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Examining the possibilities of abuse of power without the constraint of New Public Administration.
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Are blacks to blame for cops' actions?

Are blacks to blame for cops' actions? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
When a white cop kills an unarmed black man, many blacks see a pattern of prejudice that generates official suspicion, hostility and abuse based on skin color. Many whites, however, say it's the fault of blacks. If they weren't committing so much crime, they wouldn't get so much attention from police.
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5% Of NYPD Cops Responsible For 40% of ‘Resisting Arrest’ Charges (AUDIO)

5% Of NYPD Cops Responsible For 40% of ‘Resisting Arrest’ Charges (AUDIO) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Fire 5% of the NYPD, and cases of 'resisting arrest' will drop by 40%!
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Rob Duke's comment, December 8, 2014 6:19 PM
We once felt like we needed to chase everyone who fled, but we now recognize that some people are better caught later. Is there any wisdom in long-filing the guy who just won't go along with the program? Why fight when later the guy will probably realize that the warrant will still be there (suspending his license and causing other irritating effects).
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Rand Paul is right about police brutality: our laws are a huge part of the problem

Protests for police reform are sweeping the United States following the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and an untold number of other unarmed or innocent people of color. Amid the...

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Put judges out with the cops to watch the cops...oh wait, France does that and people don't trust the inspector judges.  The truth of the matter is that you must empower someone; and, the pragmatism required for the job to be done (keeping the peace, maintaining the sovereignty of the existing government, and enforcing the law) isn't popular, whether wielded by cops or judges.

That's not to say that we shouldn't teach cops about power and ethics, and have better management systems, but it's hard to imagine something more thorough than having inspector judges....

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Randy L. Dixon Rivera's curator insight, December 7, 2014 12:11 AM

Very odd? Police Brutality #MSM goes wild! U.S. Govt institutes indefinite detention (prison without proof 4 U.S. Citizens) Crickets? #NDAA

Clay Faris's comment, December 8, 2014 6:11 PM
Rob you're right that "someone has to do it" (be empowered), and you're right that no matter who it does it it isn't popular. I think the bigger point here though, if statistics are to be believed, is that we are creeping towards tyranny under the guise of making people safe. Tyranny institutionalized is no virtue, and I'd submit for consideration that we fought the American Revolution over very similar complaints in response to very similar government overreach. Does the term Writ of Assistance ring any bells?
Rob Duke's comment, December 8, 2014 6:16 PM
Some argue that cops should begin to refuse to implement some of this stuff. I even advocate some of that thinking with the H. George Fredrickson; Nas soft power, Muir power paradoxes, and the Nas, Price, Weber article.
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Leaders debate whether to put marijuana under ABC Board jurisdiction

Leaders debate whether to put marijuana under ABC Board jurisdiction | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
With the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board working quickly to prepare for the rulemaking process governing marijuana, one legislator is proposing creating a separate marijuana control body independent of the ABC Board.
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Clay Faris's comment, December 8, 2014 6:59 PM
Honestly I don't know that creating yet another big government entity to, ostensibly, "regulate" marijuana in the state is the initial answer. I'd like to see a local option employed here, where local governments and communities decide, based on the framework of the ballot measure, how best to regulate marijuana for them.
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Broken Windows Policing Doesn’t Work. It Also May Have Killed Eric Garner.

Broken Windows Policing Doesn’t Work. It Also May Have Killed Eric Garner. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
On July 17, 2014, an unarmed 43-year-old black man named Eric Garner was standing near the Staten Island Ferry dock when he was approached by several police officers. The cops suspected that Garner was selling untaxed cigarettes. A struggle ensued, and an officer named Daniel Pantaleo put Garner in a...
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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, December 8, 2014 12:32 AM
I think I disagree, you still need to police these small crimes, otherwise neighbor hoods could go to crap, and the citizens will complain cops are not don't their jobs. Its just easier to say the current polices don't work so that they can make “change” and implement one to say it is the reason why crime rates are dropping. I don't think the policy alienates the police from citizens, it shows more involvement within the community.
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Police union: ‘We don’t believe it’s an issue of race. We believe it’s an issue of poverty’

We asked the national head of the Fraternal Order of Police about race relations and police prosecutions.
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Rachael Toy's comment, December 7, 2014 11:58 PM
This article, I think, really hits the nail on the head. We are creating a racial issue that most likely isn’t even there. What if these people were killed by black cops, would people still riot? Probably not. Like the article stated, most cops are put into inner cities and areas that have the most crime rate, in exchange that means more police presence among those in poverty. Though, racism still happens it doesn’t mean that every cop is racist. You rarely hear of black cops being called racist when they kill a white person. When they don’t get indicated, then it shouldn’t be looked at because it was a white cop but maybe because of a justice system that isn’t full proof. We can’t blame cops for crime rates and then blame them when they don’t do enough about it. We should be looking at other reasons why incidents like this occur instead of immediately using the race card.
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The Eric Garner Case Weakens the Argument for Police Body Cameras

The 43-year-old man died after New York City police applied a chokehold on him during a July arrest
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No indictment against police officer in Staten Island chokehold case: report

No indictment against police officer in Staten Island chokehold case: report | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A New York City grand jury on Wednesday returned no indictment against a white police officer who used a chokehold on Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, while arresting him for illegally selling cigarettes, local media reported.

