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Demoralized Cops Equal Higher Crime

Demoralized Cops Equal Higher Crime | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
We are alert to the presence of gang members traveling through rival territory, or of those in their own territory whose behavior might indicate they are preparing to advance the feud.  It’s just a few blocks from Main Street to Avalon Boulevard, but when one traverses that distance one has crossed from one gang’s territory into another’s.  As we drive slowly along 83rd Street, we see gathered near the entrance to an alleyway just east of Avalon a few members of the local street gang, one of whom is perhaps responsible for killing a rival.

In an ideal world, you and I might approach these young men. We might radio for another unit or two to assist us, as the mere sight of our slowing and the opening of our doors might very well set them off running in all directions.  What’s more, one or more of them might be armed, or there may be guns secreted nearby for ready access should some rival venture across Avalon looking to settle up. These and many other things cross our minds as we weigh the possibilities for our course of action.

What do we do?  We drive on, for we are not police officers in an ideal world.  We are police officers in Los Angeles in the year 2016, and we know there is little to be gained and much to be lost if we get out of our car and engage these young men. 
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I can attest that we had a similar feeling in the years after Rodney King.  We came out of our stupor as community policing began working....IDK what will work this time....we've largely abandoned community policy (or engaged in community theater that is supposed to look like community policy, but which is really just designed to disempower policing...or designed to hide the old iron fist of policing).
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USAF commander 'went out swinging' in Texas base shooting

USAF commander 'went out swinging' in Texas base shooting | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A slain Air Force commander “went out swinging” to protect a fellow officer during a Texas air base murder-suicide.

The assailant, a former FBI agent turned technical sergeant, shot and killed Lt. Col. William A. Schroeder at Joint Base Antonio-Lackland before turning the weapon on himself Friday. Investigators discovered a pair of Glock handguns lying next to their bodies.

Air Force officials did not immediately identify the assailant or describe what happened in Friday’s deadly attack, but a federal official identified the gunman as Steven Bellino. 
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Metal Foam Armor Turns Bullets Into Dust Upon Impact [VIDEO]

Metal Foam Armor Turns Bullets Into Dust Upon Impact [VIDEO] | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Scientists from North Carolina State University have created a metal foam armor so strong that it can turn armor-piercing bullets to dust with ease.

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Bill Clinton was interrupted by Black Lives Matter Activists. He did not respond well.

Bill Clinton was interrupted by Black Lives Matter Activists. He did not respond well. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Clinton pleaded with the audience to "tell the whole story."

"I talked to a lot of African American groups, they thought black lives mattered," he said, referring to his crime bill. "They said to take this bill, because our kids are being shot in the street by gangs. We have 13-year-old kids planning their own funerals. She"—he pointed to a protester in the crowd—"don't want to hear any of that. You know what else she doesn't want to hear? Because of that bill, we had a 25-year low in crime, a 33[-year] low in the murder rate, and listen to this, because of that and the background check law, we had a 46-year low in the deaths of people by gun violence. And who you think those lives were? That mattered. Whose lives were saved?"
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Man with Aspergers who shared touching dog video is shot dead by police

Man with Aspergers who shared touching dog video is shot dead by police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An American man with Asperger’s syndrome, who took the internet by storm with a video of his dog comforting him, has been shot dead by police.

After officers were called to his flat in Arizona for a suicide call, transexual Kayden Clarke - previously known as Danielle Jacobs - reportedly tried to attack them with a knife.
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Body Cam Video Released Of Officer Involved Shooting

Body Cam Video Released Of Officer Involved Shooting | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Gallatin Police Department officials have released body cam and dash cam video of a fatal officer involved shooting.
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Bodycam + Analysis: Glendale (Ohio) Shoot - Calibre Press

Bodycam + Analysis: Glendale (Ohio) Shoot - Calibre Press | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
3 ½ minutes that will forever be on the mind of Glendale, Ohio, police officer Josh Hilling has just been released. That period of time when a man named Javier Aleman, armed with a knife, advanced towards Hilling and repeatedly begged the officer to “kill” him was captured on the officer’s body camera. The encounter …
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Video Catches Police Officer Body Slamming and Handcuffing Female Middle School Student

