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Examining the possibilities of abuse of power without the constraint of New Public Administration.
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The oddly beautiful and sometimes disturbing artistic talent of the nation’s drug cops

The oddly beautiful and sometimes disturbing artistic talent of the nation’s drug cops | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Detail of DEA "Dangerous Drugs Intelligence Unit" patch. Photo courtesy of Nathan Zubke.
The skeleton swoops into the foreground wearing a tuxedo, top hat and pink-framed glasses. Behind him, a rainbow sky fades into a field of twinkling stars.

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#Fail

#Fail | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
HOWARD SCHULTZ, the head of Starbucks, thinks the gourmet coffee chain has a responsibility to address America’s vexed race relations. After a series of internal meetings at the company, he decided to launch “Race Together”, a co-venture with USA Today, a newspaper, to “stimulate conversation, compassion and action around race in America.” “Race is an unorthodox and even uncomfortable topic for an annual meeting,” Mr Schultz conceded at the company’s annual gathering for shareholders on Wednesday. “Where others see costs, risks, excuses and hopelessness, we see and create pathways of opportunity—that is the role and responsibility of a for-profit, public company.”

Though seemingly well-intentioned, the campaign has elicited a backlash. Starbucks baristas, who were invited to write “#Racetogether” on coffee cups, responded with derisive tweets: “Being a barista is hard enough. Having to talk #RaceTogether with a woman in Lululemon pants while pouring pumpkin spice is just cruel.” Corey duBrowa, a senior vice president of global communications at Starbucks, received such a deluge of angry messages that he temporarily deleted his twitter account.
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Panic at New Orleans Airport as Police Shoot Man Who Attacked T.S.A. Agents

Panic at New Orleans Airport as Police Shoot Man Who Attacked T.S.A. Agents | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A man attacked security agents at New Orleans airport with wasp spray and a machete before being shot by a sheriff’s deputy stationed at the airport, officials said.
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Fort Lauderdale Cops Fired for Racist Texts, Video

Fort Lauderdale Cops Fired for Racist Texts, Video | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Four Fort Lauderdale Police officers are off the force after exchanging racist text messages between themselves, officials said Friday.
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Not our finest moment.

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Student group demands California university rename building after convicted cop killer

Student group demands California university rename building after convicted cop killer | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
 A black student organization at the University of California at Berkeley is demanding the university rename a building on campus after Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther, convicted cop killer and the first woman named to the FBI's ten most wanted terrorist list.
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I say forgive, but you can't dishonor.

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What Happens to a Corrupt Prosecutor Who Gets an Innocent Man Executed?

What Happens to a Corrupt Prosecutor Who Gets an Innocent Man Executed? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

IWhat happens when a corrupt prosecutor gets an innocent man executed? The state of Texas may soon answer: very little. On Wednesday it was reported that John H. Jackson has been formally accused of misconduct by the State Bar of Texas in the case of Cameron Todd Willingham. You may...

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Brady v. Maryland established that prosecutors had a duty to reveal exculpatory evidence (info beneficial to the defendant).  Over time, this has morphed to require that cops who lie are, essentially, barred from testifying again, which means that they get fired.  If "you lie, you die" as the saying goes.  Yet, for the prosecutors, about whose bad behavior Brady was originally handed down, lie or withhold evidence, they face suspensions; and, sometimes 10-days in jail (5 days off for good behavior--even).   Even in an especially egregious case such as this one where a man seems to have been wrongly executed in Texas.

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Ex-San Bernardino cop sentenced to 25 years for sex with prostitutes while on duty

Ex-San Bernardino cop sentenced to 25 years for sex with prostitutes while on duty | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A former San Bernardino police officer was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on Monday for violating the civil rights of two women he forced to perform sex acts while he was in uniform.
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Lessons from Ferguson

Lessons from Ferguson | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In principle, recovering the cost of crime from people who commit it makes sense. Some American prisons have long charged their inmates for their incarceration. But some cities, cramped by shrinking tax bases, have gone further. An article in Police Chief magazine in 2010, “Generating new revenue streams”, suggested, among other things, introducing fees for sex-offenders to register when they moved to a new area, increasing fines by 50% and allowing department names “to be used for advertisement and branding”—which is probably no longer an option for Ferguson.

One problem with this approach, says Peter Moskos of John Jay College in New York, a criminologist and former police officer, is that “very few of the people that cops arrest have money”. Many end up imprisoned because they cannot pay fines for offences that would not ordinarily result in their incarceration.
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You'd think that we'd have learned this lesson by now.

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UK Police Chief Admits Responsibility For Hillsborough Tragedy

UK Police Chief Admits Responsibility For Hillsborough Tragedy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
David Duckenfield agrees failure to close tunnel “was direct cause of deaths of 96 people”.
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It takes a big man to admit to a monumental error....

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Cop filmed to look like bad guy vindicated by photos and common sense

Cop filmed to look like bad guy vindicated by photos and common sense | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Now a days it seems like everyone is out to make police officers look like the bad guys. At a McDonald’s parking lot in Webster, Massachusetts, one driver was trying a little too hard to turn a cop...
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Chiefs need to work a day a month on night patrol (without wearing the stars on the collar).  If you look like a regular patrol officer, people will complain on you and they will lie.  It's a good reminder to Chiefs that many people are jerks.  Sometimes officers screw up, but sometimes the complainants are liars; or taking out the strife in their own lives on the officer that crosses their paths.

