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Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash.
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Civil Rights Group Says Park Rangers’ Uniforms Are ‘Threatening’ to Latinos

Civil Rights Group Says Park Rangers’ Uniforms Are ‘Threatening’ to Latinos | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A coalition of lawmakers and civil rights groups has a message for the National Park Service: your uniforms and vehicles are “very threatening” to Latinos.  Citing hats and vehicles that look like Border Patrol Agents, the group wants changes.
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Body cameras: High-profile police beating has Bay Area agencies rethinking rules for usage

Body cameras: High-profile police beating has Bay Area agencies rethinking rules for usage | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
When Alameda County sheriff's deputies reportedly beat a car-theft suspect after a high-speed chase from Castro Valley last fall, the onslaught of blows was not the only troubling revelation. None of the 11 deputies at the scene turned on their body cameras.

If it weren't for a private overhead security camera, there would have been no video record of deputies pummeling a cowering Stanislov Petrov. The episode highlighted how the accelerating adoption of body-worn cameras by Bay Area police still leaves a central question only partially answered: How -- and how often -- should they be used?
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'Frisco Five' on hunger strike to protest SF police brutality - The San Francisco Examiner

'Frisco Five' on hunger strike to protest SF police brutality - The San Francisco Examiner | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A grandmother. Two rappers. A supervisorial candidate. An educator. The oldest is 66; the youngest 29. What this handful of activists — dubbed the “Frisco Five”— has in common is »
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Uncovering information about police misconduct might soon get easier in California

Uncovering information about police misconduct might soon get easier in California | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
California has some of the strictest laws in the country against publicly releasing information surrounding police discipline.

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California has a very balanced policy, which was set by the court in the Pitchess v. Superior Court (1974) case.  The court reviews all requests for records and then examines the officer's file en camera (or in chambers).  The judge then decides what is relevant and gets released.  This prevents "fishing expeditions" by defense attorneys.  The same defense attorneys already keep databases on known complaints (that their clients have filed) and they update those files with any information gleaned through what is now known as a "Pitchess" motion.  These attorneys then charge a fee to other attorneys to access the database.  It's clear that there's a potential abuse by attorneys if they have unfettered access.  Having a judge review is a fair and balanced solution to the problem.  We'll see if this change moves forward.
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New laws for automated license plate readers

REDLANDS >> Agencies that use automated license plate readers must follow enhanced privacy standards and public disclosure requirements according to newly adopted state legislation.
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American Press - Opinion

American Press - Opinion | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As police departments around the country increasingly put body cameras on officers, Louisiana is beginning to take a hard
look at doing the same and is considering what, if any, regulations would nee
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McCubbin resigns position as police chief | KYStandard.com

McCubbin resigns position as police chief | KYStandard.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“After much consideration, meeting with the mayor, and those closest to me, I have made the decision to retire as the Chief of Police of the Bardstown Police Department. As you are aware the past events and restructuring of our department has caused much attention as I have stated that I did not agree with the direction that has been published in a directive by the mayor. I am aware that the mayor has the full authority to do this and in order to allow this to happen I will retire and remove myself as a distraction.
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This is one reason why the Council-Manager form of government is superior.  You rarely have these roller-coaster transitions every election.  Chiefs and managers have stable contracts with clauses that prohibit their removal within 6 months of an election (either before or after).  All that is good will grind to a halt for years after this (perceive to be dirty) political removal....
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Los Angeles Joins Debate on Force After Police Killing of Homeless Man

Los Angeles Joins Debate on Force After Police Killing of Homeless Man | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
More than 20 years after Rodney King was beaten, the city has entered a vigorous new debate about the police’s use of force on civilians and minorities.
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More police shootings violated LAPD policy in 2015

More police shootings violated LAPD policy in 2015 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Last week's finding that an LAPD officer had no cause to shoot and kill Brendon Glenn was the fifth 2015 shooting found out of policy so far, an uptick from recent years.
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Dispatcher trauma: The unique stress of the job (and how to overcome it)

Dispatcher trauma: The unique stress of the job (and how to overcome it) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Just because dispatchers don’t witness trauma first-hand doesn't mean they are not potentially vulnerable to the stressful aftermath
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Woman admits tweeting fake threats to fellow black students at N.J. college

Woman admits tweeting fake threats to fellow black students at N.J. college | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Prosecutors said the student tweeted threats from a campus library because she wanted more people to attend a rally on racial issues
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No one kept track of police shootings until this Pulitzer-winning project

The Washington Post won two Pulitzers yesterday, including one for national reporting for a series on police shootings of civilians. There had been little national data about those kind of shootings.

