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'Django' Unhinged: Director Quentin Tarantino Says Drug War Same as Slavery

'Django' Unhinged: Director Quentin Tarantino Says Drug War Same as Slavery | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"Django Unchained" director Quentin Tarantino says the modern war on drugs is essentially the same as the slavery depicted in his new film.
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Rob Duke's comment, February 28, 2013 4:16 PM
Diana, yes, the net widening argument is worth considering. Many people dabble in illegal or deviant behavior but desist before becoming permanently labeled that way. To a great extent this happens because they fly below the radar. With the drug war, poor neighborhoods do not have the luxury of flying under the radar.
Robert Tompkins's comment, March 3, 2013 11:24 PM
While i do not agree 100% with his statements, i do feel that the war on drugs in an antiquated mechanism that has proven not to work. I know that there are many other races in prison besides just blacks, and they are not slaves in jail. I do feel that it is a waste of tax payer dollars and they should not use the system to give people jobs just because they can. I dont think that all the people in jail on drug charges should be let out either, because some of them are violent people and have other tendencies. There is a reason they were dealing with drugs in the first place and should stay in till they get the help that they need.
Christopher Bedel's comment, March 7, 2013 5:28 PM
I’m not sure on this one, I can see the reference of the prison tiers, but to say the war on drugs is discrimination on blacks, to me is not a real accurate reference. I think the war on drugs is targeted at everyone who sells drugs I hear more about DEA in Florida and Mexico busting people for drugs, not just targeting blacks, but anyone who is selling or transporting drugs. That is in all cities and towns they are in, and not just blacks. I think Quentin Tarantino used this as a bad example between the “War on Drugs” and Slavery.
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North Dakota Allows Cops To Arm Their Drones With Tasers And Tear Gas

North Dakota Allows Cops To Arm Their Drones With Tasers And Tear Gas | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
North Dakota law enforcement officials have been using drones for years. Now they can add weapons to them.
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Feds fighting to keep cash seized from person never charged with crime

Feds fighting to keep cash seized from person never charged with crime | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Federal prosecutors are battling in court to keep $167,000 in cash seized in a 2013 traffic stop, despite the motorist never being charged in the incident and the Obama administration clamped down this spring on such asset seizures and forfeitures.
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Police killings: Separated by many miles, common danger - CNN.com

Police killings: Separated by many miles, common danger - CNN.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
With the "execution-style" killing of a Houston-area deputy Friday night, the number of U.S. law enforcement officers shot to death this year rose to 23.

The deputy "was literally gunned down in what appears to be an unprovoked, execution-style killing," Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said.

The deaths at the hands of suspects run the gamut -- veterans and rookie officers -- and span the nation, from Georgia to California.
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Baltimore: criminal misconduct dominates police terminations

Even as leaders of the Baltimore Police Department work to improve the agency's image, documents show that criminal misconduct dominates the reasons for employee terminations.

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25% of 72 cases.

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The Paris Serial Killer Guy Georges Was My Photo Assistant | VICE | United States

In October 1994, I worked alongside a murderer, through whom I met Guy Georges, the "East Paris serial killer."
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A little bit from the other side.

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Man held in killing of Texas sheriff's deputy - CNN.com

A man believed to be the gunman in the killing of a Texas sheriff's deputy is in custody and being questioned, a Department of Public Safety spokesman says.
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On Monday, the LAPD Will Start Wearing Body Cameras | VICE | United States

Many have reservations about the program, which promises to equip nearly 7,000 officers with body cameras in the coming months.
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Bentham’s Fallacies, Then and Now

Bentham’s Fallacies, Then and Now | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

MELBOURNE – In 1809, Jeremy Bentham, the founder of utilitarianism, set to work on The Book of Fallacies. His goal was to expose the fallacious arguments used to block reforms like the abolition of “rotten boroughs” – electorates with so few electors that a powerful lord or landowner could effectively select the member of parliament, while newer cities like Manchester remained unrepresented.

Bentham collected examples of fallacies, often from parliamentary debates. By 1811, he had sorted them into nearly 50 different types, with titles like “Attack us, you attack Government,” the “No precedent argument,” and the “Good in theory, bad in practice” fallacy. (One thing on which both Immanuel Kant and Bentham agree is that this last example is a fallacy: If something is bad in practice, there must be a flaw in the theory.)

