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Miami police union challenges officer's firing for fatal shooting - MiamiHerald.com

Miami police union challenges officer's firing for fatal shooting MiamiHerald.com The Fraternal Order of Police filed a lawsuit against the city of Miami on Friday, asserting that an officer who fatally shot an unarmed motorist in 2011 was...
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This article leaves a lot of room to guess what happened in the shooting. Apparently if the cop was let off of any criminal charges I would have to gues that the guy "sitting" in the car was either causing an imminent threat to the cop or another person or he was a felon that was fleeing that did not listen to a warning that the cop would shoot. So it seems that he probably did some action that could constitute a threat. Otherwise if he wasn't driving the fleeing part would be a real grey area. Then the next question is if he was cleared of criminal charges does that necessarily mean he should remain a police officer. Apparently some would say no. Well the unions are trying to protect the officers that they think deserve their job back, it's good that police have unions too so someone can help negotiate things like this or things as simple as benefits afforded to them.

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Omaha police officer killed in shootout just hours before going on maternity leave

Omaha police officer killed in shootout just hours before going on maternity leave | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A suspect being sought by police for an Omaha shooting opened fire Wednesday on officers, prompting police to return gunfire in a shootout that left one officer and the suspect dead, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said.
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Court ruling allows police to be held liable in withholding evidence

Court ruling allows police to be held liable in withholding evidence | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The LAPD detectives should have known they had the wrong man.
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Biker brawl: Are more gang members headed to Texas? - CNN.com

Biker brawl:  Are more gang members headed to Texas? - CNN.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
North Texas is looking a lot like ground zero in a battle royal for rival biker gangs.
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Supreme Court permits LAPD to be sued for concealing evidence

Supreme Court permits LAPD to be sued for concealing evidence | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a civil jury verdict against two Los Angeles police detectives for concealing evidence that kept an innocent man in jail for 27 months awaiting trial.
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Deputies raid shed after receiving tip about rocket launcher attack on police

Deputies in Marion County said they executed a search warrant after receiving a tip that a rocket launcher was going to be used to target Eustis police.
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Sharpton’s daughter hiked up mountain on 'sprained' ankle

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter unwittingly proved that her $5 million sprained-ankle suit against the city is a mountain of BS. Dominique Sharpton posted pictures to Instagram showing she complete...
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White House Bans Police Use of Military Equipment

White House Bans Police Use of Military Equipment | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The White House is banning certain types of military-style equipment for local law enforcement.
The surprise announcement comes after the White House signaled last year that such equipment would remain accessible to local police departments, despite criticisms that the police response to protests...
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Black Man Vs. White Man Carrying AR-15 Legally - YouTube

What happens when a white guy walks down the street with a AR-15 versus what happens when a black guy walks down the street with same gun and same laws. I'm ...
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The modern equivalent of yelling "fire! in a crowded theater".  Time, place, and manner for all rights.  This is just stupid and there's nothing morally redeeming.  These guys are using cops as means to their political ends, which is tremendously unethical (see deontology).  What happens if this goes to a shooting?  How many lives are impacted?  There's no reason for this b.s.

This just shows that there ought to be a rule prohibiting this sort of open carry.  Who's being unreasonable?  The cops stopping the guy with the AR-15 are the jackass carrying it around??

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Why Is Hawaii The Only State Without A Statewide Police Standards Board? - Civil Beat

Why Is Hawaii The Only State Without A Statewide Police Standards Board? - Civil Beat | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
All other states oversee police officers standards, most have the independent ability to revoke an officer's certification.
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FEATURE: #ManifestJustice art exhibit in Los Angeles

FEATURE: #ManifestJustice art exhibit in Los Angeles | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Enough is enough. We demand more empathy, more accountability, more economic opportunity, more compassion, more dignity, more power and more opportunity for…
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Rob Duke's comment, May 17, 4:49 AM
I have no problem with the idea that California has relied on the vertical justice system for far too long (though that's changing with realignment and Prop. 47), but to be fair and share all of the info some additional facts are needed: California has 34 prisons, 34 state universities, & graduate schools, 127 Community Colleges (most offer options to earn entire B.A.'s), plus 136 private colleges and universities. The author/artist is also being a bit dishonest in their assessment of new universities by only counting UCMerced when California also created colleges at Fort Ord (Monterrey Bay State College), San Marcos, and Channel Islands; and added a dozen community college campuses. Furthermore, of those prisons that they are counting as "new" are expansions, so where you had Soledad State Prison built along old lines with poor lines of sight, etc., you now have right next to it an expansion called Salinas Valley State Prison. Old Folsom and New Folsom is the same story. It's also unclear whether they are counting the state hospitals, which are effectively prisons. These, too, represent expansions or improvements, as the case may be, where, for example, Patton State Hospital was decommissioned entirely. In either case, that's a bit disingenuous to beat the state up for improving facilities. Knowledge is the antidote.
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Photo Line Ups and Witness Identification Best Practics: New Georgia law makes gross injustice less likely

Senate Bill 94 is a "best practices" law governing eyewitness identification, versions of which were already in place in 13 other states. It is the product of a bipartisan, cooperative effort involving, among many others, lawmakers, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, attorney association, prosecutors, and other judicial and law enforcement organizations. The law specifies strict guidelines for identification tools like police lineups, eyewitness statements and mug shot identification.
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Double blind line ups help, but witnesses like to help the police.  Witness identifications are nearly always tricky.

