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New NYPD tactics slash murder rate - New York Post

New NYPD tactics slash murder rate - New York Post | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
New York Post New NYPD tactics slash murder rate New York Post He also credited stop-and-frisk, the real-time crime center, Compstat and new technologies for reducing the murder plunge. Record low crime.
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The question is: Why did crime improve everywhere else at the same time?

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Officer Shoots Armed Suspect At Close Range On Bodycam

Officer Shoots Armed Suspect At Close Range On Bodycam | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Trinidad, Colo. - Police have released bodycam footage from a fatal police shooting that took place in Trinidad Colorado. The incident occurred on April 24th at the Almar Trailer Park in East Main Street in Trinidad. The officer was inspecting the trailer after reports had come in regarding a trespasser. After finding the suspect in the trailer, the suspect pulled a gun on the officer and was shot multiple times. After the shooting he was rushed to Mt. San Rafael Hospital where he was pronounced
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Body cams: did you see the gun?

 

Body cams are great, but this is an example of how they're not going to help in many cases.  If you're pro police, you'll probably see this as a good shooting; otherwise, well, you won't.

 

Some would probably argue that the officer should have retreated a little to confirm that the guy was hostile....but, is that (or should that) be the standard?

 

 

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LAPD retraining all 10,000 officers in use of force

LAPD retraining all 10,000 officers in use of force | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In addition Smith adds that newer officers will be retrained after the first third and fifth year in their careers. "Were going to bring them back to the
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Bill Bratton calls NYPD oversight 'overkill' but councilman pushes back | Newsday

Bill Bratton calls NYPD oversight 'overkill' but councilman pushes back | Newsday | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"What the City Council is attempting to do is unnecessary," Bratton said. "It's overkill."

The NYPD now has more oversight than ever between a federal monitor, inspector general and five district attorneys "who have no issues with going after bad cops," Bratton said.
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Making Choices: The Moral Aspects of Policing

Making Choices: The Moral Aspects of Policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Being moral is to make good choices between right and wrong or good and bad actions.

It applies to both individuals and organizations. With regard to the police function, a citizen cannot expect the police to operate only legally — but that they must also act morally. For without moral considerations, policing would become both ineffective and unbearable in a free society.

Permit me to explain, police officers, of necessity, daily exercise moral choices called “professional discretion” in deciding whether or not to make an arrest. The proper use of this discretion requires police to be educated and well-trained in order to make sound and professional judgments in the course of their duties. These decisions involve a number of factors (but not limited to) the seriousness of the offense, whether an arrest will aid in resolving the problem, the existence of competing priorities for police resources, the availability of legal alternatives, or taking into consideration honest mistakes and deciding that the situation is best served by a “warning and release.”

These are examples of more current moral decisions: permitting political protesters to march in the street, or occupy a park contrary to law, not arresting adults for the possession of a small amount of marijuana, not determining immigration status when dealing with “undocumented” persons who are crime victims. The law in these cases may permit an arrest, but in doing so the community would not consider the arrests to be “right” or “good.” In the above situations, the police officer could take action but choose not to do so. The decision, therefore, is based not on whether the behavior was illegal, but rather on whether taking enforcement action would be, in this situation, a moral act. Nevertheless, whenever police use this discretion it must always be done with openness, accountability, and never for personal reasons.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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An interesting blog from another Chief.  I'd point here to the Weber, Price, Nas article in the readings.  It's an economic article on the ways that we might say that corruption actually helps the community.  It posits that there are 3 conditions where an official might not follow the law or administrative rules:

1. There would be a clear case of injustice for the individual in this case.

2. The community impacted by the law is disadvantaged in a way that they don't have the capacity to engage the system to educate policy setters with factors that may make the law unreasonable in application or outcome for this particular community (schools to prison pipeline, for example).

3. Social norms have moved more quickly than has the law (e.g. marijuana policy).

As the Chief above suggests, I think we should follow the rules except when we can neither find reasonableness nor uphold human dignity, but I think we need a framework to reject the law.  We can't do so to benefit any particular group (rich vs. poor; black vs. white, etc.) nor can we do so to enrich ourselves; but, if we do so for one of these 3 reasons, I think we can articulate ethical reasons for exercising discretion.