Bentham was thus a pioneer of an area of science that has made considerable progress in recent years. He would have relished the work of psychologists showing that we have a confirmation bias (we favor and remember information that supports, rather than contradicts, our beliefs); that we systematically overestimate the accuracy of our beliefs (the overconfidence effect); and that we have a propensity to respond to the plight of a single identifiable individual rather than a large number of people about whom we have only statistical information.

 


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The professors and the police: How a Minneapolis project may change the way cops everywhere relate to the public

The professors and the police: How a Minneapolis project may change the way cops everywhere relate to the public | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A year ago, he took a leave from the U to return to the DOJ to take part in the federal investigations into the Ferguson and the Baltimore police departments, and to work to implement many of the programs pushed by the Obama administration. “We have evidence-based practices that work around the country,” he said. “Why don’t we collect those practices and disseminate them broadly throughout the country?”

Addressing three aspects of community-police relations — implicit bias, procedural justice and racial reconciliation — the new initiative is being led not by cops or politicians but by academics from UCLA, Yale Law School and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (as well as several institutes, ranging from UCLA's Center for Policing Equity to the National Network for Safe Communities). 
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It's worth a shot.  There's a pragmatism in policing, though, that can't be glossed over.  Cops will support this under one condition: it must work.  If it's a "bullshit party", cops will do what they must to cooperate, but they won't have ownership.

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7 Deputies Walk Off Job After Oregon Sheriff Allegedly Beats Handcuffed Suspect

An attorney for the deputies union said that the officers requested the leave to protect themselves from retribution.
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book excerpt: Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America

The excerpt is about feminist, alternative forms of (criminal) justice. All published on bitch. This is an excerpt from the book Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America, whose third edition came out from AK Press this July.  The above photo is of a Black Lives Matter protest in Las ...

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How To Stop Managing And Start Actually Leading

How To Stop Managing And Start Actually Leading | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
True leadership is specific, substantial, and sets its own course. If you want to truly lead, following familiar patterns is rarely ever enough.
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No, North Dakota Isn’t Outfitting Police Drones With Tasers

No, North Dakota Isn’t Outfitting Police Drones With Tasers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
What Research Compliance Committee would approve that?
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FBI Agent Pretended To Be An AP Reporter. Now AP Is Suing

FBI Agent Pretended To Be An AP Reporter. Now AP Is Suing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Associated Press sued the U.S.Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a...
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Tensions rise in Houston after shooting of deputy sheriff

Several thousand people marched Sunday in the northwest Houston neighborhood where a sheriff’s deputy was shot just days ago, in a show of support for the deputy’s family and for the local law enforcement community.

Setting off from a local church and led by a handful of pastors sharing a megaphone, the group walked toward the Chevron station about one mile away. Some in the crowd waved American flags and at least one person carried a sign reading “all lives matter,” a reference to the “Black Lives Matter” movement focusing on police aggression and violence against African-Americans. The community here is now blaming the movement, at least in part, for what some believe created an atmosphere of tension that led to Friday’s violence.

“I think all the stigmas that are going around in our nation right now definitely contributed to what happened,” said Lauren Duvall, a 29-year-old marcher working in real estate, about criticism of law enforcement in the wake of police shootings of black men across the country.
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Two Dead, Four Police Officers Injured, During Hazmat Incident in Des Plaines, Illinois | Firefighter Jobs, News & Training | Chicago Fire Wire

Two Dead, Four Police Officers Injured, During Hazmat Incident in Des Plaines, Illinois | Firefighter Jobs, News & Training | Chicago Fire Wire | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
  DES PLAINES, Ill. — "Two people have died and four Cook County sheriff’s deputies have been hospitalized in hazardous materials situation in unincorporated
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Keeping the public informed: Inside the decision to publish in a divisive case

The directives of the judge’s order became clear this summer in a supportive ruling from the Court of Appeals; the critical aspect of the sealed November document sent to the News-Miner, however, is that it contained the judge’s summary of Wallace’s reported statement. The Court of Appeals decision did not contain information about the contents of the statement.
Lyle’s order is clearly marked “Sealed” on each page.
Why, then, did the News-Miner publish a story about the contents of the sealed order?
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Prop. 47 looking like well-intentioned blunder: Thomas Elias

Prop. 47 looking like well-intentioned blunder: Thomas Elias | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The more time goes by since last fall’s passage of the high-minded Proposition 47, the more it begins to look like a well-intentioned mistake.

This was the ballot measure that turned some “minor” felonies into misdemeanor crimes, thus easing the crowding in state prisons and many county jails. It has unquestionably helped some ex-felons rebuild their lives.

