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The Price of Security? Border Patrol Bounty Hunting in Northern New York - NACLA (blog)

The Price of Security? Border Patrol Bounty Hunting in Northern New York - NACLA (blog) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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The Price of Security? Border Patrol Bounty Hunting in Northern New York NACLA (blog) That price is costly for both the benighted “us”—the federal government has spent more than $200 billion dollars (in 2012 dollars) on immigration and...
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Pregnant woman in shocking arrest video speaks out -

The pregnant woman at the center of a shocking arrest video details her side of the story. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

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I'm a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing

5 things I wish people understood about bias in American police departments.
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I can't speak for St. Louis, which is where this officer worked, but it wasn't like this on the West Coast.  In that environment, there were 80 percent of the cops that would mostly follow the policies and laws and only violate them when they thought someone was getting a raw deal.  10 percent would never violate any rules; and 10 percent or less who felt they were above the law.  That was my experience.

I saw cops mostly narc off other cops.  I never saw any corruption on the beat (taking a free cup of coffee is the exception).  As a Chief for 16 years, I fired cops for lying, abuse, and once for theft; but in 16 years, I only had to do this fewer than a dozen times.  For the most part, I think the business was pretty clean; and my biggest problems were cops that were too zealous and didn't realize that soft power was better than hard power (legal hard power).  What I mean is they saw every problem as being solved through arrest.

In traffic enforcement we say: "Use the three-E's".  First, you look at the Engineering to see if the road design or signage can be improved.  Second, try to Educate people about the elevated danger from this part of the roadway.  Lastly, if the first two didn't work, you resort to Enforcement.  Good traffic cops follow these steps and we'd like all cops to follow something of this sort to solve crime and dispute problems.  My problems were with cops who thought this was improper or "not their job".  They'd say: "I'm not a babysitter".  So, for me and in my career, I didn't see corruption, abuse, or crime, but I did see less than optimal policing--from a small percentage of officers.

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Oologah officer injured in shooting during pursuit

Oologah officer injured in shooting during pursuit | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Quick Facts: Officer shot during pursuit of suspects north of Nowata Officer was transported to the hospital in serious condition Pursuit continued across Kansas line where 2 suspects were taken into custody Assault rifles, body armor were found in the suspects’ vehicle One male fled on foot An Oologah police officer was injured in a shooting north of Nowata.
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I throw these in just to remind us that, though we are right to question police power, they are truly the only ones on the domestic front who say: "Vereor Non Magnus Nocens Lupus": "I fear no big bad wolf".

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The Most Stressful Job of 2015 Goes to...

The Most Stressful Job of 2015 Goes to... | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A new list of the most stressful and least stressful jobs by Career Cast was released this week.
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What Is Management Research Actually Good For?

What Is Management Research Actually Good For? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
And how big data is making that a harder question to answer.
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We do comparatively little of this in justice--should we do more?

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Constitution Check: Do the Supreme Court and other federal courts need a watchdog?

Constitution Check: Do the Supreme Court and other federal courts need a watchdog? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at an effort by Senator Charles Grassley to create an inspector general to monitor the Supreme Court and ot...

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California: Court Bars DNA Collection in Arrests

The First District Court of Appeal on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires the collection of DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony.

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Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of lethal injection drugs

Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of lethal injection drugs | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Next week, the Supreme Court is set to wade into debate over the constitutionality of certain drugs used for execution by lethal injection, as Glossip v. Gross comes before the bench.

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Thailand Police Detains Student Protesters During Coup Anniversary · Global Voices

Thailand Police Detains Student Protesters During Coup Anniversary · Global Voices | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"We cannot build a democratic society if we lack freedom, liberty, rights, justice, and reconciliation."
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Different standards for different cultures....

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Miami Springs PD Sgt. Busted on Corruption Charge

Miami Springs PD Sgt. Busted on Corruption Charge | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Miami Springs Police officer is facing a corruption charge following an FBI investigation, officials said.
Sgt. Andres Quintanilla was arrested and charged Tuesday with attempting to affect commerce by extortion under color of official right, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
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Wanted: 8 good hearted executioners

Wanted: 8 good hearted executioners | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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If you're a self-motivated person with good upper body strength, this may be the job for you: Saudi Arabia needs 8 executioners.  Good pay.  Good benefits.  Uniforms provided.  Opportunity to travel.  Meet interesting people...and chop their heads off.

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Lawsuit to be filed over inmate care

Lawsuit to be filed over inmate care | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
CARSON CITY -- The American Civil Liberties will file a lawsuit today in U.S.

