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Two Houston police accused of helping smuggle cocaine

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Two Houston police officers are facing life in prison without the possibility of parole after allegations they accepted $2,000 in bribes to protect a stash of cocaine being smuggled through the city.
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Jessica Yurkew's comment, January 30, 2013 12:08 AM
My reaction to this article? Not surprised.

The more I think about it, it is probably sad that I am not surprised. Why wouldn't two police officers help smuggle cocaine and to make a profit? The two are police officers with connections and have knowledge from an authority perspective on how things are ran. I would imagine that would be confident in their knowledge to try to beat the system. It clearly did not work out in their favor.
I like how one of the officers attorneys was hoping that he was wrongly accused because based on others' opinions he was an outstanding person. Even the best people can be tempted by a profit. They were released on bail under house arrest conditions and promises to not have any firearms. I found their bail kind of lenient in a way. Would they have gotten the same bail if they would not have been police officers?
Amy Carlson's comment, January 31, 2013 5:45 PM
A couple things about this article truly surprised me. First of all, the fact that these two officers are facing life in prison really shocked me. Yes, what they did was one hundred percent unethical and completely against their duty as a police officer, but there are rapists and murderers who don’t even face life in prison. It just amazes me how punishments for different crimes in different states can vary so greatly. This being in Texas, Texas is known for their strict laws on punishable offenses.
Secondly, the officers are facing life in prison all for $1,000! Wow. Was it really worth it? Was $1,000 really that much money to them to trade their life for? Not me. I would have never considered aiding cocaine smugglers in the first place, but most definitely not for such a small amount of cash.
This article is a great example of misuse of power. Power in the wrong hands without the proper training needed, can end badly, as in the case of Canizales and Miceli.
K MJ's comment, January 31, 2013 8:39 PM
I think my first reaction was the same as Amy's.....for only 1k? Really?
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EDITORIAL: Police shouldn't be investigating their own

EDITORIAL: Police shouldn't be investigating their own | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It is common sense — or rather it should be — that law enforcement shouldn't be entirely trusted when investigating one of its own. There's an inherent conflict of interest involved, and at the very least serious charges against a police officer should be handled by an independent entity.
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Independent, but also made up of those who understand policing.  If not, then the officers themselves won't trust the investigation.  A completely fair system would have several independent, but parallel investigations: 1. internal-policy and civil purview; 2. internal--criminal purview; 3. prosecutorial; and 4. independent.  You might be surprised to know that we already do the first three.

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Report: LAPD Doesn't Thoroughly Monitor Its Patrol-Car Video

Report: LAPD Doesn't Thoroughly Monitor Its Patrol-Car Video | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Supervisors do check to make sure the in-car cameras have been turned on, according to the report by Inspector General Alex Bustamante.
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I don't see how any city would have the resources to monitor all the video created every shift by every officer.....

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More restrictive spring break pondered after party shooting

More restrictive spring break pondered after party shooting | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
(AP) — A house party that dissolved into a hail of gunfire and left seven young people hurt has officials on the Florida Panhandle pondering what to do with a spring break season they say has gotten out of control. The raucous parties in the spring break capital of Panama City Beach have, for years, had politicians, police and businesses tussling over how much to crack down on a key economic force. The city council held an emergency meeting Saturday to address spring break, allocating up to $2
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Merchants love the kids and their loose pockets, until the cleanup and public safety bills lead to more taxes, then its time to clamp down.  Then the kids find another town to terrorize.  The cycle repeats.

A balanced response with planned public safety, zero tolerance can lead to a healthy and sustainable holiday crowd.  The real rowdies will find somewhere else and about 80% of the kids will prefer the structure.

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Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Madison Police officer indicted for civil rights violation

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Madison Police officer indicted for civil rights violation | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -  The U.S. Attorney's Office in Birmingham announced Friday that Madison Police Officer Eric Parker has been indicted on civil rights violations charges. The incident took place t...
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Who Watches the Watchmen? What's going on with the other two cops that watched this going on and did nothing?

 

The first two outraged citizens should have been the fellow officers.  Don't help brush grass off the man, call a supervisor, tell that officer to get away from the man and, for God's sake, render aid!

