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Justice Department Affirms the Right to Photograph Police in Public

Justice Department Affirms the Right to Photograph Police in Public | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The US Department of Justice issued a statement this past Sunday that confirms the fact that the 1st, 4th, and 14th Amendment protect citizens' rights
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Karrie Allen's comment, March 15, 2013 11:01 PM
Here we are yet again with another act of police violence to cover themselves. Had they no reason to worry about the photos they would not have cared that pictures were being taken. Apparently they were in the wrong. Police had no reason what so ever to approach this man let alone put their hands on him. Another story about a few bad cops in the highlight making all the good cops pay the price. Our freedoms and constitutional rights are laid out. No where in there does it say "except for when it involves cops". The truth is regardless of the right he had to take pictures the cops had NO right to abuse their power in the way that they did.
Rob Duke's comment, March 17, 2013 9:22 PM
In my opinion, the courts should adopt a time, place, and manner rule. It's not reasonable that a suspect should be allowed to jump up and start filming, nor would it be ok for some citizen to start interjecting themselves into a crime investigation. However, if a prospective videotaper wants to stand back where I can keep an eye on them (but not in a cross-fire in case something goes bad) , then I'm all for it. I think we should be taping ourselves, too, and willing to provide copies of the tapes when requested.
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Police in Hong Kong Want It to Be Illegal to Insult Them · Global Voices

Police in Hong Kong Want It to Be Illegal to Insult Them · Global Voices | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A crowd of more than 30,000 people gathered in Hong Kong this week to protest a prison sentence handed down to seven police officers convicted of assaulting a protester.
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He goes around filming police. Federal appeals court ruling says that's OK.

He goes around filming police. Federal appeals court ruling says that's OK. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“Filming the police contributes to the public’s ability to hold the police accountable, ensure that police officers are not abusing their power, and make informed decisions about police policy,” Justice Jacques Wiener wrote. “Protecting the right to film the police promotes First Amendment principles.”

In a video posted after the 5th Circuit decision was announced Feb. 16, Turner said he “couldn’t stop smiling” when he heard the news. “I can say that I’m very, very proud we were able to accomplish this. … The news was like sweet music to my ears,” Turner said on the video.
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Controversial painting depicting cops as pigs is now subject of lawsuit

Controversial painting depicting cops as pigs is now subject of lawsuit | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The battle over a controversial painting that portrays police officers at pigs moved from Congress to the courts on Tuesday.
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Declaration of L.A. prosecutor in the legal fight over the L.A. sheriff’s Brady list

Jason Lustig, the deputy in charge of the Los Angeles County district attorney's discovery compliance unit, said in his declaration that there is no policy or practice by which any local law enforcement agency notifies his office of potential officer misconduct. In addition, he said, the office "actively declines to accept information from a peace officer personnel file if the information is offered by a law enforcement agency without the express permission of the involved officer."
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It's legal for an immigration agent to pretend to be a police officer outside someone's door. But should it be?

It's legal for an immigration agent to pretend to be a police officer outside someone's door. But should it be? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
During a nationwide operation this month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a team of ICE agents in Los Angeles approached the house of a man targeted for
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Drones, Law Enforcement and Privacy - Commercial UAV News

Drones, Law Enforcement and Privacy - Commercial UAV News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
What’s scarier? A utility drone flying near your house in London or the thousands of CCTV cameras that are spread across the city?
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After deadly year for law enforcement, legislature seeks to "back the badge"

After deadly year for law enforcement, legislature seeks to "back the badge" | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Several bills working their way through the Georgia General Assembly are expected to increase protections for law enforcement, including one that would impose longer prison sentences for peopl
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ACLU challenges Milwaukee police's stop-and-frisk policy

ACLU challenges Milwaukee police's stop-and-frisk policy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

The Milwaukee Police Department is operating a stop-and-frisk program that mostly targets black and Latino residents who are often detained without cause, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of six black and Latino plaintiffs who say they've been stopped once or multiple times since 2010 without a citation or clear explanation. The lawsuit alleges the stop-and-frisk program is citywide but is concentrated in areas largely populated by minorities, including the predominantly black neighborhoods in the north of the city, creating a "deepened public fear of and alienation from" the police.