 

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Why Police Agencies Still Can't Communicate In A Crisis

The solution is twofold: establishing a broadband frequency that those agencies can access, and making sure everyone at those agencies has the equipment to use it. That's not a small or cheap task. The 2012 CRS report puts the estimated cost of the broadband setup "in the tens of billions of dollars," while radios could cost between $500 and $6,000 for each responder at every one of those 65,000 agencies.
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The problem is getting all that to work across all 50 states with varying terrain.  The typical state trooper agencies operate on the low VHF bands (30-300khz) because the signals can bend over long distances (think the old CB radio bands with the long whip antennas), but urban departments with the need for lots of frequencies have switched to high UHF bands (450-950mhz); or even the 800mhz ranges.  This has been exacerbated by the Feds selling off frequencies for mobile communications, which pushed many many local agencies to 800mhz with promised "better" communication only to discover that 800mhz doesn't bend worth a damn and often can't penetrate even a simple steel frame building.  Oh, BTW, a radio band that operates on 800mhz can't operate on UHF or VHF.

Getting the system contemplated by FirstNet is not going to be easy....

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Vincent Zamora's comment, July 5, 8:10 PM
I can appreciate this problem and before reading this article I never gave it much thought. but it makes a lot of sense looking back at my justice class last semester and how police and law enforcement agencies operate just like the military and in doing so they use much of the same equipment. Communication is the key to solving over 80 percent of problems. It is very complicated with the frequency and hertz because I am still trying to understand it. I wish I had an input on how to help solve this problem but until+l
Vincent Zamora's comment, July 5, 8:13 PM
I learn more about electronics I'm useless in this area. But I do know that it doesn't help that some law agencies have there own codes. That definitely slows down the communication process.
Rob Duke's comment, July 6, 6:15 PM
FEMA has tried to dictate that everyone just speak plain speach, but that's slow and during a crisis, little time differences may make a life and death difference, so cops hold on to the codes. Imagine saying: 10-14 to my 20 for a 664-187 suspect.....or "I need an officer to respond to my location so that I can contact a subject who may be a suspect in an attempted murder." see how much longer that takes. While we're talking, also consider, that another cop might be out there needed to call for help. Given this, we try to snap out our messages in concise code and then clear the air for emergency traffic. The most scorned dufus cop on the beat is the one who uses the radio like it's a phone... Now, having said that: it wouldn't hurt us to have some uniform set of codes that would work anywhere in the free world.
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Connecticut Legislature Approves Sweeping Police Accountability Bill

Connecticut Legislature Approves Sweeping Police Accountability Bill | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It also mandates state police to equip troopers with body cameras. While municipal departments would not be required to use the technology, the legislation provides a financial incentive for those that do. 

And the legislation stipulates that cases involving police use of deadly force would be assigned to investigators from outside of the officer’s jurisdiction, in an effort to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
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Vincent Zamora's comment, July 5, 8:31 PM
This is amazing and should go national not just in the state of Connecticut. I congratulate the state of Connecticut because they took a huge step in justice because of they are proving to the community that they care about the law and true justice rather then proving loyalty to police departments and so called brotherhood which makes people think police are more like gangs and not law enforcement. That is so cool that they would hire from outside of the department to investigate the actions of crimes accused and charged to officers. It shows alot of trust to the community so people would not think that the police department is slacking, taking their time, or not investigating at all. Also to make cameras an obligation for state troopers is going to cut down on complaints and crimes committed by police officers. This is what my paper is all about for this class. I think with in the next decade this will be an obligation for all police departments in the country.
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L.A. County D.A. Jackie Lacey to unveil details on wrongful-conviction unit

L.A. County D.A. Jackie Lacey to unveil details on wrongful-conviction unit | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey will unveil details Monday about the creation of a unit dedicated to reviewing the integrity of convictions for people behind bars for serious or violent crimes.
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After Detroit tragedy, is it time to put the brakes on police chases?

Michigan is one of the deadliest states when it comes to the number of people killed in police pursuits, national statistics show.
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Some courts think that there's a push phenomena where officers propels suspects in chases; other courts think it is like officers are towed behind.

This seems to be significant.  If officer's push, then they probably share some blame for these tragedies--what are your thoughts?

