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Examining the possibilities of abuse of power without the constraint of New Public Administration.
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Toronto police G20 commander apologizes after being convicted of misconduct | Toronto Star

Toronto police G20 commander apologizes after being convicted of misconduct | Toronto Star | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The charges stemmed from Fenton’s orders to blockade protesters in so-called “kettles” twice. The first occurred on June 26, 2010, after a small group of protesters smashed windows and lit fire to police cars in the downtown core. Fenton ordered officers to “kettle,” or box in, protesters in front of the Novotel hotel on the Esplanade, and more than 260 people were arrested and taken to a makeshift prisoner processing centre.
The next day, just moments after coming on shift, the upper command officer ordered police to box in hundreds of people at the intersection of Queen St. W. and Spadina Ave. during a thunderstorm.
In total, approximately 1,100 people were arrested and detained during the G20 summit weekend.
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Western Nepal: Protesters kill police with spears, axes - CNN.com

Western Nepal: Protesters kill police with spears, axes  - CNN.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Protesters in western Nepal have killed at least seven police officers as violent clashes broke out over the country's proposals for a new constitution.
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Sheriff fires second deputy over incident with Metro driver who wore body camera

Sheriff fires second deputy over incident with Metro driver who wore body camera | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

TheseKing County Sheriff John Urquhart has fired a sergeant who, according to an internal investigation, falsely accused a Metro bus driver of using a profanity during an argument. A deputy already was fired for dishonesty in the incident last November.

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These questions arise quite regularly.  This was clearly an argument and the deputies reported it as such.  There Sheriff terminated them apparently due to discrepancies where they perceived that the bus driver used profanity.  He's clearly upset but doesn't utter any curse words.  Is that difference in perception enough to warrant a Brady termination?  I'd argue that it's not.  Eye witness accounts are notoriously unreliable whether the eyewitnesses are citizens or cops--but that doesn't make the statements "lies".

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Moral Panic and Judas Priest's Subliminal Message Trial: Rob Halford Looks Back

Moral Panic and Judas Priest's Subliminal Message Trial: Rob Halford Looks Back | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
It feels like it was just yesterday, because it's such a strong memory. I remember walking up the steps every day at the courthouse in Reno, and feeling the incredible fan support that we had every day. All the local metalheads were there, chanting and holding up signs calling for us to be exonerated. And then there was just the tension and the sadness in the courthouse, because at the heart of the matter were these two guys that lost their lives tragically. These two boys were massive Priest fans, and that made it even more heart-wrenching that this terrible combination of the night and the drugs and the booze and their state of mind turned into something quite terrible.
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Judas Priest knows what it's like to be a victim of Moral Panic.  It's tragic that you're both having to defend yourself and sincerely sad that someone near you was injured (though not your fault).

The 25th anniversary of the Backward Masking fiasco of Metal music is just one of thousands of Moral panics that range from topics like: White Slavery; Red Scare; Homosexuality; and now the myth of Police Savagery.

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Philip Cullen on Twitter

Philip Cullen on Twitter | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.

(Kurt Lewin) pic.twitter.com/1nXgbjg8rq
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Black Lives Matter Introduces Plan to End Police Violence in US. 21 August 08:44

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The policy proposals includes the introduction of body cameras to record police interactions, community oversight, improved training ...
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Jefferson police officer dragged, fires shots at stolen truck from Texas - newsnet5.com

Jefferson police officer dragged, fires shots at stolen truck from Texas - newsnet5.com | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
 Jefferson Police and Bureau of Criminal Investigations are investigating a police involved shooting early this morning.
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Close the loophole on unjust civil asset forfeiture - Sacramento Bee

Close the loophole on unjust civil asset forfeiture - Sacramento Bee | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Traveling with a large amount of cash can be risky in California.
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Far Rockaway a Challenging Testing Ground for Community Policing - New York Times

Far Rockaway a Challenging Testing Ground for Community Policing - New York Times | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway, a low-income neighborhood wary of the police, has seen halting progress as the department seeks to reshape everyday interactions between officers and residents.
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Prosecutors Appeal After Judge Orders Driver Get $167K Back

Prosecutors Appeal After Judge Orders Driver Get $167K Back | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After a federal judge ordered the government return $167,000 law enforcement seized from a motorist, federal prosecutors are fighting the decision.
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Passing motorists take down shooter who attacked La. trooper

Passing motorists take down shooter who attacked La. trooper | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A gunman who critically wounded a La. trooper Sunday was tackled by passing motorists who stopped to help, according to authorities.
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'Maggots' Facebook post led to Flint police officer's firing, chief says

'Maggots' Facebook post led to Flint police officer's firing, chief says | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The first comment made by Garceau, Tolbert said:

"Keep purging society of these maggots. Two less welfare, food stamp people. Keep it up."

