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DC and NY: Mexican Legislators to Discuss Mexico's Marijuana Reform Proposals | Drug Policy Alliance

DC and NY: Mexican Legislators to Discuss Mexico's Marijuana Reform Proposals | Drug Policy Alliance | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
DC and NY: Mexican Legislators to Discuss Mexico's Marijuana Reform Proposals: Drug Policy Alliance http://t.co/cnJNibuBGw
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Should Corporations Have the Same Religious Freedom Rights as People?

Should Corporations Have the Same Religious Freedom Rights as People? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An analysis of today's Supreme Court arguments in the "Hobby Lobby" case
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The House's NSA bill could allow more spying than ever. You call this reform?

Trevor Timm: Congress' serial fabricator has the audacity to call his new law the 'End Bulk Collection Act'. Obama's proposal isn't much better

Via Bob Boynton
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Are the tools we used in RICO and FISA appropriate when applied outside of the original intent?  If we had these tools for Mobsters and Gangsters, should we be able to use them for terrorists?

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Bob Boynton's curator insight, March 25, 2014 9:30 AM

Defenders of the constitution. Obsessively committed to freedom and less government in our lives. ETC. Have decided we need more spying on the American people -- not less. I hope the two members of the House are ready to have their electronic communication surveilled because they are setting things up for that to happen.

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Malcolm Gladwell: An Insider Reflects on the Waco Standoff

Malcolm Gladwell: An Insider Reflects on the Waco Standoff | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
“A Journey to Waco,” Clive Doyle’s memoir, is an account of what it means to be a religious radical: to worship on the fringes of contemporary Christianity. Doyle takes the story from his childhood in Australia through the extraordinary events of 1993, when some eighty armed agents of the A.T.F. raided the Mount Carmel community. The Waco standoff was one of the most public conversations in the history of American law enforcement, and the question Doyle poses in his memoir, with genuine puzzlement, is how a religious community could go to such lengths to explain itself to such little effect.
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Oakland to pay $4.5M to 'Occupy' vet wounded by police | Al Jazeera America

Oakland to pay $4.5M to 'Occupy' vet wounded by police | Al Jazeera America | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Scott Olsen, who was struck by beanbag during confrontation with police in 2011, suffered brain damage
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Brian Slack's curator insight, March 24, 2014 3:54 PM

I think that police need to be more careful so this doesnt happen to them but i also think that if you are getiing shot by a bean bag than thats your own fault and you should just be glad you werent shot with a real gun.

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Truth Commission: Serbia and Montenegro

Truth Commission: Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Serbia and Montenegro, also called the Yugoslav Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Komisija za istinu i pomirenje) Dates of Operation: February 2002 – February 2003 (12 months; disbanded two years short of its mandate)
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Sri Lanka looks to South Africa for peace-building lessons

Sri Lanka looks to South Africa for peace-building lessons | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An official says Sri Lanka can use the South African model as a platform for lasting peace, if all parties can broadly agree.
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Argentina’s truth commission at 30 | Al Jazeera America

Argentina’s truth commission at 30 | Al Jazeera America | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A monumental victory for global justice, Conadep'€™s model should be followed more closely by other war-torn countries
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Has the Argentine truth commission worked--30 years on?

 

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Human trafficking charges dismissed after victims fail to attend court

Human trafficking charges dismissed  after victims fail to attend court | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The recent dismissal of five human trafficking cases against a female shop owner in the Bartica Magistrate’s Court is of grave concern to the Guyana Women Min
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Drones over America

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Will the skies of the future be filled with buzzing drones? Morley Safer explores the new, hardly regulated world of commercial drones.
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What can the Dutch teach U.S. about selling pot? | Video | PBS NewsHour | PBS

What can the Dutch teach U.S. about selling pot? | Video | PBS NewsHour | PBS | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As Colorado and Washington begin selling legal marijuana, questions remain about the practical process of changing drug policy. NewsHour travels to the Netherlands -- the one nation that's been openly selling pot for over forty years -- to see what might be in store for the United States. Correspondent Wiliam Brangham and producer Saskia de Melker report. Continue reading →
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Maria Guadalupe Sutherland's curator insight, March 25, 2014 1:42 PM

Even though the Dutch system of legalizing marijuana is not perfect it has had a few positive outcomes and the United States, especially Colorado and Washington and possibly Alaska will be wise to try and figure out a way to implement and capitalize on what the Dutch have done.  Reducing HIV and other health related issues has been a huge success there.  They've also managed to reduce the number of arrests due to small quantities of marijuana which usually are the cause for an initial arrest which creates a never ending cycle of prior criminal activities.  Here in Alaska if marijuana was legalized I think that a lot of our youth would not be in the detention center.  Alcohol is in my opinion a more serious problem in our society that needs to be address.  Marijuana's prohibition has made it more appealing because it gives youth the sence of "superiority" when they know they are breaking the law and getting away with it.  I don't think it will as fun for them to smoke it if it becomes legal and very expensive.

