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Gentrification, Stop-And-Frisk Collide in Crown Heights - New York Magazine

Gentrification, Stop-And-Frisk Collide in Crown Heights - New York Magazine | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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"We have a lot of burglaries, especially in areas where we have newer members of the community ...
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After deadly year for law enforcement, legislature seeks to "back the badge"

After deadly year for law enforcement, legislature seeks to "back the badge" | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Several bills working their way through the Georgia General Assembly are expected to increase protections for law enforcement, including one that would impose longer prison sentences for peopl
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ACLU challenges Milwaukee police's stop-and-frisk policy

ACLU challenges Milwaukee police's stop-and-frisk policy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

The Milwaukee Police Department is operating a stop-and-frisk program that mostly targets black and Latino residents who are often detained without cause, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of six black and Latino plaintiffs who say they've been stopped once or multiple times since 2010 without a citation or clear explanation. The lawsuit alleges the stop-and-frisk program is citywide but is concentrated in areas largely populated by minorities, including the predominantly black neighborhoods in the north of the city, creating a "deepened public fear of and alienation from" the police.

The stop and frisk tool for law enforcement has been particularly useful in addressing violent crime problems of a recurring nature and protecting officer safety

Police Chief Edward Flynn has suggested that increasing the number of stops in certain areas will disrupt and deter crime, the lawsuit alleges.

It asks the court to order the police department to immediately end the program and to declare that department is violating the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause and the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Flynn denies his department has a stop-and-frisk policy, though he maintains that traffic stops in "high crime areas" reduce crime.

"No discussion of our crime tactics is complete without reference to the hyper-victimization of disadvantaged communities of color by high rates of violent crime," Flynn said in an emailed statement. "But MPD considers it our moral duty to confront violence where it occurs."

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Crowds protest after off-duty cop fires gun in clash with Anaheim teens

Crowds protest after off-duty cop fires gun in clash with Anaheim teens | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Angry crowds gathered at the home of an off-duty cop who fried a shot during an after-school scuffle with teenagers in Anaheim, California.
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It looks like an accidental discharge.  Not wise, but at one point he's mobbed as these kids attack him and try to take another kid away from him who he looks to have legally detained (in California, even a private person can detain when a crime has been committed).  It may take months for more details to emerge.
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Are our softer criminal laws a factor in officer’s killing?

Are our softer criminal laws a factor in officer’s killing? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“We’re putting people back on the street that aren’t ready to be back on the street,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told the Los Angeles Times, pointing to two ballot measures and several bills passed by the Legislature.

McDonnell referred to his jail as a “default prison system” because felons who once would have been in state prison are now being diverted into local jails under “realignment,” which was aimed at reducing overcrowding in state prisons.

From the state’s standpoint, it’s been a roaring success because the prison system now has tens of thousands fewer inmates, satisfying pressure from federal judges. But as more felons wind up in local jails, McDonnell and other sheriffs must release lower-level offenders to make room for them.

The Legislature should delve into what is happening and whether these recent law changes have gone too far – whether, as Chief Piper says, “enough is enough.”

Instead, the state Senate’s criminal justice committees devoted several hours on Tuesday to criticizing local jail authorities for not allowing inmates to have enough face-to-face visitations with their families.
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State Police officials under fire for expensive road trip

State Police officials under fire for expensive road trip | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Thousands of dollars in overtime was paid to Louisiana State Police officials to drive across the country and stay at a Las Vegas resort and casino and the Grand Canyon on their way to a law enforcement conference in California, records show.
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Duh! If you want to do something like that as a side trip, then you do it on your own dime....no one would begrudge a side trip to the grand canyon, but don't charge the taxpayer for that trip....
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A court is blocking L.A. County sheriff from handing over a list of 300 problem deputies

A court is blocking L.A. County sheriff from handing over a list of 300 problem deputies | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
At stake is an issue fundamental to the criminal justice system: the obligation of prosecutors to hand over evidence that could help the defense, including information that could undermine an officer’s credibility. 

Under the landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brady vs. Maryland, prosecutors must turn over exculpatory evidence to defendants. Failing to disclose such evidence can result in faulty convictions.
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Brady v. Maryland was never about the cops and their misconduct.  It was always about prosecutorial misconduct, but the lawyers have successfully re-branded the case as a police misconduct case.

Administrators use Brady to deal with problem officers, but they should really use their own progressive discipline systems.  The problem with that is that it takes longer...and most agencies are sloppy with their documentation.  Thus, it's easy to just claim a Brady violation....
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West Michigan police officer impaled by screws at marijuana grow site

The person who set up a bed of screws to protect a marijuana grow operation, seriously injuring a Wyoming police officer, might face charges if prosecutors can find a criminal statute that applies.
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Seriously!  This is not a one-off.  I jumped over a fence to check an alarm and barely missed a board with nails purposely laid out in leaves by the business owner to catch/deter thieves.  To say the least, I was not amused.
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Report: LAPD mediation works – when officers, residents show up

Report: LAPD mediation works – when officers, residents show up | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A mediation program designed to help LAPD officers and residents understand each other better is largely successful when both sides agree to meet, according to a department report to be delivered Tuesday to the Los Angeles Police Commission.

