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No charges for Minnesota officers in police-involved deaths since 2000

No charges for Minnesota officers in police-involved deaths since 2000 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Since 2000, at least 143 people in Minnesota have died after being shot, Tased or restrained by a police officer.
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Reenactment of Officer Involved Shooting

This is a reenactment of an officer involved shooting that happened outside of Flagstaff, AZ on the Coconino National Forest in 2014. Those interviewed ar
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“We have a right to protect ourselves and protect society,” Officials defend officer’s use of deadly force

“We have a right to protect ourselves and protect society,” Officials defend officer’s use of deadly force | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
"We have a right to protect ourselves and protect society," he said. "That's all Officer Hill was doing."

District Attorney David Prater, Oklahoma County, cleared Hill a week later, calling the shooting a clear cut case of justified homicide.

"Pettit jumped out from behind the dumpster, with his right arm extended, with a chamber loaded pistol in it, pointed directly at the officer`s head," Prater said. "He would`ve been killed."

We now know Officer Hill is a retired Marine, who served in Afghanistan. He's since been labeled a terrorist online by the suspect's father, Charles Pettit Sr.

This type of incident is not uncharted territory for the Pettit's. Another of his sons, Lincoln Price, was killed by Oklahoma City Police a year earlier, after shooting and injuring two officers.

The family is angry about both police shootings and are calling for an independent OSBI investigation.
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The officer is a former Marine who continues to serve his country.  The offender ran, pulled a gun; and, now we find out his brother was shot and killed by the police in a gun fight earlier in the year.  But, the family is mad at the police....!
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Let’s Tear Apart This Repugnant Statement About Harm Reduction

Let’s Tear Apart This Repugnant Statement About Harm Reduction | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
March 28th, 2016
As we approach April’s UNGASS special summit on drugs, it can feel like the momentum for worldwide drug policy reform is unstoppable. Just in the past week we’ve seen the US media remind itself that a key Nixon aide openly admitted that the War on Drugs began as a way to target “th
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Why Is It So Hard for Us to Admit Our Mistakes?

Why Is It So Hard for Us to Admit Our Mistakes? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Speakers and their institutions are often judged by the manner in which they communicate. In both cases, regardless of whether Brad or James Comey individually did anything wrong, their respective constituencies were affected by the words they chose and the tone they used. Being direct is a signal that you are confident enough to admit fault. In Brad’s case, by not owning the bad news, he potentially lost even more of his shareholders’ and clients’ confidence. Comey, too, risked losing the trust of his colleagues, the president, other law enforcement agencies, the press, and the U.S. public.

Why is it so hard for most of us to say, “I did it”?

Many people are afraid of appearing incompetent in front of our colleagues and bosses. But what we sometimes don’t realize is that it is worse to be viewed as a coward incapable of owning up to mistakes or accepting criticism. Rather than saying, “The plate dropped,” it is good practice to say, “I dropped the plate” — especially if that is exactly what happened. The best executives and investors “drop plates” all the time; without doing so, they would lack experience and a healthy understanding of risk.
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I agree 100%.  The one time I temporized, it bit me as a chief.  Much better to accept the blame for something you don't think was your fault than to be seen as being afraid to shoulder responsibility.
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High-speed chase ends after female suspect attempts to jump in police cruiser

High-speed chase ends after female suspect attempts to jump in police cruiser | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A suspected carjacker was arrested in Canoga Park Sunday after leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit and apparently trying to steal a police vehicle at the end of the chase.
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Lol....that was a nice try, but no cigar....la la la...nothing to see here...ex-scuuuuze me while I steal your police car.....
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NYPD Commissioner Bratton slams Ted Cruz over call to patrol 'Muslim neighborhoods'

NYPD Commissioner Bratton slams Ted Cruz over call to patrol 'Muslim neighborhoods' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“We already patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods, the same way we patrol and secure other neighborhoods,” Commissioner William Bratton wrote in an op-ed in the New York Daily News. “But no, we do not single out any populace, black, white, yellow or brown for selective enforcement.”

