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2 police officers killed in Calif.; suspect dead

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Two police detectives were fatally shot when they tried to question a man over a report of a sexual assault, and the man later died after a brief chase, authorities said.
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brian mcdermott's comment, February 28, 2013 1:40 PM
Balace and complacency. When I think of the work assault I think of a violent physical action imposed on someone else. The work assault incites a potential volatile situation and you cannot forget that. Treat everyone as they should be treated, and never get complacent when questioning anyone with a violent history the risk of potential harm is increased maybe not today, tomorrow but at some point.
Jessica Yurkew's comment, February 28, 2013 4:11 PM
This is extremely unfortunate, and a huge reminder that a police officers job can go from routine to dangerous in an instant. It is essential to keep in mind past offenses and deal with those individuals accordingly. The man was clearly disturbed and had some serious past offenses.
Koty Emery's comment, March 4, 2013 4:17 AM
It always saddening when things like this occur. It truly is one of the more dangerous jobs in society. I always take police officers attitudes with more than a grain of salt before taking anything personally because of all things that are running through their heads that could go wrong during a 'routine' traffic stop, or in this case a questioning. Very saddening indeed.
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When Cell Door Opens, Tough Tactics and Risk

When Cell Door Opens, Tough Tactics and Risk | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Cases in Tennessee and elsewhere illustrate the risk of cell extractions, a common tactic in which inmates are forced out of their cells by prison officers.
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Preventing Law Enforcement Officer Suicide

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Turkish court orders arrest of 12 more police officers in wiretap probe

Turkish court orders arrest of 12 more police officers in wiretap probe | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Saturday ordered the formal arrest of 12 more police officers, including the former head of Istanbul's intelligence unit, pending charges they may have illegally
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Bayonne police chief retires with huge unused comp time payout

Bayonne police chief retires with huge unused comp time payout | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ralph Scianni, who retired at the start of July as James Davis took over as mayor, will receive $444,450.40 for his unused sick, vacation and personal time, as well as terminal pay for his 34 years on the force, according to city records.
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Wow! What do you think? Who's at fault here?  The former Mayors? The Chief?  Prevent this by: 1) establish a reserve fund each year to cover unpaid leave banks; 2) allow a payout of a capped amount of leave each year--many places allow 80 hours per year; and/or, 3) set a cap of the amount of leave allowed to be carried forward and require employees to take time off when the cap is approached.

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US guard at Canada-Alaska border accused of pointing gun at Boy Scout who took photo

US guard at Canada-Alaska border accused of pointing gun at Boy Scout who took photo | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An incident at the Alaska-Canada border went from bad to worse when a U.S. border agent allegedly pointed a gun at the head of a detained Iowa Boy Scout.
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Elise Patkotak: Keeping pot illegal has only made substance abuse, illicit trade harder to address

Elise Patkotak: Keeping pot illegal has only made substance abuse, illicit trade harder to address | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
OPINION: It's time we realized that prohibition of substances people want to use badly enough simply doesn’t work. It was a failed policy with alcohol in the 1920s and it’s a failed policy now with marijuana.
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Officer deaths jump nearly one-third in first half of 2014

Officer deaths jump nearly one-third in first half of 2014 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By Richard Winton Los Angeles Times The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty nationwide jumped 31% in the first half of 2014 with California leading the nation with eight deaths, data shows. In the first half of the year, 67 officers died in the line of duty
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EXCLUSIVE: Internal NYPD report on incident with Staten Island dad Eric Garner does not mention chokehold, states he was not 'in great distress'

EXCLUSIVE: Internal NYPD report on incident with Staten Island dad Eric Garner does not mention chokehold, states he was not 'in great distress' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
See no evil, hear no evil. Cops heard Eric Garner cry that he couldn’t breathe, a recording captured officers violently taking him to the ground and even Mayor de Blasio said he believes the asthmatic father of six was put in a chokehold. But an NYPD internal report prepared right after his death on Staten Island last Thursday plays down the incident, with supervising officers failing to note the chokehold and insisting Garner was not in “great distress.”
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Judge Rules Police Can Stuff Entire Email Accounts Into Evidence Lockers | Tech Law | TechNewsWorld

Concerns about overly broad searches of digital data by law enforcement once again have emerged after a federal judge issued an opinion stating officials armed with a warrant can seize and hold a suspect's entire email account. Such an action would not violate the suspect's rights under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, said U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein.
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New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution

