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DOD and Homeland Security Is Unauditable | Thought FTW

DOD and Homeland Security Is Unauditable | Thought FTW | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Along with the Pentagon, the GAO cited the Department of Homeland Security as having problems so significant that it was impossible for investigators to audit it. The DHS got a qualified audit for fiscal year 2012, and is ...
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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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NYPD officer's widow gives birth to their child

NYPD officer's widow gives birth to their child | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
More than two and a half years after a New York City Police Department officer was killed while on duty, his widow gave birth to a girl, thanks to the preservation of his semen.
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Phillip Hill's curator insight, July 31, 2:35 AM
This is one of the stories that I truly enjoyed reading. It saddens me that the widow has lost her husband in the line of duty as this officer served to protect his country. I have heard of situations to where couples and individuals administer to be impregnated from sperm banks. This process has been undergoing for many years and in some situations to some couples, it is normal to become impregnated through a sperm bank. Same-sex couples are not able to produce children with one another so there is the option of going to a sperm bank to be impregnated. I have never heard of an instance to where an officer has died in the line of duty, and his semen was preserved in efforts to impregnate his widowed wife. I am happy to see that the pregnancy was successful and that this widow was able to produce a beautiful, healthy, baby girl. I wish the best for the mother and I hope the widowed has the opportunity to potentially meet somebody, that will help her to raise her beautiful little baby girl. I sent all my condolences to the officer's family and close personal friends in regards to his death.
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Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigns; protesters shout down mayor at City Hall

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigns; protesters shout down mayor at City Hall | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigned abruptly Friday amid growing criticism from the public and the City Council following the fatal police shooting of Justine Damond.

The chief’s departure came at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, who promptly nominated Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo, a 28-year veteran of the force, to replace Harteau. The move ended Harteau’s 4½-year run as the first woman and first openly gay person to head the department.

The death of Damond, a native Australian who had moved to Minneapolis to be with her fiancé, thrust Minneapolis into the international spotlight. It also has generated public skepticism about the department and its training, including from city officials who have questioned why the officers involved didn’t turn on their body cameras.
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It's a tough business for Chiefs when one of their officers is involved in a questionable shooting.
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Joe Dugan's comment, July 24, 1:31 AM
It's a tough job being Chief or Commissioner of a police department on a good day. However when your officer(s) have been involved in questionable shootings, it's even a worse job. However they serve at the pleasure of the Mayor. This Mayor lost confidence in the police chief, and definitely lost the confidence of the people. Hopefully some fresh eyes can take this hostile situation and diffuse it enough so that the people can respect and trust their police once again.
john's comment, July 26, 6:29 PM
This is a terrible tragedy that should of been prevented. I was watching the news when she was unable to finish her press conference due to the protestors. If the mayor did not request Harteau to step down of her position, it would of been difficult to gain the respect and views of the community. There had been some individuals who viewed Harteau as a chief who did not meet the needs of the department. In the article it also stated that the mayor requested her to step down due to political reasons and when election comes, voters would think of the time the major did nothing of this tragedy. There had been a lot of criticism against Harteau and one of them was how she did not reinforce body cameras on her officers raising accountability and other concerns. She was even against using body cameras in October 2013 just before the major was elected.
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51,000 ER injuries due to police officers each year

51,000 ER injuries due to police officers each year | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The majority of injuries suffered by patients during an encounter with law enforcement were rated as minor or moderate by ER personnel.
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So, if the cops aren't "beating" more people--what's going on with the angst about the police?

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Jenna's comment, July 23, 11:38 PM
I know there are a few people that get harassed and get into brawls with the police every year that is unavoidable, however i feel that many of the patients are probably trying to get some type of money for their "injuries."
Joe Dugan's comment, July 24, 1:39 AM
The respect for our uniformed officers has gone down nationwide. With this respect gone down, we see a lot more of people refusing to do what officers tell you to do. Resisting will result in negative ways for the party involved. Police are taught certain tactics, however when people don't comply there are consequences. I have seen it multiple times where people have become verbally aggressive and combative with officers when asked to provide identification. After the situation is diffused by the officers, when sitting back and reliving it, much of the headaches could have been avoided by just handing over your id. However it's the mentality and attitude of this civil unrest that is causing this. Sad.
Phillip Hill's curator insight, July 31, 2:36 AM
This statistic may be accurate to the available data analysis that is being reported. Officers interact with the community and engage among dangerous different altercations and situations, almost on a daily basis. I can see that 51,000 injuries do account for police interactions among police officers and individuals. As officers are making arrests to potential criminal offenders, there will be resistance, there will be negative complications, and situations into officer arresting individuals. It saddens me that this female officer undergone such painful inflections from this person that was high on PCP. I do not see why a weapon was not discharged to the criminal offender, perhaps shooting him in the leg to immediately give psychological awareness to the criminal offender that he has in fact been shot. Sometimes when an individual is shot, the psychological awareness of them being shot, will sometimes deter them from pursuing their criminal intent. I understand that this person was under the influence of hard-core drugs and perhaps a bullet to the body would not have changed the brutal force that this individual was using. I can understand that the female officer did not want to deal with repercussions to herself or to her department, as a result of not shooting the criminal offender. But with this said, there were other officers on scene and I truly believe a weapon should have been discharged in efforts to prevent any type of harm to the female officer.
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Woman Says Police Threw Boyfriend off Bridge, Body Cam Proves That's a Lie