“We do not ‘patrol and secure’ neighborhoods based on selective enforcement because of race or religion, nor will we use the police and an occupying force to intimidate a populace or a religion to appease the provocative chatter of politicians seeking to exploit fear,” Bratton continued.
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Dramatic moment SWAT team rescue woman, 28, and kill her ex-boyfriend

Dramatic moment SWAT team rescue woman, 28, and kill her ex-boyfriend | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Armed police shot dead Kristin Bauer's former partner, Andrew Bermudez, outside an Office Depot store in Redlands, California, after a two-hour armed stand-off.
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New York prosecutor won't seek prison for Peter Liang, former police officer convicted in killing

New York prosecutor won't seek prison for Peter Liang, former police officer convicted in killing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Brooklyn prosecutor on Wednesday asked that no jail time be given to former rookie cop Peter Liang, whose manslaughter conviction for shooting an unarmed black man was met with mass protests by Chinese Americans around the nation last month. Brooklyn Dist. Atty. Ken Thompson said Liang, wh
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Gun Manufacturers Need to Lead Change, Not Just Follow the Law

Gun Manufacturers Need to Lead Change, Not Just Follow the Law | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Step one is for manufacturers to adopt the role of steward for the entire gun marketing system, all the way to the buyer. This would include not only efficient distribution within the legal channel but directing meaningful effort to minimize the flow of guns from legal to illegal channels.

There’s already a model that could be learned from and expanded. Since 2000, there has been a small joint effort between the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms called “Don’t Lie for the Other Guy,” publicizing the penalty in assisting in a straw purchase. However, this program is largely symbolic rather than substantive, as it is executed in only one city per year – it was Nashville’s turn in 2015. The symbolism is important though, showing that government and gun industry cooperation is possible.


A program like this needs investment on a scale that only Big 3 profits could provide. Would this investment increase gun sales? Probably not. Is it what a “model of corporate and community responsibility” would do? Yes.

Step two is to monitor and stop selling to “problem” dealers. Currently, any dealer has to be federally licensed, and gun manufacturers have said that’s good enough for them. While the most extensive study is a bit dated, it showed that 1% of dealers accounted for 57% of guns illegally possessed or used in a crime. The ATF does have some limited power to revoke a license. The gun manufacturers, however, have better data than anyone on dealer performance and are in the best position to quickly stop supplying them if disproportionate numbers of their guns are used in criminal activity.

Step three is to put some portion of the research and development spend — about $25 million in 2015 for the Big 3 — in technology-enabled gun safety to direct a new generation of guns to consumers. Even the NRA does not oppose “smart” gun development, as long as “conventional” guns are still available. And in all likelihood, a good number of the 300 million-plus guns are in the hands of law abiding people who would value increased safety in the form of decreased likelihood of use by an unauthorized person or accidental discharge. The makers of the guns are best suited to the technological challenges of retrofitting existing guns to enhance safety. This is a potential added-profit opportunity.
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Councilman Stokes reacts to latest police chase into Jackson

Councilman Stokes reacts to latest police chase into Jackson | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
[anvplayer video="807829" /] JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - After a car chase, crossing county lines, ends with a crash Councilman Kenneth Stokes calls for the city council to take steps against what he calls a reoccurring problem. Richland Police arrested two men, Travis Williamson and Christopher Jenkins, after chasing them into Jackson. A Hinds County deputy
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"Rocks, sticks and bottles" that's the solution to stopping officers from enforcing the law.  This according to a City Councilman who also swore to uphold the law....
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Texas trooper pleads not guilty in Sandra Bland case

Texas trooper pleads not guilty in Sandra Bland case | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Texas trooper Brian Encinia heads to court in a case stemming from the death in jail of Sandra Bland.
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Greenville police officer killed in line of duty

Greenville police officer killed in line of duty | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Many are seeing a large law enforcement presence in the Nicholtown community early Friday afternoon.  
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APD officer shares story about being attacked on bus

APD officer shares story about being attacked on bus | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
[anvplayer video="400832" /] ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Albuquerque Police officer who arrested a violent robbery suspect and got attacked with a stun gun in the process, sat down with KRQE News 13 to talk about what happened. Bus passengers said Officer Charles Chavez saved the day, but he's thankful to the passengers who stepped in.
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Viral video of police altercation shows current Baltimore 'environment' — and its on-screen future

Viral video of police altercation shows current Baltimore 'environment' — and its on-screen future | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The midday incident on South Broadway on Tuesday, which Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis said Friday showed "remarkable restraint" on the part of the young officers involved, is the latest altercation involving city cops to go viral via citizen video posted online. But it won't be the last.
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Why one cop carries 145 rounds of ammo on the job

Why one cop carries 145 rounds of ammo on the job | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Before the call that changed Sergeant Timothy Gramins’ life forever, he typically carried 47 rounds of handgun ammunition on his person while on duty
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Cops put on trial for misconduct — without any complaints filed

Cops put on trial for misconduct — without any complaints filed | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Civilian Complaint Review Board is so anti-cop that it is now accusing highly decorated officers of misconduct — even when no complaints are filed against them, police sources told The Post.

