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LIKE much that moves in Twitter-mad Saudi Arabia these days, it started with a single message. A lady in Dammam, the hub of the oil industry on the kingdom’s Gulf...
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This is similar to Durkheim's idea that crime and deviance serve a purpose to society by allowing a venue for social innovation.  See the Saudi's sarcastic, witty, and disrespectful comments towards the morality police's actions.  The very nature of Twitter is showing the Saudi society that there are mainstream dissatisfactions with an old way of doing things.  Unless the ruling family is blind, they should be looking for a way to phase the institution out or reform it--and they probably will continue to restrict their powers.

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Chris Castillo-Romo's comment, January 24, 2013 8:13 AM
I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been keeping up with my reading on Saudi Arabia, but I assumed that the political environment must have changed a good amount from what I remember hearing if Saudis are feeling comfortable enough to openly criticize the Hayaa. I looked up a bit of information on the latter group and sure enough, there have been several pleasantly surprising reforms pushed onto the committee, one of the most progressive I think being the one that terminates their involvement immediately after detainment, and having the police take over from there.
All the same, the cooperative relationship the Hayaa and the police have had historically makes me wonder if there is a distinct difference, or if this separation of powers is only in name.
RE: Prof. Duke:
I certainly hope that the Twitter comments spur on social innovation rather than the more common responses to crime and deviance in the Middle East. Since you seem more informed on the goings-on there than I am, could I ask what your opinion is on the Hayaa/CPVPV reforms? Do you think they’re meant for serious implementation and reworking of Sharia enforcement, or more of a gesture?
Rob Duke's comment, January 24, 2013 8:53 PM
I don't claim to be an expert, but there's an underlying tension throughout the region. I'm doing some reading on it now so if I have any revelations, I'll let you know. A book published in May: "Heaven on Earth: a journey through Shari'a law" by Sadakat Kadri.
Rob Duke's comment, January 24, 2013 8:53 PM
is a good start if you want to get some back ground on the tension.
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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

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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

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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

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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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Leavenworth police urge cooperation with chase, shooting probe

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Leavenworth police have not yet released the name of the man injured in a chase and shootout that left a 5-year-old girl dead late Friday.
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The 'Facebook Cop' and the Implications of Privatized Policing

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Is the law applied evenly when a company foots the bill?
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Alaska VPSOs get official state backing for firearms training and use

Alaska VPSOs get official state backing for firearms training and use | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After the death of village public safety officer Thomas Madole, the Alaska Legislature voted unanimously to allow Native associations to let the officers carry handguns. The bill was signed into law Friday in Naknek by Gov. Sean Parnell. 
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NYPD patrol guide clearly states members cannot use chokeholds

NYPD patrol guide clearly states members cannot use chokeholds | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After several people were asphyxiated while in police custody, the NYPD forbade the use of chokeholds in 1983, stating it could only be used when an officer’s life was in danger. Former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly banned the use of chokeholds all together in 1993.
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Hamill: Widow of Staten Island dad who died after cop put him in chokehold remembers husband as 'gentle giant'

Hamill: Widow of Staten Island dad who died after cop put him in chokehold remembers husband as 'gentle giant' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Esaw Garner, affectionately known as Pinky, says that cops killed her husband, Eric Garner, as they subdued him on a Staten Island sidewalk. Pinky says the beloved father and grandfather was nonviolent: 'His bark was always bigger than his bite.'
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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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When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid'

When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Whether I was working as a barista or a paralegal, the story was the same: My employers wanted me to keep my mouth shut about money.
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Police Scotland's stop-and-search rate nine times that of NYPD ... but watchdog 'buried' statistic

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A police watchdog has been slammed after it buried damning parts of its own report into the scale of stop and search north of the Border.
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Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO

Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.
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Two cops pulled off streets, Staten Island DA looking into death of dad of six after NYPD cop put him in chokehold during sidewalk takedown — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Two cops pulled off streets, Staten Island DA looking into death of dad of six after NYPD cop put him in chokehold during sidewalk takedown — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A crisis over an unarmed man who died on a Staten Island street after a city cop grabbed him in a prohibited chokehold forced Mayor de Blasio to delay his Italian vacation Friday. Officers Daniel Pantaleo, with eight years on the force, and Justin Damico, a four-year veteran cop, were both put on desk duty a day after the death of Eric Garner, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.
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