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Examining the possibilities of abuse of power without the constraint of New Public Administration.
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Cops: Teen Had Loaded Revolver In Her Vagina

Cops: Teen Had Loaded Revolver In Her Vagina | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
APRIL 22--A 19-year-old Tennessee woman had a loaded handgun hidden in her vagina when she was brought into jail yesterday afternoon following a collar for driving with a suspended license, police re
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Koty Emery's comment, April 26, 2014 11:58 PM
It's completely understandable why cops are so serious and adamant about searching people. Regardless whether it is a gun or not, it's surprisingly common for criminals to attempt to hide contraband in cavities.
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China bans petitioners appealing directly to higher authorities

China bans petitioners appealing directly to higher authorities | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has banned petitioners from taking their grievances directly to higher levels of government without first going through local authorities, state media reported on Thursday, in
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Airport police recover car with explosive, rented accidentally | State News | ADN.com

Airport police recover car with explosive, rented accidentally | State News | ADN.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A rental car with a small quantity of explosives attached to it as part of a training exercise went missing because the rental company inadvertently allowed the car to be rented out,
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Koty Emery's comment, April 27, 2014 12:40 AM
I was lucky to see a k9 unit training session when I was being mentored at APD. The amount of explosives or drugs needed for training purposes is quite negligible, and I definitely don't see the amount being a threat at all. Yes I agree the officer shouldn't have broken protocol by losing contact with the vehicle while samples were on the car, but harm was never really an issue, unless they were using an unnecessarily large quantity of explosives.
Jessica Lopez's comment, May 22, 2014 5:45 AM
A rental car, accidentally rented while being used in a K-9 training exercise. Sounds like something from a bad joke. The incident actually happened in Anchorage, while the officer was not following the protocol set for the training; it did create an embarassment expecially for the officer involved.
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Everyone's Tweeting Photos of Police Brutality Thanks to a Failed NYPD Hashtag | VICE United States

Everyone's Tweeting Photos of Police Brutality Thanks to a Failed NYPD Hashtag | VICE United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The cops launched a trending topic about how awful they are.
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NYPD Encourages Everyone To Tweet Their Photos With the Cops, Things Go Predictably Awry

NYPD Encourages Everyone To Tweet Their Photos With the Cops, Things Go Predictably Awry | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
When government agencies and social media meet in the beautiful golden field of Twitter, nothing can go awry, right? That...
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Man Spits Blood In Officer's Face, Says 'I Have Hep C': Cops

Man Spits Blood In Officer's Face, Says 'I Have Hep C': Cops | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An Indiana man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly spit blood into the mouth and face of a police officer and told the officer he had Hepatitis C.

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Koty Emery's comment, April 27, 2014 1:57 AM
That's sickening, I hope the officer is disease free after this ordeal. There's never a shortage of interesting ways officers are assaulted on the job. I wonder if there is any sort of medical compensation if he contracts the disease.
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Boston Marathon returns with heightened spirit, security

Boston Marathon returns with heightened spirit, security | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The oldest annual marathon in the world begins amid heightened security and poignancy after the twin bombings at the finish line a year ago.
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As crime is increasingly moving online, state and local police are having a hard time keeping up.

As crime is increasingly moving online, state and local police are having a hard time keeping up. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
As crime is increasingly moving online, state and local police—who have spent decades refining how to track down murderers, thieves and drug dealers—are having a hard time keeping up. In Utah, the FBI is lending a hand.
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Hawaii legislators: No more prostitution exemption for police

Hawaii legislators: No more prostitution exemption for police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Hawaii legislators in both the House and Senate agree that it's time to end an exemption that allows police officers to legally have sex with prostitutes.
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Alysha Childs's comment, April 19, 2014 7:44 PM
Okay, I don’t think Vice should be sleeping with prostitutes. I can almost understand how maybe a drug deal might go bad, and the vice is forced to in order to keep their cover, but that might just be something that happens in TV shows and smut novels. Honestly, I don’t feel like there should be an exemption for officers sleeping with prostitutes, and it kind of bugs me that the police lobbied to keep it.
Mel C's curator insight, April 21, 2014 12:26 AM

I am not even sure where to start so I will give both side to the situation.  It does provide protection to officers who have o choice but go all the way in order to maintain their cover, but the problem is police history. The public doesn’t trust the police to use this loophole only as a safety net, but thinks the police will abuse it. Let’s be honest here, police history does suggest that it will happen. So the best course of action is to take it away and deal with each incident on a case by case basis.

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Resegregation in the American South

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back.
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Thailand Charges Journalists for Human Trafficking Report

Thailand Charges Journalists for Human Trafficking Report | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Two journalists in Thailand are facing criminal charges for publishing a story about Thai security forces' alleged involvement in trafficking Rohingya Muslims. The original report, by the Reuters new...
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Police Charge High School Student with Disorderly Conduct for Using an iPad to Prove He's Being Bullied

Police Charge High School Student with Disorderly Conduct for Using an iPad to Prove He's Being Bullied | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The teen sought proof that school administrators were ignoring his plight. So they had him arrested.
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Mel C's curator insight, April 21, 2014 12:26 AM

I don’t even know where to start in this obvious disservice done this kid. What kind of crime has he committed by trying to capture evidence of other students bullying him? This is the kind of stuff that kind of goes against the whole zero-tolerance policies designed to prevent bullying. The purpose of these policies is to prevent the victims from feeling they have no choice nut shoot the ones who bully them, but the victim in this case is being punished. The statements made by the judge was almost incoherent and the rational used was comical. I fully disagree with what the ultimate decision was made here and I have to believe that there is more to the story than just that.

