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Dallas police lieutenant who posted violent rap on Internet last fall is suspended

Dallas police lieutenant who posted violent rap on Internet last fall is suspended | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The website included photos of the officer in uniform and showed her brandishing a gun, which she promised to wield against anyone who messed with her.
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Amy Carlson's comment, March 6, 2013 1:33 AM
I definitely think it was inappropriate for Lt. Smith to post a controversial rap as well as the other things she did too. However, the article stated that she recently lost the love of her life. Her husband was shot while on duty. I know that people can drastically change when something traumatic happens to them. Lt. Smith has been with the department for 25 years and this recent behavior is probably out of character for her considering how long she has been with the department. It’s sad that the death of her husband is still affecting her to this extent. I am curious to see if she is considering a change in career or retiring soon.
Kiara's comment, March 7, 2013 2:47 AM
It's probably a good thing that this officer has been let go from her policing duties. She was well aware of the path she was leading and knew what the repercussions would be. She had to of known after serving for 25 years. Her behavior can likely be contributed to what she had most recently gone through with her husband being shot & killed. I would imagine that after going through something like that a person would have a difficult time having a good outlook on life. It seems to me that she no longer took pride in her work for whatever reason, and if that's not the case then she should have thought twice about representing the company she works for in the way she did.
Karrie Allen's comment, March 9, 2013 5:07 PM
I do not think that a 5 day suspension is appropriate here. If you read the story and what she was doing and that her husband was killed along while on duty with other gang unit officers you can see a pattern. I think she is grieving her loss and afraid. Yes what she is doing is not appropriate and not professional for what she does but I see it as a cry for help and that is what she should be given. Seems that the death of her husband may be gang related and she is in some form of retaliation mode and ready to protect herself by all means. She needs counseling and help not punishment. Does not mention she has had problems in the past at all in this article. Bad things happen to good people and we need to help this woman get out of the grief she is stuck in.
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Man Killed by LA Cops Was Using Stolen Identity: Authorities

Man Killed by LA Cops Was Using Stolen Identity: Authorities | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The homeless man who was shot to death by Los Angeles police in a confrontation that was captured on dramatic cellphone video was a convicted bank robber liv...
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When Not to Treat a Colleague as You’d Want to Be Treated

So what’s the solution?

Rabbits need to:
Recognize that guinea pigs may require more support, empathy and encouragement than other rabbits.
Understand that your impact on a guinea pig is many times greater than you imagine.
That one of the keys to turn guinea pigs into rabbits is to reveal that you aren’t as perfect as you may seem to them.
Guinea pigs need to:
Acknowledge and recognize that they are projecting unrealistic images onto someone.
Name the emotions underlying their judgement of the rabbits — is it fear, envy, jealousy, inferiority, a mix of all of these?
Avoid making assumptions. Reach out to enough rabbits to realize that they are human too.
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Female Santa Fe sheriff's office sergeant fighting demotion over sexual encounters

Female Santa Fe sheriff's office sergeant fighting demotion over sexual encounters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
SANTA FE - A female Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office sergeant is fighting a demotion and pay cut because, her attorney says, her off-duty sexual encounters with an on-duty, subordinate male deputy is the same…
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Ferguson's history of racial divisions

CNN's Randi Kaye looks at the racial injustices Ferguson residents say are occurring in their town.

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Alcohol Prohibition in America Is Not Over Yet

Alcohol Prohibition in America Is Not Over Yet | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There are still many areas where selling and even possessing alcohol is illegal. Research shows that they are probably not faring as well as their wet counterparts.
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Who's Policing the Police?

Who's Policing the Police? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
One solution to improve officers' relationships with their communities: holding the bad cops accountable.
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5 Common Questions Leaders Should Never Ask

5 Common Questions Leaders Should Never Ask | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
And how to reframe them for better results.
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1. what's the problem?

Better: What are we doing well and how do we build upon that?

2. who's at fault?

Better: How can we work together to shore up any weakness?

3. why don't you try_____?

Better: How were you thinking of doing it?

4. didn't we try this already?

Better: If we try this now, what will be different this time--and how might that change the results?

5. what's our iPad?

Better: What are our strengths?  What needs can we satisfy as well as Apple's iPad has done?