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Vincent Zamora's comment, June 28, 10:05 PM
Ofcorse the officer should know when to hold back during a police chase especially when there are civilians let alone children. If you are obviously chasing a murderer or a national fugitive it is of the upmost importance to catch him or her but why risk everything to catch a killer if you're only going to kill more innocent people. This one is an up in the air kind of a question and I truly have no answer because if this were to go through, then it would make it that much harder for the law and that much easier for the criminals to get away. I leave this one a stale mate.
JonHochendoner's comment, June 29, 12:47 AM
The only way to find out is to stop chasing suspects for a time and see how they react and compare those stats to previous instances. Laws can be changed to accommodate . Other means could be employed to substitute such as helicopters or now, drones. I agree with Vincent in that it's difficult to determine the outcomes.
max mckernan's comment, June 29, 4:51 AM
i think that officers know when they should hold back however the issue is that every individual is different and they have different ideas on what their limits are. I mean law abiding citizens generally are not the ones running.
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‘You’re Really Being an Asshole, Officer' | VICE | United States

A look back at some historical court cases involving people cursing at cops.
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Washington isn't representative of the nation, so it's always better to comply with lawful commands.

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DERRICK NELSON's comment, June 28, 2:11 AM
Officers seem to think when people use their freedom of speech rights to degrade them it's an approval of arrest. Because of the police authoritative privilege they think no one outside of their uniform is capable of mouthing them off without legal consequences. Officers have lost sight of constitutional protection concerning freedom of speech to instill punishment to those who hurt their feelings.
JonHochendoner's comment, June 29, 12:50 AM
I agree with Derrick. Officers become the badge and think that any dissent is directed at THEM, personally, and not at the position. I think free speech wins every time but it's important to remember that you're dealing with people and you might catch some trumped up charges.
max mckernan's comment, June 30, 4:15 AM
This man was clearly exercising his rights and however if he really wanted to keep an eye on his sister than he should have done it in a bit of a less vulgar way. i agree with duke it is always better to comply with lawful commands
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Hartford activists participate in police simulator

Hartford activists participate in police simulator | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A well-respected community activist agreed to step into the shoes of a Hartford police officer and participate in on-the-job training involving use of force.
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JonHochendoner's comment, June 29, 12:57 AM
This is a positive use of technology and could help to bridge the gap between police and critics. If officers are wearing bodycams, real life situations could be replicated. I would enjoy doing this simulator myself.
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Hutto Police Sgt. Chris Kelley dies after being run over by car

Hutto Police Sgt. Chris Kelley dies after being run over by car | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Colby Ray Williamson has been charged in connection with Sgt. Chris Kelley's death.
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Policies prohibiting firing at vehicles in some jurisdictions, but this is a reality for police officers--suspects us their vehicles as weapons.

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Ex-Rikers Captain Is Sentenced to 5 Years in Inmate’s Death

Ex-Rikers Captain Is Sentenced to 5 Years in Inmate’s Death | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The captain, Terrence Pendergrass, had been convicted of violating the civil rights of the inmate, Jason Echevarria, for refusing to seek help for Mr. Echevarria after he swallowed a soap ball.

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Vincent Zamora's comment, June 21, 5:08 AM
Why should he receive any leniency and shorter sentence. A man died and will no longer see, hear, or speak to his family because he refused such a simple thing like medical attention. Something as simple as antibiotics could have made the difference. The officer said himself, "don's speak to me unless someone is dead". He obviously did not care about the situation or the inmates well being. Why shouldn't he receive the full sentence. He was given professional opinion from the doctors at Rikers that the inmate needed immediate medical attention and he denied it. He made a decision that killed a man and he should suffer the penalty in full which he knew in before hand. He just did not think that he was going to get in trouble and no one would care because it was an inmate. anything less than 10 years is a joke.
Jessica Leigh's comment, June 22, 3:28 PM
Cases like these are why most people don't have faith in the Justice system. To me it sounds like he was only charged with deliberate indifference. What about manslaughter? He neglected his duties as caretaker of the inmate and resulted in his death. He even said the words "don't bother me unless someone is dead." He ignored the pleas of his coworkers and a man lost his life because of it. Why is there leniency? How is the maximum sentence of ten years unjustified? The victim's father stated that he hopes he has a hard time in jail. A corrections officer on the other side of the bars? I think he will most definitely have a hard time in jail.
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Amnesty: U.S. doesn't meet international standards for deadly police force

A 41-page report released by Amnesty International on Thursday found that states lack statutes that require officers to use deadly force only as a last resort to protect officers or others against imminent threat of death or serious injury.

