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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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Rob Duke's comment, March 22, 2013 1:49 AM
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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Venezuela’s Security Forces: A Killer Elite Beyond the Law

Venezuela’s Security Forces: A Killer Elite Beyond the Law | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Violent demonstrations return to opposition strongholds as families struggle to find justice for their loved ones killed by the military in earlier protests.
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NYPD's Feel-Good Hashtag Campaign Backfires

NYPD's Feel-Good Hashtag Campaign Backfires | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
When the NYPD started hashtag-campaign asking people to tweet photos of themselves with officers, this can't be what the department had in mind.
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How retired Justice Stevens would change the constitution

How retired Justice Stevens would change the constitution | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The 94-year-old liberal justice calls for major changes to the Constitution on issues such as the death penalty, firearms, redistricting and campaign finance.
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To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority

And you can't rely on the facts to make your case, either.
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Here's the crux of the problem in policing: you can't always rely on forcing people to do what you want.  You need to build up social and political capital by being inclusive when it's not important to the mission to have your way; then it's not so difficult to burn up social capital when it is critical to be authoritarian in order to accomplish the mission.  Once the situation has been stabilized, it's important to go back to being inclusive.  In this way, you will vary your mission by what people in the area want, to the greatest extent possible--and, still get much of what you want (safety, enforcement of the law).

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Putin Is Right: Democracy Is a Threat

Putin Is Right: Democracy Is a Threat | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
But it took years for Russians to develop their sixth senses about being propagandized. Perhaps they are backing Putin in the polls because they are out of practice after 20 years of relative freedom?...
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Students deploy riot-ready social media.

Students deploy riot-ready social media. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
At least 10 riots have rocked colleges in the past two months, resulting in hundreds of arrests and dozens of injuries amid a growing sense that social media are helping to fuel misbehavior at student mass gatherings.
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The Product

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The Hemp Bottle is a reusable water bottle which is more durable, 100% safe, and a completely biodegradable alternative to harmful conventional plastic bottles.
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FBI May Pick Out Your Face in a Crowd | Government | TechNewsWorld

FBI May Pick Out Your Face in a Crowd | Government | TechNewsWorld | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The FBI is planning to have a fully operational facial recognition system in place by this summer and may be well on its way to reaching that goal. The system will be able to query a database of photos to identify individuals based on their appearance even if they do not have a criminal record, reported Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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14 injured after fire truck rams into California restaurant

14 injured after fire truck rams into California restaurant | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police say two fire trucks have collided in a Los Angeles suburb, slamming one engine into a restaurant and causing several injuries, some of them critical.
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Well, the food there was pretty hot....

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1971 | 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

1971 | 2014 Tribeca Film Festival | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Forty years before WikiLeaks and the NSA scandal, there was Media, Pennsylvania. In 1971, eight activists plotted an intricate break-in to the local FBI offices to leak stolen documents and expose the illegal surveillance of ordinary Americans in an era of anti-war activism. In this riveting heist story, the perpetrators reveal themselves for the first time, reflecting on their actions and raising broader questions surrounding security leaks in activism today.
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Finding Former Prisoners, at McDonald's

Finding Former Prisoners, at McDonald's | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
My informal survey brought home to me how ubiquitous the experience of being in jail is in certain parts of America.
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Federal government stops fight with Nevada rancher over grazing land 

Federal government stops fight with Nevada rancher over grazing land  | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The federal government announced Saturday it will no longer enforce a court order to remove about 900 animals from a stretch of land in rural Nevada over a decades-long dispute regarding grazing fees.
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Air Marshal director stepping down amid agency gun scheme probe

Air Marshal director stepping down amid agency gun scheme probe | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The outgoing director of the Federal Air Marshal Service is caught up in an investigation into an alleged operation by a lower-level supervisor to acquire guns for other officials' personal use, FoxNews.com has learned.
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Everyone's Tweeting Photos of Police Brutality Thanks to a Failed NYPD Hashtag | VICE United States

Everyone's Tweeting Photos of Police Brutality Thanks to a Failed NYPD Hashtag | VICE United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The cops launched a trending topic about how awful they are.
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NYPD Encourages Everyone To Tweet Their Photos With the Cops, Things Go Predictably Awry

NYPD Encourages Everyone To Tweet Their Photos With the Cops, Things Go Predictably Awry | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
When government agencies and social media meet in the beautiful golden field of Twitter, nothing can go awry, right? That...
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Man Spits Blood In Officer's Face, Says 'I Have Hep C': Cops

Man Spits Blood In Officer's Face, Says 'I Have Hep C': Cops | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An Indiana man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly spit blood into the mouth and face of a police officer and told the officer he had Hepatitis C.

