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Colo. prisons chief fatally shot at his home

Colo. prisons chief fatally shot at his home | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The director of the Colorado Department of Corrections shot was shot and killed as he answered the door at his home Tuesday night.
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FYI, I just posted a follow up article. Suspect may have been involved in a running gun battle with police in Texas.
K MJ's comment, March 22, 2013 6:48 PM
The first article was a bit like the beginning of a Dean Koontz novel or something. I guess it should be no surprise that it was a former inmate, but seems like they're still working on the exact connection. It's sad. Obviously this event was unavoidable...yet it seems like a good point for rehabilitation and actively working to divide up prison gangs. You can't hold all of them forever, and someone with that much anger gets too much in their own head; he might have been an individual who could have been talked down at one point in his life. I wouldn't be surprised if he had gotten the orders the kill the two people from someone higher up in the chain.
Brandon Barnes's comment, March 26, 2013 6:51 AM
It's very disapointing to see things like this happen, and I feel especially sorry for the wife that witnessed her husbands murder. I also thought that the mentioning of the rapist that got off with only 8 to life was very dissapointing also. I wonder sometimes if the many judges are started to be far to lenient with violent crime. At minimum a man that kept a person a "virtual slave" for 4 years deserves a lot more time in prison.

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Cleveland police union says Justice Department reforms would endanger police

Cleveland police union says Justice Department reforms would endanger police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The head of Cleveland's patrol union said aspects of the agreement that mandates sweeping reforms to the city's police department could put officers in danger.
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Possibly, but more likely is that officers will draw guns, but hold them behind a leg, etc. and then not do the report.

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Shoot or don't shoot? Sheriff wants media to make call

Shoot or don't shoot? Sheriff wants media to make call | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Pennington County Sheriff wants to put journalists and community leaders through training.
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In class, I show the shoot/don't shoot video.  It's not as good as the actual interactive software, but it gives a good idea.  I'll try to upload it for the online class.

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Study: Judges Are Far Less Biased Than Law School Students

Study: Judges Are Far Less Biased Than Law School Students | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

A new study says judges, at least ones sitting on state benches,  are more objective than they get credit for. The report, forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, says judges by and large are able to exercise professional judgement and reach consensus on disputes that polarize the general public.

 

The study, which took more than two years to conduct, included about 1,500 subjects: 253 judges, 225 lawyers, 250 law students (from five schools including Harvard and Yale), and 800 adults members of the general public.


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Why the Supreme Court beard case matters

Why the Supreme Court beard case matters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Dawinder S. Sidhu from the University of New Mexico Law School looks at a case about beards in prison that could have broader implications about religious freedom.


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U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

When the government places a location monitor on you or your stuff, it could be violating the Fourth Amendment.


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And the law won

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IN DECEMBER 2005 Asia Weekly, a Chinese-language magazine in Hong Kong, put 14 Chinese civil-rights advocates on its cover. It hailed them and their brethren in the...
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China's trying, but still got a long way to go....

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The Horrifically Racist Photo That Led to the Firing of a Chicago Cop | VICE | United States

The Horrifically Racist Photo That Led to the Firing of a Chicago Cop | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Chicago Police Officer Timothy McDermott was fired last year for misconduct, and an old photo where he and another officer are holding rifles over a black man wearing antlers explains why.
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Truly terrible that this was done by a couple of cops....

Until we root out these officers, the business will never be respected.

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What's It Like to Be a Death Row Executioner in America? | VICE | United States

What's It Like to Be a Death Row Executioner in America? | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The precise methods prisons use to kill prisoners are often shrouded in secrecy, but we do know that the teams in charge of executions are rarely made up of experts.
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Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness

Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police in north London have seized blankets, sleeping bags and food donations from rough sleepers in a crackdown on homelessness.

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Nettie Larson's comment, May 28, 8:09 PM
While homelessness is a problem to be solved, it should be solved for those that are homeless, not for those that dislike looking at homeless people in public areas. I think that sometimes people start seeing homeless people as less than human, which definitely shouldn't be the case. While the police were acting on complaints from some citizens, the police have a duty to serve all of the community, and the homeless are some of the neediest members of the community.
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New S.F. police headquarters commands respect, if not love

New S.F. police headquarters commands respect, if not love | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The compound sets two five-story blocks of glass on top of a thick concrete podium that extends around a small brick fire station from 1928. The 264,000-square-foot structure places the new headquarters for the San Francisco Police Department above district police and fire stations and a 240-car parking garage. If there’s a cataclysmic earthquake, the compound is packed with enough water and power back-up that it can keep functioning for 96 hours. With a checklist like this, the wonder is tha
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Cleveland Agrees to Strict New Policing Rules After Federal Probe

Cleveland Agrees to Strict New Policing Rules After Federal Probe | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Will rein in use of force, which Justice Department found excessive
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L.A. SWAT officer violated policy in use of Taser, police panel says

L.A. SWAT officer violated policy in use of Taser, police panel says | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Los Angeles police SWAT officer violated department policies last year when he used a Taser on a mentally ill homeless man standing on a downtown rooftop who then fell to his death, the LAPD's civilian overseers recently concluded.
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Sex, Piss, and Violence: My Life as a Youth Hostel Receptionist | VICE | United States

"Have you seen Breaking Bad"?

"Sure," I replied.

"Well, my uncle is a senior DEA agent and I'm going to get him to put that bastard in jail in Cuba," she said.

