They’d come to the same church on the same night to confront the same dilemma facing this city’s beleaguered police department. But what they wanted from the police couldn’t have been more different.
Eight days had passed since the Justice Department issued a scathing review of the Baltimore Police Department, detailing years of racial discrimination in its law enforcement practices.
Yet the 40 or so longtime residents who gathered in a West Baltimore church basement on this August night — many of whom were older black women afraid to walk to the store or leave their homes at night — had come to urge police to clear their corners of miscreants and restore order to their crime-plagued community.
Rob Duke's insight:
Ah yes, which public do we serve? This is why we study the macro tools of horizontal justice. In a few weeks you're going to unpack these ideas about how we conduct the public business. Elinor Ostrom discusses the benefits of the horizontal system rather than having everything forced by a vertical power. Nils Christie asserts that the value in conflict shouldn't be wasted in the vertical system, but should be captured by the local community.... Ron Coase shows us that it matters not what institutional rules you set up, because the "market" or public find the most efficient ways to operate (but you may not like the unintended consequences...) Kenneth Arrow cautions about public choice that we should be careful about where we begin because that dictates where we end up.... March, Price, and Olsen equate public policy as a garbage can. Sometimes you can anticipate problems and prepare contingency plans that fit when crises present "windows of opportunity", but if you open the garbage can lid, it would be hard to interpret what's happening at any given time. From my years as a City Manager, I can attest that that can certainly be the impression, however, chaos can be managed (as Doug Kiel explains), but we need to read John Kingdon to really understand the pieces of the puzzle. Kingdon shows us that the 3 components are: Problems: People: (smart, and engaged enough in the problems to work together); and Policy: implementation of the ideas. I've seen this in action with many city and justice projects. I'll give you some of these examples in the classrooms. Now how about process? Kotter & Lawrence show in their study of big city mayors that the most successful mayors spend their time one three tasks related to four main focal points (Network; Agenda; Org. Structure; and Domain/Jurisdiction/Turf): 1. Network Building: inviting interest holders to participate and then engaging them so they build interest and commitment (and also expanding your legitimate turf); 2. Agenda Setting: building consensus so that you know what to accomplish; and, finally... 3. Task Accomplishment. In my City Manager job, this had an eb/flow immediately after board meetings; then I communicated the marching orders to staff (with a big staff meeting where I was also building network and setting agenda) and getting about the business of task accomplishment. This included going out in the community and soliciting input and inviting parties back to the "big" conversation. We also saw a surge of activity just before the big board meetings as everyone crammed in order to be ready for the meeting. Once you have a meeting, you either need a mayor who can build consensus and exercise Smart Power (see Joseph Nye's work for discussion of how this is done) or you need a visioning process (often accomplished using a contracted mediator or facilitator). In the visioning process you use group consensus tools such as the Crawford-Slip Method to ensure that all citizens have an opportunity to participate--even if they choose not to do so. Couple all of this with a set of public employees who attempt to ensure that equity is pursued above efficiency, economy, and effectiveness (see H. George Fredrickson, Dwight Waldo, and Chester Newland for more on this conversation); and you've got a machine that can probably accomplish something despite the "garbage can". That's also the messy way that you answer, which public do I listen to?
A sheriff's deputy makes a stop to check on a driver sitting inside of a vehicle when he is ambushed by a man with a revolver. The shootout lasts several minutes until the attacker gets back into his pickup truck to lead the police on a short chase. More officers join in on the pursuit, and eventually the man stops his vehicle and gets out. He complies with all police orders, and is now facing multiple serious felony charges.
Two men were charged on Thursday for allegedly walking around an Inglewood neighborhood with assault rifles while dressed in camouflage and body armor, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
The Santa Ana Police Department is among several law enforcement agencies statewide that have been entering people into a gang database without proper justification, according to a new report from the California State Auditor’s office.
