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Cop in this video charged with a felony - CNN.com Video

A police officer is facing felony charges after allegedly pushing a woman into a jail cell causing her to hit her head.
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James Greer's comment, November 22, 2013 2:11 AM
Mark: I'm pretty sure that the original video of this, from several weeks ago, included her being uncooperative when they tried to take her picture/finger prints, and so they brought her back to the cell and he threw her into the cell. I'm the kinda guy that will always defend the cops in a video or scenario until I know exactly what went down and why things happened, but I think it's pretty clear this cop got fed up with a drunk female who was being belligerent and uncooperative, and so he used force on her--maybe more than intended, but he fully intended her to go into that room the hard way. I don't think the gloves should stay on with him in this scenario--he definitely should lose his job over this, at the least, having proven he doesn't have the patience for it.
Mel C's curator insight, November 22, 2013 9:48 AM

This video is very subjective and can easily go either way. It appeared as if the offender grabbed the edges of the door which would show some resistance, but the video does look bad for the cop. It is important to remember that the video clip only shows a very small and narrow part of what really happened in the police station and people should not jump to conclusions and start prosecuting the officer until all the facts are made clear. The offender was intoxicated and just arrested for DUI; some intoxicated people who have been arrested are very resistant, both verbally and physically, and there could be facts similar to this that will exonerate the officer. If there are none and the officer did cross the line then he should be held accountable.

Maria's comment, December 2, 2013 2:41 AM
Well whatever the real story is, the video looks pretty bad and puts the officer in a bad spot. Officers should take care of the offenders in their police departments or in correctional facilities and as much as I think that he probably did not want to send that woman to the hospital, he should have been more careful as to how he handles her and puts her in her cell. It does look like he went over board and I am sure he knows better.

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The Horrifically Racist Photo That Led to the Firing of a Chicago Cop | VICE | United States

The Horrifically Racist Photo That Led to the Firing of a Chicago Cop | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Chicago Police Officer Timothy McDermott was fired last year for misconduct, and an old photo where he and another officer are holding rifles over a black man wearing antlers explains why.
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Truly terrible that this was done by a couple of cops....

Until we root out these officers, the business will never be respected.

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What's It Like to Be a Death Row Executioner in America? | VICE | United States

What's It Like to Be a Death Row Executioner in America? | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The precise methods prisons use to kill prisoners are often shrouded in secrecy, but we do know that the teams in charge of executions are rarely made up of experts.
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Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness

Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police in north London have seized blankets, sleeping bags and food donations from rough sleepers in a crackdown on homelessness.

Via Darcy Delaproser
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New S.F. police headquarters commands respect, if not love

New S.F. police headquarters commands respect, if not love | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The compound sets two five-story blocks of glass on top of a thick concrete podium that extends around a small brick fire station from 1928. The 264,000-square-foot structure places the new headquarters for the San Francisco Police Department above district police and fire stations and a 240-car parking garage. If there’s a cataclysmic earthquake, the compound is packed with enough water and power back-up that it can keep functioning for 96 hours. With a checklist like this, the wonder is tha
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Cleveland Agrees to Strict New Policing Rules After Federal Probe

Cleveland Agrees to Strict New Policing Rules After Federal Probe | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Will rein in use of force, which Justice Department found excessive
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L.A. SWAT officer violated policy in use of Taser, police panel says

L.A. SWAT officer violated policy in use of Taser, police panel says | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Los Angeles police SWAT officer violated department policies last year when he used a Taser on a mentally ill homeless man standing on a downtown rooftop who then fell to his death, the LAPD's civilian overseers recently concluded.
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Sex, Piss, and Violence: My Life as a Youth Hostel Receptionist | VICE | United States

"Have you seen Breaking Bad"?

"Sure," I replied.

"Well, my uncle is a senior DEA agent and I'm going to get him to put that bastard in jail in Cuba," she said.

Just another day at work in a European youth hostel, I guess.
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If I had a dime for every time a family member/acquaintance threw my name down to impress or get out of something......

 

I stopped a DUI once who claimed to know the Chief.  When we got to the station, he not only knew the Chief's home number, but knew that the Chief was actually staying at his vacation home in the mountains.  He gave me the number and I dialed for him, identified myself and then handed the phone to the guy.  He started to talk, was obviously cut off, and then proceeded to say "uh-huh....uh-huh...yes, uh-huh".  He handed the phone back to me (turning his face to the wall), but there was no one on the line.  I waited and waited until finally it was too much--the suspense was killing me.  What'd he say?  The guy never turned away from the wall, but just replied: "he said, that I was no longer his friend and to never call him again."  And, the boss never said anything to me about it. Yay, for the Chief.