But cops and residents often choose not to engage in face-to-face mediation.

The three-year pilot program, established in 2014, sought to “influence the way employees communicate and treat people, as well as give community members a better understanding of law enforcement practices,” according to the report. Mediation was “an informal process” in which officers and the people complaining about them would meet “face-to-face with impartial mediators to discuss the alleged misconduct.”

The idea would be to reach a “mutually agreeable resolution,” instead of sending the complaint through a formal process where the department dismisses it entirely or the officer could face formal discipline. Complaints involving suspected bias and/or discourtesy – not more serious conduct like excessive use of force – were eligible.

The report found of the 363 eligible complaints, 73 resulted in meetings between officers and residents over the three-year period that ended Dec. 31. Why didn’t the two sides seek mediation more often?

Most of the time, either the officer or resident had no interest in meeting with each other.

In 2016, nearly half of officers demanded a full investigation of the complaint. Nearly a fifth of officers wanted to “avoid the other party,” according to the report.

Among residents who filed complaints in 2016, about a quarter wanted a full investigation. Another fifth said it was “too much bother” to meet with the officer.

But when the angry resident meets with the man or woman who wears a badge, mediation appears to work.

Of 185 survey responses, 155 participants were either satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the process, according to the LAPD report. And two-thirds of the officers and residents who participated said their understanding of the other party increased after mediation.

The department plans to continue the program and, as more and more officers wear body cameras, make that footage available for viewing as part of the mediation.
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School Security Officer Fired for Use of Force in Reverse of Previous Ruling

School Security Officer Fired for Use of Force in Reverse of Previous Ruling | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Linda Henderson also defended school security staff during that meeting.

“You are not sending a good message,” Henderson said. “If a child is a danger, we must passively restrain. First, we try to talk them down, but if a child can’t contain themselves, then we must restrain. There is no intent to harm. We are the first people to come when there is a problem. You can’t punish us for doing our job.”

But Bauer sent a letter to the school board two days after their vote informing them of her decision to terminate Barnes. She cited her review of the investigative report on the incident, which included interviews and photographs of the victim. The victim reportedly had marks on his neck from Barnes.

Bauer also said a previous incident in 2011 when Barnes was suspended for getting into a physical altercation with a student factored into her decision.

“Promoting safety for students is a paramount public interest, and on occasions when I believe the board’s actions may be inconsistent with this fundamental principal, as state monitor I will take such actions under review,” Bauer wrote.
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Schools are like ships and the Principal is like a ship's captain.  Anything and everything on campus is his/her domain.  Given this, school policing is often delegated to security because police have an independence that security do not enjoy, but that independence isn't appreciated by schools.  This case illustrates how their goals and priorities are different than would be the case of an independent police.
This is what we risk if we put the police completely under civilian control.
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Philadelphia cops win the ugly war against the D.A. who wouldn’t prosecute suspects

Philadelphia cops win the ugly war against the D.A. who wouldn’t prosecute suspects | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
You could be stabbed, shot or strangled into unconsciousness, and this district attorney wouldn’t do anything about it, the cops say.
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Trooper who pulled over speeding cop loses privacy lawsuit against Miami officers

Trooper who pulled over speeding cop loses privacy lawsuit against Miami officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Watts’ lawsuit alleged 88 law enforcement officers from 25 jurisdictions illegally accessed her personal information more than 200 times, violating her privacy. All of them settled — except for the five Miami officers, who were individually named in the lawsuit and took it to court. 

The Miami officers argued that because Watts had pulled her gun on a Miami police officer, they “wanted to be able to identify her for their own safety” and so they needed to see her picture.
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Bad juju to start trying to arrest on-duty cops at gun point.  Departments have procedures to stop bad driving and the deputy should have used those remedies first.  She then escalated the situation by drawing her gun...  Finally, inter-agency suits like this are generally bad news.
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AUDIO: FOREST LAKE K9 RANGER END OF WATCH - 2-8-17 0038

AUDIO: FOREST LAKE K9 RANGER  END OF WATCH - 2-8-17 0038 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
AUDIO: FOREST LAKE K9 RANGER END OF WATCH - 2-8-17 0038
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Heart attack....RIP...off to fiddler's green.  We'll be along shortly, ol' man.  Keep the suds cold until then.

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2 armed men wearing tactical vests arrested upon entering Dearborn police station

2 armed men wearing tactical vests arrested upon entering Dearborn police station | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A 24-year-old Leonard man and a 40-year-old Jackson man were taken into custody after entering the Dearborn police station Sunday dressed in tactical vests and armed with multiple firearms.
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Expect a Federal Civil Subpoena 13 months or so from now....

