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Here's What Happened When Detroit Youth Got Real With Police

Here's What Happened When Detroit Youth Got Real With Police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As activists across the country question police tactics and the number of black men and boys killed by cops, a group in Detroit is hoping conversations with officers can begin to heal the mistrust some youth have toward authorities.

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Fresno Business Partners Accuse Police Officers of Stealing Money

Nearly a dozen Fresno police officers are at the center of a lawsuit, accused of unlawfully seizing thousands of dollars from two Fresno business men. One of the former officers recently admitted taking part in other shady business.
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New report on failing War on Drugs by Health Poverty Action

New report on failing War on Drugs by Health Poverty Action | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Health Poverty Action has launched a report calling for the global development sector to rethink its approach to the failing War on Drugs.

Entitled ‘Casualties of War: How the War on Drugs is harming the world’s poorest’, the report emphasises how drugs policy is very much a development issue.

Since the mid-twentieth century, global drug policy has been dominated by strict prohibition, which tries to force people to stop possessing, using and producing drugs by making them illegal.

This approach, which has come to be known as the ‘War on Drugs’, has not only failed to achieve its goals – it is fuelling poverty, undermining health, and failing some of the poorest and most marginalised communities worldwide.

 


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Julian's curator insight, February 26, 6:25 PM

Good to see a broad cross section of people recognising the damage and devastation caused by the drug wars: Reform is coming.

17 years ago I argued:

‘The more you prohibit drugs and push them underground, the more conducive the economic and social environment for a lucrative illegal drug trade ...It is difficult to understand how waging ‘war on drugs’ can continue to be justified ...Sooner or later an influential western nation will have to lead the way in a radical rethink of international and national drug policy ...Sooner rather than later, the government must address decriminalisation ...authorities have effectively been waging war against their own socially excluded communities...drug users will continue to be forced into criminal activity, ...a continued policy of prohibition will lead to more dangerous and hostile environments. The illegal drug industry will thrive and becoming increasingly more established and organisationally more business-like.’ (p220-222)

 Buchanan, J. & Young L (1998) ‘Failing to Grasp the Nettle: UK Drug Policy’ Probation Journal Vol. 45 No. 4
 

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Proposal Would Require Special Prosecutor in Police Related Deaths | News Radio 1200 WOAI

Proposal Would Require Special Prosecutor in Police Related Deaths | News Radio 1200 WOAI | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Prosecutor could not be from the same city as the police involved
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This is a bad idea; but not for the reasons you might think I'd make:

 

1. Prosecutors are closely associated with the police and may lack legitimacy in the community; and

2. Prosecutors are elected or appointed, often with an expectation of limited tenure and hopes of advancing to higher office.

 

Given this, prosecutors are not the best choice.  Instead, I'd advocate Seattle's idea of appointing special judges (often retired) to investigate officer involved homicides.  It would not be difficult to advance this idea to include all serious allegations of corruption and use of force.

 

See also the French model of investigative judges (IJ) that accompany the police in all major investigations.  The inquisitorial approach of that system may be advantageous for this area of law.  If the IJ was charged with finding truth (to the greatest extent possible) first and foremost, then you might see great buy-in by both the community and the police.....

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Police stun elderly man in Florida: Are cops overusing Tasers? (+video)

Police stun elderly man in Florida: Are cops overusing Tasers? (+video) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Florida police officer uses a stun gun on an elderly man in Key West, who appears to be surrendering with his hands up. Miami's three major police departments have used Tasers on more than 3,000 people since 2007. Some 11 men have died after being stunned
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Fruitland Park police chief who dealt with KKK allegations resigns

FRUITLAND PARK — In the latest turn for a department that has been beset by turmoil in recent years, police Chief Terry Isaacs resigned Tuesday after being placed on administrative leave a day earlier.
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Pot is 114 Times Safer Than Booze, Says Study

Pot is 114 Times Safer Than Booze, Says Study | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
New research finds pot is the safest among recreational drugs by far.

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Border Patrol sees little reform on agents' use of force

Border Patrol sees little reform on agents' use of force | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Nearly a year after the Obama administration vowed to crack down on Border Patrol agents who use excessive force, no shooting cases have been resolved, no agents have been disciplined, a review panel has yet to issue recommendations, and the top two jobs in internal affairs are vacant.
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John Oliver: Forcing judges to run for office turns them into hookers with tip jars

John Oliver: Forcing judges to run for office turns them into hookers with tip jars | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver tackled the absurd way in which many U.S. states select judges at the ballot box, forcing jurists to pander to voters while hustling for campaign money.

