You can assign these rights wherever you want, but it means that policing changes. There are likely to be fewer deaths that are tragic, but there's going to be more aggressive offenders who know the police have a duty to retreat.
On December 16, nine New York police officers walked into a Brooklyn branch of the Mexican food chain Chipotle. Reportedly, several employees raised their hands in a “don’t shoot” pose — which in recent months has become a gesture of protest linked to the police shooting death of Michael
In the last few years alcohol has become the leading cause of death in men under 50 years of age, and it will soon achieve a similar deadly status in women. Alcohol-induced liver deaths have quadrupled in the past 40 years whereas deaths from heart and lung disease have halved.
The reasons for this are well established – alcohol is cheaper and more easily available than it has been since the gin-epidemic of the 1700s and half of all 15-16 year olds are becoming dangerously intoxicated at least once a month. A 21 year woman was recently given a liver transplant for cirrhosis induced by her having essentially an alcohol-only diet since aged ten. Alcohol misuse costs the UK about £30 billion per year of which about £3.5 billion is in health care costs with over 1 million hospital admissions for alcohol-related disorders at the last count. Policing public disorder and alcohol road accidents cost the taxpayer over £6 billion a year.
A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed in to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday. Katrina Dawson, a 38-year-old lawyer who was...
A Wise County Sheriff's Office K-9 officer has been shot dead and the man believed to have killed the K-9 is also dead.
Rob Duke's insight:
My 'ol k-9 Ronny was a Malinois, too; and, I'd have been amazed if a bullet could have stopped him cold. They are like a bolt of pure energy. My sincere condolences go out to the Deputy and his/her department.
Downtown LA's Parker Center, the long-time home of the LAPD, has been headed toward demolition for about a year now (the police moved to new headquarters nearby in 2009),...
Rob Duke's insight:
There's been so much good done by police, it's crazy to either say that all police are good; or to try to nullify all the good that has been done, (and continues to be done). Parker Center should be saved because it's historic to the City of Los Angeles and to the LAPD.
This article perpetuates a moral panic that does little to encourage the kind of dialogue that can result in improved police performance.
Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police. Waze is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. Fifty million users in 200 countries turn to the free...