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‘A Conversation With My Black Son’

‘A Conversation With My Black Son’ | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In this short documentary, parents reveal their struggles with telling their black sons that they may be targets of racial profiling by the police.

Via diane gusa
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And, I'd follow up with; "Comply with their instructions and we'll get a lawyer if they do anything illegal."  That way, my son, though treated poorly, would not be seriously harmed.

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Because white men can't police their imagination, Black men are dying

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Pittsburgh police issue 'how-to' for officer encounters

Pittsburgh police issue 'how-to' for officer encounters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Pittsburgh police have released their latest effort to improve their relationship with the community in the form of a pamphlet.
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Md. police officer charged with holding gun to man's head

Md. police officer charged with holding gun to man's head | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Prince George's County police officer has been indicted Friday by a grand jury after a cell phone video showed him
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He's been watching too much Hollywood; listening to dumbass "warrior" officers who are but 1 or 2 years older than him.  And, most of all, believing the legends in his own head.

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Top Republican questions ‘suspicious’ claim Secret Service taped over footage of agents after party

Top Republican questions ‘suspicious’ claim Secret Service taped over footage of agents after party | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The chairman of the House oversight committee, in an interview with FoxNews.com, on Friday sharply challenged claims by the Secret Service that key surveillance footage – which may have shown two agents in an embarrassing incident earlier this month – was simply taped over as a matter of agency policy. 
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San Diego police to investigate officer who killed dog

San Diego police to investigate officer who killed dog | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
San Diego's police chief said Friday that an officer's fatal shooting of a pit bull is being reviewed internally to determine if authorities acted properly.
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Suge Knight collapses in court after bail is set at $25M

Suge Knight collapses in court after bail is set at $25M | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Suge Knight collapsed in a courtroom Friday shortly after a judge set his bail at $25 million in his pending murder case.
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Hmm...Robert Blake posted $1.5M to get out.   Phil Specter's bail was $1M.  Even Roman Polanski who skipped out on his sex assault charges only got $4.5M bail.

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Madison Police Chief Mike Koval to City Council: 'Your collective silence is DEAFENING' : Ct

He chastised the Council in the wake of a heated public comment period on the death of Tony Robinson Tuesday evening.
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Is he out of line?  Last charge of the light brigade before he's out anyway?  Will his challenge go unanswered?

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Jail Time May Be the Least of Ken Anderson’s Problems

Jail Time May Be the Least of Ken Anderson’s Problems | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
What will an independent audit of Anderson’s old criminal cases turn up?
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In Eric Garner Case, Judge Rules Against Releasing Grand Jury Evidence

In Eric Garner Case, Judge Rules Against Releasing Grand Jury Evidence | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Justice William E. Garnett of State Supreme Court on Staten Island said the parties seeking disclosure of the evidence had failed to establish a “compelling” need.
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Rookie LAPD officer fled to El Paso after fatal shooting

Rookie LAPD officer Henry Solis, wanted in the murder of a 23-year-old man in Pomona, fled to El Paso, Texas, a federal warrant revealed.
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Do police have a legitimate expectation of privacy in public performance of duty? - Hot Air

Do police have a legitimate expectation of privacy in public performance of duty? - Hot Air | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.

Even if the encounter involves you and may be necessary to your defense, and even if the recording is on a public street where no expectation of privacy exists.

The legal justification for arresting the “shooter” rests on existing wiretapping or eavesdropping laws, with statutes against obstructing law enforcement sometimes cited.
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Should it be acceptable to record police encounters?

 

As I've said before: 1. You shouldn't be able to interfere in the incident; 2. You shouldn't be able to use recording as a way to resist (whether intentional or not); 3. If you're a bystander, you have to do so in a manner that doesn't endanger yourself or someone else (like by not standing in a place that creates a crossfire or puts you in a place where you might be in the crossfire); and, 4. You can't do so in a way that makes the cop uncomfortable (like behind them; or too close).  If you put yourself in the scene, then you get pat downed, sat down, and can't record, so stay back.

 

However, if a person stands off in a safe position (on their porch, down on the corner, etc.), then I think people should record their cops. 

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Officer's alleged lies may jeopardize DWI cases

Officer's alleged lies may jeopardize DWI cases | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The concerns surround whether Sgt. Stephen "Tiny" Baker fabricated the original reason for the 2012 traffic stop and then continued to lie about it.
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To My Friends Outside My Police Family: This is Why We Can't Stop Talking About It.

To My Friends Outside My Police Family: This is Why We Can't Stop Talking About It. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
You may be my friend in real life.  You might just be someone who knew me when I was a child.  Maybe we grew up together and we follow each others life through social media. You see pictures of my ...
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A More Public Option for Investigating Shootings by Police Officers

A More Public Option for Investigating Shootings by Police Officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Coroners’ inquests are finding fresh support from some people critical of the process that cleared police officers in shootings in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island.
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