Surveillance video posted to YouTube shows a high school student in southeast Alaska stripped to his underwear and restrained by three Sitka police officers while one uses a Taser on his bare skin more than 10 times.
A WALK around the many stands in one of the halls of McCormick Place, a gigantic convention centre in Chicago, during the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), showed how the debate on policing has changed in America. The Peerless Handcuff Company was still hawking its wares, as was Peacekeeper, which sells batons and lets prospective customers bash “Numb John XT”, a dummy, to try them out. But the buzz, helped by a cohort of forceful public-relations executives, was around vendors of body cameras, data collection and information-sharing technologies with snazzy names such as Vievu, BodyWorn or SceneDoc.
Cops in America have had a tough year. Videos of perceived or real police brutality have gone viral at regular intervals, causing loud public outcry and leading to demands that all police officers should wear body cameras. These troubles are not going away. Violent crime is on the rise in nearly all big cities, and the level of trust between police and the public, and minority communities in particular, is at an all-time low. In Milwaukee, a genteel midwestern town, 104 people have been murdered in the first eight months of the year, more than the 86 who died in the whole of 2014. St Louis reported a 60% rise in killings over the same period. And in Chicago six people were killed and 28 wounded over just the weekend before the conference.
A significant spike in murder rates around the country has many law enforcement officials endorsing a controversial hypothesis: that negative police publicity in recent months has made police officers less inclined to work with communities to fight crime—a theory known as the “Ferguson effect.”
Last week, FBI director James B. Comey seemingly endorsed the idea at a conference of police chiefs in Chicago saying that a “chill wind” has strained relations between police and the citizens they are sworn to protect. “I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year,” Comey said at the conference. “And that wind is surely changing behavior.”
Australia has denied a report by Amnesty International that it secretly paid off people-smugglers. The report cites two instances of arranging payments to ensure migrants stay out of Australia's territorial waters.
The final aspect of influence is the subtlest of the four, and as such rarely can trump either positional authority or passion. But in rare instances, artfully manipulated, I have seen it prevail. What is it? It is the mastery of the dance of human interaction.
We have very little conscious awareness of this aspect of influence, but we are all participants in it with more or less expertise. We learn at a very early age that conversation is a pas de deux, a game that two (or more) people play that involves breathing, winking, nodding, eye contact, head tilts, hand gestures, and a whole series of subtle non-verbal signals that help both parties communicate with one another.
Indeed, conversation is much less functional without these nonverbal signals.
Rob Duke's insight:
This is an important skill to study and master. Soft power is much more effective than hard power.
"I'm a human being with a conscience," said Tarantino at the Saturday rally. "And if you believe there's murder going on, then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I'm here to say I'm on the side of the murdered."
The director of the upcoming Hateful Eight also said, "When I see murders, I do not stand by. ... I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers," according to multiple reports.
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, called Tarantino a "purveyor of degeneracy" who "has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous 'Cop Fiction.' "
A South Carolina prosecutor says a police officer who shot and killed a 19-year-old during a drug sting didn't correctly approach the teenager's car, but that doesn't make him criminally responsible. Solicitor Chrissy Adams announced Tuesday that no charges will be filed against Lt. Mark...
The white sheriff’s deputy who grabbed a black student’s chair, flipped her over and dragged her across the floor on Monday at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, prompting an FB…
Rob Duke's insight:
In the spirit of Wm. K. Muir's Paradoxes of Power, I have coined the idea of the Paradox of Proximity. In the case of School officers, that proximity isn't elected officials (although victims are universal), but instead are the school officials. These officials are quite accustomed to absolute power and often ask officers to back them up even when what they ask is unwise or counter-productive in terms of symbolic meaning. Ours is not to question why: Ours is but to do or die. You learn quickly that you don't contradict a principal. Your position is often contracted and if you get banned from campus, as has happened in this case, you lose your position.
Every education code contains a violation of law, a crime, of disrupting education. Each state words theirs differently, but it is a common code. In South Carolina, that code is in Title 59, section 59-63-120(b) (copied at the bottom).
Principals are very aware of this code and willing to use every power to control a school environment.
While I think it might be more prudent to wait for this student to leave for the day and then deny her access to school until she submits to discipline, the principal may have been unwilling to take this route. It will be interesting to see what details emerge as this case moves forward.
Safe School Climate Act
SECTION 59-63-110. Citation of article.
This article may be cited as the "Safe School Climate Act".
(1) "Harassment, intimidation, or bullying" means a gesture, an electronic communication, or a written, verbal, physical, or sexual act that is reasonably perceived to have the effect of:
(a) harming a student physically or emotionally or damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of personal harm or property damage; or
(b) insulting or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.
(2) "School" means in a classroom, on school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, at an official school bus stop, at a school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school premises, or at another program or function where the school is responsible for the child.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly released and alert Monday that warned police departments across the country about an anarchist group that says it is planning to use to holiday to ambush police.
