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Examining the possibilities of abuse of power without the constraint of New Public Administration.
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Police chief fires Texas officer who killed unarmed teen - CBS News

The Arlington Municipal Patrolman's Association issued a statement Tuesday night decrying Johnson's decision. The group said it supports "Miller's right to be judged fairly and completely on facts instead of a snapshot developed in only days," and also expressed sympathy for Taylor's family.

"We again ask that citizens obey the commands of police officers in order to prevent these tragedies from occurring in the future," the association said.
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...and, here's the blow back where the police officers' association believes that the Chief acted too quickly.

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Surveillance video shows man with gun before he was shot by police during Ferguson protests, authorities say : News

Surveillance video shows man with gun before he was shot by police during Ferguson protests, authorities say : News | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Tyrone Harris, 18, of Northwoods, was charged with assaulting police during street protests in Ferguson.
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Police release audio in fatal shooting of Texas teen

Police release audio in fatal shooting of Texas teen | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
ARLINGTON, Texas — Police in Arlington, Texas, pushed back Monday against Internet falsehoods amid a growing national firestorm surrounding Friday's shooting of college football player Christian Taylor inside a car deathe showroom of a car dealership
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LAPD seeks to build trust through community policing

In the public housing projects of the Watts neighborhood in Southeast, Los Angeles, police seem as determined to make friends as they do to make arrests.
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In Ferguson and beyond, police militarization may be declining - PBS NewsHour (blog)

In Ferguson and beyond, police militarization may be declining - PBS NewsHour (blog) | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
During the protests that followed the shooting death of Michael Brown, the spectacle of Ferguson police patrolling the streets in combat gear sparked another conversation about the militarization of police.
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Remembering Michael Brown: A Possible Solution to Racial Profiling — NAACP Now

Remembering Michael Brown: A Possible Solution to Racial Profiling - NAACP Now - Medium
This year is the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. Michael Brown was an unarmed black teenager who was shot…
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The courts arrived at allowing pre-text stops because it was impossible to "divine" true intentions of officers.  Will ERPA ask the courts to go back to playing mind reader?

 

See an article I co-authored last year in the Alaska Law Review where I think we set out a reasonable standard on pre-texts.  It requires review by the courts only in those cases where there was clearly a fishing expedition and only to determine if there was a good reason for doing so...e.g. in cases where minor infraction public behavior is a reasonable proxy for private illegal behavior.

http://alr.law.duke.edu/article/pretext-searches-and-seizures-may-vol30-iss2/

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Secret police-camera program raises trust issues - The Seattle Times

Secret police-camera program raises trust issues - The Seattle Times | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The city of Seattle must be forthright if it wants to use police surveillance systems.
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Chicago Stop-and-Frisk to Be Monitored

Chicago Stop-and-Frisk to Be Monitored | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The independent evaluation follows a scathing March 2015 report from the A.C.L.U. of Illinois that found Chicago officers disproportionately targeted blacks and other racial minorities in encounters.
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Why is it so hard to fire a rogue cop in Canada?

Why is it so hard to fire a rogue cop in Canada? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In 2007, a constable with the Durham Regional Police was convicted of assaulting a female prisoner. He was suspended and demoted under the Ontario Police Services Act, but eventually returned to work.
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U.S. Mayors Say Ferguson Could Happen To Us

U.S. Mayors Say Ferguson Could Happen To Us | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The leaders of America’s cities have serious concerns about race relations, minority communities and policing issues as the nation approaches the one-year anniversary of last year’s unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, a POLITICO Magazine survey finds.
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Open police disciplinary records - Sacramento Bee

“Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”
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There's a balance to be made between societal needs and the needs of the individual who just happens to be employed as a police officer: will false claims label an officer who is otherwise a good employee?  Will officers pull back in fear that their career will be damaged by complaints?  Will officers leave the field prematurely?  These have far wider implications than just for the officers....

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6 Ways to Turn Managers into Coaches Again

6 Ways to Turn Managers into Coaches Again | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A busy schedule is no excuse.
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Peer-to-peer, mentors, daily learning ops, etc.