The stop and frisk tool for law enforcement has been particularly useful in addressing violent crime problems of a recurring nature and protecting officer safety

Police Chief Edward Flynn has suggested that increasing the number of stops in certain areas will disrupt and deter crime, the lawsuit alleges.

It asks the court to order the police department to immediately end the program and to declare that department is violating the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause and the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Flynn denies his department has a stop-and-frisk policy, though he maintains that traffic stops in "high crime areas" reduce crime.

"No discussion of our crime tactics is complete without reference to the hyper-victimization of disadvantaged communities of color by high rates of violent crime," Flynn said in an emailed statement. "But MPD considers it our moral duty to confront violence where it occurs."

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Crowds protest after off-duty cop fires gun in clash with Anaheim teens

Crowds protest after off-duty cop fires gun in clash with Anaheim teens | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Angry crowds gathered at the home of an off-duty cop who fried a shot during an after-school scuffle with teenagers in Anaheim, California.
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It looks like an accidental discharge.  Not wise, but at one point he's mobbed as these kids attack him and try to take another kid away from him who he looks to have legally detained (in California, even a private person can detain when a crime has been committed).  It may take months for more details to emerge.
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Are our softer criminal laws a factor in officer’s killing?

Are our softer criminal laws a factor in officer’s killing? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“We’re putting people back on the street that aren’t ready to be back on the street,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told the Los Angeles Times, pointing to two ballot measures and several bills passed by the Legislature.

McDonnell referred to his jail as a “default prison system” because felons who once would have been in state prison are now being diverted into local jails under “realignment,” which was aimed at reducing overcrowding in state prisons.

From the state’s standpoint, it’s been a roaring success because the prison system now has tens of thousands fewer inmates, satisfying pressure from federal judges. But as more felons wind up in local jails, McDonnell and other sheriffs must release lower-level offenders to make room for them.

The Legislature should delve into what is happening and whether these recent law changes have gone too far – whether, as Chief Piper says, “enough is enough.”

Instead, the state Senate’s criminal justice committees devoted several hours on Tuesday to criticizing local jail authorities for not allowing inmates to have enough face-to-face visitations with their families.
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State Police officials under fire for expensive road trip

State Police officials under fire for expensive road trip | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Thousands of dollars in overtime was paid to Louisiana State Police officials to drive across the country and stay at a Las Vegas resort and casino and the Grand Canyon on their way to a law enforcement conference in California, records show.
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Duh! If you want to do something like that as a side trip, then you do it on your own dime....no one would begrudge a side trip to the grand canyon, but don't charge the taxpayer for that trip....
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A court is blocking L.A. County sheriff from handing over a list of 300 problem deputies

A court is blocking L.A. County sheriff from handing over a list of 300 problem deputies | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
At stake is an issue fundamental to the criminal justice system: the obligation of prosecutors to hand over evidence that could help the defense, including information that could undermine an officer’s credibility. 

Under the landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brady vs. Maryland, prosecutors must turn over exculpatory evidence to defendants. Failing to disclose such evidence can result in faulty convictions.
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Brady v. Maryland was never about the cops and their misconduct.  It was always about prosecutorial misconduct, but the lawyers have successfully re-branded the case as a police misconduct case.

Administrators use Brady to deal with problem officers, but they should really use their own progressive discipline systems.  The problem with that is that it takes longer...and most agencies are sloppy with their documentation.  Thus, it's easy to just claim a Brady violation....
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West Michigan police officer impaled by screws at marijuana grow site

The person who set up a bed of screws to protect a marijuana grow operation, seriously injuring a Wyoming police officer, might face charges if prosecutors can find a criminal statute that applies.
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Seriously!  This is not a one-off.  I jumped over a fence to check an alarm and barely missed a board with nails purposely laid out in leaves by the business owner to catch/deter thieves.  To say the least, I was not amused.
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Sessions questions DOJ reports on Ferguson, Chicago policing

Sessions questions DOJ reports on Ferguson, Chicago policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Sessions questions DOJ reports on Ferguson, Chicago policing
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McCarty Introduces Legislation to Create Independent Review of Fatal Police Shootings | Davis Vanguard

McCarty Introduces Legislation to Create Independent Review of Fatal Police Shootings | Davis Vanguard | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In early February, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, who represents West Sacramento and portions of Sacramento, introduced for the second time legislation that
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ACLU Files Lawsuit Against SDPD Over Juvenile DNA Policy