Video Catches Police Officer Body Slamming and Handcuffing Female Middle School Student | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A San Antonio district school has launched an investigation into a video posted to YouTube this week showing a school police officer violently body sl
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SWAT Caught Talking About Making Gunman Kill Himself

SWAT Caught Talking About Making Gunman Kill Himself | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“If you don’t get the hell out of this house right now the next one is going into your head,” Marcus Schumacher thundered while clutching a pellet gun.
Michelle fled for her life, her kids followed and then two SWAT teams engaged in what turned into a 12-hour standoff in Fargo, North Dakota, on Feb. 10 that featured an unusual, if not unethical consideration by cops:
Tell the gunman to kill himself.
Fargo Police Lt. Bill Ahlfeldt had already given “the greenlight” for snipers to “engage the target with rounds to eliminate the threat,” he wrote in an after-action report. As his fellow officers were taking incoming fire from Schumacher’s rifles, Lt. Ahlfeldt and two fellow senior cops discussed using “negotiation tactics that would try to encourage Mr. Schumacher to stop the threat himself by committing suicide.”
The local prosecutor said SWAT never told Schumacher to kill himself, but police told The Daily Beast they would not take the suicide option off the table.
“Will it come up again? I can’t said if it will or won’t,” Dept. Chief Anderson said, unwilling to rule it out. “That’s the decision of the chief,” he said, referring to Fargo’s Police Chief Dave Todd.
“What’s important to remember is these decisions aren’t made in a vacuum...there’s no cookie cutter approach,” Anderson added.
Michelle doesn’t believe the powers when they say Schumacher wasn’t urged to kill himself.
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Famous Author Drops A BOMBSHELL: If Hillary Isn't Indicted, THIS Will Happen To FBI Leadership

Famous Author Drops A BOMBSHELL: If Hillary Isn't Indicted, THIS Will Happen To FBI Leadership | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

In an interview on “Varney & Co” Friday, Klein said he believes Clinton will be indicted, but, “Hillary has her lawyers talking to the Justice Department about a lesser charge, something in which she would just say, ‘Well, I’m sorry. It was a little sloppy; I shouldn’t have done that.’ I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

“That wouldn’t happen?” Varney asked. “Because that would be a way around the political problem of indicting the likely Democrat nominee for the presidency.”

Klein agreed about the expediency, but argued that FBI Director James Comey is “the Eliot Ness of our time,” and is unlikely to bow down to political demands.


“But it’s up to the judgment of the Justice Department to say ‘yes, indict’ or ‘No, don’t indict,’” Varney said. “It is not James Comey’s call, is it?” “Well, it’s his call to make the referral, and it’s up to the Justice Department,” Klein said,. 


“And if the Justice Department decides not to listen to what James Comey is suggesting, I think there’s going to be hell to pay.” That could include the FBI director actually resigning in protest, said Klein, who written extensively about Clinton’s career. 


“He already threatened to resign during the Bush administration, as you may recall, when things did not go right.” Klein said. “Absolutely, I think he would resign, and I think a lot of other FBI agents would go along with him.” 


 Klein said he thinks Comey’s referral will come well before the Democrats host their national convention, which starts July 25 in Philadelphia. “I think this will be wrapped up in about six more weeks,” he said.

