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Deputy dies in gunfight with ex-cop Dorner; cabin burns

Deputy dies in gunfight with ex-cop Dorner; cabin burns | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A dramatic daylight gunfight broke out Tuesday between law enforcement officers and a man they believe to be Christopher Dorner.
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Sounds like the tragedy is coming to an end....

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Robert Tompkins's comment, February 13, 2013 11:19 PM
This is a sad story of a person that tried to do what he thought was right, even if it wasn't, and ended up with a bad rap. Dorner should not have resorted to violence to solve what he considered to be his problem. No one in the public will ever know if he was telling the truth or not, and most likely he wasn’t. He choose to attack fellow officers and made their lives even more dangerous. He should have moved on with his life and acquired a new profession. It is a sad event when officers and civilians have to lose their lives because of someone that thinks that they have no other way to be heard.
This brings to light another problem that police face, when they have something reported to them from a fellow officer that they might or might not think is credible, do they report it. I believe that the reporting officer did the correct action. This led to this young man going on a rampage though. Maybe there was another way to handle the issue that might have saved lives.

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Race, Threat, and Police Brutality: A Social Psychological Perspective

Police brutality is a central problem of modern American life. Research indicates that minority citizens are disproportionately the victims of excessive force by police. Past efforts to explain the overrepresentation of minority victims focus on individual characteristics of police officers situational characteristics of police-citizen encounters and organizational characteristics of police departments that may influence police officers’ street-level behavior. A more critical approach grounded in the conflict theory of law maintains that police brutality helps control minority populations perceived as
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Today I stopped Caring....

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By Lt Daniel Furseth, DeForest, Wisconsin Police Department Today, I stopped caring about my fellow man. I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today...
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Eric Garner's daughter posts address of cop at his death

One of Eric Garner’s daughters marked Christmas Day by spreading personal information about an NYPD cop who was present during the chokehold death of her father — outraging officers still reeling f...
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Is It Legal to Crack Down on #BlackLivesMatter Protest Leaders?

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The First Amendment doesn't stop police from arresting trespassers, but it makes it harder to punish people for inciting protests
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Hundreds Turn Their Back on Mayor at NYPD Officer's Funeral

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Hundreds of police officers turned their backs on a screen showing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of one of two officers killed last week.
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It's going to be a rough 4 years for de Blasio and NYPD.  It's pretty evident that everything is going to be clouded from this point on....

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2 People Shot by Police in 6 Days In Small Colorado Town

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Written by: Cassius Methyl at theantimedia.org In Cañon City, Colorado, two people were shot by police in just 6 days.  This is a very small town that barely has any crime. It should be surprising that police are killing people here, in a place with virtually no crime rate …

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Anonymous Hacks City Websites After SWAT Team Kills Dog In Search For ‘Small Amount’ of Marijuana

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LIBERAL CHICK: Cops Shouldn't Be Cops If They're Afraid Of Teens Pointing Guns at Them | Doug Giles | #ClashDaily

LIBERAL CHICK: Cops Shouldn't Be Cops If They're Afraid Of Teens Pointing Guns at Them | Doug Giles | #ClashDaily | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Liberal Chick presents her latest musings from the dictionary of liberal logic. Apparently cops shouldn't fear for their life if a teen points a gun at them.
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Pedestrians also no longer need to dodge taxis; nurses don't need to wear rubber gloves? But, seriously, she may have a point hidden in the hyperbole: Currently, police training emphasizes that safety is first "I'm going home at the end of my shift".  Should we instead emphasize tactics and cover so that you're sure before engaging a threat?............................................................................Now after having let that sink in......I think you do have to consider natural law.  Do we attempt to control an officer's heartbeat?  Of course not, the part of the brain that controls our threat response (fear, fight or flight), the Amygdala, is a primitive organ left over from a time when humans weren't at the top of the food chain--think of it like a vestigial tail that is now just a stub, but was once very useful in maintaining balance high up in the trees.  When a threat is perceive in this organ, watch out!  The world slows down and your reactions speed up!  In two shootings, my gun was in my hand and I was firing before I could have articulated a threat.  All vision, and memory that I have of these events now, had been blurred with the only clear vision being the threat.  In both of these events (and dozens of others where I did not fire my weapon), my body response was three moves ahead of where I could actually formulate thought.  In one case, I simultaneously called out my location on my radio, fired at the man who was firing at me, sought cover by running around to the passenger side of my car.  I have one brief memory of slipping in gravel and making the palm of my left hand into hamburger as I caught my fall, did something of a break-dancer move to keep on my feet; and, then time jumped to the next memory of being at the front hood of my car covering the suspect who was down.  I don't remember hearing the police chopper beating its way towards me, nor did I hear gunshots or remember seeing muzzle flashes (but witnesses described these things in detail).  I worked a suburb of Los Angeles early in my career, so I had dozens of "close calls" where I did not fire my weapon, too.  In two cases, a suspect pulled something from his waistband and began to whip around towards me.  I did not fire.  In one case, the suspect was disgarding a stolen cel phone; and, in the other, the suspect held a gun, but tossed it in a micro-second before I surmise that I would have fired (he held a child in his arms also, so I can't be sure that another primitive part of my brain may have been restraining the Amygdala in order to protect a child--the suspect had shot the mother in the face a short time earlier and was fleeing with the kidnapped child).

