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Examining the possibilities of abuse of power without the constraint of New Public Administration.
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LET NO MANS GHOST RETURN TO SAY HIS TRAINING LET HIM DOWN- FDNY — Medium

LET NO MANS GHOST RETURN TO SAY HIS TRAINING LET HIM DOWN- FDNY — Medium | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There is one similarity between the two terrorists attacks of Paris France and San Bernardino California that is unmistakable -the responders training was evident for the world to see. In an eerie coincidence both municipalities performed training the day of the attack.
Even as the attack unfolded in France the responders were so accustomed to exercises they actually thought it was another training scenario. A French trauma surgeon actually recalled three full-scale field exercises other than the one performed the day of the attack. In their previous exercises the Paris Fire Brigade and the emergency medical services (service d’aide medicale d’urgence, SAMU) exercised their treatment protocols for victims of a multi location active shooter events over a two-year period.
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On Patrol with the Copwatchers Who Film the NYPD | VICE | United States

This is the work of Flores's organization, El Grito de Sunset Park—a local police watchdog group he started with a couple of friends in 2002, when the country's videos of law enforcement were mostly limited to Rodney King and the show COPS. This was long before "copwatch," or the act of filming the police, seeped into the national discussion about criminal justice and people of color, one ignited by the videos of Eric Garner, Walter Scott, and more.

At the time, the group met once a year to film the sometimes brutal police response to the Puerto Rican Day Parade in June, which has a tendency to spill out onto Brooklyn's Fifth Avenue once it ends over in Manhattan. But since then, El Grito has morphed into a year-round operation, with Flores functioning as the veteran-in-arms: After all, he's been filming the police since 1995.
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Make no mistake, though: they're also running a business selling footage, sound, and still pics:

 

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"Once or twice a week, a squad hits the streets of Sunset Park, backpacks filled with digital cameras and iPhones, ready to shoot any police activity they might encounter. If anything relevant is captured, the video is soon pitched to local media outlets for coverage ("The New York Post calls me every week for something," Flores claims). If there are no bites, the stuff gets uploaded to the group's Facebook page with the hope that it'll go viral, and the right people will see it."

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Police: Man killed by officers was holding phone, not gun - KTAR.com

Police: Man killed by officers was holding phone, not gun - KTAR.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An attempted murder suspect who was fatally shot by Las Vegas police was holding a cellphone that was mistaken for a gun during the deadly confrontation, authorities said in a statement.

The shooting occurred Thursday as the officers were assisting U.S. marshals in arresting the man accused of multiple violent felonies in Arizona, including attempted murder. The name of the man has not been released.
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124 cops made the ultimate sacrifice in 2015

124 cops made the ultimate sacrifice in 2015 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Preliminary figures through Dec. 30 show 124 law enforcement officers across the U.S. lost their lives on the job in 2015.
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Tennessee troopers set up 'no refusal' checkpoints with mandatory blood draws through Jan. 4

Tennessee troopers set up 'no refusal' checkpoints with mandatory blood draws through Jan. 4 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will set up roadblocks during the holidays that drivers will not be able to refuse or avoid.
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Surgeon General Announces Review of Federal Drug Policies

Surgeon General Announces Review of Federal Drug Policies | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The U.S. surgeon general is preparing a first-of-its-kind report "presenting the state of the science on substance use, addiction and health," the federal
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The Chicago shootings and why so many police calls involving the mentally ill end in death

The Chicago shootings and why so many police calls involving the mentally ill end in death | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Quintonio LeGrier was killed Saturday by Chicago police. He and at least 246 other people with mental health problems have been fatally shot by U.S. police in 2015.
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Clarence Kalistook's comment, September 24, 2016 2:35 AM
In such cases, police need to be aware that there are deficiencies that everyone has. It is not just those that we think are, "disabled" but anyone really. Everyday there are thousands and possibly close to hundreds of thousands of suicides due to police problems. If you do not know what the story of the victim is, then you should have to learn how to deal with it instead of killing a, "disabled" person.
Community Village Sites's comment, September 26, 2016 1:30 PM
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Puerto Rico Policeman Fatally Shoots 3 Officers After Fight

Puerto Rico Policeman Fatally Shoots 3 Officers After Fight | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Puerto Rico Policeman Fatally Shoots 3 Officers After Fight
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No indictment in Tamir Rice case - CNN.com

No indictment in Tamir Rice case - CNN.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An Ohio grand jury has decided not to return an indictment in the 2014 police shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, prosecutor Tim McGinty said Monday.
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After Chicago police 'accidentally' kill grandmother, mayor demands reform - CNN.com

After Chicago police 'accidentally' kill grandmother, mayor demands reform - CNN.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered changes in how city police officers are trained to handle calls involving people who may have mental health problems.
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Fairbanks police to interview alternate suspect in Hartman murder case

Fairbanks police to interview alternate suspect in Hartman murder case | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS—The Fairbanks Police Department now plans to interview a key alternate suspect in the 1997 killing of John Hartman.
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Knapp Commission (led by a retired Federal judge)

Christopher Commission (led by a former Federal prosecutor)

 

Is it time to recruit a retired judge or prosecutor to lead a commission in an investigation of the Fairbanks Four case?