NYPD Lt. Richard Vetrano and Detective Thomas Woods were subjected to an administrative trial after a bystander at a traffic stop sent the CCRB video of a 2014 incident — in which even the couple involved repeatedly refused to file a complaint.

The CCRB still undertook a probe and ruled the stop improper, citing a lack of reasonable suspicion, the sources said.

“The result is two highly decorated cops — a detective and a lieutenant — were given charges by [the] CCRB,” a source said.

Another source said, “The fact that both occupants had no interest in making a complaint didn’t seem to deter them.”

If Police Commissioner Bill Bratton decides to punish the officers, they could lose vacation time.

Vetrano and Woods had been assigned to the 47th Precinct in The Bronx to help tamp down a rash of shootings when they spotted a van with no brake lights at an intersection on Aug. 18, 2014, the sources said.

As they pulled the car over, the passenger put his seat back into “an entirely flat position,” raising the cops’ suspicion, said a source with knowledge of the case.

“Nobody was arrested or ticketed for anything. Everyone was courteous, and the officers left,’’ the source said.

But a passer-by, Jude Julien, caught the “eight-minute stop” on video and sent it in to the CCRB, triggering the investigation, according to the source.

Julien, 38, a Bronx high school chemistry teacher, told The Post that he believed that the search was improper.

“I thought it was really odd that the officers conducted a search of the passenger who was a black male. They searched him. They went through his pants and pockets,” Julien said, adding that “the driver was a white female and they didn’t search her.”

CCRB investigators called both the woman who was driving and the passenger — twice — and each declined to file a complaint.

Julien said he wasn’t aware that they had declined to file a complaint, but still had no regrets.

“I thought it was an illegal stop,” Julien said.

Vetrano, a 17-year vet, and the detective had a hearing Feb. 9, where lawyers charged that they shouldn’t have searched the car.

“They’re taking complaints on themselves when even the people who were pulled over said nothing happened,” a high-ranking police source said. “It makes cops not want to do anything.”
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SR-71 Blackbird Pilot Trolls Arrogant Fighter Pilot with Ground Speed Check.

SR-71 Blackbird Pilot Trolls Arrogant Fighter Pilot with Ground Speed Check. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
We listened as the shaky voice of a lone Cessna pilot asked Center for a readout of his ground speed. Center replied: “November Charlie 175, I’m showing you at ninety knots on the ground.”

Now the thing to understand about Center controllers, was that whether they were talking to a rookie pilot in a Cessna, or to Air Force One, they always spoke in the exact same, calm, deep, professional, tone that made one feel important. I referred to it as the ” Houston Center voice.” I have always felt that after years of seeing documentaries on this country’s space program and listening to the calm and distinct voice of the Houston controllers, that all other controllers since then wanted to sound like that, and that they basically did. And it didn’t matter what sector of the country we would be flying in, it always seemed like the same guy was talking. Over the years that tone of voice had become somewhat of a comforting sound to pilots everywhere. Conversely, over the years, pilots always wanted to ensure that, when transmitting, they sounded like Chuck Yeager, or at least like John Wayne. Better to die than sound bad on the radios.

Just moments after the Cessna’s inquiry, a Twin Beech piped up on frequency, in a rather superior tone, asking for his ground speed. “I have you at one hundred and twenty-five knots of ground speed.” Boy, I thought, the Beechcraft really must think he is dazzling his Cessna brethren. Then out of the blue, a navy F-18 pilot out of NAS Lemoore came up on frequency. You knew right away it was a Navy jock because he sounded very cool on the radios. “Center, Dusty 52 ground speed check”. Before Center could reply, I’m thinking to myself, hey, Dusty 52 has a ground speed indicator in that million-dollar cockpit, so why is he asking Center for a readout? Then I got it, ol’ Dusty here is making sure that every bug smasher from Mount Whitney to the Mojave knows what true speed is. He’s the fastest dude in the valley today, and he just wants everyone to know how much fun he is having in his new Hornet. And the reply, always with that same, calm, voice, with more distinct alliteration than emotion: “Dusty 52, Center, we have you at 620 on the ground.”
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There's always someone bigger, faster, smarter.....
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Dashcam Shows Cop Dump 16 Rounds into Fleeing Vehicle, Killing the Driver — He Is Still a Cop