I can't explain the difference in the how I responded.  It wasn't wisdom, nor experience, and I don't think it was luck.  I think it was something primordial, something barely explained.  Think of it as the earlier "lizard man" that, unbeknownst to most of us, still lives in the back hind stem of our brains.  I believe we all have this, but only those who have gone to battle or been confronted with an ancient threat have had to acknowledge this reality.  A few years ago, I was at a West Coast zoo that had a cougar enclosure that allowed visitors to view the big cat through a piece of thick plexiglass (you know the type used by Sea World, "shamu-type glass").  This cat had worn a worry path all around the perimeter of his enclosure include right next to the glass.  The cat paced all day long, and about every 20 times going past the glass, he suddenly lunged at the glass, stopping just short of the actual glass.  Darn thing got me with his sick practical joke: I jumped back, screamed like child, before I got a handle on myself, looked sheepishly around, and then hurried away.  But, I was curious, so I wandered back and sure enough the cat did this every five minutes or so and people of all ages reacted as I had.  I saw a couple miracle cures where wheelchair bound people scrambled to escape.  I saw children tossed about as parents reacted instinctively to throw the children away and, I guess take the animals attack on their own backs.  It was enlightening to say the least.

So, to circle back and make a point, I'm not sure that we're talking about fear.  So, I think the author may be unfairly and unwisely calling for something that none of us are capable of truly giving.

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Corrections department irks lawmakers as they search for savings

Corrections department irks lawmakers as they search for savings | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As the Alaska Legislature begins audits of 18 major state agencies, it has encountered difficulty with the first agency to be examined, the Department of Corrections, which failed to identify programs to auditors that could help cut 10 percent of its operating budget.
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Hmmm....hard to see how you can't trim just 10% without closing down a facility.  I can understand why the legislature might feel DOC is unresponsive.

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Arizona officer shot in face dies; suspect also dead

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — An officer who was shot in the face during a domestic violence call Saturday has died and a suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot, according to police.
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Man aimed empty gun in cop's face, pulled trigger: officials

A Bronx teen who twice pointed his gun at cops and pulled the trigger — only to realize that he’d just emptied the weapon shooting out apartment windows — nearly hit several residents with his gunf...
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Botched executions do little to aid anti-death penalty cause (+video)

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Troubling executions this year in Ohio and Arizona gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that areas of the country that most enthusiastically support the death penalty might have a change of heart. They didn't.
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Police turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio during funeral for fallen NYPD cop

Police turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio during funeral for fallen NYPD cop | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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Bill Bratton: "they were killed for their color: they were blue."

 

Bratton gets the warrior culture much more than de Blasio.  These cops didn't need for today to be about cultural awareness--they needed it to be about acknowledging that they're good, that they sacrifice, and that they matter.

 

Do we need to have a conversation about how the police interact with communities of color? Yes, but that's viewed as having a political angle and the cops of NYPD are not interested in having a political discussion while laying low one of their own--killed ostensibly because of that same conversation.

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Cops believe this, too. That they're blue, NOT black, white, brown, red or yellow.
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A Sign of Progress: Mike Brown Could Not Be “Willie Hortoned” » Scholars Strategy Network

A Sign of Progress: Mike Brown Could Not Be “Willie Hortoned” » Scholars Strategy Network | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

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Rapaport suggests that Ferguson Police have been unsuccessful in its attempt to reframe Michael Brown as a Willie Horton: for a large group of Americans, I'm not sure this is true.  The various media accounts have polarized those who either think Brown was saint; or those that think he was a common thug.  Rapaport is correct, however, in suggesting that Brown's case should be a discussion starter and not merely used as a means to an end.

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Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish

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Anti-De Blasio banner seen above Hudson River

Anti-De Blasio banner seen above Hudson River | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The bad blood between NYPD cops and Mayor de Blasio became an air war Friday.
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Something symbolic needs to be done, but it may be too far gone.  My guess is that de Blasio could go to the roll calls and have a "Road to Damascus" moment of seeing the light.  He'd have to follow up with real support of the cops, but he could turn this into a triumph to become the one who leads the way to finding a solution to the problem of preserving the peace, without alienating a segment of society.

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Black Leader Says Teen's Death After Pulling Gun on Police Reveals Sin, Not Skin Problem

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BERKELEY, Mo. -- A prominent black Christian leader who works with youth says that our nation needs to stop pointing fingers at the police and start preaching ...
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