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LA cops stalked by suspect -- and a brutal past

LA cops stalked by suspect -- and a brutal past | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Los Angeles has witnessed every variety of killing, but this one is different: The suspect is targeting cops and bringing up a painful chapter in LAPD history.
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Joshua Congleton's comment, February 11, 2013 6:32 PM
I have been following this story loosely. It is definitely scary how this man is going on a rampage and sending out such threats- and to think he was formerly part of the brotherhood, himself! It deeply bothers me. Why would someone formerly committed to the safety of others snap suddenly like this? The hunter is now the hunted. I think that this could have easily been fixed with proper assessment of the officer before,during, and after his career. This man is not justified for threatening and killing his once-fellow officers simply because he was fired. While I do not completely know the whole situation, there is not one instance that could justify this mans actions. It is a sad situation, I pray for the best for the officers assigned to hunting him down, and I hope that he is able to get the proper help he needs.
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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

Alaska police officers get active shooter training from pros | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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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SJPD officer Michael Johnson's family makes statement after his slaying

SJPD officer Michael Johnson's family makes statement after his slaying | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"Last night Officer Michael Johnson of the San Jose Police Department was shot and killed while trying to help the community he loved. We are deeply saddened by his loss and cannot express in writing how deep a hole in our hearts we are left with by his passing.
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Alaska Senate debates which marijuana bill to debate

Alaska Senate debates which marijuana bill to debate | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
JUNEAU—A vote on the marijuana crime bill is set for the Senate on Friday, but senators had a tussle on Wednesday over which version they'll vote on.
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Monthly sex worker tests are ridiculous, health experts say (2011)

Monthly sex worker tests are ridiculous, health experts say (2011) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Health Minister David Davis has backed down from a plan for Victorian sex workers to have fewer tests for sexually transmitted infections, prompting sharp criticism from public health experts who say the plan should go ahead.

 

...Professor of Sexual Health at Melbourne University, Christopher Fairley, said research showed monthly testing was unnecessary and a waste of public health resources because sex workers have much lower rates of STIs than other people.This was backed by a recent study of patients at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre which showed that of 2896 female sex workers tested for STIs over three years, only 3 per cent were positive.


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Moral Panics: How Americans Are Brainwashed to Fear Exactly the Wrong Things

Moral Panics: How Americans Are Brainwashed to Fear Exactly the Wrong Things | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Hyped threats and propaganda promote fears, some real and most fake.
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What will the fads be this year?

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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 difference of perception is one thing, but.....

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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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Please wait, while I ramble on:

 

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

Ferguson shooting suspect confessed on hidden camera, warrant reveals | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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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Senators introduce plan to save money by reducing jail population

Senators introduce plan to save money by reducing jail population | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
One of the Legislature's most conservative senators and one of the most liberal agree on one thing: The state can save money by keeping nonviolent offenders from crowding jails. 
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Ahhh.  A move to intermediate sentencing.

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Landmark Settlement for NYPD Officers with Hearing Loss | Hearing Loss Association of America

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Power Paradoxes Author: William K. (Sandy) Muir, Jr.: In Memoriam, 1931-2015

Power Paradoxes Author: William K. (Sandy) Muir, Jr.: In Memoriam, 1931-2015 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
For more than 30 years, Professor Emeritus Sandy Muir taught thousands of Berkeley undergraduates and graduate students about American democracy, U.S. constitutional law, and the virtues of public service. Generations of students attended his classes and benefited from Professor Muir's help, guidance, and wisdom in navigating Berkeley and pursuing successful careers in academia and the public and private sectors. Professor Muir was a leading voice at Cal for promoting civic engagement and public leadership as an iconic faculty member in Berkeley’s Political Science Department.
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Ah no! Truly saddened to learn that we lost Sandy Muir last month.  Those of you who recall my rants on various paradoxes of power (some mine, but the original inspiration comes from Prof. Muir), will understand how sad I am at this loss.  For my money, I think Sandy's Power Paradoxes and Nye's Soft Power ideas are the two most promising theories to help police find a way out of the crisis currently confronting it.

 

First, we need to understand the aspects of power that are problematic.  We need to fully analyze the implications from ethics about what we can support and what we can't support.  Then, we need to develop a type of Soft Power (micro as opposed to Nye's macro power) to influence communities and help them create capacity to govern themselves.

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Ah no! Truly saddened to learn that we lost Sandy Muir last month.  Those of you who recall my rants on various paradoxes of power (some mine, but the original inspiration comes from Prof. Muir), will understand how sad I am at this loss.  For my money, I think Sandy's Power Paradoxes and Nye's Soft Power ideas are the two most promising theories to help police find a way out of the crisis currently confronting it.

 

First, we need to understand the aspects of power that are problematic.  We need to fully analyze the implications from ethics about what we can support and what we can't support.  Then, we need to develop a type of Soft Power (micro as opposed to Nye's macro power) to influence communities and help them create capacity to govern themselves.