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Equality Mag's curator insight, December 3, 2014 2:50 PM

Disgusted with my country.

Brandon Jensen's comment, December 7, 2014 8:09 PM
When I was reading about this case and saw the video I was actually pretty surprised about this decision in particular. It just all seem pretty over the top to me but I guess I can't really say since I was not there.
Rob Duke's comment, December 7, 2014 9:42 PM
Brandon, Yes, it depends on whether you accept the premise that a citizen must comply with officers. If one doesn't agree, then Mr. Garner had the right to obstruct the officers until he got tired of doing so; or they could have just confiscated his contraband and filed a report. If, on the other hand, we think that officers have a duty to force compliance (even for those who otherwise aren't violent), then this wasn't "excessive", and, you might even argue that Mr. Garner is the proximate cause of his own demise. If we look to other areas of law, such as police pursuits, it appears as if the courts are suggesting that departments restrain officers when these matters can be handled without increasing the level of conflict. Even in a case such as that in which suspects were killed while resisting ATF, et. al., officers (e.g. Waco, Tx; or, Ruby Ridge, ID), there's seems to be some norms developing that asks "what's the harm in waiting and seeing what happens?"
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Officer's Twitter photo sparks debate on police procedures

Officer's Twitter photo sparks debate on police procedures | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A San Bernardino lieutenant's Twitter photo fueled an online debate Sunday morning on the use of deadly force.
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Brandon Jensen's comment, December 7, 2014 8:37 PM
I've done activities such as paintball and airsoft gunfights and some of the guns that they have to use, more so for airsoft are actually pretty realistic. I had one of my guns drop and the orange tip fell off and when you looked at it, it really did look like a real weapon. When officers are in the heat of a situation and something like that pulls out I could definitely see how some fake guns can be seen as real and that isn't even taking into account the distance of the officers and person holding a fake weapon.
Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, December 8, 2014 12:50 AM
It does bring up a good point that would a person be able to decipher a fake gun from a real gun and make that determination within seconds? Its always easier to point fingers of what should and should not have to be done when you are not put in that circumstance. People have families to go home to, and if you threaten someone with even a fake gun they will treat it the same, either way. I don't like that they make guns that look so real when they are fake, this also leads to other tragedies of kids accidentally shooting themselves thinking they are just toys. It was interesting reading the comments below the actual story.
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Rams deny apologizing to police for 'hands up' gesture

Rams deny apologizing to police for 'hands up' gesture | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Senior Vice President of the franchise Kevin Demoff said he had 'positive discussions' with Police Chief Jon Belmar following the gesture, but insists he did not say sorry for his players' actions.
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Department of Justice to Announce New Anti-Profiling Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Justice will announce stiff new protocols to curtail profiling by federal law enforcement.
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Cops Who Shot Boy Waited to Get Medical Help, Suit Claims

Cops Who Shot Boy Waited to Get Medical Help, Suit Claims | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Officer Timothy Loehmann, who fired the fatal shots, Loehmann's partner Officer Frank Garmback and the City of Cleveland are all named as defendants in the suit.
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NAACP president calls for change in "culture of policing"

NAACP president calls for change in "culture of policing" | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
NAACP President Cornell William Brooks says too many police departments are seen as an "occupying force" rather than a community partner.
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2 San Francisco police officers convicted of corruption

2 San Francisco police officers convicted of corruption | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A San Francisco police corruption scandal, triggered by surveillance videos that appeared to show officers as thieves, registered its first verdicts Friday when a federal court jury found two veteran officers guilty of stealing property and thousands of dollars in cash from drug-dealer suspects to enrich themselves and defraud the city. Jurors acquitted them of four charges, including conspiracy to deprive the public of their honest services, and deadlocked on a theft charge against Furminger.
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Clay Faris's comment, December 8, 2014 7:16 PM
It seems to me that we're seeing "meat eaters" right? Blatantly corrupt cops who used their power for personal gain. No real insight here, it just struck me that this case is a classic example of meat eaters.
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5 things police leaders can do to better report violence against officers

In 2009, I did a survey of violence against police officers. Take the following 10-quesiton quiz and see if you know what they said. 1. What percentage of officers were hit, pushed, punched, shoved, kicked, or otherwise physically assaulted in a way that caused discomfort or pain within
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The Racist, Classist Origins of Broken Windows Policing