The report also found that 13 states have laws that don't comply with U.S. constitutional standards and that all states lack specific accountability mechanisms for officer-involved killings, including obligatory reporting that a firearm has been used and prompt, impartial investigations into killings.

"Police have a fundamental obligation to protect human life," said Steven Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA. "Deadly force must be reserved as a method of absolute last resort. The fact that absolutely no state laws conform to this standard is deeply disturbing and raises serious human rights concerns."
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With police brutality playing a major role in recent media spotlight, it’s not surprising that Amnesty International did an investigative report.  With it being released however, it’s basically he said vs. she said.  In my opinion, Amnesty overstepped in essentially saying that the whole country isn’t up to standards on when to use lethal force and when to not.  I feel like that’s clearly not true, and while this is definitely a huge problem that needs to be addressed immediately, it is also important to note that the majority of departments out there do teach that lethal should only be used as the absolute last resort in a crisis.  However, I do think that it would be beneficial to actually write these words down as an official guideline (if not already).  With public opinion being influenced by media and one-sided reports (arguably one-sided; I actually believe that there is some truth in Amnesty’s report even though it seems to me that it’s a bit biased (at least from what I can gather from this article)), it would probably be in the best interest of departments to just watch their backs.  Why not make an official “lethal as last resort” clause? It would probably make a whole lot of people happy in the end.

Jessica Leigh's comment, June 22, 4:02 PM
I think that this article is slightly biased and sort of beats around the bush telling people what they think they already know. The general public is already convinced that police don't abide by the rule that lethal force should be used as a last resort. The article says that there are only 13 out of our 50 states that don't have the lethal use law, but they do not say whether or not each individual police department has that policy. The article makes it sound like it is the general policy of every department. Because this isn't an official law it sends people into an uproar. It would be greatly beneficial to these states to create these laws to calm the public down a bit. However, the absence of these laws do impede on human rights discussed in a report on Michael Brown. I think that this article could go both ways. It supports different sides, but in the long run decisions should be made to concrete human rights to ensure victims/offenders/police are all legally protected.
Yarima Lopez Rodriguez's comment, June 23, 3:33 AM
What really needs to change is the police mentality of constant paranoia. The American police force today assumes every person they meet is a homicidal maniac with a gun (regardless of age, though they certainly have a soft spot for white people). Thus, almost every confrontation ends with brutality and in many cases, murder. Only by changing the police manual and the way the police perceive common citizens this overwhelmingly gloomy situation be fixed.
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Let's Explore The Corrupt Town That Inspired True Detective 

Let's Explore The Corrupt Town That Inspired True Detective  | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
How are you enjoying #TrueDetectiveSeason2 so far? It’s okay, right? I don’t know, maybe it kind of sucks. Anyway, if you’re like me, you’ve spent a good chunk of the first three episodes being a little confused by the city-corruption storyline. We’ve been told that there are a lot of “deals being done” and a lot of “money changing hands,” but what exactly is going on? Why does the mayor of the Vinci live in a baller-ass mansion? Why is the city manager such a big deal? Is Vinci even a real plac
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Is this a place where you want the police to just work along with the community?

If not, are there professional standards that ought to trump local deviance?

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New Orleans arrests officer, slams bad police work leading up to fellow officer's death

After being interviewed Monday by police, the police said Johnson was later seen throwing the bullets away while driving through a New Orleans neighborhood. He was arrested later Monday on one count of obstruction of justice, one count of malfeasance in office and one count of theft.

"I am extremely disgusted and outraged by the lack of professionalism and integrity shown by this officer based on the evidence we discovered today," said New Orleans police chief Michael Harrison. "This is an example of sloppy police work with a clear intent to cover it up, and it will not stand."
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$333K in settlements for 6 pepper-sprayed NY Occupy protesters

$333K in settlements for 6 pepper-sprayed NY Occupy protesters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Associated Press NEW YORK New York City has agreed to pay a total of $332,500 to six Occupy Wall Street protesters who said police unjustly blasted them with pepper spray. The episode helped propel
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$50k each? This is the equivalent to everyone agreeing to disagree and getting out of each others' presence.....This would have cost a lot more in attorney's fees just to gather depositions.