Woman Says Police Threw Boyfriend off Bridge, Body Cam Proves That's a Lie | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Facebook post slamming Rainbow City Police was proven false when the department released body camera footage.
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I know every officer has a story like this...we call it the 30 year plan, but it's just karma repackaged.  The idea is that there's no reason to "beat" someone because in the 30 years that you will work as a cop, chances are that they will be in trouble again and you'll get the last laugh without having to "do" anything to him.  And, if he doesn't get in more trouble, then "god bless" and wish him well.
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Joe Dugan's comment, July 16, 8:18 PM
This is why we need bodycams. Not for the corrupt police, but for the fact that there are so many people out there that are trying to get their 15 minutes of fame. I'm surprised nothing happened to this person for posting this false information. I give this guy credit though, he fell 19 feet to his face, and still was able to resist enough to get tased. Someone REALLY didn't want to go back to prison.
Jenna's comment, July 23, 11:45 PM
Thank goodness for body cameras! I really don't think police want to physically abuse people or have the need to. This is why i think we need body cameras because then it won't just be the cops word against the citizen, it will have proof in video footage.
john's comment, July 26, 7:10 PM
The official off youtube brought how BLM demands that officers should not use cameras because it "preys" on their community. What the article illustrated was how a deranged women lied about the events and preyed upon the officers who were trying to do their job. This was the message they were asking for, removing "mass surveillance" on their community where individuals like her contradict this statement fueling their anticop narrative. With claims like hers, how can we really believe this just happened? I was surprised when the suspect who jumped off the bridge tried to runaway and even got tased for resisting.
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The Commerce Police Chief Who Arrested Miss Black Texas has Resigned

The Commerce Police Chief Who Arrested Miss Black Texas has Resigned | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Commerce ISD trustee who started the confrontation resigned as well.
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john's comment, July 14, 1:52 PM
What kind of questions was Crews asking Ponder? They wanted her to make an apology for simply saying Beane's teenager should not be driving. This quickly escalated when Ponder was not obeying orders as she being questioned. If this happened between ordinary people it would of been shaken off but it wasn't because Beane's was off duty. I wonder if there was security footage in the Wal-Mart parking lot to show the events of Ponder getting cut off. I think this event was unnecessary for Ponder to get arrested over this dispute.
Phillip Hill's curator insight, July 24, 12:33 AM
I am uncertain to the exact details to this segment article. I have read the article and have reviewed the video, but I do not fully comprehend or understand all of the exact accounts that led to this woman being arrested up. Apparently, there was a disturbance between two drivers that initially made it to Walmart after the driving incident. One of the drivers that was allegedly cut off by the other pedestrian, identified themselves as an off-duty police officer. The off-duty police officer told the civilian that they are being detained until a police officer in uniform arrives. The details are sketchy but nevertheless the fault that I see from the officer’s perspective is, calling the female civilian a bitch. If the word black bitch was used, then this was even worse but in the police statement/report it appears that the word bitch was definitely used. There was no excess of force used for this civilian did not pose any threat or any immediate threat. Not all civilians understand proper procedure and protocols and not all civilians will obey and follow off-duty police officers, in such regards. The civilian should have contacted the police instead of a lawyer and waited until the uniform police officer arrived. The civilian would not of lost any power or control in the situation for they were just being detained. The civilian should have waited for the uniform police officer to arrive so the civilian had their chance to explain the story and the situation.
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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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Hero Down: Southport Police Lieutenant Aaron Allan Murdered In Ambush

Hero Down: Southport Police Lieutenant Aaron Allan Murdered In Ambush | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Southport Police Lieutenant Aaron Allan was murdered on Thursday, July 27, after responding to a traffic crash.

The incident occurred about 2:38 PM near Maynard Drive and Madison Avenue in Homecroft, a town located about eight miles south of Indianapolis, according to Fox59.   Southport and Homecroft police officers responded to a report of a traffic crash involving property damage.

