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Is China’s vast Web monitoring actually helping to grow democracy?

Is China’s vast Web monitoring actually helping to grow democracy? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Authorities are now mining Web discussions to see what people are saying and what they think.

Via Bob Boynton
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Hmmm...In every trend, there are white hats and black hats working the margins of new ideas...

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Change in China as the internet becomes more and more important in people's lives. Is there any reason to frame it this way other than parochialism?

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DOJ's New Recording Policy: The Exceptions Swallow The Rule

[I recently read] the latest from Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, an internal memorandum dated May 12, 2014, titled: “New Department Policy Concerning Electronic Recording of Statements.” The memo was reported in major print and electronic media, where it was hailed as “a major shift” that “[brings] the federal government in line with the practices in many state and local jurisdictions.” While the new policy may appear to be a departure from the long-established no-recording mandate followed by federal agents and prosecutors alike, a careful read of the missive sent out by the Deputy Attorney General, James Cole, proves that the exception often overwhelms the rule.

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Documents: Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data | Local News | The News Tribune

Documents: Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data | Local News | The News Tribune | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cell phone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away. You don’t have to be a criminal to be caught in this law enforcement snare. You just have to be near one and use a cell phone.
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Most of us know that google and the other usual suspects are tracking our most intimate details when using the internet (more and more accomplished on mobile devices), yet we all still keep putting our info out there. Given this, I don't think mobile technology should have the same expectation of privacy.
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Chicago police commander accused of placing gun in suspect's mouth

Chicago police commander accused of placing gun in suspect's mouth | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Chicago police commander frequently praised by Supt. Garry McCarthy for his no-nonsense approach to fighting crime in some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods was charged Wednesday with placing the barrel of his gun into a suspect’s mouth.
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Police work is a "warrior" culture and managers perceived as "warriors" get more from their employees (Roberts, 1990).  It's hard to imagine putting ones gun in a suspect's mouth as being justified (or even tactically sound), but I'm interested in seeing the facts.  This sounds like someone has been watching too much TV, I just don't know at this point whether the cops are "red-lining" (e.g. having spent too much time in high violence areas; or just too much time seeing humans hurt humans can do that); or whether a bad guy is getting creative (yes, they do lie and they often do so in blatant ways).  I just hope the prosecutor has a good case and isn't posturing for reelection.

 

Reference:

Roberts, Wes, Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, Business Plus, 1990.

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The Ferguson Syllabus

The Ferguson Syllabus | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Sociologists for Justice have compiled a compelling and engaging list of readings that inform the socio-historical context of the events in Ferguson, MO.
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Forensic Criminologist shows how fast an assailant can harm a cop from VERY far away

Forensic Criminologist shows how fast an assailant can harm a cop from VERY far away | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
You hear all the time people demanding that police use tasers, and say that an assailant can't really harm them from far away, but this forensic criminologist shows just how quickly someone can sta...
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Man Claims He Recorded the Fatal Gunshots That Ended Michael Brown’s Life

Man Claims He Recorded the Fatal Gunshots That Ended Michael Brown’s Life | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
CNN aired newly released audio last night that purports to capture the gunshots that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month. A man who asked not to be identified reportedly lives in a building near the location where the shooting unfolded. He was on a video...
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Texas police chief killed in traffic stop

Texas police chief killed in traffic stop | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police chief in a small Texas town was shot multiple times during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon and later died.
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Missouri police officer on leave over video in which he says: 'I'm ... a killer'

Missouri police officer on leave over video in which he says: 'I'm ... a killer' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Missouri police officer is on leave after video of his political rants and admission "I'm ... a killer."
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The Ferguson Riots Show Why Good Cops Will Quit

The Ferguson Riots Show Why Good Cops Will Quit | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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Please shoot me

Please shoot me | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
IN THE first part of VICE News's extraordinary five-part documentary on ISIS, released earlier this month, a bearded and strangely innocent-looking young press...
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Video released of man shooting Alpharetta police officer

Video released of man shooting Alpharetta police officer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Newly released video shows the moment when Alpharetta police officer David Freeman barely escaped death.
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A big payout, but justice still denied 

A big payout, but justice still denied  | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Sexton: The dollar figure was so large and the public statements of vindication and concession so harmonious, one might have been tempted to think the system had actually worked.

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Op-Ed by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Op-Ed by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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A pretty balanced statement....

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Philly cop files brutality suit against police department

Philly cop files brutality suit against police department | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Scores of brutality lawsuits are filed against the Philadelphia Police Department every year. But it’s unusual for an officer, a sergeant no less, to make those charges.
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Who’s Being Left Out on Your Team?