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Jessica Leigh's comment, Today, 3:56 PM
This was quite the article. I would say that being a youth hostel receptionist could be compared to being a corrections officer in a jail. Trying to keep the peace and enforce the rules. Someone should have given him a stun gun and some handcuffs. I can't imagine how often names get thrown around when people who break the rules try to get out of it. Odds are, the enforcers that the offender knows are probably going to support the charges put against them.
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Hundreds protest Wash. police shooting, footage released

Hundreds protest Wash. police shooting, footage released | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Hundreds marched in Washington state's capital city to protest a police shooting that wounded two people suspected of trying to steal beer.
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Video: Texas cop cleared in fatal OIS, dash cam released

Video: Texas cop cleared in fatal OIS, dash cam released | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By Dianne Sol s The Dallas Morning News GRAPEVINE, Texas A Grapevine police officer will face no charges in the Feb. 20 shooting death of an unarmed Mexican immigrant, a case in which protesters
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New Mexico police officer fatally shot; person in custody

New Mexico police officer fatally shot; person in custody | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By Russell Contreras Associated Press RIO RANCHO, N.M.€” A suburban Albuquerque police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop, the first time a Rio Rancho officer was fatally shot in the
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At some point, the same leadership that gave lip service to the "righteous indignation" must wake up that this can't continue.  

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What's Behind the Recent Plague of Shootings in Baltimore? | VICE | United States

What's Behind the Recent Plague of Shootings in Baltimore? | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Whether it's cops pulling back after unrest over Freddie Gray's death, the warmer weather, or systemic problems like poverty, a lot of people are getting shot in Charm City these days.
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After the King verdict in L.A., I drove around for months with blinders on.  My thoughts echoed those of my beat-partners: "I'm not going to Federal prison for you people."  But, in what I call the Paradox of Proximity (head nod here to "Sandy" William Ker Muir for the whole idea of the paradoxes of power), I was too close to victims, citizens, and the politicians to whom they complained.  Instead of keeping on the blinders, I and my mates had to open a dialog with the citizens about our constraints, victims and community needs, and the way policing had changed.  In my mind, those were golden years of community policing and a big reason crime began to decrease in the 1990's.  What did we learn?  That policing is a team sport and done best (maybe done only) with the participation of the community.  We deferred being the boss and listened.  Everyone knew we still held the power (Egon Bittner's idea of the Iron Fist hidden within the Velvet Glove), but we shared it better than ever before.  Then 9/11 came and we militarized.  At least, that's my take.  That's the only reason I can find to explain how we lost that community cooperation.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Have Been Discreetly Paying the Bail of Baltimore and Ferguson Protesters

Jay-Z and Beyonce Have Been Discreetly Paying the Bail of Baltimore and Ferguson Protesters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Activist dream hampton says the two are giving generously to the cause, but want to avoid being a distraction.
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Why the 'Soft' Uniform Is Dangerous

Why the 'Soft' Uniform Is Dangerous | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
This past week, President Obama discussed the idea that law enforcement should wear “softer looking” uniforms. While there were plenty of jokes about the comment, we need to understand that the President didn’t just throw that out there for discussion.
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Give me the SFPD uniform.  Blues with comfortable pants and the tank commander hat that can be rolled up and put in the back pocket.  It's traditional without being uncomfortable.

 

Now, gunbelts are a problem.  I was pretty lucky in terms of not getting beat up too badly in fights.  I hurt a knee once and hurt my back lifting a particularly large suspect once, but frankly the reason my back is messed up today is solely because I wore the "Sam Browne" for almost three decades (time out for detectives and admin. duties).  While I don't like the look or the way and external vest feels when worn, I am sympathetic to the idea that an external vest distributes weight better and is more conducive to a healthy back.

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Miami Springs PD Sgt. Busted on Corruption Charge

Miami Springs PD Sgt. Busted on Corruption Charge | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Miami Springs Police officer is facing a corruption charge following an FBI investigation, officials said.
Sgt. Andres Quintanilla was arrested and charged Tuesday with attempting to affect commerce by extortion under color of official right, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
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Wanted: 8 good hearted executioners

Wanted: 8 good hearted executioners | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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If you're a self-motivated person with good upper body strength, this may be the job for you: Saudi Arabia needs 8 executioners.  Good pay.  Good benefits.  Uniforms provided.  Opportunity to travel.  Meet interesting people...and chop their heads off.

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Lawsuit to be filed over inmate care

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CARSON CITY -- The American Civil Liberties will file a lawsuit today in U.S.

Via Concerned Citizen
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Can the Justice Department Put an End to Police Brutality in Cleveland?