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New police surveillance techniques raise privacy concerns | PBS NewsHour

New police surveillance techniques raise privacy concerns | PBS NewsHour | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A report from the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED delves into a wide-scale surveillance system being developed for police forces.
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Koty Emery's comment, April 27, 2014 12:30 AM
I find it rather interesting that so many people are in an uproar when it comes a drone in the air that doesn't have the resolution to reveal a person as more than a dot, but have no problem ( or rather, aren't as loud about the issue) with the increased security and amount of camera's on the ground. Personally if it helps to solve more crimes and find criminals, then I think it is a potentially effective system.
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Justice Department invites thousands of inmates to seek clemency

Justice Department invites thousands of inmates to seek clemency | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday unveiled the most ambitious federal clemency program in 40 years, inviting thousands of jailed drug offenders and other convicts to seek early release as part of a new program intended to correct sentencing injustices and relieve prison overcrowding.
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Venezuela’s Security Forces: A Killer Elite Beyond the Law

Venezuela’s Security Forces: A Killer Elite Beyond the Law | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Violent demonstrations return to opposition strongholds as families struggle to find justice for their loved ones killed by the military in earlier protests.
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NYPD's Feel-Good Hashtag Campaign Backfires

NYPD's Feel-Good Hashtag Campaign Backfires | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
When the NYPD started hashtag-campaign asking people to tweet photos of themselves with officers, this can't be what the department had in mind.
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How retired Justice Stevens would change the constitution

How retired Justice Stevens would change the constitution | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The 94-year-old liberal justice calls for major changes to the Constitution on issues such as the death penalty, firearms, redistricting and campaign finance.
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To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority

And you can't rely on the facts to make your case, either.
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Here's the crux of the problem in policing: you can't always rely on forcing people to do what you want.  You need to build up social and political capital by being inclusive when it's not important to the mission to have your way; then it's not so difficult to burn up social capital when it is critical to be authoritarian in order to accomplish the mission.  Once the situation has been stabilized, it's important to go back to being inclusive.  In this way, you will vary your mission by what people in the area want, to the greatest extent possible--and, still get much of what you want (safety, enforcement of the law).

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Koty Emery's comment, April 27, 2014 1:06 AM
I agree with this, causing a lasting change takes people to believe in the change being made. If you lack the social backing, your changes will be revoked as soon as you step out of the spot light. The model the article displays is readily used by successful advocates and companies. You can't force a product or idea, you have to sell it and garner support first.
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Putin Is Right: Democracy Is a Threat

Putin Is Right: Democracy Is a Threat | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
But it took years for Russians to develop their sixth senses about being propagandized. Perhaps they are backing Putin in the polls because they are out of practice after 20 years of relative freedom?...
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Students deploy riot-ready social media.

Students deploy riot-ready social media. | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
At least 10 riots have rocked colleges in the past two months, resulting in hundreds of arrests and dozens of injuries amid a growing sense that social media are helping to fuel misbehavior at student mass gatherings.
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Koty Emery's comment, April 27, 2014 2:36 AM
The psychology behind riots are really interesting. I do think media inflation of the events helps crowds to know "how're they're supposed to act." For example, the knockout game received national coverage and was focused on for an extended amount of time. Originally the knockout game was a few videos on youtube, but the coverage that showed it as an epidemic that was sweeping the youth helped spread and reciprocate the popularity of the criminal act once it reached the lime light. However in riot situations there is a lot more than just expectations of how a crowd should react. Group think and mob mentality play a role as well.
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The Product

The Product | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Hemp Bottle is a reusable water bottle which is more durable, 100% safe, and a completely biodegradable alternative to harmful conventional plastic bottles.
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Koty Emery's comment, April 27, 2014 2:43 AM
Interesting textile use of hemp. Somehow I feel like these will be just as expensive as the aluminum bottles which is one of their supposed selling points. The main question I have, is how will this have a negative carbon foot print? I see they plastered the sticker on the bottom of their page, but offer no explanation on how this will occur.
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FBI May Pick Out Your Face in a Crowd | Government | TechNewsWorld

FBI May Pick Out Your Face in a Crowd | Government | TechNewsWorld | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The FBI is planning to have a fully operational facial recognition system in place by this summer and may be well on its way to reaching that goal. The system will be able to query a database of photos to identify individuals based on their appearance even if they do not have a criminal record, reported Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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14 injured after fire truck rams into California restaurant

14 injured after fire truck rams into California restaurant | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Police say two fire trucks have collided in a Los Angeles suburb, slamming one engine into a restaurant and causing several injuries, some of them critical.
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1971 | 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

1971 | 2014 Tribeca Film Festival | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Forty years before WikiLeaks and the NSA scandal, there was Media, Pennsylvania. In 1971, eight activists plotted an intricate break-in to the local FBI offices to leak stolen documents and expose the illegal surveillance of ordinary Americans in an era of anti-war activism. In this riveting heist story, the perpetrators reveal themselves for the first time, reflecting on their actions and raising broader questions surrounding security leaks in activism today.
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