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Massive manhunt for masked gunman who wounded SC deputy

A South Carolina deputy officer was reportedly shot late Thursday night at a gas station.
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NYPD shooting demonstrates the flaws in eyewitness memory

NYPD shooting demonstrates the flaws in eyewitness memory | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Mr. O’Grady spoke to a reporter for The New York Times and said the wounded man was in flight when he was shot. “He looked like he was trying to get away from the officers,” Mr. O’Grady said.

Another person on Eighth Avenue then, Sunny Khalsa, 41, had been riding her bicycle when she saw police officers and the man. Shaken by the encounter, she contacted the Times newsroom with a shocking detail.

“I saw a man who was handcuffed being shot,” Ms. Khalsa said. “And I am sorry, maybe I am crazy, but that is what I saw.”

As it turns out, surveillance video has since shown that both witnesses were wrong.  It also appears from the video that the shooting was justified.
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Are people being primed by what they hear?  Do they interpret what they see through this lens that has painted officers as too willing to use force?  Does that help explain why good people make such poor witnesses?  I don't mean just with the cops also; we've seen this repeatedly with moral panics of many different varieties based upon gender, race, and sexual orientation.  What fuels this?

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Hundreds protest Washington state police shooting of shoplifting suspects

Hundreds protest Washington state police shooting of shoplifting suspects | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Hundreds marched peacefully in Washington state's capital city to protest a police shooting that wounded two unarmed stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store.
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Afghan police jailed over Farkhunda mob death - BBC News

Afghan police jailed over Farkhunda mob death - BBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Eleven Afghan policemen are sent to prison for failing to protect a woman killed after being falsely accused of burning the Koran.
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State Police reinstate forensic scientist after alleged cheating scandal

State Police reinstate forensic scientist after alleged cheating scandal | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A State Police forensic scientist who was facing termination has been allowed to return to work as questions mount about whether the agency was misguided in its decision to seek to fire 15 DNA analysts for an alleged cheating scandal. Recently, the person said, Rafferty reached an agreement with State Police in which he acknowledged it was improper to share information about a qualification test on a computer server. On Friday afternoon, four days after the Times Union contacted the State Poli
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Launching the Police Data Initiative

Launching the Police Data Initiative | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Today, the President is in Camden to talk about the promising progress that city is making in enhancing community policing.
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Partying at the Shrine of Mexican Narco-Saint Jesús Malverde | VICE | United States

Partying at the Shrine of Mexican Narco-Saint Jesús Malverde | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Every year, devotees of Jesús Malverde gather in Culiacán to parade a bust of the Robin Hood–esque figure through town and honor him with gifts of cigarettes and whiskey.
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Obama Administration Focuses on Police-Community Relations

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In the wake of incidents in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere, here are six things they're doing to shore up trust between law enforcement and minority communities.
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Police Saw Tons of Cars Whiz by Their Speed Trap but They Didn’t Pull Them Over. The Cops Probably Didn’t Expect Someone to Record Their Conversation About It.

If you try telling the state trooper who just pulled you over that you're speeding because you're late for a conference, you probably won't receive any mercy. But if you're a fellow cop, you might not get pulled over in the first place. A video posted to...
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I've been guilty of this....

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NYPD Officers Attempt to Arrest 14-Year-Old Girl- Community Doesn’t Allow It

"You know you're doing wrong, go home!"
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He was fine until the 6 minute mark when he let the crowd get to him and decided someone was going to jail.  His partner acted correctly and stopped him from making what was probably a bad arrest (too little info provided in the clip to know...he might have just given her a huge break and then she repays him by talking smack...I could understand why he might feel like "fine, then I'm taking you to jail").

You can't let a bunch of people like that act as if you can't police their neighborhood, though.  Should have gotten a few more officers there earlier and kept people further back (letting them film if they wanted).  It was a BAD officer safety situations for most of this clip.

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State Attorney General calls Albuquerque police investigation politically motivated, but, Prosecutor's behavior "less than stellar".

State Attorney General calls Albuquerque police investigation politically motivated, but, Prosecutor's behavior "less than stellar". | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The conflict, which has rocked Albuquerque civic government, began 21 months ago, when police officers began to look into the conduct of Second Judicial Dist. Atty. Kari Brandenburg, whose 26-year-old son, Justin Koch, has been charged in a series of larcenies and burglaries. The police suspected that, in two cases, Brandenburg bribed the victims into silence.
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Bardstown Police: doesn't replace handguns for 15 years and is surprised when they find cracks in the frames

The Bardstown Police Department will replace all officer guns after hairline fractures in the frames are found during training.
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Assuming monthly qualifying only at about 50 rounds each time: each gun has had a minimum of 9000 rounds through them.  I'd never put my life on a gun that had been fired that much.  This is the equivalent of driving a patrol car with a million miles on the odometer.

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Teacher fired after kids send get well cards to cop killer

Claims she was trying to teach students compassion
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Teen hate-crime suspect accused of Instagram post: 'Let's shoot some cops'

Teen hate-crime suspect accused of Instagram post: 'Let's shoot some cops' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Investigators found the post while investigating racist, anti-Semitic graffiti at Eltingville train station.
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