13 months because they expect you to purge your evidence 12 months from now.  That makes their lawsuit much easier and lets them insinuate that you're covering up.

Work with a shady attorney for a year and settle out for $100k each.  It's a hell of a way to earn a living.
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Surveillance Video Shows Moments Leading Up to Crash That Killed CHP Officer

Surveillance Video Shows Moments Leading Up to Crash That Killed CHP Officer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO -- Shortly before the pursuit-related crash that took California Highway Patrol officer Lucas Chellew from his family and the force, some along Sacramento's Fruitridge Road say they knew one particular motorcycle and its driver were going to be trouble in their neighborhood.
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NYPD commissioner: Officers won't help with deportations

NYPD commissioner: Officers won't help with deportations | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
NYPD commissioner: Officers won't help with deportations
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It's not the local cops job to play border patrol.  To do so will make immigrants fearful of the police and push them into the arms of gangs and cartels.  It's much better to have a very clear policy that "we don't do that", unless you prove yourself to be a danger to the community...
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The Sentinel is a robot designed to make police traffic stops safer

The Sentinel is a robot designed to make police traffic stops safer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Sentinel Robotic System is a robot that was created in response to the tragic shooting of two officers during routine traffic stops.
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Caitlin Mattingly's comment, February 22, 5:47 PM
I am pretty skeptical of this device at this point in time. I don't see it being super effective and I see it as costing the tax payers money that we do not necessarily have to be paying. It really just seems to me like a pain in the butt.
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State would pay for wrongfully convicting Alaskans under new proposals

State would pay for wrongfully convicting Alaskans under new proposals | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Even when a state court confirms someone was wrongly convicted of a crime in Alaska, when the innocent person walks free, they are not guaranteed any compensation for the time they lost behind bars.
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Police have no benchmark test for drivers high on pot

Police have no benchmark test for drivers high on pot | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It's been two months since recreational marijuana was legalized, but some residents complain certain laws are confusing.
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2 officers shot, 1 killed, after responding to traffic accident in California

2 officers shot, 1 killed, after responding to traffic accident in California | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
One officer was killed and another injured after a parolee opened fire on them after they responded to a traffic accident earlier today in California, police officials said.

The officers had responded to the crash where a driver, who police said was driving a stolen car, rear-ended multiple other vehicles in Whittier, California around 8 a.m.

Lt. John Corina, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, said that the unnamed suspect moved his car around the corner after the accident.

When the officers arrived on scene the other drivers, who had refused to give the suspect a ride, indicated that the suspect had moved his car.

As the officers, who did not know at the time that the car was stolen, contacted the suspect and went to pat him down, he pulled out a gun and opened fire, police said.
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Out on parole two weeks and kills an officer.  Stolen car.

**I went to the police academy about 5 miles from this incident.
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Most officers say the media treat police unfairly

Most officers say the media treat police unfairly | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Among the challenges U.S. police officers perceive on the job is a widespread feeling that police are mistreated by the media.
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Rumors about 3 officers' deaths 'painful' for families, co-workers, sheriff says | KSL.com

Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder says his office is devastated by the deaths of three Unified police officers all within a span of 18 days.
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Dodge’s New Charger Gives Cops Eyes in the Backs of Their Heads

Dodge’s New Charger Gives Cops Eyes in the Backs of Their Heads | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A new feature to foil cop car ambushes, before they even happen.
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This sounds wonderful. Hopefully this will help cut back on attacks on officers. It is refreshing to see a company go out of their way to support our law enforcement.
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First black police officer in Miami Beach, James Smith, dies at 87

First black police officer in Miami Beach, James Smith, dies at 87 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
James Smith was hired in 1964 when the old Miami Beach police station still had water fountains marked for blacks and whites. He retired as a major 26 years later.
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An American hero dies.  It could not have been easy to be the first with practically everyone wanting you to fail: Whites wanted failure to prove their agenda; and, Blacks often resented a police officer who was intimate with the community--better to have the outsider who didn't really understand (and was easier to "fool" or misdirect).  For more on this experience, see Darktown (2016), a novel by Thomas Mullen depicting the dramatized history of the first year of Atlanta's first Black officers.
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Law Enforcement Applauds Trump’s Attack on the ’Dishonest Media’ - Breitbart

Law Enforcement Applauds Trump’s Attack on the ’Dishonest Media’ - Breitbart | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Law enforcement officials applauded after President Donald Trump attacked the “dishonest media”

Via Thomas Wentzel
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Better flawed cops who are beholden to a rule of law than a bunch of street thugs who answer to no one.

Dirty cop: placed on administrative leave--often permanently.

Dirty thug: no remedy---live with him or kill him--those are your choices.

Trump's trying to push ownership of the common space back towards the police.  We'll see if he has the clout.
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Sheriff’s office using technology to hold deputies accountable

Sheriff’s office using technology to hold deputies accountable | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office announced Monday that it is using new technology to help keep communities safe and hold deputies accounta…
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