 

I've put my body between an officer who was assaulted and angry with a detainee (I'm talking a single blow, in response to an assault, not an unprovoked fusillade).  I think it's "ok" to take the blow on your body and tell that officer to take a walk, but to watch this go down and do nothing is unacceptable.

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Actress Taraji Henson apologizes to Glendale police for racial profile claims

“Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson apologized for alleging that Glendale police racially profiled her son during a traffic stop after a video obtained by the Los Angeles Times cast doubt about whether police had improperly targeted him.
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VIDEO: Release Contradicts Actress' Claims - Calibre Press

In an interview with Uptown magazine, Empire actress Taraji P. Henson claimed that her son was racially profiled by police in a “bogus” stop. The Glendale, Calif., PD released video of the stop, which shows her son running through a lighted crosswalk, admitting to possession of marijuana and Ritalin without prescriptions and being treated by …
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A culture of workers' comp abuse at the LAPD and LAFD

A culture of workers' comp abuse at the LAPD and LAFD | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Los Angeles police and firefighters work in a culture that encourages excessive and questionable workers' compensation claims, often for entirely preventable injuries, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year, according to new audits by Controller Ron Galperin. The reports follow a Times' investigation last year that found that the city's public safety personnel take paid injury leave at significantly higher rates than public safety employees elsewhere in California.
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Many cities have had a long-term strategy of under staffing their public safety services, which means that injuries increase.

 

They should, however, have a policy of no on-duty workout to reduce these claims.

 

It's disingenuous to say that public safety make more on 4850 (that's the Govt. Code that pays 100% of their salaries); because almost everyone has large amounts of mandatory overtime (court time, end of shift arrests, mandatory training on days off, etc.).  Given this, very few cops/firefighters are thrilled to be on 4850--even at 100% of base pay.

 

There are those who abuse work comp and they should be prosecuted and fired, but it's not as easy as just pointing to one out every five and say, "you're the cheater".  The troops know who's who, but good luck proving it.  How do the troops know when you can't prove it?  Well, speaking only for the cops, because that's what I know: we all know that injuries occur by a ratio of active calls, so those who show up at active calls regularly, and those who initiate lots of arrests, we'd expect them to have more injuries.  Those who take the paper calls and hide out when felonious activities are afoot, well, we know who those folks are and it's smells suspicious when they're always out on work comp.  Again, try proving it.  The thing is that these folks avoid the hot calls for a reason: they're either not cut out for it; or, they've grown to hate it.  Call some of it PTSD, if you like, but it's taboo and no one wants to admit that they have it.  Some is poor motivation, some self-inflicted, and some who are victims of big organizations and the impersonal treatment that runs amok in every big organization, some are victims of predatory managers.  Given this, it's not enough to say, "Oh, now we're going to fix work comp."  You'll also need to fix mental health; and, improve management, dispute resolution systems, and the perception that merit and promotion are fair.  Until you do this, you'll continue to have people who avoid these unpleasant work place situations through suspicious injuries.  This will require leaders who are skilled in administration, politics, human resources, and the symbolic aspects of any organization--that well-rounded leadership is rare.  Having said that, good managers and good management systems will accomplish 80% of this for you, but it's going to involve bureaucracy, which leach off energy and resources.

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How Our Vengeful Society Destroys Vulnerable People

How Our Vengeful Society Destroys Vulnerable People | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
America's war on drugs is rife with terrible tactics that succeed in exacerbating the very problems they purport to fix. But even in that rich field of wildly misguided policy, few things are as bad as the treatment of poor people struggling with addiction. 

From throwing drug users in jail, to shipping them to court-ordered rehab, to taking kids away from their mothers, standard responses to addiction can trigger trauma and mental health problems that often lead to substance abuse in the first place. And some of the most vulnerable populations—the homeless, or poor and minority women—become ensnared in a system of state control that can wreck any chance they have of pulling their lives back together. 

Over the course of five years, sociologists Susan Sered and Maureen Norton-Hawk tracked 47 women in the Boston area after their release from jail. Many had problems with substance abuse, cycled in and out of homelessness, and suffered from trauma rooted in childhood abuse or violence they experienced as adults.