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Two shot in Ferguson amid standoff between police, protesters

Two shot in Ferguson amid standoff between police, protesters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Two people were wounded in gunfire at a rally in Ferguson, Missouri on Sunday marking the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown near where the unarmed black teenager was shot dead by a white
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Arlington, Tex., Officer Is Fired in Fatal Shooting of Christian Taylor

Arlington, Tex., Officer Is Fired in Fatal Shooting of Christian Taylor | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Officer Brad Miller was dismissed after what was described as a series of troubling decisions that led to the death of Mr. Taylor, an unarmed black 19-year-old.
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I don't see how they could have exercised due process by this quick decision.  This seems to me to be a case of the department (and Chief) deciding to throw an officer to the wolves.  I get it, though.  If this route weren't followed, the Chief is likely out of a job and his career might even be over.  Having said that, it's probably too quick to make this decision.  

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How to Give Tough Feedback That Helps People Grow in Balanced Ways

How to Give Tough Feedback That Helps People Grow in Balanced Ways | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

To summarize, powerful, high-impact feedback conversations share the following elements:

1. An intention to help the employee grow, rather than to show him he was wrong. The feedback should increase, not drain, the employee’s motivation and resources for change. When preparing for a feedback conversation as a manager, reflect on what you hope to achieve and on what impact you’d like to have on the employee, perhaps by doing a short meditation just before the meeting.
2. Openness on the part of the feedback giver, which is essential to creating a high-quality connection that facilitates change. If you start off feeling uncomfortable and self-protective, your employee will match that energy, and you’ll each leave the conversation frustrated with the other person.
3. Inviting the employee into the problem-solving process. You can ask questions such as: What ideas do you have? What are you taking away from this conversation? What steps will you take, by when, and how will I know?

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The Hacker Community Talks About the Anonymous Activist Killed by Canadian Cops | VICE | United States

There are accounts of him holding a knife, from both police and traveling businessman Mike Irmen, who told the National Post that even after McIntyre was shot he wouldn't surrender it. McIntyre swiftly became a flashpoint for hacker collective Anonymous, who claimed him as one of their own. Within 24 hours, they issued a statement that called for the arrest of the officer involved and vowed to avenge his death.
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Court-Appointed Monitor Overseeing NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Reforms Submits Two ... - NY1

Court-Appointed Monitor Overseeing NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Reforms Submits Two ... - NY1 | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The court-appointed monitor overseeing reforms to the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy has made his final recommendations.
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End Racial Profiling Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress

End Racial Profiling Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) introduced the End Racial Profiling Act of 2015.
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Some details on ERPA.

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Maddy Report - California prison realignment - ABC30.com

Maddy Report - California prison realignment - ABC30.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The realignment of California's criminal justice system, with less emphasis on prison time and more emphasis on probation, or street time, has many wondering whether it is a cost-effective crime-control strategy.
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Extrajudicial killings rise in Pakistan police crackdown in Karachi - Reuters

Extrajudicial killings rise in Pakistan police crackdown in Karachi - Reuters | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Some senior current and former Karachi police officials say extrajudicial killings by the force are happening as part of a crackdown on crime in the city, in a stark admission of the practice by
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Community policing work is on target - Martinsville Bulletin

Community policing work is on target - Martinsville Bulletin | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Although the Martinsville Police Department’s strategy on the basketball court could probably use some improvement, its strategy toward community policing is right on the money.On Wednesday, I watched two city police officers square off on the...
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Defense says prosecutor steered police away from evidence Freddie Gray had history of 'crash for cash' schemes

Defense says prosecutor steered police away from evidence Freddie Gray had history of 'crash for cash' schemes | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The defense attorneys said in a court motion Thursday that Assistant State's Attorney Janice Bledsoe told police investigators working the case in its early stages not to "do the defense attorneys' jobs for them" by pursuing information they had about such schemes and evidence that Gray "intentionally injured himself at the Baltimore City Detention Center."
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Yet Brady vs. Maryland was enacted for just this reason.  Prosecutors must try to clear the innocent, as well as, convict the guilty.

If Freddie Gray has a past pattern of placing himself in situations to be harmed in order to collect insurance settlements, that was extremely relevant to this case.

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The racist prosecutors who run U.S. courts

The racist prosecutors who run U.S. courts | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Prosecutors hold one of the most powerful positions in the criminal injustice system, but for decades have operated with very little scrutiny, leading to a litany of racist abuses.

Via Darcy Delaproser
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Police take the brunt, but the prosecutors have the largest gatekeeper role.

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Man shot by police in Ferguson was friend of Michael Brown

There was fresh unrest Ferguson, Mo., on the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death.
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