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'Disturbing' Video Shows Police Officers Relentlessly Beating Unruly ...

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Story by the Associated Press, curated by Jason Howerton – LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Civil rights groups called Thursday for a federal investigation of an arrest during which Long Beach police officers were recorded by a ...
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Kristie Major's comment, September 8, 2013 7:24 PM
I have been curious about this for a long time. When and why did people stop trusting the police? If you look at the comments on this article most of them are by people who distrust or dislike the police. Is it because there are a few bad apples and they always end up in the news? There are very few occasions that you see an officer in the news for a good reason. The police are constantly working in the dark parts of society. I hope that I would never do what the officers in this video did or be willing to justify my actions if I did because there is no way that I could. There is no reason to punish someone like this. There appeared to be enough officers present that they could have turned the man over themselves. Is it an automatic response for some officers to attack those who do not comply with their commands?
Brittan Childress's comment, September 8, 2013 8:32 PM
I think it's important to remember that police are just people too. Granted they have training, and badass uniforms, but situations like this can still be scary. The article says that the man was found shirtless, bloodied, and acting crazy. Whenever the police try to grab him he struggles and fights back. They don't know what he has. If he had rabies they could be infected through a bite and not even know. By the time symptoms show up it's too late.
Some level of force, even violence might be needed in situations of this nature, though this seems a bit out of hand. Maybe better tools need to be designed for detaining deranged, and or dangerous people. Sort of like those long loop sticks that dog catchers have.
Bernadine Ramirez's comment, September 10, 2013 3:59 PM
This article is disturbing. The man lay on his back and could have easily been placed in hand cuffs when he showed no attempt to hit anymore. The police repeating to hit the man was unnecessary. There could have been better ways to handle this situation. On another note, they could have been following the lead of their supervisor. This could have been a snowball affect to continue what they were doing because their supervisor was continuing to do so.
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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, Today, 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

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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, Today, 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, Today, 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. 

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Profiling Rules Said to Give F.B.I. Tactical Leeway

Profiling Rules Said to Give F.B.I. Tactical Leeway | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The long-awaited revisions to the Justice Department’s racial profiling rules would continue to allow the F.B.I. to use that information for national security purposes.
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Jennifer VanOpdorp's curator insight, April 10, 10:31 PM

They've finally revised the rules on racial profiling, but not in a way that makes civil rights advocates happy. The definition of prohibited  profiling has been expanded to include not just race but gender, religion, etc. But they continue to allow the way agents map the ethnicities of areas and use that information to recruit informants. The changes have been in the works for about five years, and people will hoping it will take away at least some of the power of agents to do things like target muslims in particular in investigations. 

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Alleged victims of human trafficking cry police harassment

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The alleged victims of human trafficking have turned the table against their supposed police rescuers from a Japanese-owned cyberschool allegedly engaged in cybersex activities in Pangasinan.
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Anchorage Police discrimination trial begins Monday; brought by former undercover detectives | Seymour Tribune

Anchorage Police discrimination trial begins Monday; brought by former undercover detectives | Seymour Tribune | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Trial is scheduled to begin Monday in a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the Anchorage Police Department.
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Iraq war vet introduces military suicide prevention bill

Iraq war vet introduces military suicide prevention bill | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the first Iraq war combat veteran to serve in the Senate, has introduced legislation to reduce suicides among military veterans.
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Study finds mass misconduct by federal prosecutors

Study finds mass misconduct by federal prosecutors | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The problems are also usually shielded from public scrutiny. (An internal affairs office at the Justice Department has found that, over the last decade, hundreds of federal...
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California state senator arrested in FBI sweep

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SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted 26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings
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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

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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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State rejects idea of co-management of Alaska wildlife with Native corporation

State rejects idea of co-management of Alaska wildlife with Native corporation | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Alaska has created specific community-quota hunts to help the regional Native corporation Ahtna and others obtain wild game, but Rep. Don Young said at a congressional hearing that they aren't working.
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What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son

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The “special tax” on men of color is more than an inconvenience. A father shares his firsthand observations and fears. This post is part of a debate series on “Is Stop and Frisk Worth It?," an article featured in the current issue of The Atlantic magazine.
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Jennifer VanOpdorp's curator insight, April 10, 10:45 PM

Stop-and-frisk is an even bigger problem than I knew. This father recounts multiple occasions in which his son has been mistreated by authority figures including police, coaches and teachers, because of the color of his skin, and the stop-and-frisk policy that caused police to violate the son's constitutional rights was simply an extension of this prejudice. The father, who is white, contrasts his own experiences with authorities with those of his african american son, and the differences are striking. The article also explains how this continuous prejudice takes its toll on african american men, causing accelerated aging and even premature death. I can't believe that this is still happening in 2014. 