The Post created its own database that included these findings: 990 people were fatally shot by police last year. One in six officers had been involved in a prior shooting. In three-quarters of the cases, police were under attack or defending someone who was.

Wesley Lowery was one of The Washington Post’s lead reporters on this. He’s part of a team of more than 60.
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Rahm Emanuel announces changes to Chicago's police force

Rahm Emanuel announces changes to Chicago's police force | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A week after this report was published, on April 21st, Mr Emanuel responded by announcing his reform plan for the CPD. To the disappointment of some, his proposed changes ignore about two-thirds of the 76 recommendations of his own task force. He called it a “down payment” on the road to reform, which will include the creation of an early warning system to flag up officers who generate a high number of citizen complaints as well as speedier internal investigations of problematic officers. A third-party hotline will be created for cops to report misconduct by fellow officers and to break the force's perceived code of silence. The CPD, the IPRA and the city’s law department will work together to “review officer discipline histories, patterns of alleged misconduct, civil settlements and judgments, citizen complaints and other data”. And Chicago authorities will be allowed to conduct internal investigations at the same time as state or federal investigations.

Mr Emanuel’s first reform instalment did not include the abolition of the IPRA, the setting in motion of a formal reconciliation process between the community and the CPD or the creation of the position of deputy chief of diversity, which his task force proposes. But if the mayor's reaction to the report’s recommendations was limited it was swift, and it left the door open for further reform. At the very least, it’s a start in tackling problems that have beset the CPD for decades.
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Feud between Modoc Co. Sheriff, DA boils over amid investigation

Feud between Modoc Co. Sheriff, DA boils over amid investigation | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Sheriff Poindexter accused Funk of trying to extort the sheriff's office by inviting criminals into his home to encourage them to complain about the sheriff's office.

The post comes before a criminal grand jury will convene to investigate a particular deputy with the sheriff's office. According to Sheriff Poindexter, their disagreement centers around Deputy Dan Nessling and a complaint filed against him in 2014.

"He's the worst DA I've ever seen in 37 years. He's a defense attorney posing as a district attorney in my opinion," Poindexter shared about Funk.

Poindexter believes Funk is untruthful, unethical and has had an "ax to grind" against his office since being the district attorney.

An advertisement was posted in the local newspaper from the district attorney's office that said if you are a victim of assault or excessive use of force by anyone at the sheriff's office to give the DA a call. Sheriff Poindexter said the advertisement acts as a fishing expedition on the part of Funk, who seems to have his sites set on Deputy Nessling.

Poindexter accused Funk of improperly dropping charges against a known criminal in order to get the criminal to complain about Deputy Nessling.
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I can't speak for the facts of the case, but I was a Chief in this area of California and knew Sheriff Poindexter back in the day and always found him to be an honorable peace officer.

He seems to have a point on the fishing expedition and this D.A.'s actions would seem to embolden false reporters and have the potential to demoralize sheriff's department employees.
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AP News: The Orange County Register

AP News: The Orange County Register | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Details of a second batch of racist and homophobic text messages sent by a San Francisco police officer seem at odds with the image of a rainbow-flagged city that prides itself on diversity.

But people who have long complained of mistreatment by police are unsurprised, saying that the dozens of texts released by the city's public defender on Tuesday reflect a city where minorities feel increasingly harassed, whether by police or by developers eying traditionally ethnic neighborhoods for gleaming new condos.

"In many respects we have a history and tradition of progressive politics that has ironically worked against reform, because I think it took a long time for people to recognize that even in San Francisco, we can have the same problems as Ferguson," said San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, referring to the Missouri city where a black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer in 2014, sparking a national movement for greater police oversight.

