In a shockingly honest and refreshing interview with USA Today, Albuquerque Police Chief Eden stated, "I believe there are people on the force who shouldn't be on the force,'' and admitted that they may be stuck with those dangerous officers; thanks to police unions making discipline for past actions extremely difficult. Since 2009, the Albuquerque…
Norman Williams – until Friday the chief of the state’s largest police department – was on a list of Wichita police personnel who could have credibility issues should they be called to testify in criminal cases, according to information the city has released.
The K-Bar knife was designed to be the equivalent of that foldy shovel or swiss army knife. It's the belt knife and it can mount as a bayonet. To say that the army donated a bunch of bayonets is misleading, but that's what we get for over-using our military equipment and training.
A Woodland city official said Saturday that the city's police department didn't receive more than a dozen military bayonets, despite a report that was recently released by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.
A Oregon-based gun maker said Thursday that it has been blocked from processing credit card transactions by its long-standing credit card company, and believes it is the latest victim of the Obama administration's "Operation Choke Point." The Obama administration has said Choke Point lets the Departments of Justice...
Modern police forces have become little more than a new set of predators from which the public needs protection.
Rob Duke's insight:
My great-grandfather was a cop and the stories I heard tell me that things never change much on the street (25 years later when I was a cop). There are predators who see the rest of us as prey; and, the cops are, for most people, the only protection from these guys and the criminal organizations that they form. The system is such, and has always been such, that if you follow every procedure, rule, policy and law, you would engage in enforcement paralysis. As Kissinger once remarked, he rather naively thought it would be easy to advise a President. What he found was that all the easy questions were answered out in the field in Wichita or Columbus and that the only questions that reached the President were the "damned if you do" types of problems. Cops are faced with this same problem and the policy manuals don't help much in these situations, so it's all judgement calls. Like Alexander, especially under fire, cops often cut the Gordian Knot, and, that is why I say, it's always been and always will be the same in that cops on the line between civilization and savagery are going to be warriors. What we may be lamenting is the loss of a basic adherence to principles that uphold truth and human dignity before anything else. Cops seem to have traded these values for security and justice, which are inferior versions of truth and human dignity. Why has this substitution taken place? For one, the courts have followed a due process, equal protection path for obvious reasons given America's race relations history. But, frankly, it goes back to the Kissinger Paradox that I mentioned above, and the organizational tendency to think we can build a Weberian "iron cage" around every decision and social problem (recall that Max Weber worried that bureaucracy was ultimately too impersonal and would come to be an iron cage). So, to the extent possible, I advocate throwing out the iron cage and the police "proverbs" that support the ideas of security and justice and create some new proverbs that uplift the values of truth and human dignity. For more on this go to our webpage at uaf.edu/justice and read my working paper "The Proverbs of Police Administration". Oh, and let me know what you think...
"If you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground," warns Officer Sunil Dutta of the Los Angeles Police
Rob Duke's insight:
As I mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I think this statement is poorly worded, and even more poorly reported.
Dutta is trying to show the paradox of policing and how cops assert that everyone should "go along with the program" and file complaints afterwards. That's fine, but the folks that complain feel, and are often correct, that they don't have the power to change illegal behavior by following his advice. We allowed "Jim Crow" to exist for a very long time when this was the norm that most of America bought into....no change will occur by "going along".
Danièle Watts, an African-American actress who played Coco in Django Unchained and appears as Martin Lawrence's daughter on FX's Partners, says she was handcuffed and detained on Thursday by police in Los Angeles who suspected she was a prostitute.
Rob Duke's insight:
Here's one of those paradoxes that I talked about in the Black Board posts. Citizen's call and we want to make them happy. In this case, another citizen's rights were arguably infringed upon to do so...what do you think? If one citizen thinks another is suspicious and they call us; and we arrive and think "hmm, this might be racist b.s." should we just move on?
"Violence has a geography and for this reason, geography lies at the center of discussions of violence. Within the United States a myriad of taken for granted assumptions about identity, place, power, and memory undergird the nation’s psyche. These normative interpretations intersect with a particular kind of geographic formulation that places persons of color in general, but black men most specifically, at the center of the violent structures of the nation."
Florida teens with fake beer experience two different approaches to law enforcement.
Rob Duke's insight:
In my world view, either law enforcement approach is fine. If these guys had been drinking, then they needed the attitude adjustment. If not, they asked for this kind of detention. On the other hand, who among us has not pulled a stupid prank and the second cop knows how to defuse the situation so that it's not nearly as much fun; nor as funny to these guys as the first cops reaction.
P.s. Don't wear your hair long and, if you must have long hair, don't put it in a pony tail, because a bad guy can throw you around by it. You wonder why cops wear their hair high and dry--so it can't be used against them in a fight. The only cops that wear long hair that I know of are the Sikhs in India and, then only for religious reasons. To avoid this situation, they have a complicated wrap that takes an hour each morning to assemble. It's a pain, but you gotta take the time to braid it and put it up on a tight bun if you don't want it to be used against you.
Picture the following hypothetical scenario: A chief at a press conference states, “Ladies and gentlemen I have gathered you here today, because police use of force cases are routinely mishandled by journalists and community leaders. It is my belief that journalists and community