Tolbert said the second comment on the public page made by Garceau was done when he was off duty:

"Let's have another stop the violence rally LOL."

Tolbert said Garceau's comments violated the Flint Police Department's social media policy and also the department's code of conduct.

"Officer Garceau's comments were mean and divisive and promote violence at a time when our community is struggling to cope with many senseless, violent acts including acts against an innocent 1-year-old and his 70-year-old godmother," Tolbert said.
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Hmmm...this will be interesting to watch.  The comments were stupid, but I don't necessarily agree that the office should have been fired.  It depends on previous discipline history, of course, but this could be handled in a way to strengthen the community by opening a dialog about how frustrated the line officers are with a seemingly lawless community that won't obey the law and constantly complain when officers try to enforce the law.  I'm not sure firing the officer does anything to bridge this divide.

As a Chief, I've required officers to limit their speech, but I have always used that policy as a teaching tool and not as a weapon....

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Police Body Cameras Improve Accuracy of Written Reports, Study Shows

Police Body Cameras Improve Accuracy of Written Reports, Study Shows | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Studies find that following an incident, officers reports' based solely on memory can be dubious, and the addition of body-worn cameras improves the accuracy of written reports.
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What's the right police body camera policy?

What's the right police body camera policy? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
depriving officers the right to view the video of an incident before they write their reports will often set them up for failure. In the eyes of a skeptical public, the unfavorable comparison of the officers' inevitably imperfect memories to the video footage will likely be perceived as evidence of deceit. Rather than experience body cameras as a vital ally, officers will come to perceive them as a threat, an enemy.
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An op-ed from one of my old Chiefs (Jim Bueermann).

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Fed Activists To Highlight Racial Justice At Jackson Hole Conference

Fed Activists To Highlight Racial Justice At Jackson Hole Conference | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Black Lives Matter activists’ interruption of a Sen.

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MORE Crazy Text Messages Police Wives Have Gotten From Their Husbands - Uniform Stories

MORE Crazy Text Messages Police Wives Have Gotten From Their Husbands - Uniform Stories | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
#7 - “Just picked up my first hooker. Are you proud??”
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The crazy life of cops and their families--any of which might or might not make the news.

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Louisiana trooper dies after being shot, taunted

Louisiana trooper dies after being shot, taunted | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Louisiana state trooper died Monday after authorities say he was shot in the head and then taunted when he stopped to provide aid to a man whose truck was stuck in a ditch.
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Grand Chute Community Service Officers Play Vital Role in Police Department

Grand Chute Community Service Officers Play Vital Role in Police Department.
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More civilians make for a more efficient and a more connected department.

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Law enforcement talks procedures at racial profiling meeting

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Building trust: Black leaders say implementing task force finding can help ... - Columbia Daily Tribune

Building trust: Black leaders say implementing task force finding can help ... - Columbia Daily Tribune | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A year after Ferguson erupted, sparking a national conversation about race, a Facebook post laid bare Columbia’s own black-white rift.
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In Rare Case, FBI Tries to Fire Agent Who Shot Queens Suspect - New York Times

In Rare Case, FBI Tries to Fire Agent Who Shot Queens Suspect - New York Times | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The bureau said an off-duty agent violated its lethal force policy in 2012 by firing at a man who had apparently helped break into his car outside his home.
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Cartel Land Offers Front Row Seat to US-Mexico Drug War

Matthew Heinemanâ????s documentary Cartel Land is made of the stuff we watch in Western movies. Only, this narrative is for real. Two vigilante groups, one in ...
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Separate & Unequal: This is why political cartoons matter

Separate & Unequal: This is why political cartoons matter | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Pulitzer-Prize-winning political cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution – and avid Daily Kos reader – Mike Lukovich has created an iconic political cartoon. In my view, it's the most powerful, evocative visual representation of the injustices America has witnessed, and the black community has suffered, these past two weeks.
 

Here's Separate, Unequal


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Chile Is About to Decriminalize Cannabis -Latin America Leading The Way

Chile Is About to Decriminalize Cannabis -Latin America Leading The Way | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The moves in Santiago highlight a growing movement toward acceptance of pot in Latin America.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, August 22, 2015 8:16 PM

The move in the US has come from the grass roots not from the politicians, whereas in Latin America the government and politicians are prepared to lead and push forward the change.

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Prevention is better than cure

Prevention is better than cure | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In 1996 John Perry Barlow, a cyber-libertarian, issued a “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” addressed to governments, insisting: “You have no moral right to rule us, nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.” He turned out to be wrong. Governments have shown in a variety of ways—from the theft of industrial secrets by Chinese spies to the mass surveillance conducted by Western ones—that they are determined to make cyberspace their own.
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