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Can the Justice Department Put an End to Police Brutality in Cleveland?

Can the Justice Department Put an End to Police Brutality in Cleveland? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Scarcely a decade after their last intervention, federal officials have negotiated a new consent decree. But will it put an end to the systemic problems that led to the deaths of Tamir Rice, Malissa Williams, and Timothy Russell?
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Jessica Leigh's comment, May 27, 3:38 PM
Training on 'de-escalation tactics' tactics is a nice thought, but weren't they already supposed to have initially learned that in their training? As Professor Duke pointed out in his first lecture, a large problem with our police officers is their personalities, and not necessarily the training. These officers who send 137 shots into a vehicle with unarmed passengers clearly should be re-examined. It may not be that they didn't learn the proper protocol but that something in their mind views it excessive force as necessary. There was a quote about preventing riots before a verdict was even reached that said, "That’s troubled me from the beginning, that there was never a general belief that justice would be done. It’s another smack in the face for our humanity.” And it is a smack in the face. Large amounts of people believe that our justice system won't do what is just and attempt to take it into their own hands.
Rob Duke's comment, May 28, 1:30 AM
There's a fight in these communities to both maintain order, but also to accommodate the underground economy. That's a problem that I don't see a way around. I've been in the cops shoes, but I also understand the needs of a community that is under-served economically. It's naive to think people won't find ways to make a living. For me, I think we must scale law enforcement activity to use the absolute least power necessary to uphold human dignity. Joseph Nye calls this Soft Power. This builds political capital so that when we do use Hard Power, the community has some basis to say: we know them and if they used force, it was probably necessary. This isn't an easy balance to keep and, in my experience, it gets more difficult as your population size increases. I also note elsewhere in this blog that there's a background problem with anarchy and slaver, so see my notes on that. I'll also comment again on a future posting about the paradoxes of power and how we focus largely on the Power of Coercion, but don't look as closely at the Power of Persuasion, or the Power of Reciprocity, so look for that soon.
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New NAACP report urges Congress to pass legislation that would end racial profiling

"It is our goal to help end race-based discrimination, rooted in this nation’s history of slavery and Jim Crow laws," the report says.
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Prof. May and I wrote an article last year published in Duke University's Alaska Law Journal.  As long as case law allows pre-text stops under Wren vs. U.S. (1996), this will either continue or, at least, folks will suspect it's going on.  In our article, we suggest a three-prong test for whether a pre-text stop is allowed:

http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1364&context=alr

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Police tactics when dealing with the possible: "Suicide by Cop".

Police tactics when dealing with the possible: "Suicide by Cop". | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Lyons contacted the police non-emergency dispatcher on May 11 after catching Way drinking and lying on their bed holding a large knife. She said Way, a recovering alcoholic, “had a setback” after losing his job but did not threaten her with it.

“The only person Justin threatened was himself and I honestly don’t think he wanted to die,” she said, adding that the two St. Johns County sheriff’s deputies who responded to her call, 32-year-old Kyle Braig and 26-year-old Jonas Carballosa, who were carrying assault rifles, looked like they “were going into war” when they entered the residence.

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It's an interesting problem.  I came across this many times in my career, and was fortunate to always be able to talk these people down or have some tactical advantage over them.  Once my partner, Tony, and I had a similar situation and I, frankly, don't know how it would have gone had not Officer Tony crossed the room quickly and snatched the knife out of the women's hand as if she were merely a naughty child.  As I recall, he caught some heat for being John Wayne, but we didn't yet have Tasers, so had he not reacted, we might have been forced to shoot her.  A few weeks later, another partner did just that with a domestic violence suspect who turned towards him and racked a 12 gauge shotgun.  Two officers shot him only to find out that he was holding an empty gun.

I had just been in a shooting myself and one of these officers and I came back to work 72 hours later following our mandatory after-shooting legal and psychological screening.  Our first call back was a woman holding her ex at gun point threatening murder/suicide.  We responded and talked her out of the plan, took the gun, and escorted to a local mental ward.

This all happened within a month at one police department in the Los Angeles metro area.

So, how do we evaluate these incidents?

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Cleveland police union says Justice Department reforms would endanger police

Cleveland police union says Justice Department reforms would endanger police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The head of Cleveland's patrol union said aspects of the agreement that mandates sweeping reforms to the city's police department could put officers in danger.
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Possibly, but more likely is that officers will draw guns, but hold them behind a leg, etc. and then not do the report.

