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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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Brandon Barnes's comment, February 23, 2013 4:09 AM
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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Police Sources To WCBS 880: 2 Police Officers Shot Dead In Brooklyn

Police Sources To WCBS 880: 2 Police Officers Shot Dead In Brooklyn | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Two police officers have been shot dead in Brooklyn, police sources confirmed to WCBS 880 Saturday evening.
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The other side of reality for police is that some people really are out to hurt them.

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Victoria police officer and drug legalization advocate to get B.C. Human Rights Tribunal hearing

Victoria police officer and drug legalization advocate to get B.C. Human Rights Tribunal hearing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has noted that a police department restricted the off-duty activities of an officer who believes in ending the war on drugs.
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F.B.I. Evidence Is Often Mishandled, an Internal Inquiry Finds

F.B.I. Evidence Is Often Mishandled, an Internal Inquiry Finds | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An internal investigation recounts tales of missing and mislabeled evidence that could have consequences for criminal investigations and prosecutions.
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Former Midlothian Deputy Police Chief Guilty In Brutality Case

Former Midlothian Deputy Police Chief Guilty In Brutality Case | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The former deputy police chief of south suburban Midlothian faces up to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of using excessive force for beating a “Black Wednesday” drinker with his police baton.
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Healthcare-NOW! - What Haunts a Police Officer of 30 Years? Suicides Due to Medical Debt

Lieutenant Gary Pudup, a police officer for 30 years, testified to the New York Assembly Health Committee on December 8, 2014, about his haunting memories of
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Yeah, been there too many times.  The scars on our souls are deeper than the ones on our bodies....

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Opinion: Why you should care about journalist Barrett Brown's sentencing today

Opinion: Why you should care about journalist Barrett Brown's sentencing today | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The tech reporter is expected to be sentenced by a judge today in a highly controversial case brought by the Justice Department.
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Racial profiling has destroyed public trust in police. Cops are exploiting our weak laws against it.

Racial profiling and excessive force by police is unconstitutional. But they're still happening.
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Not true: this article contributes to the moral panic currently running amok, however, having said that, there is a dichotomy between civil society with constitutionally constrained policing and a condition where officers can have the discretion and flexibility to efficiently control crime.  Unfortunately, you can't have a maximum of both.  If you constrain the police too much, more predators will be unconstrained.  If you gives police maximum flexibility, then you'll have police violence.  It appears, as if this generation prefers more police constraint.

 

Solutions are scarce, but perhaps more education on power and the paradoxes inherent in power; and, in teaching the police ways to share power and use soft power more often than hard power--herein may lie the path out of this quagmire.

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Fatal New York police shooting stokes new criticism

Fatal New York police shooting stokes new criticism | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It was what they call a "vertical patrol," the kind of police activity that generally falls to rookie cops assigned to scour the city's high-rise housing projects from rooftop to basement, including the often poorly lit stairwells.
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11 Times Comedians Got It Right About Race and Police Brutality

11 Times Comedians Got It Right About Race and Police Brutality | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
From Richard Pryor to Martin Lawrence, comedians have been making us laugh about race and police brutality for years.
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L.A. County sheriff's deputy gets 18 months in jail abuse scandal

L.A. County sheriff's deputy gets 18 months in jail abuse scandal | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Citing the erosion of the public's trust in the justice system, a federal judge on Monday sentenced a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy to 18 months in prison for obstructing a grand jury investigation into abuses in the county jails.
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Research: 10 Traits of Innovative Leaders

Research: 10 Traits of Innovative Leaders | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Display excellent strategic vision. Have a strong customer focus. Create a climate of reciprocal trust. Display fearless loyalty to doing what’s right for the organization and customer. Put their faith in a culture that magnifies upward communication. Are persuasive. Excel at setting stretch goals.Emphasize speed. Are candid in their communication. Inspire and motivate through action



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We are going to need some innovation in the coming years.

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In Arkansas, white town is a black mark | Al Jazeera America

Residents of Harrison try to fight their reputation as the small town with the most hate groups in America
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Feeling Like a Winner Changes What You Think Is Fair

Feeling Like a Winner Changes What You Think Is Fair | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
And makes you question others’ motives, according to a recent study.
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"It’s not objectively being a winner or a loser that changes our views and makes us suspect others are biased. It’s just subjectively feeling that way. As the authors put it, 'subjective status motivates shifts in support for redistributive policies along with the ideological principles that justify them.'" from the article

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California officer kills teen after machete attack

California officer kills teen after machete attack | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a 17-year-old who attacked him with a machete, and the officer was hospitalized with major injuries, officials said.
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Video: This Police Officer Shuts Down Al Sharpton And Race Baiters

Video: This Police Officer Shuts Down Al Sharpton And Race Baiters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
What this Houston Police officer has created in the Houston Police Department should happen in every Police Department in America. What the video here: 
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Group-Think: Decision-Making Is Best Done Alone, Relying Too Much On Friends And Family Isn't A Good Thing

Group-Think: Decision-Making Is Best Done Alone, Relying Too Much On Friends And Family Isn't A Good Thing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In the classic evolutionary conflict between the individual and collective interest, the group wins.

