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Examining the possibilities of abuse of power without the constraint of New Public Administration.
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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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New Video Shows Moments Before Police Fatally Shot Christian Taylor

New Video Shows Moments Before Police Fatally Shot Christian Taylor | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The new video appears to largely corroborate the police account of the moments preceding Taylor’s death, showing a man wandering around a car dealership lot before crashing a vehicle into its glass showroom, but does not show the shooting itself or the confrontation authorities say provoked it.
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Since Michael Brown, Police Shot and Killed 53 Teenagers. Who Were They?

Since Michael Brown, Police Shot and Killed 53 Teenagers. Who Were They? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Mischief, mental health issues and misunderstandings can be deadly for teenagers in encounters with the police.
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Ferguson Protesters Write Officer's Name on Pig's Head

Ferguson Protesters Write Officer's Name on Pig's Head | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After a peaceful march during the day, hundreds of protesters converged outside the police department after 10 p.m. They carved and ate from the pig's head, which was placed on a concrete barrier near the building. Someone had scrawled the name "Darren Wilson" on the animal.
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Um? Yeah, I don't know what to say about this one either....

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Alliance for Police Accountability says Activism is Love

Alliance for Police Accountability says Activism is Love | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Alliance for Police Accountability is dedicated to improving community and police relations through advocacy, education and policy. It’s Activism Is Love program engages young people in community organizing and leadership development.
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The Interrupters – FRONTLINE

The Interrupters – FRONTLINE | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An intimate journey across the violent landscape of our cities through the eyes of those fighting to sow peace and security.
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This Short Documentary Explores the Toronto Police’s Racial Profiling Problem | VICE | Canada

This Short Documentary Explores the Toronto Police’s Racial Profiling Problem | VICE | Canada | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In light of a Toronto Star investigation that revealed the extent to which black people are profiled in Toronto, along with a sweeping policy change in the Toronto Police to revise their profiling tactics, an advocacy group called the Toronto Policing Literacy Initiative has released a short documentary that exposes the carding problem. Watch the doc here and read an op-ed by its director, Dan Epstein.
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Snoop Breaks Up With Sweden; Buzzfeed Ribs DPA; Netflix Delivers Escobar

Snoop Breaks Up With Sweden; Buzzfeed Ribs DPA; Netflix Delivers Escobar | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago, Hip Hop artist and known marijuana enthusiast Snoop Dogg was detained and drug tested by Swedish law enforcement  after his concert, putting a spotlight on Sweden’s highly punitive drug laws. 

In a country where it is not only a criminal offense to be in possession of an illegal substance but also under the influence, which are policies that are proven to increase the harm of drugs, Snoop documents his ordeal with Swedish authorities in a series of Instagram videos, and vows never to perform in the country again.
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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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Christian Taylor death: Dead football player's tweets on police killings go viral

Christian Taylor death: Dead football player's tweets on police killings go viral | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Christian Taylor, 19, was shot and killed by a rookie cop in Arlington, Tex.; his social media indicates interest in Black Lives Matter movement
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Flagler sheriff's K-9 euthanized, 2 handlers on medical leave

Flagler sheriff's K-9 euthanized, 2 handlers on medical leave | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Documents obtained by The News-Journal show Barnett's shortcomings during his training were addressed by instructors on May 18 and by June 3, it was determined Barnett could not meet the expectations set by the trainers at the Southern Coast K-9 facility.

The head of the Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, Sgt. Jon Welker, stated he was advised by the instructor that "Deputy Barnett and K-9 Char would not be permitted to continue attending the training course." Welker then recommended Barnett be reassigned to road patrol. Barnett's additional bi-weekly pay of $209 for canine kennel care was eliminated effective June 4, according to Sheriff's Office documents.

Troiano reiterated that Char was not the cause for Barnett being removed from the course, but it was Barnett's "inability to handle the dog."

Char had not bitten any of his two prior handlers before Barnett, but Troiano said he did bite Barnett and then Fiveash. He stopped short of blaming Char's newly detected aggressive behavior on Barnett.
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Things to make you go Hmmm.....

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Fairfax County Firefighter on Leave After Anti-Police Rant Online

Fairfax County Firefighter on Leave After Anti-Police Rant Online | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Fairfax County firefighter Khalil B. Abdul-Rasheed allegedly posted the following about police officers, according to a report by WUSA-9:

“We have to start putting them in body bags. Pull the cops off, lay on the individual, form a circle or throw punches. Do something… they can’t massacre a mob.”

The post was allegedly made on a Facebook page called Filming Cops, which describes itself as a police accountability movement. It appears that the firefighter’s own Facebook page has been removed.
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This takes the healthy rivalry between cops and firefighters a bit too far....

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Relationship-building, creativity, empathy key to success in today's economy

Relationship-building, creativity, empathy key to success in today's economy | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

by: Sheilla Jones 

 

As more and more employers recognize the value of empathy in improving creativity and productivity, they've begun including it in their job advertisements. "Empathy is the critical 21st century skill," notes one of the software company executives cited by the author.

This shift in what is economically valued is highly favourable to women, says Colvin, since women typically have far more well-developed interpersonal skills set than male counterparts. That doesn't mean men can't learn; the American military, for instance, has been teaching soldiers empathy skills to more effectively fight insurgents and terrorist threats.

The real winners in this new economy, the author says, will be men and women who demonstrate strong skills from both the left-brain (systematic) and right-brain (empathic).

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This is a key skill in modern policing.

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Evanston Police & Community Partnership - YouTube

At the foundation of our Partnership philosophy is a problem-solving strategy that relies on a supportive and involved public, with frequent contacts between...
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New Police Training Philosophy Gets Mixed Reception

New Police Training Philosophy Gets Mixed Reception | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Programs that emphasize defusing conflicts before they end in violence have become more popular with departments, though the new philosophy has drawn pushback from some officers.
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