Snyder soon realized he was being followed. Outside the Pick ’n Save grocery store, he abruptly turned his car around. He raised his semiautomatic pistol and opened fire, striking Casper in the neck.
Snyder and Casper jumped out of their cars while they were still rolling. The 21-year-old trooper, armed with a .40-caliber Glock, and the 38-year-old bank robber circled the cruiser, guns blazing. Casper fired 12 rounds; Snyder got off nine armor-piercing bullets, one of which penetrated Casper’s ballistic vest. And when it was over, Snyder lay dying of a gunshot wound to his back.
“Bad guy is down,” a dispatcher reported.
Casper collapsed and then dropped his gun. March 24 was his first solo day on the job — and his last. Shot three times, he became the youngest law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Wisconsin history. Casper is among 31 officers this year who have been shot to death by perpetrators, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. He was hailed as a hero for stopping Snyder, who had magazines of ammunition tucked in his socks and left a manifesto promising “to go down fighting hard.”
Four other states, including Alaska, and the District of Columbia have already legalized the recreational sale of marijuana, which is still a federal crime. Ohio would have been the first state in the Midwest to do so.
About 100 students at a South Carolina high school walked out of class briefly Friday to show support for a school resource officer fired after video showed him throwing an uncooperative black female student across the floor, according to local media and Twitter feeds.
The students walked out of classes at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., around 10 a.m. and gathered in the atrium to express their views on the firing of Deputy Ben Fields.
Many McDonald's restaurants provide financial support to underfunded educators and parent-teacher groups. At the same time, McDonald's features Cisna in a 20-minute documentary it promotes to schools, along with lesson plans and guest speakers, through its nationwide network of franchisees.
Nutrition experts say the arrangement in an educational environment - at a time of intense concern about youth obesity - ends up sending a dangerous message to kids about what makes for healthful eating.
Rob Duke's insight:
Is this an example of rent-seeking behavior by an organization? (Using an event or person to advance their own cause).
Lott, the sheriff, has said that deputies in schools receive higher levels of training and that Fields was up-to-date on his requirements.
But there have been multiple allegations of wrongdoing in the past against Fields.
Lott said a number of complaints had been filed against him over the years and that “a number of them have been sustained” and many had not. He did not give further details and did not release Fields’ personnel file Wednesday.
Fields had been sued at least three times in the last 10 years, with all three lawsuits accusing him of acting aggressively or wrongly implicating innocent people.
What's tricky to decipher here is whether the maneuver the cop used on Mu technically qualifies as a chokehold. An NYPD spokesman told VICE News that Mu refused to comply with the officer's request to sit down so he could issue a summons, and that Mu also refused to put his hands behind his back, prompting the struggle. The spokesman declined to comment about whether the move used by the officer was a chokehold, but did indicate that Internal Affairs is looking into the matter.
"I would say this was a headlock and not a chokehold," says Joseph Giacalone, a former NYPD Detective Sergeant and law enforcement expert at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. "The reason I say this is that the maneuver does not go around the front of the neck which would obstruct breathing."
Rob Duke's insight:
It's getting so an officer can't even do his/her job without some knucklehead thinking he/she can ignore lawful commands. This is a video looking for an issue.
by Brooke Bosca | Top Right News The story of the day across America was the media shredding of a classroom cop in South Carolina for his racist assault of a innocent Black female student.
Rob Duke's insight:
The new video from a different angle shows the officer start picking her up to carry her from the room when she knees him and begins hitting him. The story isn't quite what it was sold as in the earliest news stories. Scroll down about 1/3 of the page for the new video.
A South Carolina sheriff's deputy who flipped a student backward in her desk and tossed her across the floor for refusing to leave math class could learn as soon as Wednesday whether he will be fired. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said once his agency's internal investigation is...
People die every day. Accidents happen every day. In rare instances, a dramatic tragedy unexpectedly takes the lives of one or thousands. However, in general, most occupations involve a generally safe assumption that you will go to work and come home at the end of the day. Being a police officer requires that you prepare daily for death. We put on bullet proof vests and carry guns for a reason: we are ready for the fight, and unfortunately not every warrior comes home. Taking just the last 5 years of line-of-duty deaths into account, a police officer is killed in action every 2-3 days. To put that in perspective, that is 727 lives lost of men and women who gave all to serve others. Cops are at war out there. The Norman Rockwell vision of a police officer cannot always apply. A heart that desires to help others is a pre-requisite for this job, but a mind sharp and ready to defend is of equal necessity.
In one sense, we must relegate this reality into a part of our mind that permits us to be effective in continuing to move on and do our job with professionalism and self-sacrifice. In another sense, in order to be ready for the fight, we must remind ourselves daily that we are in it. In doing so, we’re better able to love our spouses, hug our kids more and help our friends however we can in this life.
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