Who’s Being Left Out on Your Team? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
How to be a more inclusive manager.
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Here's an example of soft power.  See Jeffrey Pfeffer and Joseph Nye on the use of power.  Pfeffer (Stanford) emphasizes power in business settings and Nye (Harvard) focuses on foreign policy aspects of power, but in my work, I look at the common spaces as a common pool resource to be conserved and managed.  My assertion, and one of the main themes of JUST 345, is that hard power will isolate a portion of the population polices.  If these folks are disempowered, they will become a force of resistance (e.g. refuse to be witnesses, create norms that question the legitimacy of police, etc.).  It's much better to enlist the input of these folks long before the Ferguson-like incident so that the police and community share visions, goals, values, and trust.

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A mammoth guilt trip

A mammoth guilt trip | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
IT IS a rare month that goes by without announcements of big legal settlements by large companies doing business in America. August ended with an agreement by Bank...
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The Massachusetts State Police Had to Apologize After Someone Noticed This Bumper Sticker on Their Cruiser

The Massachusetts State Police Had to Apologize After Someone Noticed This Bumper Sticker on Their Cruiser | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Massachusetts State Police apologized Monday after they first accused an individual of fabricating evidence showing a distasteful bumper sticker on one of their police vehicles. Chris Kantos, who was walking in Boston Sunday morning, came across an official police cruiser when he noticed a bumper sticker attached to...
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Video obtained after pastor, NAACP claim police mistreatment

Video obtained after pastor, NAACP claim police mistreatment | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
WBTV obtained the more than six minute video of Reverend Bill Godair's traffic stop in 2013.
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‘You’ve Lost Where You Come From!’: Al Sharpton Has Harsh Words for the Black Community During Michael Brown’s Funeral

‘You’ve Lost Where You Come From!’: Al Sharpton Has Harsh Words for the Black Community During Michael Brown’s Funeral | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Rev. Al Sharpton had harsh words for the black community on Monday during the funeral for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month. Sharpton said the "bad apples" must be taken care of within American police departments,...
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How Ferguson could be America's future

How Ferguson could be America's future | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The protests in Ferguson aren't just about America's present; it's a sneak preview of its tumultuous future.
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Us vs. Them is right...

Sensitivity training is sensible...

Diversity is sensible...

Dialog and engaging the community with police: also sensible...

 

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Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammunition bills

Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammunition bills | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Bills would ensure gun records are searched during welfare checks, bullet sales are tracked
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Ferguson and Future Generations of Law Enforcement

A status popped up on my personal feed today. It was posted by a good family friend, an Oklahoma deputy who is an amazing  husband and daddy to three little ones. Like many little boys who have a...
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Sad, but true, most cops I know try to discourage our children from following in our footsteps.  Most of us would do it over again and would do it for free if we had a major depression and we collectively couldn't pay our cops a full wage, yet we wouldn't wish the heartaches and headaches on our worst enemies.  Isn't that a paradox?

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Nine Time-Tested Rules of Good Policing

Nine Time-Tested Rules of Good Policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The consent and collaboration of residents is key: 'The police are the public and the public are the police'
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We're Compiling Every Police-Involved Shooting In America. Help Us.

We're Compiling Every Police-Involved Shooting In America. Help Us. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

The United States has no database of police shootings. There is no standardized process by which officers log when they've discharged their weapons and why. There is no central infrastructure for handling that information and making it public.


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The FBI needs to modify the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) asap and start collecting these statistics:

Officer involved shootings;

All weapon discharges including accidental discharges;

Use of force incidents resulting in medical care for officers or civilians;

Any injuries to officers, suspects, others in any of these incidents.

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Police Department Says Cop Camera Footage Not Public Record - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Police Department Says Cop Camera Footage Not Public Record - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After resisting for decades, Major League Baseball has adopted instant replay on nearly all disputed calls, providing a transparent and public view of
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There should be some authority outside departments to audit these recordings, but I'm not sure our media is the right entity.  When the press was free and not dominated by two or three big corporations, it might have made sense, but today sensationalism seems to be more important than truth and justice.  On the other hand, we may never hear the end of this until we do just open up the files.  If that's what we collectively decide, then Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are just another cost center that must be accounted for when we figure out how to finance video, maintenance/repairs, storage, and dissemination for court, discovery, and FOIA requests.  Few departments are currently prepared for this and most small departments couldn't begin to afford the costs associated with this mostly new function.

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