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Former NSW cop guilty of teen sex crimes | Australia News Online

Australia News Online (Former NSW cop guilty of teen sex crimes: 2:15 PM http://t.co/9lmiYghv #australia...)...
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Judge: Police to enforce Arizona immigration law - NBCNews.com

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ABC NewsJudge: Police to enforce Arizona immigration lawNBCNews.comPHOENIX — A judge has ruled that police in Arizona can immediately start enforcing the most contentious section of the state's immigration law, marking the first time officers can...
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The other face of our police force | Bangkok Post: opinion

The other face of our police force | Bangkok Post: opinion | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The main duty and responsibility of the police is to enforce the law to ensure public peace and order. Hence, they were once called "phu pitak santiras" which literally means the protector of public peace.
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Memphis police officer accused of sex trafficking - WBTV

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Memphis police officer accused of sex traffickingWBTVCHARLOTTE (WBTV) - Police say the man who wore a Frankenstein mask as he robbed four Charlotte gas stations is behind bars.
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Trial of Ex-Police Chief in China Scandal Ends in a Sign of Leniency - New York Times

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New York TimesTrial of Ex-Police Chief in China Scandal Ends in a Sign of LeniencyNew York TimesCHENGDU, China — A former Chinese police chief helped to cover up the murder of a British businessman by the wife of Bo Xilai, the Communist official toppled...
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Prosecutors Deny Priest Was Urged to Lie in Abuse Case - New York Times

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New York TimesProsecutors Deny Priest Was Urged to Lie in Abuse CaseNew York TimesPHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia district attorney's office on Tuesday challenged a claim by lawyers for a convicted Roman Catholic monsignor that prosecutors had persuaded...
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Monroe County, NY, jail guard charged with rape - Wall Street Journal

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News 10NBCMonroe County, NY, jail guard charged with rapeWall Street JournalAssociated Press. ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Authorities say a Rochester-area jail guard has been charged with raping two female inmates and sexually abusing others.
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Police retrieve weapons from Lonmin miners - Mail & Guardian Online

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Houston ChroniclePolice retrieve weapons from Lonmin minersMail & Guardian Online"The aim of the raid was to disarm the mine workers to make sure that we do away with the elements of threats that are taking their toll in the area of Marikana,"...
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South African police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at striking - RT

South African police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at striking - RT | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
South African police fired tear gas at protesting miners who have been on strike since August over demands for higher wages. Talks to end the strike collapsed this week.
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Ohio Police Officers Cited After Man's Death - ABC News

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Ohio Police Officers Cited After Man's DeathABC NewsAuthorities in central Ohio say three law enforcement officers face charges in the death of an allegedly drunk man they dropped off at a Taco Bell.
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Madeleine M-Stanley's comment, September 18, 2012 5:47 PM
This article says the officers claimed they didn't think they could arrest him because he wasn't driving when they found him in the median. First, I don't understand how this is reason to no arrest someone for driving under the influence; he had to be on the road to get to the median, he had obviously driven himself some distance to get where he was. Maybe the law is different in Ohio or Delaware (where the officers are from), but I know in Alaska that if you are 'in control of the vehicle' while intoxicated you can be charged with a DUI. This situation is so far beyond that criteria. There is no possible way to doubt that the man had driven intoxicated.
Second, dropping an intoxicated person at a fast food restaurant should never be an option. If he is suspected to be intoxicated he should have been tested and dealt with accordingly, not inflicted upon a Taco Bell and expected to 1. not cause any trouble there, nor 2. suddenly get his act together and sort his situation. In his state, he was obviously a danger to those around him. Unfortunately he proved this with the loss of his life.
These officers should be held responsible, in at least some respect, for this incident and the loss of this man's life and any damage that was done because they neglected to take care of him. These officers showed lack of knowledge of the law and lack of motivation to look up the law and enforce it. Their primary duty is to serve and protect the community they're in; they've obviously failed at this. I would be very interested to hear further explanation from these officers.
Rob Duke's comment, September 19, 2012 11:47 AM
I try not to second guess. The facts could be such that they acted reasonably, but it also has the specter of a "kiss off"--let's hope that's not the case. Elsewhere in this blog, I posted the attorney who encourages folks to contact him for "drunk in public arrests" that are questionable; so this is another concern that officers have (e.g. if a person isn't so drunk he/she cannot care for themselves, officers may be reluctant to arrest because of the threat of wrongful arrest suits.)
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The police must no longer be immune from radical reform - The Guardian

The police must no longer be immune from radical reform - The Guardian | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The GuardianThe police must no longer be immune from radical reformThe GuardianWhat cannot be said with so much confidence is that the police would never behave like that again.
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Free Will and Biological Determinism - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Free Will and Biological Determinism - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
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Diana Dillard's comment, September 11, 2012 9:42 AM
Biological and environmental determinism are so conjoined that they essentially cancel each other out. Neither in finality determines any specific outcome in the human experience. Biology is not a stagnant force. A baby is born biologically determined, and as it's environment interacts with the little body and brain, the biology of the baby changes and grows, quite dependent on how that interaction sees fit. Brain patterns (waves, neurons?) progress as far as the world will stretch them, and as far as the brain has the ability to do so. Biology and environment equally share in the gift of uniqueness, for which all of us can be promised, at the very least.
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New Mexico police to officer: No cellphone photos of bodies - Los Angeles Times

