firing in a downtown free-for-all is a chilling example of how dangerous our cities can be. The result of this shooting was one dead and one wounded. …
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'Such devastating attacks and tremendous loss': Dallas police release emails exchanged after ambush

'Such devastating attacks and tremendous loss': Dallas police release emails exchanged after ambush | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Dallas Police Department has released dozens of emails sent to the department's top brass hours after a lone gunman ambushed officers downtown, killing five of them. 
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Marin sheriff’s deputy demotion upheld; fired 16 shots at suspect

Marin sheriff’s deputy demotion upheld; fired 16 shots at suspect | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The former deputy, Evan Kubota, who was demoted to a records clerk’s position, petitioned the court to order the commission to reinstate him to his former job with back pay.

In his ruling, Judge Paul Haakenson wrote that the commission’s findings were “supported by the weight of the evidence. The petition is therefore denied.”

Haakenson heard oral arguments from attorneys on Friday, and could take up to 90 days before issuing his final decision. During arguments Friday, Haakenson said he was considering sending the matter back to the Personnel Commission and requiring it to more explicitly state its reasons for disciplining Kubota.

The shooting occurred on July 7, 2013, when Kubota stopped Chaka Grayson in Marin City on suspicion of driving with a suspended license. Grayson ducked inside the car, refused to show his hands and then started to drive at Kubota, according to the sheriff’s department’s account.

Kubota, a combat veteran who served in Iraq, said he fired his gun because he thought his life was in danger. Kubota fired 16 rounds, striking Grayson three times in the upper body.

Grayson was treated at Marin General Hospital, then arrested on suspicion of assaulting the deputy with his car. He later sued the county of Marin for $10 million, claiming nerve damage and other damages from the shooting; the county settled the matter out of court for $585,000.

The sheriff’s department fired Kubota in August 2014, but Kubota appealed to the commission, which reinstated him to a clerk’s job in a 3-2 vote after several days of hearings.

In his ruling, Haakenson noted, “The Commission specifically found that Kubota did not violate General Order 4-03 (which addresses discharge of firearms) and General Order 4-06 (which addresses use of force).”

During oral arguments on Friday, Kubota’s attorney, Jonathan Murphy, argued that the commission’s report containing its decision to discipline Kubota failed to explain what exactly Kubota did to deserve such a “serious demotion.”
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In these quasi-judicial roles, boards (councils, personnel boards, etc.) are making decisions like judges.  Given this, when reviewed by the courts, the courts are only allowed to review: 1. whether there was evidence in the record to support their decision; and 2. that due process was followed.
It's in the board's interest to leave their rulings vague so that the court can use the broadest interpretation of the evidence to determine if the board had "cause" to take the action.  That way, even if the reasoning was faulty, the judge can consider all the ways the board could have arrived at the same decision in a lawful manner.  To the impacted employee, this can feel like injustice...
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