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Jury Is Deadlocked at Freddie Gray Trial and Will Keep Deliberating

Jury Is Deadlocked at Freddie Gray Trial and Will Keep Deliberating | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The trial is the first of the 6 cops who are charged for Gray's death.
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The myth of the cop killing 'epidemic'

The myth of the cop killing 'epidemic' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
To hear the media tell it, America is in the grip of an unprecedented crime wave, an orgy of wanton murder in which heavily armed thugs randomly gun down innocent unarmed people, some of them teens, just for sport.

Except that these homicidal goons are wearing the blues and badges of American police departments.

It’s the narrative that’s given rise to the protest movement Black Lives Matter and to a growing public mistrust of the police in general. From Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., to the recent shooting of a middle-aged woman and a teen in Chicago, the body count seemingly keeps rising, exacerbating racial tensions and keeping the nation on edge. And each incident is breathlessly reported by a media determined to show that America remains deeply, irredeemably racist.

Problem is, it’s simply not true.
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Protesters demand resignation of prosecutor in Tamir Rice case

Protesters demand resignation of prosecutor in Tamir Rice case | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
More than 100 protesters outside the home of the prosecutor in the Tamir Rice case demanded his resignation after officers were not charged in the boy's death.
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Kodiak police release video of officers' altercation with autistic man

Kodiak police release video of officers' altercation with autistic man | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The city of Kodiak on Thursday released videos of the rough confrontation between 3 police officers and an autistic man, claiming they show that the officers acted appropriately when they pinned him to the ground and pepper-sprayed him.
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WLBT : Jackson Councilman says' Let's throw rocks at police'

WLBT : Jackson Councilman says' Let's throw rocks at police' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Top Stories : Jackson Councilman says' Let's throw rocks at police'
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Hopefully, this is just a little political theater....

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Troopers apologize to newspaper for illegally seizing reporter's photos

Troopers apologize to newspaper for illegally seizing reporter's photos | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Troopers have apologized after a sergeant seized a Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter's camera memory card, but won't release their report on the incident or say whether the officer will face any disciplinary action. 
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These are tough: it calls for retraining, but policy may require something more punitive...

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Belgian Cops Are Being Investigated for Allegedly Having an Orgy After the Paris Attacks | VICE | United States

According to the local paper La Dernière Heure, on the night of the alleged orgy in late November, two female cops were encouraged to visit the police dorm where the soldiers were sleeping after the station had been closed for the night, and had sex with eight men. As you might expect at a time when emotions were running high, alcohol is believed to have been involved.

The police commissioner for the adjacent Brussels-Capital district, Ilse Van de Keere, acknowledged the rumors have been percolating, but maintained what you might a call a euphemistic stance.

"All these people have been working closely together for weeks now, often doing long hours," she told the Times. "We have developed a very good working relationship with the army."
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Anybody ever read Heinlein's "the Forever War"?  That's what happens sometimes under high stress "I survived again" moments....as long as they're all consenting adults--who cares?

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Puerto Rico Policeman Fatally Shoots 3 Officers After Fight

Puerto Rico Policeman Fatally Shoots 3 Officers After Fight | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
One of These Is The Toy Gun Tamir Rice Was Holding
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Wrongful death suit filed in Chicago police shooting - CNN.com

Wrongful death suit filed in Chicago police shooting - CNN.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The father of Quintonio LeGrier, a teenager fatally shot by Chicago police over the weekend, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against the City of Chicago.
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Police officers killed in Ponce, Puerto Rico - CNN.com

Police officers killed in Ponce, Puerto Rico - CNN.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Three police officers in Puerto Rico were killed by a fellow officer at police headquarters in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rican police said via Twitter on Monday.
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Two-thirds of all people Tasered identified as 'mentally ill' - The Justice Gap

Two-thirds of all people Tasered identified as 'mentally ill' - The Justice Gap | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Two-thirds of all people Tasered by the police in England and Wales between 2010 and 2014 were identified as mentally ill.

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Cops Crash Black Lives Matter Party at Mall of America

Cops Crash Black Lives Matter Party at Mall of America | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A much-hyped Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America Wednesday ended rather abruptly and unceremoniously when law enforcement moved in to "escort" the protestors out. Some participants in the failed protest, which drew far fewer than was anticipated, then decided to take their grievances to the Minneapolis / St.
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In early statement on fatal shooting, San Diego officer said he didn't see a weapon

In early statement on fatal shooting, San Diego officer said he didn't see a weapon | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Just hours after the fatal shooting of Fridoon Nehad in an alley in the Midway district, San Diego Police Officer Neal Browder told investigators he did not see any weapons on Nehad, according to a police statement released Wednesday.
But five days later, Browder told detectives in a formal, tape-recorded...
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It's their job to make the officer appear to be inconsistent, but saying that he didn't see a "knife" at one time, but later saying that he saw "something" in his hand isn't the same thing as changing his story....

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