But as crime statistics for the first half of this year pour in from around the state, this measure looks worse and worse, on balance. The numbers are bearing out warnings Proposition 47 opponents made in their official ballot argument against the initiative before it passed by a whopping 60-40 percent margin.
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Black Activists Call for Lynching and Hanging of White People and Cops

Black Activists Call for Lynching and Hanging of White People and Cops | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Members of the #FYF911 or #FukYoFlag and #BlackLivesMatter movements called for the lynching and hanging of white people and cops. They encouraged others on a radio show Tuesday night to "turn the tide" and kill white people and cops to send a message about the killing of black people in America.
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I posted this for the audio.  This is likely an outlier, but it is followed by murders, see the Deputy executed in Texas last night.

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Johnson: A deeply conservative appeal

Johnson: A deeply conservative appeal | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The moral power of King's speech is unimpeachable. Its historical role is similarly unquestionable. His revolutionary words delivered in front of the Lincoln Memorial would leave America changed. But what is striking is something that is largely lost to modern rhetoric: King's constant evocation of ancient laws and age-old values. With radical intent, King appealed to America with a deeply conservative speech. 

To have invented rights would have been preposterous. Instead, King reminded his audience what Thomas Jefferson wrote: "That all men—yes, black men as well as white men—would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." King had come to redeem a two-century-old debt, a "promissory note" that America had defaulted on, or, riffing further, "a bad check". Again, the conservatism: responsible people do not write checks they cannot cover.

But the preacher in King reached back further, into the source of morality that nearly all Americans of his time held dear to their hearts, and the book they read and quoted memorised passages of. While the Baptist Bill Clinton, the born-again George Bush and the black-church-influenced Barack Obama have all salted their speeches with Biblical allusions, for King faith was not an added bit of spice but the meal itself, the base of his thinking—as it was for his listeners.
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Follow a More Human Form of Justice--Be Found in Contempt of Court: Gadsden Sheriff found guilty of indirect criminal contempt

Follow a More Human Form of Justice--Be Found in Contempt of Court: Gadsden Sheriff found guilty of indirect criminal contempt | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Young’s attorneys presented evidence that Young’s predecessor, the late Sheriff W.A. Woodham, also authorized furloughs, including three inmates with felony charges. Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch and former Monroe County Sheriff Allison DeFoor both testified they had granted furloughs, but did not provide legal authority for their actions.

Pittman maintained Meggs targeted Young for political reasons.

“This same furlough process, which is currently practiced by other sheriff’s offices in North Florida, has not been placed under the same level of proprietorial scrutiny in other counties,” he said. “We believe this kind of selective prosecution illuminates the political motivation behind the State Attorney’s decisions to continue this witch hunt at the expense of taxpayer dollars.”
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Police Brutality Statistics: Law Enforcement Departments Receive Failing Grades In Twitter-Based Report Card

Police Brutality Statistics: Law Enforcement Departments Receive Failing Grades In Twitter-Based Report Card | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
If police departments were graded by social media users the way a high school teacher grades homework, many of them would flunk or barely pass, according to a new analysis of public sentiment toward law enforcement on Twitter. The drug addiction resource organization DrugAbuse.com released Thursday a report card on municipal police forces based on highly-positive and highly-negative tweets transmitted in the first half of the year.

Using a series of tweeted keywords that commonly represent descriptions of law enforcement, the organization found that nearly half of Americans give their police department a “D” grade or a failing grade. The most positively rated state and city police departments were in New Hampshire and Columbus, Ohio. Arkansas and Ferguson, Missouri, had the most negatively rated state and city police, according to the report.
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Terrible methodology: all that one can say is so what?  This isn't reliable or valid.  For instance: Alaska gets a C, but I can tell you from living here that the Troopers, for example, are generally beloved.  So much for social media giving us significant results....

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Suspect, victims identified in deadly Sunset rampage

Suspect, victims identified in deadly Sunset rampage | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
St. Landry Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the two deceased victims are Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson, 52, and Shameka Johnson, 41. Surlay Johnson, 34, is critical condition at Lafayette General Hospital after being stabbed. The suspect's wife, Courtney Jolivette, was also stabbed and is currently in critical condition at Rapides Medical Center. Surlay and Shameka…
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Lawsuit over license plate scanners heading to California Supreme Court

Lawsuit over license plate scanners heading to California Supreme Court | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Two advocacy groups suing the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for access to data from automated license plate readers have won a chance to argue before the California Supreme Court.The Americ
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