Can the Justice Department Put an End to Police Brutality in Cleveland? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Scarcely a decade after their last intervention, federal officials have negotiated a new consent decree. But will it put an end to the systemic problems that led to the deaths of Tamir Rice, Malissa Williams, and Timothy Russell?
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Jessica Leigh's comment, Today, 3:38 PM
Training on 'de-escalation tactics' tactics is a nice thought, but weren't they already supposed to have initially learned that in their training? As Professor Duke pointed out in his first lecture, a large problem with our police officers is their personalities, and not necessarily the training. These officers who send 137 shots into a vehicle with unarmed passengers clearly should be re-examined. It may not be that they didn't learn the proper protocol but that something in their mind views it excessive force as necessary. There was a quote about preventing riots before a verdict was even reached that said, "That’s troubled me from the beginning, that there was never a general belief that justice would be done. It’s another smack in the face for our humanity.” And it is a smack in the face. Large amounts of people believe that our justice system won't do what is just and attempt to take it into their own hands.
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Why Baltimore Blew Up

Why Baltimore Blew Up | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It wasn't just the killing of Freddie Gray. Inside the complex legal infrastructure that encourages — and covers up — police violence
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Ex-LAPD Officer Henry Solis arrested in Mexico

Ex-LAPD Officer Henry Solis arrested in Mexico | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer wanted in a slaying in Pomona, Calif, was to be handed over to U.S. authorities this evening after being captured in Juárez, officials said.
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3 crucial points about Obama’s evisceration of the 1033 Program

3 crucial points about Obama’s evisceration of the 1033 Program | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It s unsurprising that President Obama has declared by executive order that local law enforcement agencies shall no longer be able to obtain certain
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When I see cops wearing low slung guns in swat-style holsters on patrol, it makes me think that this militarization thing has gotten out of control.  It's ok to have a dialog about the equipment, but seems disingenuous to an open argument to start from the position taken by this article.

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5 differences between competitive shooting and combat shooting

5 differences between competitive shooting and combat shooting | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By David Windham FirearmsU.com I m not anti-competition shooting, but I do find fault with most of the competitions out there. The reason being they aren t realistic and cause the shooter to form
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Who the F____ calls themselves a gunfighter?

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5 statements cops should never make on duty

Words have power. They can make things worse or they can make things better. When a police officer encounters a suspect hurling insults, making verbal threats, or otherwise spouting off at the mouth,
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Hmmm.....what do you think?

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Jessica Leigh's comment, Today, 4:09 PM
This article is spot on. Some officers get a 'God-like' complex and treat citizens as if they are children who need to be slapped on the hands. Statements like these are why citizens are afraid of law enforcement and don't trust them. Officers who make statements such as these become the ones who end up in jail for brutality. Unfortunately there are many of these types of cops out there who give a bad name to cops in general.
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Fired Portland police officer killed on railroad tracks in Washougal

Fired Portland police officer killed on railroad tracks in Washougal | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"The PPA and its members are saddened by the heartbreaking news of the passing of Dane Reister. We pray that his family, loved ones, and friends can find comfort in this most difficult time in their faith and love for Dane,'' wrote Officer Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, to police union members.
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When something tragic like this happens (both the original mistake of the shooting and the officers suicide some 3 years later), it clarifies how officers who are disavowed lose more than a job.  In many cases, they lose their livelihood, their friends, their homes, their families, and their self-respect.  How many other professions punish mistakes this severely?

I was a Chief for 16 years, so I'm going to throw some stones here, but they're largely at myself.  A Chief must be brave to uphold the rule of law and ethical standards to a department ruled by a warrior culture, but a Chief is also often a coward bowing to political winds.  Other than officers who were outright abusive, I always identified with the young man (rarely young woman) who had made a common mistake, but one of those mistakes that were no longer tolerated (despite the old war stories that often glorified that behavior--most old timers having grown old and wise enough to never ever do those things any longer).  

How many times did I want to show mercy?  I could have recommended retraining, time on the beach (suspension), but I knew the politics demanded termination.  Now, that's how it feels, but you have to pull yourself up and do what must be done.  Though policing has significant power, one of the beautiful aspects of our system is that we have limited governance, which means that Chiefs must obey a good amount of political direction.  You save political capital for the "good fights" that rest on ethical principles.  In these cases, the best you can do is send the friendly message that you would support the officers' association if they wanted to fund raise; give moral support, etc.  But, it doesn't feel any better when the responsibility rests on your shoulders.

May God grant everyone involved peace in this case and others like it.....

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​A New Weapon for SWAT Teams: Bomb-Squad Robots | VICE | United States

​A New Weapon for SWAT Teams: Bomb-Squad Robots | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police departments around the country are deploying robots to defuse bombs and handle standoffs—and they may be getting increasingly weaponized.
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Garbage collectors are more likely to die on the job than police patrol officers

Of America's most dangerous jobs, cop doesn't even break the top 15.
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Yes, but it's the only one that isn't for private gain.  How risky is it really to be in the military?  There are 2.266 million troops, but only 31 were killed in warzones so far this year.  That's not particularly risky, but we honor them for what they might have to do.

 

Policing is the same.

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