Anthony J. Hopkins, 27, was in the process of being arrested in the early morning hours of...
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Boston Marathon returns with heightened spirit, security

Boston Marathon returns with heightened spirit, security | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The oldest annual marathon in the world begins amid heightened security and poignancy after the twin bombings at the finish line a year ago.
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As crime is increasingly moving online, state and local police are having a hard time keeping up.

As crime is increasingly moving online, state and local police are having a hard time keeping up. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As crime is increasingly moving online, state and local police—who have spent decades refining how to track down murderers, thieves and drug dealers—are having a hard time keeping up. In Utah, the FBI is lending a hand.
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Hawaii legislators: No more prostitution exemption for police

Hawaii legislators: No more prostitution exemption for police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Hawaii legislators in both the House and Senate agree that it's time to end an exemption that allows police officers to legally have sex with prostitutes.
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Alysha Childs's comment, April 19, 7:44 PM
Okay, I don’t think Vice should be sleeping with prostitutes. I can almost understand how maybe a drug deal might go bad, and the vice is forced to in order to keep their cover, but that might just be something that happens in TV shows and smut novels. Honestly, I don’t feel like there should be an exemption for officers sleeping with prostitutes, and it kind of bugs me that the police lobbied to keep it.
Mel C's curator insight, April 21, 12:26 AM

I am not even sure where to start so I will give both side to the situation.  It does provide protection to officers who have o choice but go all the way in order to maintain their cover, but the problem is police history. The public doesn’t trust the police to use this loophole only as a safety net, but thinks the police will abuse it. Let’s be honest here, police history does suggest that it will happen. So the best course of action is to take it away and deal with each incident on a case by case basis.

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Resegregation in the American South

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back.
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Memorial Set for Fallen K9 Officer | 101 KXL

Memorial Set for Fallen K9 Officer | 101 KXL | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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Thailand Charges Journalists for Human Trafficking Report

Thailand Charges Journalists for Human Trafficking Report | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Two journalists in Thailand are facing criminal charges for publishing a story about Thai security forces' alleged involvement in trafficking Rohingya Muslims. The original report, by the Reuters new...
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Police Charge High School Student with Disorderly Conduct for Using an iPad to Prove He's Being Bullied

Police Charge High School Student with Disorderly Conduct for Using an iPad to Prove He's Being Bullied | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The teen sought proof that school administrators were ignoring his plight. So they had him arrested.
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Mel C's curator insight, April 21, 12:26 AM

I don’t even know where to start in this obvious disservice done this kid. What kind of crime has he committed by trying to capture evidence of other students bullying him? This is the kind of stuff that kind of goes against the whole zero-tolerance policies designed to prevent bullying. The purpose of these policies is to prevent the victims from feeling they have no choice nut shoot the ones who bully them, but the victim in this case is being punished. The statements made by the judge was almost incoherent and the rational used was comical. I fully disagree with what the ultimate decision was made here and I have to believe that there is more to the story than just that.

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Mounties say they asked CRA to delay announcing loss of personal data

Mounties say they asked CRA to delay announcing loss of personal data | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - Police say they asked the Canada Revenue Agency to hold off on telling Canadians that 900 social insurance numbers had been compromised
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Judges criticism of sex attack victim leads to complaint | Voxy.co.nz

Judges criticism of sex attack victim leads to complaint | Voxy.co.nz | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Sensible Sentencing Trust is lodging a formal complaint against a Judge who was reluctant to allow a sex abuse victim to read her victim impact statement in court saying the Judge showed an unacceptable bias towards the offender.
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Mel C's curator insight, April 21, 12:25 AM

I do understand where the public is coming from with this one. It seems that the justice system is so afraid of violating a offender’s right that they lose their senses and instead, violates the victim’s rights in an effort to appear unbiased to the defense. How is that fair or sensible? The victim should be the priority and not the offender. Once someone has been convicted than all soft gloves should come off. I understand the need to hold a fair trial so innocents don’t get thrown in jail, but after a conviction this should no longer be an issue.