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Complaints against police drop to lowest level since 1990

Complaints against police drop to lowest level since 1990 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Analysts and officials credit several factors, including better training, a lower crime rate, heightened sensitivity by officers and seemingly ever-present cameras to record police contact with people. Christopher Slobogin, a psychiatry professor and director of Vanderbilt Law School's Criminal Justice Program, said police agencies and officers can't help but be aware of recent incidents making national headlines and are adjusting their behavior and policies. [...] there's no doubt that camera
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Vincent Zamora's comment, July 5, 7:47 PM
I dont really trust these reports. Especially in the state of california. Did we not just read and watch a video about the cops who raided, bullied, and stole from that marijuana shop. I cant in good consciousness believe that these are accurate. I'm not typing this response to be negative but when it's coming from the DA it just looks and sounds like propaganda. But if it is true then I applaud their actions and efforts because LAPD has a pretty dark reputation that it needs to clear up.
Jessica Leigh's comment, July 6, 2:38 PM
As much as we would love for this to be true, dropping to nearly half the complaints over a year seems too good to be true. I do believe that police officers are realizing how quickly bystanders are too videotape them in the hopes that they witness the next great police scandal. Could it be that some complaints aren’t actually taken? Or that police are slyer about abusing their power? Or could it be that they really are getting better? I think that it may be a mixture of positive and negative. Positively, I think officers are more aware of who is watching and negatively, we know how higher authorities can manipulate data to work in their favor.
Rob Duke's comment, July 6, 6:03 PM
After the Rodney King verdict (the second one), I walked out of our briefing room stunned that the cops were going to prison. (I'm not justifying my thoughts at the time, I can't, but I want you to understand the mindset.) Sending cops to prison for "doing our job" was unprecedented at this time. About 30 of us were dazed and confused as we walked out of the station to our cars and I remember someone said "what the F__k do we do now?" I pulled to the lot exit and was confronted with a decision to turn right or left. Left was to the part of town that was drugs and crime (the wrong side of the tracks) while right was towards something like Beverly Hills. I never willingly turned right--I always went to where the action was going to be, but I stopped on the edge of the lot and couldn't decide what to do. I turned right and just drove around. I did that for months. I didn't ignore calls on my beat, but unless it happened in a way that I couldn't ignore it, I just drove the other way. I said things like: "I'm not going to Federal Prison for you people!" You can just police yourselves if you want to send us to jail for responding to your call". I'm sure our managers were pulling their hair out. How do you force cops to do proactive policing? Well, they started assigning us to community meetings. After a couple standoffs where I took the position of "I'm mad at you, so I'm going to pout" only to look into the eyes of citizens and victims, my pouts started sounding pretty lame in my own ears. What I also found was that citizens have some pretty good ideas of how to do policing and, when explained what my limits were under the law, would actually help build evidence to remove the predators from their communities. So, that's what I think is happening right now. The cops are pouting, but that is going to draw them back into confrontations with good citizens and victims. I imagine that the same thing will happen this time and the cops will work out a way to police without being enemies with their communities....but, I could be wrong, too....
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Baltimore mayor orders review of police riot gear following city unrest

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is issuing two directives to help city police officers be more prepared for situations like the April riots.
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Broken windows policing needs to go. We need a community-oriented approach | John Eterno and Eli Silverman

Broken windows policing needs to go. We need a community-oriented approach | John Eterno and Eli Silverman | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Officers need to develop close ties to the communities they serve rather than alienate them. They should not browbeat citizens but work with them
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Jessica Leigh's comment, July 6, 3:03 PM
The mandatory task of meeting quotas is very damaging to police reputations. Ticketing women eating donuts in a park? How is that keeping the community safe? Instead of focusing on bigger crimes, to efficiently meet their quotas, police officers go looking for small violations to fulfill their quantitative duties. The article stated that when stop and frisks were used, only 0.1% led to guns. Clearly there is a need for police reform. That being said, the community should be a part of it. They should be able to voice their opinions on what cooperatively needs to be done to make them feel safe and what needs to end to build trust back up.
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Cops livid over proposed 'police reform' measures