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Police radio to go silent as Toronto cops move toward encrypted communications | Toronto Star

Police radio to go silent as Toronto cops move toward encrypted communications | Toronto Star | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Toronto police are joining some of the regional forces in doing an end run around police scanners, forever changing the way media gather news.
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Hacker Hit With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy

Hacker Hit With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
This post originally appeared in WIRED. A year ago, the Department of Justice threatened to put Fidel Salinas in prison for the rest of his life for hacking crimes. But before the federal government brought those charges against him, Salinas now says, it tried a different tactic: recruiting him. A Southern District of Texas...
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Yeah, that's kinda how it works.  We won't charge you if you'll do some undercover work, but if you refuse, we throw the book at you....

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Scottish Police Accidentally Deleted 20,000 Records, Blame Programming Error

Scottish Police Accidentally Deleted 20,000 Records, Blame Programming Error | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Scottland’s police stop-and-search policy has been controversial for years, and a parliamentary justice subcommittee has been trying to get to the bottom of some fishy statistics about recent stop-and-search rates for groups like children. But it turns out that there’s something really basic at work: The police department accidentally deleted...
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Hmm...and there were no back ups?

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Police Officer Turn Whistleblower

NCLEO is an acronym for the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers. This organization is a group of ex-law enforcement officers turn whistleblowers. They reported abuses they observed in their police departments and have since gone public with the information. Recently the members of NCLEO went to Washington to speak to congress about police brutality. Tonight Alex Salazar one of NCLEO's members will be our guest, he will tell us about his experience as a police officer and why he decided to become a whistleblower.

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Debtors prisons are illegal in America. Missouri locked me up in one anyway | Nicole Bolden

Debtors prisons are illegal in America. Missouri locked me up in one anyway | Nicole Bolden | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
I didn’t have the money to fix my car, let alone pay fines from unpaid traffic tickets. The state held me in prison until it got the money out of my mother

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D.C. police chief signs ‘special order’ for officers on legalized marijuana

D.C. police chief signs ‘special order’ for officers on legalized marijuana | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Officers can no longer arrest people holding 2 ounces or less of marijuana as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
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You Have to Be Fast to Be Seen as a Great Leader

You Have to Be Fast to Be Seen as a Great Leader | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Being effective is not enough.
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1. They trust;

2. They make vision clear;

3. They demonstrate courage;

4. They assemble a world-class team;

5. They set stretch goals that reinforce the need for speed.

 

This is good advice for law enforcement leaders, too.

 

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To shoot or not to shoot? Researchers test how police react to danger

To shoot or not to shoot? Researchers test how police react to danger | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It was in the wee hours of the morning of Jan. 3 when Lou Golson, an Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officer, approached an SUV he had...
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Ban on Government License Plate Cameras Nears in Montana - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Ban on Government License Plate Cameras Nears in Montana - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Big Sky Country, now with less creepiness.
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Ethics Training Is Missing the Mark: Here's Why

Ethics Training Is Missing the Mark: Here's Why | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Decisions individuals make cannot be necessarily managed by external factors; although, if ethical training helps individuals to understand and prepare for the internal factors that might be experienced while dealing with ethical dilemmas....

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‘Absolutely crazy’: What this sheriff’s office was caught doing is expected to cause legal chaos

‘Absolutely crazy’: What this sheriff’s office was caught doing is expected to cause legal chaos | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Charges could be dismissed against an accused murderer after Florida prosecutors notified his attorney that at least one of their conversations was recorded by jailers and sent to the state.

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Lead People to Believe in Themselves - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development

Lead People to Believe in Themselves - Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
When you believe in people, you get people to believe in themselves. And when that happens you can achieve great things together.

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Joe Boutte's curator insight, February 23, 8:16 PM

Be an encourager!

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In Defense of Court-Packing

In Defense of Court-Packing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Republican president presides over a historic economic collapse, allowing his Democratic opponent to win the White House in a walk. Once inaugurated, the new president signs into law a mix of emergency legislation intended to goose the economy and long-term reforms to benefit the least fortunate. The new president...
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Do Republicans And Democrats  Really See Eye to Eye on Criminal Justice Reform?

Do Republicans And Democrats  Really See Eye to Eye on Criminal Justice Reform? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
On Thursday a group of strange bedfellows made news by announcing a new organization that will promote criminal justice reform in Washington, with backing from the conservative Koch brothers and the liberal American Civil Liberties Union, among others. The arrival of the organization—called the Coalition for Public Safety—would appear, at...
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