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Examining the possibilities of abuse of power without the constraint of New Public Administration.
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White House Bans Police Use of Military Equipment

White House Bans Police Use of Military Equipment | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The White House is banning certain types of military-style equipment for local law enforcement.
The surprise announcement comes after the White House signaled last year that such equipment would remain accessible to local police departments, despite criticisms that the police response to protests...
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Black Man Vs. White Man Carrying AR-15 Legally - YouTube

What happens when a white guy walks down the street with a AR-15 versus what happens when a black guy walks down the street with same gun and same laws. I'm ...
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The modern equivalent of yelling "fire! in a crowded theater".  Time, place, and manner for all rights.  This is just stupid and there's nothing morally redeeming.  These guys are using cops as means to their political ends, which is tremendously unethical (see deontology).  What happens if this goes to a shooting?  How many lives are impacted?  There's no reason for this b.s.

This just shows that there ought to be a rule prohibiting this sort of open carry.  Who's being unreasonable?  The cops stopping the guy with the AR-15 are the jackass carrying it around??

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Why Is Hawaii The Only State Without A Statewide Police Standards Board? - Civil Beat

Why Is Hawaii The Only State Without A Statewide Police Standards Board? - Civil Beat | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
All other states oversee police officers standards, most have the independent ability to revoke an officer's certification.
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FEATURE: #ManifestJustice art exhibit in Los Angeles

FEATURE: #ManifestJustice art exhibit in Los Angeles | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Enough is enough. We demand more empathy, more accountability, more economic opportunity, more compassion, more dignity, more power and more opportunity for…
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Rob Duke's comment, May 17, 2015 4:49 AM
I have no problem with the idea that California has relied on the vertical justice system for far too long (though that's changing with realignment and Prop. 47), but to be fair and share all of the info some additional facts are needed: California has 34 prisons, 34 state universities, & graduate schools, 127 Community Colleges (most offer options to earn entire B.A.'s), plus 136 private colleges and universities. The author/artist is also being a bit dishonest in their assessment of new universities by only counting UCMerced when California also created colleges at Fort Ord (Monterrey Bay State College), San Marcos, and Channel Islands; and added a dozen community college campuses. Furthermore, of those prisons that they are counting as "new" are expansions, so where you had Soledad State Prison built along old lines with poor lines of sight, etc., you now have right next to it an expansion called Salinas Valley State Prison. Old Folsom and New Folsom is the same story. It's also unclear whether they are counting the state hospitals, which are effectively prisons. These, too, represent expansions or improvements, as the case may be, where, for example, Patton State Hospital was decommissioned entirely. In either case, that's a bit disingenuous to beat the state up for improving facilities. Knowledge is the antidote.
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Photo Line Ups and Witness Identification Best Practics: New Georgia law makes gross injustice less likely

Senate Bill 94 is a "best practices" law governing eyewitness identification, versions of which were already in place in 13 other states. It is the product of a bipartisan, cooperative effort involving, among many others, lawmakers, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, attorney association, prosecutors, and other judicial and law enforcement organizations. The law specifies strict guidelines for identification tools like police lineups, eyewitness statements and mug shot identification.
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Double blind line ups help, but witnesses like to help the police.  Witness identifications are nearly always tricky.

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Massive manhunt for masked gunman who wounded SC deputy

A South Carolina deputy officer was reportedly shot late Thursday night at a gas station.
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NYPD shooting demonstrates the flaws in eyewitness memory

NYPD shooting demonstrates the flaws in eyewitness memory | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Mr. O’Grady spoke to a reporter for The New York Times and said the wounded man was in flight when he was shot. “He looked like he was trying to get away from the officers,” Mr. O’Grady said.

Another person on Eighth Avenue then, Sunny Khalsa, 41, had been riding her bicycle when she saw police officers and the man. Shaken by the encounter, she contacted the Times newsroom with a shocking detail.

“I saw a man who was handcuffed being shot,” Ms. Khalsa said. “And I am sorry, maybe I am crazy, but that is what I saw.”

As it turns out, surveillance video has since shown that both witnesses were wrong.  It also appears from the video that the shooting was justified.
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Are people being primed by what they hear?  Do they interpret what they see through this lens that has painted officers as too willing to use force?  Does that help explain why good people make such poor witnesses?  I don't mean just with the cops also; we've seen this repeatedly with moral panics of many different varieties based upon gender, race, and sexual orientation.  What fuels this?

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NYPD Commissioner William Bratton Defends ‘Broken Windows’ Policing

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton Defends ‘Broken Windows’ Policing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As city debates decriminalizing low-level violations, NYPD releases report finding that such arrests are down in 2015.
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Fewer Complaints Filed Against Police Officers, but Review Is Mixed

Fewer Complaints Filed Against Police Officers, but Review Is Mixed | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The report attributed the drop in complaints to a decline in the number of interactions the NYPD has had with the public, including the number of times officers stopped and frisked people and the number of arrests and summonses officers handed out.
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Arkansas sheriff's deputy fatally shot by burglary suspect

An Arkansas sheriff's deputy was shot and killed on Friday in rural Johnson County by a burglary suspect, law enforcement officials said.
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Feds say sting operation catches Baltimore police officer stealing

Feds say sting operation catches Baltimore police officer stealing | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Baltimore police officer is accused of stealing $3,000 after investigators set up a sting in a hotel room, federal prosecutors said in a complaint that was unsealed Thursday.
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18-Year-Old-Girl Dies In Jail After Police Accused Her Of Faking Medical Emergency

Lebanon, PA — Victoria ‘Tori’ Herr died in Lebanon County Correctional Facility last month after police hesitated to provide her with medical care for several days. Herr was addicted to heroin and began to go into withdrawal when she was taken into custody.