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Shoot or don't shoot? Sheriff wants media to make call

Shoot or don't shoot? Sheriff wants media to make call | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Pennington County Sheriff wants to put journalists and community leaders through training.
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In class, I show the shoot/don't shoot video.  It's not as good as the actual interactive software, but it gives a good idea.  I'll try to upload it for the online class.

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Study: Judges Are Far Less Biased Than Law School Students

Study: Judges Are Far Less Biased Than Law School Students | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

A new study says judges, at least ones sitting on state benches,  are more objective than they get credit for. The report, forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, says judges by and large are able to exercise professional judgement and reach consensus on disputes that polarize the general public.

 

The study, which took more than two years to conduct, included about 1,500 subjects: 253 judges, 225 lawyers, 250 law students (from five schools including Harvard and Yale), and 800 adults members of the general public.


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Nettie Larson's comment, Today, 2:22 AM
It is definitely encouraging that judges seem to be considerately less biased than a comparable group of the public. Sometimes I worry that judges have too much unchecked power, and that this can be dangerous if a judge allows their opinions to cloud their decisions. Court decisions can have ramifications for years afterwards, and it is definitely best if judges are able to remain as impartial as possible. I was also surprised that lawyers are less biased than law students, I would have thought that the biasedness would be similar.
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Why the Supreme Court beard case matters

Why the Supreme Court beard case matters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Dawinder S. Sidhu from the University of New Mexico Law School looks at a case about beards in prison that could have broader implications about religious freedom.


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U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

When the government places a location monitor on you or your stuff, it could be violating the Fourth Amendment.


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And the law won

And the law won | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
IN DECEMBER 2005 Asia Weekly, a Chinese-language magazine in Hong Kong, put 14 Chinese civil-rights advocates on its cover. It hailed them and their brethren in the...
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China's trying, but still got a long way to go....

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The Horrifically Racist Photo That Led to the Firing of a Chicago Cop | VICE | United States

The Horrifically Racist Photo That Led to the Firing of a Chicago Cop | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Chicago Police Officer Timothy McDermott was fired last year for misconduct, and an old photo where he and another officer are holding rifles over a black man wearing antlers explains why.
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Truly terrible that this was done by a couple of cops....

Until we root out these officers, the business will never be respected.

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What's It Like to Be a Death Row Executioner in America? | VICE | United States

What's It Like to Be a Death Row Executioner in America? | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The precise methods prisons use to kill prisoners are often shrouded in secrecy, but we do know that the teams in charge of executions are rarely made up of experts.
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Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness

Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police in north London have seized blankets, sleeping bags and food donations from rough sleepers in a crackdown on homelessness.

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Nettie Larson's comment, May 28, 8:09 PM
While homelessness is a problem to be solved, it should be solved for those that are homeless, not for those that dislike looking at homeless people in public areas. I think that sometimes people start seeing homeless people as less than human, which definitely shouldn't be the case. While the police were acting on complaints from some citizens, the police have a duty to serve all of the community, and the homeless are some of the neediest members of the community.
Rob Duke's comment, Today, 4:45 AM
Nettie, Yes, and this is a good example of the Paradox of Proximity. Cops are too close (rightly so) to victims, but also to the elected officials and those who influence the elected. As a result, we (I'm retired, but still use the "royal" we) tend to enforce the desires of those who most closely direct us and who control the resources we crave. So, when Anonymous claims that we're lap dogs, there's some truth to this. Instead, I'd advocate a policy where we encourage those with whom we interact to come to Council/Burrough/Board of Supervisor meetings and engage their elected officials on matters that interest them. At least everyone gets a say and we don't then appear to be playing favorites on the one hand, nor insubordinate on the other.
Rob Duke's comment, Today, 4:47 AM
p.s. You'll soon be reading William Ker Muir's (aka "Sandy Muir") work about the police officer as street corner politician. Sandy identified nearly a dozen Paradoxes of Power and I have humbly added a few more. Unfortunately, we lost "Sandy", professor emeritus at Berkeley, in February. It's a real loss to our profession that he died so young.
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New S.F. police headquarters commands respect, if not love

New S.F. police headquarters commands respect, if not love | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The compound sets two five-story blocks of glass on top of a thick concrete podium that extends around a small brick fire station from 1928. The 264,000-square-foot structure places the new headquarters for the San Francisco Police Department above district police and fire stations and a 240-car parking garage. If there’s a cataclysmic earthquake, the compound is packed with enough water and power back-up that it can keep functioning for 96 hours. With a checklist like this, the wonder is tha
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