Rank-and-file cops are fuming over several “police reform” measures City Council members plan to review this week, including bills that would force cops to get suspects’ consent for searches, impri...
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Jessica Leigh's comment, July 6, 3:19 PM
I think that some of these reform ideas are rather unnecessary but I do believe that communities should have input in the reform. After all, the police force should be working with their communities to provide better surveillance. The idea that officers should supply every citizen that is stopped or searched should provide the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s number and their name is unnecessary. If a citizen feels strongly enough that they have been wronged, they should take it upon themselves to at least look up the number themselves. I also think that it is encouraging citizens to call even when they may not have a valid complaint. Yes citizens opinions should be taken into account, but professionals in the subject should realistically have the final say.
Rob Duke's comment, July 6, 5:51 PM
The issue of whether the community should have input on all policies is as old as the police. A story from Daryl Gates' book: "Chief" may help illustrate the problem. Two officers had been assigned to the same beat for years. A bookie knew the officers so well that he sent the one officer's wife flowers when she had a baby. The community tolerated and even celebrated the bookie, so the two beat cops ignored his illegal activity. When Gates found out, he reassigned these cops and assigned a team to gather evidence and indict the bookie. The very social disorganization and strain that create deviant subcultures are often those that will dictate what the "public" want from the police. We should never evaluate policing solely from the standard of what the public wants; nor should we evaluate by what our "professional" standards dictate for similar reasons. Instead, we should all evaluate policing by the standards of whether the practice balances the interests of the collective community while also protecting the rights of the weakest members (see John Rawls' or Amartya Sen for a more complete discussion of these ideas). If the cops are wrong, we should be called on our willingness to ignore human dignity and/or our inability to search for reasonableness; however, the community, media and political leaders must be held to the same standards. How do we do this? Unfortunately, the only system that seems work (messy as it is) is the the political system, which puts us right back to the original paradox! The famous Harvard Law Professor, Roscoe Pound identified this as the continued dialectic pendulum swing first identified by Aristotle. We continue for a while with a good idea that satisfies a majority of the people...look at the waves of reform that came about after the NYPD Wickersham Commission reforms; or the LAPD Christopher Commission reforms...each of these calmed the crises for which they were created, but after a time, something happens and tensions rebuild. Pound thought that these tensions were a result of the powerless gaining new leverage as a result of the "new" paradigm adopted in the reforms. Over time, the powerless develop enough power to assert their issues and tension builds. As another crisis builds, a new "solution" is searched for and finally found, BUT! Roscoe steals a line from Marx when he asserts that the seeds of destruction are sown with every new "good" idea, because it just starts the dialectic cycle swinging the pendulum back the other way. I wish there was something better than this, but this is the best explanation that I have yet found......
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How Anthony Graves Went from Death Row to Overseeing the Houston Crime Lab

How Anthony Graves Went from Death Row to Overseeing the Houston Crime Lab | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Anthony Graves, who spent more than 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, has since become a fierce advocate for prison reform.
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Vincent Zamora's comment, June 28, 10:22 PM
I think this is a great opportunity for justice itself because a person like this who truly understands the importance of right and wrongful convictions can make a huge difference in justice because they would look at all cases as peoples and not just files. Taking even a day away from an innocent man or woman is a great injustice and is one of many reasons people do not trust the system but with someone who has been wrongly accused and can make a difference and can put his passion for proving innocence or guilt behind this.
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Sheriff: Ramsey Co. Deputy Caught On Camera Abusing K-9

A Ramsey County Sheriff's deputy faces criminal charges after he was caught on surveillance cameras abusing his K-9 partner at a Carlton casino. The Carlton County Sheriff's Office says 48-year-old Brett Arthur Berry was at Black Bear Casino on June 14 and 15 for a canine training and certification event.
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Many k-9 behavioral problems can be traced to something the handler is doing wrong.  You might make a dog submit if he tried to bite a handler (a sign of rank drive), but this looks like the deputy just lost his cool.  It's never fun to have a dog act up and embarrass you in front of colleagues, but it's a mistake not to praise the dog and build them up with kindness.  Corrections are given, but always immediately cheerful and up-beat when the dog is successful.

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Vincent Zamora's comment, June 28, 10:41 PM
This is just sick. This is the exact type of thing that makes the public afraid of the people who are supposed to be protecting us. If a so called officer while abuse his fellow officer regardless if it is an animal, then he could care less about his fellow man. This was a power trip and was getting a type of high off the power he felt from
Vincent Zamora's comment, June 28, 10:48 PM
abusing someone who can not defend themselves. If a cop could do this to someone he is supposed to work along side with just imagine what he would have done to the people he was supposed to protect and serve if he had not already. this truly churns my stomach and sadly reassures my feelings towards most police officers. Just imagine what he had trained those dogs to do to people just because he could. I will be paying close attention this case and see how it ends.
max mckernan's comment, June 29, 3:56 AM
I would be very surprised if this officer is not brought up on criminal charges for assaulting a fellow officer. much like any person you treat the K9 who is your partner with respect no ifs ands or buts
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Assessment: What’s Your Leadership Style?