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You Won’t Believe What This Cop Did When The Cameras Weren’t Rolling. UNBELIEVABLE!

You Won’t Believe What This Cop Did When The Cameras Weren’t Rolling. UNBELIEVABLE! | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
When Hayden Carlo was stopped for an expired registration, he was blown away with the treatment he received from the police officer. You won’t hear of something like this happening everyday, this is just remarkable! When you have finished this video, we suggest you watch this one: Police Officer’s Final Act of Kindness Caught on …
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Federal survey to get consent for breath samples

Federal survey to get consent for breath samples | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press U.S. transportation officials say a roadside survey on drinking and drugged driving will no longer collect breath samples from motorists without their consent.
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Honolulu Police: Outlaw Sex With Prostitutes

Honolulu Police: Outlaw Sex With Prostitutes | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Honolulu police told a key Hawaii lawmaker Tuesday that they're OK with making it expressly illegal for officers to have sex with prostitutes, as long as undercover officers can still say they'll have sex so they can make arrests. Honolulu police spokeswoman Teresa Bell told The Associated...
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, April 3, 2014 1:22 AM
At first I was shocked that the officers were allowed to have sex with prostitutes. After further reading though, I do not see this as a bad thing. By limiting the things officers can and can't do, they are making it easier to figure out if someone is an undercover officer. I think that in a situation such as this, anything that can be reasonably explained should be allowed, but it should also be required to be reported. This will allow officers to keep their cover, but it will also allow the higher ups to stay in control of the situation.
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Law reportedly allows Tennessee to plan executions in secret

Law reportedly allows Tennessee to plan executions in secret | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The state has scheduled at least 10 executions through 2015.

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Report: Regulating Legal Marijuana in Alaska Could Cost Millions

Report: Regulating Legal Marijuana in Alaska Could Cost Millions | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A report by eight state agencies says it will cost between $3.7 million and $7 million to regulate marijuana if Alaskans vote to legalize it, but the report's critics say that number doesn't take into account tax revenues legal marijuana sales would generate.
 
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Okla. pawn shop owner sues police after speed trap warning brings down heat

Okla. pawn shop owner sues police after speed trap warning brings down heat | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An Oklahoma pawn broker took his small town’s police department to federal court, claiming cops clamped down on him when he put a sign on the curb warning of a speed trap ahead.
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Truth Commissions | Amnesty International

Truth Commissions | Amnesty International | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Establishing effective national mechanisms to document the truth about the crimes.
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Truth Commission: Chile 90

Truth Commission: National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation (Comisión Nacional de Verdad y Reconciliación or the “Rettig Commission”) Dates of Operation: May 1990 – February 1991 (9 months)  
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Labour call for truth and reconciliation commission in Northern Ireland | Left Foot Forward

Labour call for truth and reconciliation commission in Northern Ireland | Left Foot Forward | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Labour Party is tonight calling for the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission on Northern Ireland.
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Willow Grove forum endorses Greenleaf human trafficking bill

Willow Grove forum endorses Greenleaf human trafficking bill | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In Pennsylvania today, if a woman or underage girl who has been forced to sell herself for sex is arrested for prostitution it is more than likely that she will be charged with a felony while her pimp and the client will be slapped with either summary or misdemeanor offenses.  Formerly PhillyBurbs
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Israel Defense | Land | Detect Early, Treat Correctly

A comprehensive study conducted by the IDF Medical Corps in conjunction with DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) looks for early warning signs that will limit “combat stress reaction” in soldiers
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Some great new work being done here....

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Hawaii Law Lets Police Have Sex With Hookers - NBC News

Hawaii Law Lets Police Have Sex With Hookers - NBC News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
HONOLULU — Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes durin...
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Maria Guadalupe Sutherland's curator insight, March 25, 2014 1:15 PM

I'm shocked to say the least!  How can a police department rationalize the tramatization of those victims they swore to protect?  The "ends justify the means" sounds like bunch of ***** to me.  Cops have been around forever and they've managed to do their jobs regarding prostetution and sex trafficking without asking for an exemption to law from the state.  Undercover officers who start abusing the very same people they are supposed to be protecting is only going to open the door for more unethical conduct.  This is completely unacceptable behavior and I hope that the state of Hawaii legislation can see through this requet for what it really is...AN INVITATION FOR DISASTER!

 

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How LBJ Saved the Civil Rights Act

How LBJ Saved the Civil Rights Act | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Fifty years later, new accounts of its fraught passage reveal the era's real hero—and it isn’t the Supreme Court.
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Fresno shopping cart crackdown doesn't sit well with some on the streets | Local News | FresnoBee.com

Fresno shopping cart crackdown doesn't sit well with some on the streets | Local News | FresnoBee.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Not surprisingly, proposals by city government to crack down on the use of shopping carts by recyclers and the homeless didn't get a resounding thumbs-up from those who wheel the seemingly ubiquitous vehicles through Fresno.
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