David S's comment, April 20, 9:20 PM
I have to admit that I’m a little mad and ashamed by this. Whatever happened to reasonable suspicion and probably cause? Last time I checked with Terry v. Ohio The Court ruled that an officer performing a stop should note “unusual conduct which leads him reasonably to conclude in light of his experience that criminal activity may be afoot and that the persons with whom he is dealing may be armed and presently dangerous.” Only then can I conduct a Terry Frisk, it’s for weapons, not contraband. God knows there have been times that I want to search a suspect because I know if I do I can find what I’m looking for, but with the tools that I’m given I have to get the person to agree to a consent search. Sometimes my verbal judo is up to the task, other times they look at me and smile and tell me to pound sand. Those are the breaks with the rules were given, especially in Alaska where I would need to apply for a search warrant in order to search somebody against their will, IF I’m not arresting them for anything. However, to just start conducting stop and frisks of anyone that I wanted for whatever reason is beyond what I can ask an American to do. We didn’t even treat the Iraqi’s like that when I was over there. We still had to have some kind of reason, maybe only a gut instinct, but often times those paid off. You found out who the soldiers where who had their heads screwed on straight and had a good gut check, versus those who were racist or just hated the locals. Those were the ones you pulled aside and let them know they’re better straighten out or they’d be manning a desk for the rest of their tour. It’s unconscionable that this is still happening in 2014 and really even in the last 30 years. Worse, it’s behavior like this that turns the very people we’ve sworn to protect, against us.
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Albuquerque police face hundreds of protesters

Hundreds of protesters marched past riot police in Albuquerque on Sunday, days after a YouTube video emerged threatening retaliation for a recent deadly police shooting.
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, April 3, 1:37 AM
Cops make mistakes, but rioting is not going to make the situation any better, it will actually probably make the situation worse. The best way to handle a situation like this would be to have the upset party going to meetings and talk with the police about the problem. Rioting is going to make the situation worse by reinforcing the idea that the cops are dealing with violent people, which may cause them to use force again, which will upset the people. The cycle will continue to have problems until both groups can sit down and work their problems out together. It is never good when the civilians and police are on such separate ends of the spectrum.
James Greer's comment, April 19, 7:30 PM
Protests are an important facet of freedom and our country; as is trying to make positive changes when you see something going wrong or not working correctly. But rioting is just stupid--it accomplishes nothing except creating collateral damage and dragging in completely innocent and uninvolved citizens. I mean, really? Smashing cars, stealing street signs, and throwing rocks at the police?
James Greer's comment, April 19, 7:32 PM
That being said, I think we need to start opening up the process of shooting investigations to the public. Show the public the involved officers explaining the situation from their point of view, and why their actions made sense to them at that moment in time. Stop this non-sense of only releasing brief statements of "we believe the officer was in the right" which you KNOW is only going to fuel the infernos of a distraught public concerned with rising police shootings.
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Brooklyn law student arrested for questioning cops parked at a bus stop to buy food, sues city for false arrest

Brooklyn law student arrested for questioning cops parked at a bus stop to buy food, sues city for false arrest | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Brooklyn law school student got a lesson in street justice from the NYPD after he complained cops chased a car from a bus stop — only to take the spot for themselves so they could buy food.
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, April 3, 1:27 AM
I feel that there may be another side to this story. Although the person may be mostly correct, I would at least hope that a good officer would not arrest a person for just questioning them. I guess there are always bad eggs that slip through the cracks though. Not all cops are good, and if these cops are dumb enough to do this, then it is better to find out they can't handle power now then when lives are on the line.
David S's comment, April 20, 8:56 PM
I too also wonder if there is more to this story, however, how hard would it have been to the cops to calmly explain that they need to park close to the food van so they can respond quickly in case they get a call. A misperception that people have is that law enforcement needs to follow ALL the rules that everyone else does and while that is generally true, there are exceptions, possibly like this one. The flip side of this is the police officers need to do a better job articulating their reasons and be less defensive and heavy handed when confronted by people. I’ve been on the receiving end of an FBI agent trying to throw his weight around and being exceptionally arrogant about it, because he didn’t realize who I was. It seems that some in the LEO community have forgotten that we’re here to serve and protect the general population not just put bad guys behind bars. It would seem that we need some reeducation in civility department and begin to understand it’s not all about kicking in doors and taking names.
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Kenya to use drones to fight elephant, rhino poachers

Kenya to use drones to fight elephant, rhino poachers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya plans to deploy surveillance drones to help fight elephant and rhino poachers and has introduced stiffer penalties for offenders, officials said on Tuesday.Poaching has risen
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