Dashcam Shows Cop Dump 16 Rounds into Fleeing Vehicle, Killing the Driver — He Is Still a Cop | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
police shooting, dashcam, police killing, santa fe, new mexico, Jeanette Anaya
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We can't see any of the backing into the officer, nor can we see why he's yelling "let me see your hands".  This is probably why the Grand Jury refused to indict the officer.....
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Cops arrest public defender who was representing her client, face no discipline

Cops arrest public defender who was representing her client, face no discipline | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
San Francisco’s Office of Citizen Complaints found that the San Francisco cops who arrested public defender Jami Tillotson after she told them to stop photographing her client in a courthouse…
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There's no right to privacy in a public place.  Take the defendents away if you don't want them photographed.  The cops could also have written a warrant as to why they needed the photos....
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Gunman in Redlands shoots hostage, is killed by police

Gunman in Redlands shoots hostage, is killed by police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
REDLANDS >> A man abducted his ex-girlfriend from an Office Depot Thursday and held her hostage for nearly three hours during a standoff with police before shooting her, resulting in police fatally shooting him.

The woman, whose father identified as 28-year-old Kristin Bauer, of Corona, was a manager at the store at 602 Orange St. Bauer’s father, Greg Bauer, identified the shooter as Andrew Bermudez.

Police received a report of shots fired inside the office supply store at 2:12 p.m.

Redlands Police Chief Mark Garcia said during an interview following Thursday’s standoff that the shooter and victim were involved in a domestic dispute earlier in the day. The shooter followed Bauer to the store, where the gunman shot at Bauer but missed. A bystander was shot in the finger, Garcia said.
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My "home" agency in the news again.
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Park Service to continue fight following Supreme Court ruling in Alaska hovercraft case

Park Service to continue fight following Supreme Court ruling in Alaska hovercraft case | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS—The National Park Service in Alaska plans to continue defending its regulation against hovercrafts and doesn't see Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling as a major setback, a statewide spokesman said
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They're parchment barriers people.  When the court drops a ruling like this, it's code for "I think you could come up with a reasonable solution"--not "dig your heals in".
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Stokes' comments anger officials, law enforcement

Stokes' comments anger officials, law enforcement | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
City councilman ends his news conference by calling Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey a "dumb bastard."
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Witness Testifies He Heard Former Deputy Say He Shot His Wife

Witness Testifies He Heard Former Deputy Say He Shot His Wife | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“She said, ‘Because your neighbor just shot his wife,’” Kathy Glover testified. “I said, ‘What?’ and she said, ‘I could hear her screaming, “Get off me! Get off me!”’”

But when she took the stand, Arrigo testified that she didn't recall saying that to Kathy.

Still, Ashley's family maintains that law enforcement purposefully omitted information in reports on her death in order to protect "one of their own."

"They never pursued her death as a homicide," Fox testified.

Evans Police publicly deny any wrongdoing and say there was never a cover-up. They maintain this case was thoroughly investigated in 2012.

Two of the Fallises’ three young children may have witnessed something the night of their mother’s death. One of them drew pictures for investigators showing their parents in the master bedroom and reportedly said at the time of questioning that she heard them having an argument.

"The fact that one of their daughters is saying, 'Dad seemed mad,' becomes very important here and fits in with the prosecution's theory of the case -- that he was enraged and that he killed her," said Dan Abrams, ABC News' chief legal affairs anchor.
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Congressman introduces bill to make targeted killing of police a hate crime

Congressman introduces bill to make targeted killing of police a hate crime | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The bill, dubbed the Blue Lives Matter Act of 2016, would expand the federal hate crime statute to include LEOs
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Barbara Michael's comment, March 22, 1:40 AM
I think it's about time someone stood up and did something regarding the BLM group. Freedom of speech is one thing; preaching and encouraging hate & violence is another. I was disgusted when President Obama met with the BLM group and publically commended them on their efforts. In my opinion, BLM has taken a legitimate issue and twisted it into something unlawful.