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
A Los Angeles police SWAT officer violated department policies last year when he used a Taser on a mentally ill homeless man standing on a downtown rooftop who then fell to his death, the LAPD's civilian overseers recently concluded.
"Well, my uncle is a senior DEA agent and I'm going to get him to put that bastard in jail in Cuba," she said.
Just another day at work in a European youth hostel, I guess.
Rob Duke's insight:
If I had a dime for every time a family member/acquaintance threw my name down to impress or get out of something......
I stopped a DUI once who claimed to know the Chief. When we got to the station, he not only knew the Chief's home number, but knew that the Chief was actually staying at his vacation home in the mountains. He gave me the number and I dialed for him, identified myself and then handed the phone to the guy. He started to talk, was obviously cut off, and then proceeded to say "uh-huh....uh-huh...yes, uh-huh". He handed the phone back to me (turning his face to the wall), but there was no one on the line. I waited and waited until finally it was too much--the suspense was killing me. What'd he say? The guy never turned away from the wall, but just replied: "he said, that I was no longer his friend and to never call him again." And, the boss never said anything to me about it. Yay, for the Chief.
Whether it's cops pulling back after unrest over Freddie Gray's death, the warmer weather, or systemic problems like poverty, a lot of people are getting shot in Charm City these days.
Rob Duke's insight:
After the King verdict in L.A., I drove around for months with blinders on. My thoughts echoed those of my beat-partners: "I'm not going to Federal prison for you people." But, in what I call the Paradox of Proximity (head nod here to "Sandy" William Ker Muir for the whole idea of the paradoxes of power), I was too close to victims, citizens, and the politicians to whom they complained. Instead of keeping on the blinders, I and my mates had to open a dialog with the citizens about our constraints, victims and community needs, and the way policing had changed. In my mind, those were golden years of community policing and a big reason crime began to decrease in the 1990's. What did we learn? That policing is a team sport and done best (maybe done only) with the participation of the community. We deferred being the boss and listened. Everyone knew we still held the power (Egon Bittner's idea of the Iron Fist hidden within the Velvet Glove), but we shared it better than ever before. Then 9/11 came and we militarized. At least, that's my take. That's the only reason I can find to explain how we lost that community cooperation.
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.
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.
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?
It s unsurprising that President Obama has declared by executive order that local law enforcement agencies shall no longer be able to obtain certain
Rob Duke's insight:
When I see cops wearing low slung guns in swat-style holsters on patrol, it makes me think that this militarization thing has gotten out of control. It's ok to have a dialog about the equipment, but seems disingenuous to an open argument to start from the position taken by this article.
"The PPA and its members are saddened by the heartbreaking news of the passing of Dane Reister. We pray that his family, loved ones, and friends can find comfort in this most difficult time in their faith and love for Dane,'' wrote Officer Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, to police union members.
Rob Duke's insight:
When something tragic like this happens (both the original mistake of the shooting and the officers suicide some 3 years later), it clarifies how officers who are disavowed lose more than a job. In many cases, they lose their livelihood, their friends, their homes, their families, and their self-respect. How many other professions punish mistakes this severely?
I was a Chief for 16 years, so I'm going to throw some stones here, but they're largely at myself. A Chief must be brave to uphold the rule of law and ethical standards to a department ruled by a warrior culture, but a Chief is also often a coward bowing to political winds. Other than officers who were outright abusive, I always identified with the young man (rarely young woman) who had made a common mistake, but one of those mistakes that were no longer tolerated (despite the old war stories that often glorified that behavior--most old timers having grown old and wise enough to never ever do those things any longer).
How many times did I want to show mercy? I could have recommended retraining, time on the beach (suspension), but I knew the politics demanded termination. Now, that's how it feels, but you have to pull yourself up and do what must be done. Though policing has significant power, one of the beautiful aspects of our system is that we have limited governance, which means that Chiefs must obey a good amount of political direction. You save political capital for the "good fights" that rest on ethical principles. In these cases, the best you can do is send the friendly message that you would support the officers' association if they wanted to fund raise; give moral support, etc. But, it doesn't feel any better when the responsibility rests on your shoulders.
May God grant everyone involved peace in this case and others like it.....
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