New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A former Obama administration official calls attention to unaccountable mass surveillance conducted under a 1981 executive order.
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In major policy shift, Miami-Dade police to video record entirety of suspect interviews - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

In major policy shift, Miami-Dade police to video record entirety of suspect interviews - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In a major and widely praised shift, county homicide detectives will begin recording all interactions with suspects in killings.
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Evesham police first station in New Jersey to require all police wear body cameras

Evesham police first station in New Jersey to require all police wear body cameras | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In an age where shaky cell phone footage leaked to YouTube has sometimes landed police departments in hot water, the Evesham Police Department has decided that they would rather be the ones behind the camera. Formerly PhillyBurbs
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Police: Men May Have Robbed California Bank Before

Police: Men May Have Robbed California Bank Before | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police were investigating whether the same men who robbed a bank, took hostages and led a deadly chase and shootout carried out other recent bank heists in the same part of Northern California, including one earlier this year at the very same branch. There were striking similarities between...
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LAPD Investigates Complaint of Falsified Patrol Logs

LAPD Investigates Complaint of Falsified Patrol Logs | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a complaint that some officers are incorrectly logging hours for street patrol duty.
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New York Times Editorial Board Calls for Repeal of Marijuana Prohibition! | Drug Policy Alliance

New York Times Editorial Board Calls for Repeal of Marijuana Prohibition! | Drug Policy Alliance | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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This is HUGE!  When the NYT takes a stance on an issue, it makes an impact.

I spent more of my life as a cop than anything else and I am convinced that you can regulate things without a significant black market developing, but if you criminalize something, criminal organizations and violence are the inevitable, though unintended, consequence.

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California inmates win class-action status over race-based treatment

California inmates win class-action status over race-based treatment | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday awarded class-action status to California prison inmates who allege that their rights are violated by what they say are widespread instances of race-based punishment.
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Arizona Gov. Orders Full Review of Execution Procedures - NBC News

Arizona Gov. Orders Full Review of Execution Procedures - NBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Wednesday's execution of Joseph Wood took nearly two hours. Some witnesses say something obviously went wrong but relatives of the man Wood killed say the fo...
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Promotion or enforcement? Alcohol regulation sparks contradictory claims

Promotion or enforcement? Alcohol regulation sparks contradictory claims | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The state board charged with regulating the alcohol business in Alaska doesn’t belong under a state agency that promotes business, the head of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority told the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Tuesday.
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Criminal Justice News: Former Maryland Correctional Officer Sentenced in Connection with Series of Assaults on Inmate Final Officer Sentenced in 16-Person Conspiracy to Assault Inmate

Criminal Justice News: Former Maryland Correctional Officer Sentenced in Connection with Series of Assaults on Inmate Final Officer Sentenced in 16-Person Conspiracy to Assault Inmate | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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Judge's modest proposal: Bring back the firing squad

Judge's modest proposal: Bring back the firing squad | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"Firing squads can be messy, but if we are willing to carry out executions, we should not shield ourselves from the reality that we are shedding human blood."
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When It's Okay to Use Ethnic Slurs: A Guide

When It's Okay to Use Ethnic Slurs: A Guide | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Is it ever acceptable to talk about "Chinamen"?
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WTH? The first amendment doesn't have any provisos.  Who can envision when and why it may be necessary to say provocative messages?  To limit them with a rule is to court dangerous precedents.  Like pornographic images: we'll know them when we see them, but let's not make up rules that have unintended consequences. 

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New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution

New Surveillance Whistleblower: Another Way the NSA Violates the Constitution | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A former Obama administration official calls attention to unaccountable mass surveillance conducted under a 1981 executive order.
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Fruitland Park, Florida, town of 5,000, stunned by news of police KKK ties

Fruitland Park, Florida, town of 5,000, stunned by news of police KKK ties | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into
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Brunswick police chief suspended in training probe

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The police chief for the city of Brunswick has been suspended amid an investigation into an online training program for officers.
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NYPD Cop in Chokehold Death Loses Gun, Badge

NYPD Cop in Chokehold Death Loses Gun, Badge | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Staten Island man who died as New York City police were trying to take him into custody appears to have suffered a heart attack, the NYPD said today.
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