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Cops Called On Man & Girl When Something Seemed Amiss Inside His Truck

Cops Called On Man & Girl When Something Seemed Amiss Inside His Truck | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
James Schweikhard walks his daughter to school every day, but something started to seem amiss about his trek and child when school administrators looked a little closer at the pair. The girl's elementary school called police who tracked the father down to his truck and were taken aback by what they found inside.
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I've seen it hundreds of times where cops dig deep into their own pockets to pay for gas, food, toys, and auto-repairs for those down on their luck.
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Barbara Michael's comment, April 5, 1:25 AM
I wish more administrators promoted this as a policy instead of happenstance. This was a heartwarming story but not at all what was expected. I figured they would have checked him for warrants and then had his daughter removed for child endangerment. It's encouraging that instead the officers are doing what they can to make this a success story for the family. Kudos to his dad for sacrificing everything to ensure his child is safe and going to school. He deserves to have a hand up. My husband and I own a repair shop and we've done this. It's very rewarding to know you've helped someone out who truly needs it and appreciates it.
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Chicago Police Stops Down By 90 Percent As Gun Violence Skyrockets

Police stops in Chicago are down nearly 90 percent as the Chicago Police Department continues to struggle with bad morale and incessant violence. 

From the start of the year to last week, police made only 20,908 recorded investigative stops, said Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago Police Department spokesman. Over the same period last year, there were 157,346 recorded stops.

Police also are seizing fewer guns: just 1,316 so far this year, while 1,413 were seized over the same period last year, Guglielmi said.
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The Coase Theorem at work: it doesn't matter where you set the rights, because the market will find the most efficient ordering for those rules.  Shift more power to the crooks and the cops will back off.  We should be shifting power to the community--that's the win-win solution.
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Why Prosecutors Across The Country Are Finally Losing Elections

Why Prosecutors Across The Country Are Finally Losing Elections | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In fact, some experts now say that a string of incumbent defeats across the country suggests it doesn’t take a Black Lives Matter-specific flashpoint for voters to reject incumbent prosecutors. For many DAs, their longstanding embrace of tough-on-crime policies is reason enough.

“DAs almost never lose elections,” said John Pfaff, a professor at Fordham University’s law school. “And now they’re starting to.”
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Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka guilty of obstruction, conspiracy

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka guilty of obstruction, conspiracy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Tanaka faces up to 15 years in prison for participating in a cover-up meant to derail an FBI investigation into the sheriff's department.
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SFPD: Witnesses say man killed by police was coming at officers with knife - The San Francisco Examiner

SFPD: Witnesses say man killed by police was coming at officers with knife - The San Francisco Examiner | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
San Francisco police officials reaffirmed Friday that the man whom officers shot and killed Thursday was wielding a kitchen knife and charging officers, contradicting eye witness reports. The new details »
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Border Patrol's use-of-force stats say nothing about immigrant deaths

Border Patrol's use-of-force stats say nothing about immigrant deaths | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
U.S. Customs and Border Protection boasted this week that agents used significantly less deadly force in the field over the last year, with incidents down 26 percent even as assaults against agents held steady. But the embattled agency’s steps toward reform and greater transparency omit one key detail: just how many of their altercations resulted in severe injuries or even death.
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Those Who Don't Promote ... - Calibre Press

Those Who Don't Promote ... - Calibre Press | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Some of the best cops I know have never taken a promotional examination. These officers spend their careers working patrol, investigations, or administrative assignments. They develop an expertise, become recognized experts and serve in those assignments for many years. Unfortunately, one of the flaws of law enforcement culture is that these career officers and their …
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She advances with an ax in a position where she can swing it at the officer with little warning....
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Ex-Chief Tony Bouza says two cops should have been charged in Clark's death

Ex-Chief Tony Bouza says two cops should have been charged in Clark's death | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Bouza was chief of police from 1980 through 1988. In subsequent years, he frequently served as an expert witness in court cases around the country, mostly for defendants against the police. He is the author of “Expert Witness,” one of about a dozen books he’s written, most of which deal with police strategy and policy. He lives in southwest Minneapolis.

“The law requires that officers can only use deadly force when deadly force is being used against them or someone in the area is using deadly force,” Bouza said.

In this case, Bouza said, it was wrong for officer Dustin Schwarze to shoot Clark, who had been wrestled to the ground by officer Mark Ringgenberg. Ringgenberg said in a sworn statement that as they tussled on the ground, he believed Clark was trying to take away his gun. Ringgenberg said he felt that he and Schwarze’s lives were in danger and he told Schwarze to shoot Clark.