Lieutenant Allan responded to the traffic crash, got out of his vehicle and approached the two occupants of the vehicle, which had overturned in the yard of a residence.  One of the occupants opened fire on Lieutenant Allan, and shot him multiple times.  He was transported to Ezkenazi Hospital for treatment, where he later died.
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Sheriff urges fairgoers to try police shooting simulator

Sheriff urges fairgoers to try police shooting simulator | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An Ohio sheriff is encouraging county fairgoers to try police scenarios in a firearms training simulator, hoping they'll better understand the split-second decisions that officers make about firing their weapons.

Clark County Sheriff Deborah Burchett tells the Springfield News-Sun (http://bit.ly/2vF2ZTu ) she rented the simulator to promote discussion about the dangers that officers face. She says most people don't understand how quickly officers must decide whether to shoot someone.

Participants in the simulation use a modified gun and decide, from an officer's perspective, whether to fire in various situations, such as a traffic stop or a domestic dispute. It's free but open only to adults, who must first be patted down and sign a waiver.

Burchett says the technology costs about $90,000, but she rented it for the week for $3,000.
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Jenna's comment, July 26, 3:14 PM
I think this simulator will successfully show citizens the stress that is involved when officers have to make split second decisions. $3,000 for a week is a good bargain for how many citizens will use it and how many more they will tell their friends about it.
john's comment, July 26, 6:47 PM
This is beneficial to the public and the police department. Ordinary people will understand the extent and challenges officers go through in this simulator. When fairgoers use this it reinforces the respect and identifies what can happen in those split seconds. A lot of people do not understand the impact of these incidents and I think people who show lack of respect to officers need to use this in order to understand the challenges.This simulator is like a fundraiser to the department and the proceeds can go to new equipment or other costs. The fair is a great way to interact with residents and I think this is a great investment.
Phillip Hill's curator insight, July 31, 2:36 AM
I like the idea of the police shooting simulator available to the public. There are certain simulator machines available to the public depending on which state and which law enforcement agency is administrating the shooting machine. This is a great tool for civilians for I believe if you obtain a carry permit to conceal a firearm or weapon, there should be training as well as awareness to appropriately handle a gun. Performing shooting simulator practices is an outstanding way for individuals to learn how to appropriately use a firearm. There are individuals who obtain a permit to conceal a firearm or weapon, but then never have shot a gun before. There are individuals who obtain a permit for a gun, but they do not know how to use a firearm correctly. This technology is very expensive for most people cannot afford $90,000 in efforts to train them to appropriately shoot a gun. It seems feasible to mark targets out in an open field or at a gun range, to appropriately learn how to shoot a firearm weapon. But with this said, this is a nice alternative for people to interact with in efforts to appropriately knowing how to discharge a firearm.
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For Fairer Courts, Address Prosecutor Bias

For Fairer Courts, Address Prosecutor Bias | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Many experts and politicians believe there is, as Hillary Clinton has said repeatedly, “systematic racism throughout the criminal justice system.” As recently as the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton made this point a hallmark of her criminal justice agenda. She claimed that to address this disparity and implicit bias, she has earmarked money in her initial budget for “retraining
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So, some researched surfaced last week that the cops may no longer be a significant source of bias (see Harvard study article below).  If that's true, but we're still seeing systemic inequalities--then, where do we look for the answer?  Some suggest that prosecutorial discretion is now a greater source of inequality--what do you think?
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Phillip Hill's curator insight, July 24, 12:33 AM
Is there systematic racism throughout the criminal justice system? To answer this question simply is absolutely. The United States is most definitely infiltrated by a systematic racism throughout the criminal justice system. This country has gone through a lot of racial tensions between slavery, captivity, abolishment of slavery, the Civil War, the civil rights movement, to the political Reform era, to help alleviate racial tensions throughout America. These are all forms of systematic racism for the betterment of society, and for the acknowledgment of racial tensions throughout America. Perhaps a few hundred years in the future, racial tensions may not be as high as of today, but this is an important factor to implement because the civil rights movement was just over 60 years ago. It was just over 70 years ago that African-Americans were not able to sit in the front of a public bus. Prior to that, female citizens of the United States did not even have the right to vote within America. Based upon all of these determining factors, systematic racism is still very active and alive within the American system and especially within the criminal justice judicial system. In my perception, it is difficult for a country to believe that after enslaving millions of people, that those people will have no negative effects against the country that first initially enslaved them.
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Surprising New Evidence Shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings

Surprising New Evidence Shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Contradicting conventional wisdom: When it comes to the most lethal form of force, a study finds no racial bias.
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Jenna's comment, July 23, 11:42 PM
Shooting is a whole different level than everything below it that involves use of force. Many have a preferred method but not many would say shooting is their preferred method to make people comply. If they did then they should probably get kicked out.
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How do you do #LESM? (with images, tweets) · PolicingNews

Troopers are showing the way -- through engagement
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