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against SDPD Over Juvenile DNA Policy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties filed a lawsuit this week over a San Diego Police Department policy that allows officers to collect DNA samples from juveniles, without a warrant or parental consent.
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A court is blocking L.A. County sheriff from handing over a list of 300 problem deputies

A court is blocking L.A. County sheriff from handing over a list of 300 problem deputies | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has collected the names of about 300 deputies who have a history of past misconduct — such as domestic violence,
Rob Duke's insight:
This was a politically correct move by the new Sheriff.  He's using Brady v. Maryland as a weapon against his deputies.  As I've said many times, this is an abuse of that court case.  California already has the Pitchess motion process to reveal personnel file information.  Chiefs and Sheriffs that want to brand officers as "Brady" problems are short-circuiting the progressive discipline process.
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Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied on a Whole City

Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied on a Whole City | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A sergeant in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department compared the experiment to Big Brother, even though he went ahead with it willingly. Is your city next?
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This is common.  My old department (Redlands) pioneered the use of fixed-wing aircraft as an alternative to the choppers that are typically used by law enforcement.  Not only are fixed-wings cheaper to operate, but they can stay up longer.  Because the pilot has less to concentrate on (compared with a helicopter pilot), he or she can also operate the optics package (re-purposed predator drone optics), which eliminates the observer position from the cockpit for yet another savings.....
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Ex-LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich charged with misconduct in death penalty case - MyNewsLA.com

Ex-LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich charged with misconduct in death penalty case - MyNewsLA.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ex-LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich charged with misconduct in death penalty case.
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This is what Brady v. MD was designed to stop...attorney's "win-at-all-costs" tactics...
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Surveillance Video Shows Moments Leading Up to Crash That Killed CHP Officer

Surveillance Video Shows Moments Leading Up to Crash That Killed CHP Officer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO -- Shortly before the pursuit-related crash that took California Highway Patrol officer Lucas Chellew from his family and the force, some along Sacramento's Fruitridge Road say they knew one particular motorcycle and its driver were going to be trouble in their neighborhood.
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NYPD commissioner: Officers won't help with deportations

NYPD commissioner: Officers won't help with deportations | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
NYPD commissioner: Officers won't help with deportations
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It's not the local cops job to play border patrol.  To do so will make immigrants fearful of the police and push them into the arms of gangs and cartels.  It's much better to have a very clear policy that "we don't do that", unless you prove yourself to be a danger to the community...
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The Sentinel is a robot designed to make police traffic stops safer

The Sentinel is a robot designed to make police traffic stops safer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Sentinel Robotic System is a robot that was created in response to the tragic shooting of two officers during routine traffic stops.
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Caitlin Mattingly's comment, February 22, 5:47 PM
I am pretty skeptical of this device at this point in time. I don't see it being super effective and I see it as costing the tax payers money that we do not necessarily have to be paying. It really just seems to me like a pain in the butt.
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State would pay for wrongfully convicting Alaskans under new proposals

State would pay for wrongfully convicting Alaskans under new proposals | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Even when a state court confirms someone was wrongly convicted of a crime in Alaska, when the innocent person walks free, they are not guaranteed any compensation for the time they lost behind bars.
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Police have no benchmark test for drivers high on pot

Police have no benchmark test for drivers high on pot | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It's been two months since recreational marijuana was legalized, but some residents complain certain laws are confusing.
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2 officers shot, 1 killed, after responding to traffic accident in California

2 officers shot, 1 killed, after responding to traffic accident in California | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
One officer was killed and another injured after a parolee opened fire on them after they responded to a traffic accident earlier today in California, police officials said.

The officers had responded to the crash where a driver, who police said was driving a stolen car, rear-ended multiple other vehicles in Whittier, California around 8 a.m.

Lt. John Corina, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, said that the unnamed suspect moved his car around the corner after the accident.

When the officers arrived on scene the other drivers, who had refused to give the suspect a ride, indicated that the suspect had moved his car.

As the officers, who did not know at the time that the car was stolen, contacted the suspect and went to pat him down, he pulled out a gun and opened fire, police said.
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Out on parole two weeks and kills an officer.  Stolen car.

**I went to the police academy about 5 miles from this incident.
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