This is a situation that can be potentially deadly if not handled with care. Sadly, the corrections officers at the jail accused her of “faking,” and refused to get her medical care until it was too late.

According to the family, Tori may have been abused by the officers while she was in custody. On a petition page for Tori, a loved one mentioned the abuse, saying that,

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, June 7, 2015 6:14 PM

IS SHE FAKING DEAD OR NOT!

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Son of Fallen Sheriff's Deputy Given Dad's Squad Car

Son of Fallen Sheriff's Deputy Given Dad's Squad Car | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Tanner Brownlee was outbid on the car, but was handed the keys by a stranger.
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Police Saw Tons of Cars Whiz by Their Speed Trap but They Didn’t Pull Them Over. The Cops Probably Didn’t Expect Someone to Record Their Conversation About It.

If you try telling the state trooper who just pulled you over that you're speeding because you're late for a conference, you probably won't receive any mercy. But if you're a fellow cop, you might not get pulled over in the first place. A video posted to...
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I've been guilty of this....

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NYPD Officers Attempt to Arrest 14-Year-Old Girl- Community Doesn’t Allow It

"You know you're doing wrong, go home!"
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He was fine until the 6 minute mark when he let the crowd get to him and decided someone was going to jail.  His partner acted correctly and stopped him from making what was probably a bad arrest (too little info provided in the clip to know...he might have just given her a huge break and then she repays him by talking smack...I could understand why he might feel like "fine, then I'm taking you to jail").

You can't let a bunch of people like that act as if you can't police their neighborhood, though.  Should have gotten a few more officers there earlier and kept people further back (letting them film if they wanted).  It was a BAD officer safety situations for most of this clip.

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State Attorney General calls Albuquerque police investigation politically motivated, but, Prosecutor's behavior "less than stellar".

State Attorney General calls Albuquerque police investigation politically motivated, but, Prosecutor's behavior "less than stellar". | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The conflict, which has rocked Albuquerque civic government, began 21 months ago, when police officers began to look into the conduct of Second Judicial Dist. Atty. Kari Brandenburg, whose 26-year-old son, Justin Koch, has been charged in a series of larcenies and burglaries. The police suspected that, in two cases, Brandenburg bribed the victims into silence.
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Bardstown Police: doesn't replace handguns for 15 years and is surprised when they find cracks in the frames

The Bardstown Police Department will replace all officer guns after hairline fractures in the frames are found during training.
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Assuming monthly qualifying only at about 50 rounds each time: each gun has had a minimum of 9000 rounds through them.  I'd never put my life on a gun that had been fired that much.  This is the equivalent of driving a patrol car with a million miles on the odometer.

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Teacher fired after kids send get well cards to cop killer

Claims she was trying to teach students compassion
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, June 7, 2015 6:12 PM

WHO GETS FIRED WHEN THE SCHOOL CHILDREN SENDS A CARD TO THE INNOCENT VICTIMS FAMILY OF PEOPLE MURDER BY THE POLICE UNJUSTLY! THIS IS HOW HATE AND SEPERATION IS TAUGHT THEY ARE NOT EVEN EQUAL IN DEATH PRAISE ONE AND DISCIPLINE THE CHILDREN AND THEIR TEACHER FOR ACKNOWLEDGING THE OTHER. :YOU PEOPLE ARE NOT ONLY SEPERATED BY COLOR BUT BY TITLE"

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Teen hate-crime suspect accused of Instagram post: 'Let's shoot some cops'

Teen hate-crime suspect accused of Instagram post: 'Let's shoot some cops' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Investigators found the post while investigating racist, anti-Semitic graffiti at Eltingville train station.
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Almost Half in Poll Say New York City Headed in Wrong Direction

Almost Half in Poll Say New York City Headed in Wrong Direction | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Forty-nine percent of voters believe New York City is headed in the wrong direction; a majority don’t think Mayor Bill de Blasio’s polices are historic and transformative, a Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll shows.
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New Yorkers Support ‘Broken-Windows’ Policing, New Poll Says

New Yorkers Support ‘Broken-Windows’ Policing, New Poll Says | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
More than half of New York City voters support the quality-of-life law-enforcement tactic known as broken-windows policing, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University.
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Michigan Sen. Peters calls for panel to vet police practices, rules

Michigan Sen. Peters calls for panel to vet police practices, rules | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters was joined by community leaders Friday to call for the creation of a commission to review the country's criminal justice system in the wake of incidents involving race and police.
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UPDATE: Suspect in dragging video turns himself in

UPDATE: Suspect in dragging video turns himself in | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police released the body cam video of an officer being dragged by a suspect outside of a Southside Savannah gas station. It happened Saturday night at the Shell service station on White Bluff Road....
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Clovis police questionable use of force caught on camera

Clovis police questionable use of force caught on camera | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A questionable use of force by police in Clovis was caught on camera. The brothers have filed a government claim against the city of Clovis for the violent arrests.
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Hmmm....this is what has gotten to be questionable blows?  Swarm is bad tactics and has been so ever since the Christopher Commission suggested "oh, just get a bunch of cops to run in and pile on top of the suspect--oh, that'll work out great".  Despite this, that's a tactic we now have and use, which looks to me like what these officers are doing.

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Video of cop macing handcuffed teens in holding cell surfaces, suddenly an investigation begins

Video of cop macing handcuffed teens in holding cell surfaces, suddenly an investigation begins | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Illinois state authorities say they are "investigating." What they are investigating is tied to a video, seemingly recorded at an Alton, Illinois police station,
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