Just another day at work in a European youth hostel, I guess.
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If I had a dime for every time a family member/acquaintance threw my name down to impress or get out of something......

 

I stopped a DUI once who claimed to know the Chief.  When we got to the station, he not only knew the Chief's home number, but knew that the Chief was actually staying at his vacation home in the mountains.  He gave me the number and I dialed for him, identified myself and then handed the phone to the guy.  He started to talk, was obviously cut off, and then proceeded to say "uh-huh....uh-huh...yes, uh-huh".  He handed the phone back to me (turning his face to the wall), but there was no one on the line.  I waited and waited until finally it was too much--the suspense was killing me.  What'd he say?  The guy never turned away from the wall, but just replied: "he said, that I was no longer his friend and to never call him again."  And, the boss never said anything to me about it. Yay, for the Chief.

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Jessica Leigh's comment, May 27, 3:56 PM
This was quite the article. I would say that being a youth hostel receptionist could be compared to being a corrections officer in a jail. Trying to keep the peace and enforce the rules. Someone should have given him a stun gun and some handcuffs. I can't imagine how often names get thrown around when people who break the rules try to get out of it. Odds are, the enforcers that the offender knows are probably going to support the charges put against them.
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The Most Stressful Job of 2015 Goes to...

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A new list of the most stressful and least stressful jobs by Career Cast was released this week.
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What Is Management Research Actually Good For?

What Is Management Research Actually Good For? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
And how big data is making that a harder question to answer.
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We do comparatively little of this in justice--should we do more?

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Constitution Check: Do the Supreme Court and other federal courts need a watchdog?

Constitution Check: Do the Supreme Court and other federal courts need a watchdog? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at an effort by Senator Charles Grassley to create an inspector general to monitor the Supreme Court and ot...

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California: Court Bars DNA Collection in Arrests

The First District Court of Appeal on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires the collection of DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony.

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Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of lethal injection drugs

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Next week, the Supreme Court is set to wade into debate over the constitutionality of certain drugs used for execution by lethal injection, as Glossip v. Gross comes before the bench.

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Thailand Police Detains Student Protesters During Coup Anniversary · Global Voices

Thailand Police Detains Student Protesters During Coup Anniversary · Global Voices | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"We cannot build a democratic society if we lack freedom, liberty, rights, justice, and reconciliation."
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Different standards for different cultures....

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Miami Springs PD Sgt. Busted on Corruption Charge

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A Miami Springs Police officer is facing a corruption charge following an FBI investigation, officials said.
Sgt. Andres Quintanilla was arrested and charged Tuesday with attempting to affect commerce by extortion under color of official right, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
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Wanted: 8 good hearted executioners

Wanted: 8 good hearted executioners | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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If you're a self-motivated person with good upper body strength, this may be the job for you: Saudi Arabia needs 8 executioners.  Good pay.  Good benefits.  Uniforms provided.  Opportunity to travel.  Meet interesting people...and chop their heads off.

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Lawsuit to be filed over inmate care

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CARSON CITY -- The American Civil Liberties will file a lawsuit today in U.S.

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Can the Justice Department Put an End to Police Brutality in Cleveland?

Can the Justice Department Put an End to Police Brutality in Cleveland? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Scarcely a decade after their last intervention, federal officials have negotiated a new consent decree. But will it put an end to the systemic problems that led to the deaths of Tamir Rice, Malissa Williams, and Timothy Russell?
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Jessica Leigh's comment, May 27, 3:38 PM
Training on 'de-escalation tactics' tactics is a nice thought, but weren't they already supposed to have initially learned that in their training? As Professor Duke pointed out in his first lecture, a large problem with our police officers is their personalities, and not necessarily the training. These officers who send 137 shots into a vehicle with unarmed passengers clearly should be re-examined. It may not be that they didn't learn the proper protocol but that something in their mind views it excessive force as necessary. There was a quote about preventing riots before a verdict was even reached that said, "That’s troubled me from the beginning, that there was never a general belief that justice would be done. It’s another smack in the face for our humanity.” And it is a smack in the face. Large amounts of people believe that our justice system won't do what is just and attempt to take it into their own hands.
Rob Duke's comment, May 28, 1:30 AM
There's a fight in these communities to both maintain order, but also to accommodate the underground economy. That's a problem that I don't see a way around. I've been in the cops shoes, but I also understand the needs of a community that is under-served economically. It's naive to think people won't find ways to make a living. For me, I think we must scale law enforcement activity to use the absolute least power necessary to uphold human dignity. Joseph Nye calls this Soft Power. This builds political capital so that when we do use Hard Power, the community has some basis to say: we know them and if they used force, it was probably necessary. This isn't an easy balance to keep and, in my experience, it gets more difficult as your population size increases. I also note elsewhere in this blog that there's a background problem with anarchy and slaver, so see my notes on that. I'll also comment again on a future posting about the paradoxes of power and how we focus largely on the Power of Coercion, but don't look as closely at the Power of Persuasion, or the Power of Reciprocity, so look for that soon.
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Why Baltimore Blew Up

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It wasn't just the killing of Freddie Gray. Inside the complex legal infrastructure that encourages — and covers up — police violence
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Ex-LAPD Officer Henry Solis arrested in Mexico

Ex-LAPD Officer Henry Solis arrested in Mexico | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer wanted in a slaying in Pomona, Calif, was to be handed over to U.S. authorities this evening after being captured in Juárez, officials said.
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