The Racist, Classist Origins of Broken Windows Policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Broken windows policing is back in New York City, and it may have killed Eric Garner. “Broken windows” is an order-maintenance strategy that encourages cops to enforce quality-of-life laws on the grounds that, essentially, nits breed lice. It presumes that a disorderly environment where small laws are broken with impunity...
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Clay Faris's comment, December 8, 2014 6:51 PM
Pre-emptive incarceration, dystopian though it may be, is not nearly the "political nonstarter" (as suggested by the author) that it once was. I am not a proponent of the broken windows theory either, but this article seems to take the low-hanging fruit of racism rather than actually looking at the "whys" involved. Again, not advocating for a zero-tolerance, let's bust every tiny crime philosophy......but what's the alternative? A discretionary approach. In order to be successful discretion requires integrity and morality. Are we still a country that places enough value on these things that we can do this?
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Texas Cop takes out Active Shooter from over 100 Yards away while Holding Reins of Horses » Sons of Liberty Media

Texas Cop takes out Active Shooter from over 100 Yards away while Holding Reins of Horses
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Good horse, too.  Not many horses would stand by while you fired a shot while holding its reins.

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Brandon Jensen's comment, December 7, 2014 8:18 PM
100 yards? that is quite the shot, especially one handed, I am glad that the situation was resolved before other attacks could have taken place.
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How One Guy Is Using the Law to Wreak Havoc Over Police Body Cams

How One Guy Is Using the Law to Wreak Havoc Over Police Body Cams | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A private citizen has been requesting every single minute of footage collected by police cameras in Washington state, leading some departments to consider getting rid of them altogether
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Rachael Toy's comment, December 7, 2014 11:34 PM
I think body cameras can be so beneficial to police departments especially over what the last couple of months have shown. I agree that videos should be able to be made public but I think there needs to be some limits or rules that go around that. It is sad that one citizen could create enough stress about body cameras that now police departments on putting them on hold. The reason he wants people to see the videos are the same reason why cops should be wearing body cameras. There needs to be some kind of middle ground made and all the kinks worked out so we can get the ball going on body cameras.
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'What Were They Looking At?': Garner Family Speaks After Grand Jury Decision

'What Were They Looking At?': Garner Family Speaks After Grand Jury Decision | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The widow of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who died after being put in what officials called a police "chokehold," Wednesday night angrily rej...
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U.S. Legalization Hurts Mexican Drug Cartels

U.S. Legalization Hurts Mexican Drug Cartels | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Marijuana legalization advocates have long campaigned on the claim that ending prohibition will reduce the power of the often violent organized crime networks that control the illegal market.
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Rachael Toy's comment, December 7, 2014 10:55 PM
Even though I am against the legalizing of marijuana, I am glad to see that it is hurting the Mexican cartel. It is nice to see that if it hurts them too much they will just quit producing it all together, less money given to the “bad guys”. Especially since the money being spent on it now will be going back into the American economy instead of Mexico’s. So I suppose it is beneficial in many ways. My only thought would be though, will this cause them to produce more of another substance? I could see where they may need to make more money elsewhere and import more heroin or cocaine instead.
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Cops release video of officer fatally shooting 12-year-old

Cops release video of officer fatally shooting 12-year-old | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
CLEVELAND — The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, h...
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Brittany Stahle's comment, December 3, 2014 9:10 PM
It is hard to make out the gun in the video but it was a very quick reaction to shoot the 12 year old boy. Why would they pull up so close to the boy that they thought had a real gun? I would thin they would put a little bit of distance between. Also did the officer really have time to say put your hands up three different times because he literally opens his door and shoots the boy. There are just so many questions to what happened here. But on another note why isn't this getting more attention in the news?
Rob Duke's comment, December 3, 2014 9:27 PM
Yes, that's a good point. Remember, though, that the cop is responding to a person with a gun at a park. There's an old saying that cops are forced to decide in 10-seconds what everyone else gets to debate for the next 10 years.
Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, December 7, 2014 11:35 PM
The video still leaves a lot of the story untold. You cannot hear what is going on, if the officers were using the loud speaker to tell the boy to put his hands up and surrender the weapon? It does show that the officer shot quickly after arrival on scene. Also I think the reaction from the rookie officer would be different than one who had been working on the police team and had more experience. Todays current events its hard to understand what may be going through an officers head now anytime they confront an african american teen,knowing that a heightened animosity towards the police exist now more then ever. The toy guns should be clearly marked, and making them look exactly like real guns does no good, but the victim is also a child, and sometimes kids really fail to see that playing with a gun in such a manner is not a game. The reaction time was quick, but I do feel the officers felt their lives were at risk, its a real shame it happened.
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The science of why cops shoot young black men

The science of why cops shoot young black men | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
And how to reform our bigoted brains.
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