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New study ~ In the classic evolutionary conflict between the individual and collective interest, the group wins.

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'Gang-related': a controversial term with varying definitions - The Homicide Report

'Gang-related': a controversial term with varying definitions - The Homicide Report | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In a recent training session for gang officers, LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese told a class from across the county that more than half of all killings in the city are gang-related ...
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Santa Claus and the Surveillance State

It's not just the Elf on the Shelf; children have been taught for centuries that dangerous authorities are watching and judging them.
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Ford to offer Police Interceptor surveillance tech to competitors [w/video]

Ford to offer Police Interceptor surveillance tech to competitors [w/video] | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ford is now licensing its surveillance mode to technology that watches cops' backs and thinks the military or even competitors might want it.
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External surveillance system uses radar to ensure no one sneaks up and ambushes an officer doing paperwork.

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Amanda McColley's comment, December 17, 5:31 PM
This is a great concept overall but one would hope it doesn’t fall in the wrong hands. I am sure someone will work hard to recreate it and make it available to a regular consumer and this could become problematic for law enforcement essentially. When it comes to military, this could be a huge leap in helping our military men and women remain safe, but once again we have to hope it doesn’t fall in the wrong hands.
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San Jose police officer placed on leave after controversial tweets

Community and civic leaders are denouncing controversial comments posted on the social-media account of a San Jose police officer that surfaced over the weekend, leading to his administrative leave and termination from a coaching job at Menlo College.
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Man pleads guilty to threat that precipitated killings of Alaska troopers

Man pleads guilty to threat that precipitated killings of Alaska troopers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS—A Tanana man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening a village public safety officer last April, taking responsibility for an incident that authorities say escalated into the shooting deaths of two Alaska State Troopers.
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Amanda McColley's comment, December 17, 5:35 PM
While everyone has the right to trial, I almost wish he and his son would plead guilty just to avoid putting all families and friends out of the misery they will have to go through and re-live when it comes to their more serious crimes. I also find it interesting that he did this because I am sure now this will be used against him in his more serious trial later next year to show maybe some sort of motivation or just as the precursor to the terrible incident that occurred.
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Law Officer - Nov/Dec 2014 - Page 30-31

Law Officer - Nov/Dec 2014 - Page 30-31 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Law Officer is the most innovative magazine in law enforcement. With a special focus on tactics, technology and training, Law Officer will keep you informed and on the cutting edge. For Web-exclusive articles, community forums, multimedia and reference tools and more visit www.LawOfficer.com.
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Sandy Hook Families Sue Gun Maker: 'We're Never Going to Move On'

Sandy Hook Families Sue Gun Maker: 'We're Never Going to Move On' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Jillian and Carlos Soto said their family joined the lawsuit against Bushmaster to honor the memory of sister Victoria Soto who was killed by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook.
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Amanda McColley's comment, December 17, 5:42 PM
While I have personally never been an avid fan of firearms, I find this will be difficult for these families to win this lawsuit. I know there are many who believe that it’s a humans basic right to own a gun, but as the families stated they are military weapons that a civilian does not need to have access to so I can see where they would say the manufacturer was negligent in that aspect. This will definitely spark a hot debate since gun control is always a heated topic in our world and I really see no good to come from it. Either families win and this upsets gun-happy folks or the families lose and get no chance to really ever feel at peace.
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Don’t shoot

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IN THE basement of St Gregory’s church in Crown Heights, a Brooklyn neighbourhood where kosher pizzerias compete with jerk-chicken shacks for business, the...
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Something more is going on than the size of the City.

This is an ill-considered article and hypothesis.  Smaller police departments tend to be more connected to their constituents; and, when you have an incident (i.e. Tyesha Miller for Riverside P.D.), it's more difficult statistically to see that as an outlier event.  Instead this article asserts that this is proof of "bigger is better".  Riverside P.D. is a well-respected department and doesn't deserve to be painted with this brush.

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