Bouza said it is irrelevant that Ringgenberg thought Clark had his hand on his gun. That is different from having possession of it, he says. The DNA on the gun is not proof he was holding it, said Bouza. “It could have been that Clark’s hand brushed against the gun. It is not positively and definitively linked to Clark [the way] fingerprints would have been,” he said.

What should the officers have done? “They need to continue to struggle and get him under control,” said Bouza, “but they can’t shoot him.”
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Ex-Chief who writes books about, and makes a living by testifying in civil cases against cops....I wonder if he's a little biased by his income source?

The officer is on the ground and believes the suspect has attempted to get his gun.  Under the reasonableness standard in Graham v. Connor, the officers are justified in using lethal force.
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Survey shows many SF cops unhappy with use of force reforms pushed by Chief Suhr - The San Francisco Examiner

Survey shows many SF cops unhappy with use of force reforms pushed by Chief Suhr - The San Francisco Examiner | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
At least half of San Francisco’s police officers don’t support the use of force reforms proposed by The City’s Police Commission, according to a recent survey conducted by the officers’ »
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Lawyers for Ex-Cop Peter Liang File for New Trial, Allege Juror Misconduct

Lawyers for Ex-Cop Peter Liang File for New Trial, Allege Juror Misconduct | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The attorneys representing former New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Peter Liang, who was convicted in February for fatally shooting an unarmed man in Brooklyn, filed a motion Tuesday asking for a retrial.

The motion, obtained by NBC News, alleges that Juror 9, 62-year-old Michael Vargas, lied in court during jury selection when he said no one in his close family had been accused of a crime. Vargas, according to the court document, told the New York Daily News during an interview last week that his father, convicted of manslaughter, had served more than seven years in prison for "accidentally shooting a friend."

"His misconduct denied Mr. Liang the right to an impartial jury and requires a new trial in this case," Liang's attorneys Paul Shechtman and Gabriel J. Chin wrote.
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Allegations with action taken unjustly alleged or not.

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SCVNews.com | 44 Years On, Newhall Incident Still the CHP’s Worst | 04-05-2014

SCVNews.com | 44 Years On, Newhall Incident Still the CHP’s Worst | 04-05-2014 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
They called it the “Newhall Incident.” It was the worst massacre of police officers in the 80 year history of the California Highway Patrol, and possibly the worst in American history. It changed police procedure forever thereafter— improved police training on how to approach a suspect, better weaponry, bullet proof vests — saving the lives of many police officers in the line of duty.
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Denying Housing Over Criminal Record May Be Discrimination, Feds Say

Denying Housing Over Criminal Record May Be Discrimination, Feds Say | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
People with criminal records aren't a protected class under the Fair Housing Act, and the guidance from HUD's general counsel says that in some cases, turning down an individual tenant because of his or her record can be legally justified.

But blanket policies of refusing to rent to anybody with a criminal record are de facto discrimination, the department says — because of the systemic disparities of the American criminal justice system.
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Georgia police department calls out woman who accused officer of drinking on the job

Georgia police department calls out woman who accused officer of drinking on the job | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Georgia police department has responded to a Facebook post that accused one of its officers of drinking alcohol while on duty.
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We'll defend to the death her right to be a dumbass, um, I mean ahem... her right to free speech.
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Barbara Michael's comment, April 5, 1:16 AM
Isn't defamation a crime? To have been corrected immediately at the scene and not remove the post was wrong on Ms. Ahearn's part. The police are under enough pressure and scrutiny; they don't need misplaced and unfounded accusations. The police chief seems pretty hot about it and I'm glad that he's standing behind the officer that did nothing wrong.
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Maryland Appellate Court Rebukes Police for Concealing Use of Stingrays

Maryland Appellate Court Rebukes Police for Concealing Use of Stingrays | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The court wrote that for officials to agree and adhere to a nondisclosure agreement was "inimical to the constitutional principles we revere.”
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