One of the starkest examples across the so-called CalGang database was the inclusion of dozens of people whose birth dates showed they were less than one year old. Most of these 42 apparent babies were labeled as gang members for supposedly “admitting to being gang members,” auditors said.
The audit looked at four local law enforcement agencies across California: the Santa Ana and Los Angeles police departments; and the sheriff’s departments for Santa Clara and Sonoma counties.
A review of 100 people entered into the database between the four agencies found that 13 had inadequate justification to be included, a 13-percent error rate. With over 150,000 people in the database, even a 2-percent error rate would mean that thousands of people are wrongfully in the system statewide.
Among the 100 people reviewed by auditors, 25 were entered by Santa Ana police. And among those, auditors found that three failed to have proper documentation to justify their inclusion.
Rob Duke's insight:
Cops aren't above being sloppy in police work nor in entering folks who maybe aren't thoroughly documented as being gang members, but these cases of gang members being entered who are less than a year old is clearly a clerical error....a dose of common sense is needed by someone....
Trent Moses, 14, was killed by oncoming traffic only seconds after this Detroit police officer was called off the pursuit. From ClickonDetroit.com: Police said there was heightened security in the area due to shootings that happened earlier this week. It was then that police noticed the teen speed by on his minibike at around 9 …
Rob Duke's insight:
Tragic. They'll still get sued even though they called off the pursuit. Having said that, I think they'll prevail--maybe even at the Summary Judgement phase. The office recognizes the potential danger early, turns off the lights (no reflections that I saw) and pulled over. The kid could easily have slowed at that point. It helps that the officer's audio is also very humane and expresses horror and regret that the kid is injured.
The unchecked—and almost totally uncontested by the media—anti-police sentiment has reached a fever pitch. Every time I think it has hit its peak, I’m proved wrong. As of now, there doesn’t even have to be proof that a police shooting event was illicit or unlawful. Police shoot someone and immediately the most hateful of rhetoric …
Rob Duke's insight:
These guys are in the business of training police, so just keep that in mind when reading their "news"....
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte vows there will be no letup in his hard-line crackdown on drugs and related crime despite global concerns over the alarming death toll and possible human rights violations.
The campaign against Gov. Jerry Brown’s ballot measure to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early release is distributing sportslike trading cards with photographs of prisoners under the headline, “Meet your new neighbor.” The cards paint an extreme case.
A week after a grand jury indicted him for obstructing justice and lying, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded not guilty Friday to the charges in connection with inmate civil rights abuses and corruption inside county jails.Baca
In police departments across the country, a growing number of officers have more in common with Jones than with those who make headlines for killing black men. Although sometimes portrayed as a white occupying army at war with black civilians, American law enforcement has never been so diverse. In 2013, around 27 percent of the country’s 477,000 sworn local police officers were racial or ethnic minorities, up from 15 percent in 1987, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. There are now more female cops than there were decades ago—around 12 percent of local police—and more openly gay, lesbian and transgender officers as well.
Today’s police are also entering the force with higher levels of education and more special abilities, such as foreign language skills and technological expertise. Once they join a department, they often receive better training and equipment than at any other time in history. And regardless of what the public has seen in shocking videos of shootings, today’s cops have been trained to act with more sensitivity and restraint than previous generations of officers. The common refrain among those on the force is that they are guardians, not warriors.And yet the tension between law enforcement and large swaths of citizens has not been this high since the 1960s and ’70s, when riots and targeted cop killings were common. Many Americans feel the country’s 18,000 police departments need major reform, especially when it comes to the use of deadly force. Last summer, a Gallup poll found that confidence in the police was at its lowest level since the beating of motorist Rodney King in 1991 led to massive riots in Los Angeles. That incident was when filming police using excessive force emerged as a new phenomenon.
A video released by the Spokane Police Department of a drunken man berating an officer to the public before the lawyer had a chance to see it calls into question the motives of law enforcement with body camera footage.
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