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Ferguson shooting suspect confessed on hidden camera, warrant reveals

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A confidential informant wearing a hidden video camera recorded accused gunman Jeffrey L. Williams admitting that he fired the shots that seriously wounded two police officers during a recent demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., according to search warrants obtained by Yahoo News.
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Alaska House discusses backlog of untested sexual assault kits

Alaska House discusses backlog of untested sexual assault kits | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
 The Alaska House State Affairs Committee on Thursday discussed Rep. Geran Tarr's bill to address a backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Alaska.
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Fresno Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster, 3 others arrested on drug charges

Fresno Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster, 3 others arrested on drug charges | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Deputy Chief of the Fresno Police Department, Keith Foster, arrested on drug conspiracy charges.
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Colorado's cannabis legalisation does little to solve racial disparity in drug arrests

Colorado's cannabis legalisation does little to solve racial disparity in drug arrests | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Overall marijuana-related arrests drop but study finds rate for black people still 2.5 times higher and accounts for 18% of such arrests in 2014

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"Am I free to go?" When the police want to talk to you.....

"Am I free to go?"  When the police want to talk to you..... | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Howard Woodley Bailey originally shared: When the police want to talk to you, you can be required to identify yourself. Once you have, ask "Am I free to go?" If the officer does not answer you, ask again, "Am I free to go?". If they do not answer, say "If I am free to go, I am leaving'. If you are allowed to leave, LEAVE. If you are being detained, do not volunteer information, and do not answer questions about 'what happened'. It is the job of the officer to inform you why you are be detained, and it is your right to remain silent. Ask for a lawyer and stop talking! Anything you say or do can be used against you.

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All this is theoretically true, but this guy is not your friend.  Anyone who lives in that neighborhood knows that the best advice is: 1. Don't break the law; 2. When detained by the cops, be nice and be cooperative; 3. Do everything in your power to put the cop(s) at ease.

 

This guy has the freedom to do as he has advised, but he is rich, an attorney, and doesn't live in that neighborhood.

 

Having said that, look at Donald J. Black's article: The Social Organization of Arrest, Stanford Law Review, (1971).  While cops generally try to find solutions other than arrest to solve problems, disrespect is a sure fire way to go to jail.  Though the data's dated, my own experience tells me that it's not that far off from the current reality.  Some things change little over the years and this maxim is alive and well: "Don't pop off at the police and things will go better for you."

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Training can bring police and communities together

Training can bring police and communities together | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The culture of policing should not be set solely by police departments, but through dialogue with the citizens they protect.
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Texas Looks To Shine Light On Private Campus Police Records

Texas Looks To Shine Light On Private Campus Police Records | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A violent arrest involving campus police at Rice University in Houston prompted a bill that would force private universities' police departments to release more information to the public.
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No Cop Acts Autonomously.....

No Cop Acts Autonomously..... | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Many people confusingly think Cops are the problem..... it's almost understandable after you see what the #MSM , Obama & friends have been up to.  The problem is not Cops..it's a corrupt justice system itself.  It's like I explain to thousands on Twitter everyday, no cop acts autonomously..... they follow their orders and their training.  There are no accidents in government, only deliberate or manufactured causes. 


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True 'dat.  There are no John Waynes anymore.  It's all organizationally driven.  And, if not that, then the culture of law enforcement fills the gaps.

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Hero cop in Boston Marathon bombing in coma after being shot in face

Police say a decorated Boston officer has been in a medically induced coma fighting for his life since he was shot in the face during a traffic stop.
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(Empathic Policing) LAPD training teaches empathy amid outcry over shootings (audio)

(Empathic Policing) LAPD training teaches empathy amid outcry over shootings (audio) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

This exercise is part of a one-week class, the latest effort by the LAPD to train cops how to de-escalate encounters with people who may be aggressive or mentally ill. The message here: Slow down and try to empathize with the person...

 

The training is hardly the same as policing taught in the academy, where officers endure grueling physical training to be able to take down bad guys. The focus in the academy is on the "use of force continuum."

 

But in this empathy training, officers are coached to back away from the person, use your first name, employ humor, paraphrase what the person is saying.


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ACLU sues San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for access to Taser policies, practices

ACLU sues San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for access to Taser policies, practices | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“Only by having access to the records requested by the ACLU SoCal can the public properly evaluate whether the sheriff’s department has taken seriously concerns raised by the grand jury’s final report to curtail the abusive use of Tasers,” Staff Attorney Adrienna Wong said in a statement.
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This is a benign request, and the records should be made public.  Post them on your web page.  The suits are coming regardless, but at least you've retained some of the high ground.