"We think we're above it all," Campos said, "and we're not."
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SFPD to receive harassment training in wake of racist text messages - The San Francisco Examiner

SFPD to receive harassment training in wake of racist text messages - The San Francisco Examiner | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
All members of the San Francisco Police Department will participate in training to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace after racist and derogatory text messages discovered during an investigation »
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Bill Bratton gives advice on how not to get shot by cops

Bill Bratton gives advice on how not to get shot by cops | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has some simple advice for New Yorkers - if you don’t want to get shot by cops, don’t point a gun at them.

“The best way to not get shot by a New York City police officer is not carry a gun and not raise that gun toward them,” Bratton said at a news conference Monday.

His comments came in reaction to a question about George Tillman, 32, who was killed on April 17 when an NYPD sergeant and three cops fired 13 shots at him, hitting him 11 times in Queens around 1:30 a.m. Police sources said he had a gun in his waistband and pulled it out as officers chased him near the corner of 135th St. and 116th Ave. in South Ozone Park.

His family has since hired an attorney, who has been publicly questioning whether he had a gun and if he should have been shot so many times.

“The witnesses I’ve interviewed tell me George didn’t take any gun out and that he was shot while running away from the police,” attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said Monday. “Instead of trashing me in the media, Commissioner Bratton should make an effort to speak to witnesses.”

But Bratton was disgusted by those claims and stressed that his officers lives were at risk.

“My cops go out there every day and put their lives at risk and the attorneys the games they play the families that never want to believe that their loved ones were involved in anything,” he said. “I’m sorry, that individual was carrying a gun, raised that gun and was shot.”
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This should be a captain obvious moment, but, unfortunately, it's not.
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BODYCAM: Tucson Police Release OIS Footage - Calibre Press

BODYCAM: Tucson Police Release OIS Footage - Calibre Press | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Tucson Police Department held a press conference Monday afternoon regarding the officer-involved shooting that occurred on March 16. Police released officer body camera video from the shooting incident.

Carlos Alegria, 41, was shot March 15 after pulling a gun on officers, according to the TPD. Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman for the TPD, said police received a call about a man, later identified as Alegria, with a knife who was being aggressive to workers in the neighborhood.

Dugan said Alegria pulled a gun, which was later determined to be a BB gun, on officers when they arrived on the scene. Officers Mark Molina, a 19-year veteran, and Gary Rosebeck, an 8-year veteran, both discharged their firearms during the incident. Alegria was treated at a local hospital and later booked into the Pima County Jail. He is facing three counts of aggravated assault and five counts of disorderly conduct.
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Law Enforcement Absent From White House Criminal Justice Event

Law Enforcement Absent From White House Criminal Justice Event | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A White House event regarding the economic impact of the criminal justice system held today should have included law enforcement on the panel, FLEOA asserts.
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San Francisco Police Officers Union takes fight with district attorney public

San Francisco Police Officers Union takes fight with district attorney public | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The battle between police officers and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon heated up on Monday. The latest salvo is that the police union is taking its fight to the public via YouTube.
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LAPD failed to report policy on license plate readers

LAPD failed to report policy on license plate readers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Law enforcement across Southern California employ automated license plate readers. But many have failed to make their policies on the technology public.
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When Should Police Release Body Camera Videos?

When Should Police Release Body Camera Videos? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As more California police departments equip body cameras on their officers, state lawmakers are trying to determine who should have access to the videos.
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Sheriff Bob Gualtieri's Response To Media Irresponsibility

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Empty press room.  The "media" isn't really interested in the truth.
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Why I Hated Being a Cop

Why I Hated Being a Cop | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Moral conflicts at every turn.
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It's not a perfect business, but most of these problems are at a much higher pay scale than your typical cop.  You gotta work from the inside to leave a little more just system than you inherited....
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Police release new evidence in deadly shooting of Seaside officer

Police release new evidence in deadly shooting of Seaside officer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
All new police video shows what lead up to the deadly confrontation on the night Seaside Police Officer Sgt. Jason Goodding was killed.
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It always happens so fast....
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