 

 

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Obama task force recommends independent probe of police-involved deaths

Obama task force recommends independent probe of police-involved deaths | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Monday that he plans to implement an independent process to investigate officer-involved shootings - as recommended by a presidential task force he chaired.
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Supreme Court gives tacit approval for government to take anybody’s DNA

Supreme Court gives tacit approval for government to take anybody’s DNA | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
To keep DNA profile private, we must live in a "hermetically sealed hazmat suit."
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...or just don't commit sex crimes.  That seems easier than wearing a hazmat suit.

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The Front Sight Lie -

The Front Sight Lie - | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Traditional law enforcement training is based on the technical accuracy of the handgun. But advanced handgun training should graduate the user toward mastering tactical accuracy.
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LAPD officers shoot homeless man in struggle over officer's gun, officials say

LAPD officers shoot homeless man in struggle over officer's gun, officials say | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A video posted on social media Sunday appeared to show a homeless man being shot and killed by Los Angeles police officers earlier in the day. 
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Private police carry guns and make arrests, and their ranks are swelling

Private police carry guns and make arrests, and their ranks are swelling | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Michael Youlen stopped a driver in a Manassas, Virginia, apartment complex on a recent night and wrote the man a ticket for driving on a suspended license. With a badge on his chest and a gun on his hip, Youlen gave the driver a stern warning to stay off the road.
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Shocking Prison Officer undercover footage: “Let them slash their wrists”

Shocking Prison Officer undercover footage: “Let them slash their wrists” | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An undercover investigation has revealed a shocking culture of racism, sexism and threats of violence in Britain’s most notorious detention centre. Footage recorded in Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre reveals that desperate prisoners threw themselves down a staircase in apparent attempts to commit suicide. In one of the most shocking incidents uncovered by the investigation…

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Mexico Calls for Probe of Police Killings in the U.S.

Mexico Calls for Probe of Police Killings in the U.S. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Three Mexicans have been killed by U.S. police in under a month.
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And, we should get to the bottom of those 43 missing students suspected of being killed by the police...oh wait, scratch that, those were Mexican cops that did that....

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School police officer charged with assault of 3 students

A grand jury has indicted a school police officer on charges of assaulting three students.
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Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, law enforcement officials...

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NYPD using new tactic in taking down suspects, undergoing Police Academy training

NYPD using new tactic in taking down suspects, undergoing Police Academy training | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Taking down out of control suspects is very much on the mind these days of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. The NYPD is now tackling a new technique.
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No more LVNR?

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Lethal Rejection: Will the Supreme Court's Lethal Injection Review Kill the Death Penalty?

Lethal Rejection: Will the Supreme Court's Lethal Injection Review Kill the Death Penalty? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court is reviewing lethal injection for the first time in seven years. Here’s what it means for the death penalty.
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Will 'DNA Phenotyping' Lead to Racial Profiling by Police?

Will 'DNA Phenotyping' Lead to Racial Profiling by Police? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Bioethicists, geneticists, attorneys, and cops weigh the pros and cons of a radical new science.
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Texas Town Experiences 61% Drop in Crime After Firing Their Police Department

Texas Town Experiences 61% Drop in Crime After Firing Their Police Department | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
This town got tired of being a base for revenue generation, so they found a new solution; a peaceful and much more effective one.
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LAPD Skid Row Shooting Brings Focus to Body Camera Technology

LAPD Skid Row Shooting Brings Focus to Body Camera Technology | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles Police Department's fatal shooting of a man on the city's infamous Skid Row is bringing new focus to the use of officer-worn body cameras, a ...
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The 21 Foot Rule -

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Officers throughout the United States have heard use of force instructors discuss the “21 Foot Rule” during their officer safety, firearms and deadly force training.
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Deadly LAPD shooting of homeless man is caught on video

Deadly LAPD shooting of homeless man is caught on video | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In a dramatic confrontation caught on video, Los Angeles police shot and killed a homeless man in the heart of downtown's bustling skid row Sunday.
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Click through for the video (link is below the pic).  It's not graphic, but there's a lot going on, so it's difficult to see what happens and why he was shot.

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New Jersey police officer hospitalized after being struck, dragged by car

A New Jersey police officer was struck by a car and dragged for more than 30 feet early Saturday, then thrown into a parked car when the vehicle's driver swerved in a bid to escape, police said.
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That's why cops shoot people who are driving towards them....or others.

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