 

I'm not telling SBSD anything they don't know, which means that there's probably more to this story....

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Euharlee names interim chief after police chief, lieutenant...

Euharlee names interim chief after police chief, lieutenant... | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The city of Euharlee appointed an interim chief of police Thursday night, just hours after the chief and his top lieutenant were arrested for theft of government funds and violation of oath of office.
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First a cautionary note: Try not to do things that will appear to be "bad" or illegal.

 

Next: have a clear contract that doesn't prohibit moonlighting even during daytime hours, because as a Chief you WILL work 24/7 in a small town.  You should make it clear that you have worked at least 40 hours each week, but I know many chief's in small towns that have worked security, crossing guards, substitute taught at local schools, taught at local college, etc.  That's not double dipping.  I don't know the case here, but making some assumptions about small town politics: you have to know when it's time to go.  If you don't, you may get a political person or group who is out for you and they will often use any method at their disposal to get you out of office--even if it means dragging you through a criminal arrest that ends up not flying in court.

 

1. try not to do anything that looks bad;

2. make it clear that you won't out stay your welcome;

3. have an at-will contract with reasonable severance pay.

 

That way, when they're done with you, they just ask you to leave; and, you'll do so knowing you have a few months pay while you find another job.

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Dashcam video shows Taser igniting car in Border Patrol fatal explosion incident, lawsuit claims

The footage, obtained by NBC San Diego, shows the agent firing the Taser into the passenger side window moments before the car bursts into flames. A federal lawsuit filed by the family of the victim, Alex Martin, claims the explosion and death were caused by the Taser and that the Border Patrol agents did not attempt to save him, the TV station reported.
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Air doesn't ignite.  There was something else going on in that car.  The Border Patrol agents acted quickly to move the Homeland Security vehicle that had the victim's door blocked, but by then the car was fully engulfed.

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While Legalization Reduces Drug Arrests, But Not Minority Arrest Rates, This Probably Isn't Racial Profiling

Yet racial profiling isn’t necessary about overt racism on the part of officers. Downing points to structural elements of policing that make minorities more vulnerable to arrest. Whites use drugs indoors more often, while street and stup culture brings Blacks and Latinos under closer police scrutiny. In areas with higher levels of crime -- crimes against property and persons.
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The Public/Private Paradox: What looks like racial profiling may in fact just be about poor people doing things in public places that more well-off people do behind closed doors.

 

I'd also examine when/where detentions happen.  If coupled with CompStat and Risk-focused Policing, then it's difficult to argue the cops are racist, since the computer directs them where to go based upon actual reported crime.

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Why You Should Learn to Be a Better Follower

Why You Should Learn to Be a Better Follower | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Surprisingly, people feel more empowered after followership training because it’s an acknowledgement of a role they’re already doing, and it emphasizes that this role is equally important to and as valued as the leadership role. They also begin to see how much influence they have in their followership roles, and how critical they are to an organization’s outcome.
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(Empathic Policing) Richmond police chief: That's really what community policing should be about.'

(Empathic Policing) Richmond police chief:  That's really what community policing should be about.' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Richmond police chief: 'All lives matter. That's really what community policing should be about.'

 

When Chris Magnus first moved to Richmond, Calif., in 2006, he would hear gunshots at night, sometimes very close to his house. That would be disturbing to anyone, but it was especially so to Magnus, as he had just been hired to be Richmond's new chief of police....

 

The term “community policing” has become such a buzz phrase that “Pretty much every department, if you ask them, would say they're doing community policing,” says Magnus, “And I think most believe it. But the challenge is: is community policing really policing the community in the way that the community wants to be policed, or is it driven by the police department?”

 

Magnus' approach has been to build partnerships with the community at every opportunity, learning from the residents what their priorities are, in order to define where resources should go.

 

by Brad Marshland

 


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Alaska police officers get active shooter training from pros

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Officers from around Alaska are in Anchorage this week acting out "active shooter" scenarios like school shootings and hostage situations. The instructors say the training program is quickly becoming the industry standard among police.
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