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KASANew Mexico police to officer: No cellphone photos of bodiesLos Angeles TimesA state police officer is under investigation for taking unauthorized photographs of Sam Pauly, a 33-year-old man shot and killed by police.
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Madeleine M-Stanley's comment, September 13, 2012 6:30 PM
Advancements in technology are continuously creating new hurdles and hazards in our world. For everything that become easier and more convenient, there is at least one new issue or negative "side-effect" that arises. The new wave of posting pictures of everything we do and "sharing" everything we say in social media networks is making privacy boundaries fuzzier. Social networking is shaping the way we interact not only with our friends, but also with our family, coworkers, bosses, classmates, professor, etc.
Many businesses, such as my employers (Carlson Center, Princess Hotel, and Silver Gulch) have added new contracts to employment defining what workers are allowed and not allowed to post on social networks about their jobs and workplace. It should be common sense that not all information in your workplace is public information, however, concrete rules had to be made in order to protect employers, employees, and customers alike.
Members of the police force have a higher responsibility to keep information about their work private due to the high sensitivity of the situations they deal with on a day to day basis. I cannot imagine what this officer was thinking when he took this picture with his personal cell phone, or how he is justifying his actions to himself and superiors. I is interesting me, though, that this would not have happened 10 or even 5 years ago. Social networking is impacting our culture on personal and community based levels; it is fascinating to consider how it has changed us so far and where it is leading us.
Lori Jo's comment, September 16, 2012 8:57 PM
That's messed up. It just shows how the quality and integrity of police officers is often overlooked during the hiring process. In what right mind would an officer of the law think it is okay to take pictures of a recently expired body and share that with their friends? None. I really don't think there is one. It is unfortunate that not only is it disrespectful to the victim's family, but it also compromises the case in which the deceased was involved.
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Anti-Japan riots in China: Questions raised over role of police - The Observers

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The ObserversAnti-Japan riots in China: Questions raised over role of policeThe ObserversAfter days of anti-Japanese protests in cities throughout China – some of which have turned into violent riots – questions are beginning to emerge about the...
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Biker alleges Dallas Sheriff Deputy made up charge to seize video evidence (RAW)

***UPDATE: On 9/12/2012 the Dallas Sheriff's Office suspended Deputy Westbrook for 38-days without pay. Read more: http://bit.ly/RJOZAs *** This is a raw vid...
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Police vehicles auction racket…Matter being swept under the carpet : Kaieteur News

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#Guyana Police vehicles auction racket…Matter being swept under the carpet http://t.co/mJSJQVHp #Guyana via #KaieteurNews...
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Opinion: Preventable death in custody ... - Human Rights Law Centre

The joint committee was particularly critical of the major gaps that exist in the monitoring and oversight of police cells, such as those in which Mr Briscoe died. The issue of ill-treatment in detention is not, however, confined to ...
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FBI Criticizes Officer's Role in a Terror Case - New York Times

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FBI Criticizes Officer's Role in a Terror CaseNew York TimesThe undercover New York police detective at the heart of a case against a Queens man accused in a terror plot came under criticism from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his handling...
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Police complaint mediation gets minimal funds - Columbia Daily Tribune

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Police complaint mediation gets minimal fundsColumbia Daily TribuneThe review board's mediation subcommittee still wanted to move forward to assign as many cases for mediation as possible, member Betty Wilson said.
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Lori Jo's comment, September 16, 2012 8:28 PM
It is very unfortunate to see that the police department isn't receiving the support needed to handle mediation between citizens and the police. I think having a program like that in place would really improve the communication and relationship between the two parties. Even just knowing that citizen's voices would be heard by a neutral third party in police issues would be beneficial. But not with a budget like that. They would be lucky to handle even a handful of complaints, and would therefore have to select which were more important, alienating those that felt their issues were ignored.
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Abuse of Power: First on the List of Seven Deadliest Infections ...

Lord Acton's theory is simple: power left unchecked, or in the case of Wall Street, power holders without any regulations or rules to restrict them, will abuse their power to suit themselves at the cost of others.
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Protesters, police clash outside US Consulate in Sydney - CBS News

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Sky News AustraliaProtesters, police clash outside US Consulate in SydneyCBS NewsHowever, in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, riot police used pepper spray in clashes against about 200 protesters outside the U.S.
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Wisconsin Capitol Police Not Happy Being Photographed ...

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The level of insanity continues to rise at the Wisconsin State Capitol concerning the role the police are taking at cracking down on democracy. The latest evidence was printed this week in Isthmus. Capitol Police are actively ...
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Egyptian police clear protesters near US mission - Reuters

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Otago Daily TimesEgyptian police clear protesters near US missionReutersCAIRO (Reuters) - Riot police stormed into Cairo's Tahrir Square and rounded up hundreds of protesters early on Saturday after four days of clashes sparked by a film...
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St. Louis Police using new strategy against crime - St. Louis Public Radio

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St. Louis Police using new strategy against crimeSt. Louis Public RadioThe police department recently began working with University of Missouri-St. Louis criminology professor Rick Rosenfeld to reduce violent crime.
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Lori Jo's comment, September 16, 2012 8:40 PM
So wait a minute, St. Louis' "new" strategy to fighting crime is police presence? And they had to go to a Professor of Criminology to figure that out? C'mon. Come on. I really feel like there is more to this story, and while I am listening to the audio attachment, I'm not really hearing any sort of new strategy. They really are discussing how the increase of police may deter crime. I really feel like this isn't a new idea. It scares me that they are just now looking into this option.
LaDonna Coghill's comment, September 19, 2012 1:13 AM
This article ties into segment 2 that we have been working on recently. Our text discusses several strategies that may make crime rates go down. The topic at hand being one of them. It says that if we added to the number of aggressive crime fighting police officers, that maybe it would aide in deterring people from crimal behavior. If police are actively patrolling and making arrests and having people take responsibility for their actions, then maybe it would help cut the crime rates down, This is very interesting and I am curious as to how this will work out in St. Louis and whether or not numbers will begin to drop by adding to the number of officers enforcing the law. If this helps would other communities be willing to implement something similar in their communities so that the crime rates would decline?