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Interesting quiz....

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JonHochendoner's comment, June 29, 12:55 AM
Most of my leadership roles were in sports earlier in life. I got the composer and found many of its qualities and downfalls to be true, particularly in recent work situations.
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Maryland legislators considering law to further restrict when police can use deadly force

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Still, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has responded to concerns about a police slowdown by saying officers need to earn their paychecks.

Amnesty International said Thursday that a lack of laws on use of deadly force by officers is limiting police accountability nationwide.

Maryland, the human rights group found, is one of nine states with no law on the police use of deadly force. The state defers to federal law and the guidelines set by individual police departments.
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JonHochendoner's comment, June 22, 12:31 AM
I think umbrella laws can have negative consequences. All towns and cities have different circumstances and variables. The verbage of this bill will be important. How will force be limited? What actions can justify it? Will these cases be subject to internal review as they are now? I do agree with some of Vince's thoughts.
Jessica Leigh's comment, June 22, 4:54 PM
Many of these cases where the alleged offender is beaten or fatally shot and there are minimal to no witnesses it becomes he says versus she says. It seems that most cases lean toward the side of the officer, but why do we never give the benefit of the doubt to the witness? Some officers are given too much credibility and innocent bystanders are not given enough. In regards to laws on police brutality and use of lethal force, they should be federal laws. There should be a united front on this issue in all 50 states.
DERRICK NELSON's comment, June 28, 3:16 AM
Police brutality walks a thin line between reasonable force and unnecessary force. Deadly force falls in both categories. I think Maryland legislators are on the right track with the development of the public safety commission. Investigations need to be conducted to unify police deadly force laws around the state. This will simplify things, and hopefully reach a consensus for officers to still defend themselves and perform their duties.
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NYPD sergeant acquitted of drunken driving charge

“If he wasn't a cop, I would have said that he was not above the legal limit,” Nielson, of NYPD Highway District No. 2, told the prosecutor, according to court papers.

A law enforcement source said that Nielson was apparently trying to articulate that Stewart's inebriation was a close call, and he didn't want to appear to be showing favoritism.

Stewart was arrested on April 18, 2014, after he allegedly struck a parked car in Brooklyn. Nielson videotaped him refusing to take a Breathalyzer and passing the physical coordination test.

“He (Nielson) tanked the case,” the source said.

Nielson's unusual statement was not disclosed to defense lawyer Eric Sanders until after the sergeant had pleaded guilty to the DWI charge last March. Sanders successfully argued that his client should be allowed to withdraw the plea in light of the new evidence.

“I have argued from the outset that the client is guilty of nothing more than being a police officer,” Sanders told the Daily News.
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Yeah, in my experience, this is the new normal.  We don't give breaks to fellow cops.  It's a good way to stop your career in its tracks.

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Montana Lee Nolan's comment, June 22, 12:48 AM
Cops shouldn’t be given breaks. It is a part of their job to represent proper behavior, and if an average citizen could get a dui under the same exact circumstances then so should a cop. If not, then that reflects badly on all cops in general fueling more to the idea that they can get away with anything they want. At the same time, the highway patrol man saying that he didn’t want to show favoritism shows that even law enforcement agents are concerned with how they are viewed by the public. The patrol officer was afraid that he would be criticized for not giving him a dui, but also stated that if he wasn’t a cop we wouldn’t have done it in the first place. This is a great example of how difficult it is for officers to deal with other officers who have made a mistake that many average Americans make, while trying to maintain an image that no one is exempt from the law.
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Cops shouldn’t be given breaks.  It is a part of their job to represent proper behavior, and if an average citizen could get a dui under the same exact circumstances then so should a cop.  If not, then that reflects badly on all cops in general fueling more to the idea that they can get away with anything they want.  At the same time, the highway patrol man saying that he didn’t want to show favoritism shows that even law enforcement agents are concerned with how they are viewed by the public.  The patrol officer was afraid that he would be criticized for not giving him a dui, but also stated that if he wasn’t a cop we wouldn’t have done it in the first place.  This is a great example of how difficult it is for officers to deal with other officers who have made a mistake that many average Americans make, while trying to maintain an image that no one is exempt from the law.