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Homeless man struck by police car on UWS - New York Daily News

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Homeless man struck by police car on UWS
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Sources say the uniformed cops were driving north in a marked police car with blaring lights and sirens when the pedestrian was hit about 1:30 p.m.
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this police officer hit an old homeless man while speeding toward a call with his lights and sirens on, and nearly killed him. The man who was hit is ''clinging to life''. For the purpose of quickly and effectively doing their job, cops can speed through traffic in the wrong lane, use their computer and talk on the phone while driving, and it's understandable only if they don't run over civilians as a result. ugh

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Police use tear gas to disperse crowd near Western Michigan University; one ... - The Kalamazoo Gazette

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Police use tear gas to disperse crowd near Western Michigan University; one ...
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KALAMAZOO, MI – Kalamazoo Public Safety and Western Michigan University police officers used tear gas shortly after 5 p.m.
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In these situations it's difficult to tell whether the police or the crowd started things. It's one of those grey areas. But it's an important topic, whether the police should be able to use tear gas at all.

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Editorial: Make Seattle Police discipline coherent, transparent, timely - The Seattle Times

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Editorial: Make Seattle Police discipline coherent, transparent, timely
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Civilian oversight and expertise is trumped by cozy dealings.

Via thepoliceprofessional.com
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So the Seattle Police Department, like all police departments, isn't to be trusted with its own police discipline. Endeavors to address complaints against officers and punish misconduct has dissolved into a political quagmire. 

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Drunk Cop Crashes Patrol Car: Lies, Cover Up, and No DUI Follow

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An Arkansas cop drove while drunk and crashed his patrol car, and three fellow officers helped him cover it up. Cpl.


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This is a classic example of the police needing policing because their misconduct gets swept under the rug. 

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Questions Arise Over Chief Lansdown's Call for “Outside Audit” of Police ... - OB Rag

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Questions Arise Over Chief Lansdown's Call for “Outside Audit” of Police ...

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The Sandiego Police Department has multitudes of sexual assault cases involving officers. It's gotten so bad that the department can't even begin to take care of the problem themselves and have needed to get an outside auditor to help with all the misconduct. This whole things is so ridiculous. I can't believe that police sexual assaults are so rampant. 

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Scott Archibald's curator insight, February 19, 2014 12:53 PM

Outside Audit? But, that seems so....honest?  Will it be that? Or just called that. Like Obama's NSA audit.

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Profiling Rules Said to Give F.B.I. Tactical Leeway

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The long-awaited revisions to the Justice Department’s racial profiling rules would continue to allow the F.B.I. to use that information for national security purposes.

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They've finally revised the rules on racial profiling, but not in a way that makes civil rights advocates happy. The definition of prohibited  profiling has been expanded to include not just race but gender, religion, etc. But they continue to allow the way agents map the ethnicities of areas and use that information to recruit informants. The changes have been in the works for about five years, and people will hoping it will take away at least some of the power of agents to do things like target muslims in particular in investigations. 

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FBI launches $1 billion nationwide facial recognition system | ExtremeTech

FBI launches $1 billion nationwide facial recognition system | ExtremeTech | Senior Project | Scoop.it
The FBI's Next Generation Identification system is a nationwide database of mugshots that will help the FBI identify and catch criminals -- but it is how this biometric data is captured, through a nationwide network of cameras and photo databases,...

Via Beppe Andrianò
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Technology in criminal justice | The  FBI has this new system called Next Generation Identification or NGI. It employs face recognition software with peoples mugshots and also has information from eye scans, DNA, and more. It gets information from a nationwide system of cameras that is making privacy advocates nervous. But it's a new and much more effective way of identifying criminals than AFIS, the current fingerprint database, which they've had to rely on in the past. 

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Florida woman: Cop attacked me for recording traffic stop

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S A Florida woman is suing her local sheriff’s office for allegedly using excessive force against her during a traffic stop after informing the officer she was recording the encounter.


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And THIS is why police need to be required to wear body cameras. This cop attacked this woman because she was recording the traffic stop with her phone. While attempting to get her phone from her, he gave her multiple bruises, scrapes and cuts. She is suing the sheriff's department. The article notes that the justice department has upheld citizens' rights to record interactions with police. 

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Brian Slack's curator insight, March 7, 2014 1:26 PM

I think that this oficer over reacted. he should've stayed calm cool and collected but i can see where he's coming from and how it might be annoying if people are always doing that.

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Eating While Driving Auto Accidents

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""Texting and cell phone talking has been at the forefront of debate concerning distracted driving for years.  But what about the people who aren’t fixated on their phone while driving distracted?  What about those who choose to dine on the roadways?""


Via Law Enforcement
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Apparently eating while driving is just as bad or worse than texting and driving. They ranked the most dangerous foods to eat while driving, and the first one on the list was soup. Who eats soup while driving? that's a terrible idea! Imagine if they passed a law about this though; I could be pulling people over in the future for eating a hamburger on the road. 

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Inge Bothma's curator insight, March 12, 2014 5:00 AM

Whether you are texting or eating while driving... if caught you should be fined! 

 

Every time you get in your vehicle you don't only risk your life vut everyone else's on the road with you!

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Mayoral candidates push for Seattle's own police academy

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Mayor Mike McGinn announced Tuesday the city is looking into creating a police training academy just for Seattle's future officers. And, he's not alone in the push to get Seattle recruits out of the state's police academy.
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This is extremely pertinent to my future in law enforcement--they're thinking of starting a police academy right here in Seattle! This article explains how the Mayor and others feel Seattle needs to have its own academy to train recruits to be best equipped in this very unique area. I don't know if it will be done in the next two years, but if it is, I could go to the new Seattle police academy myself! Wouldn't that be great!

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Privacy an issue with police body cameras - U-T San Diego

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Privacy an issue with police body cameras
U-T San Diego
SAN DIEGO — San Diego's police chief wants 300 officers outfitted with body cameras by July, a move she hopes will help restore waning public trust in the department.
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I've been 100% for these body cameras, but citizens' privacy could definitely be an issue. Obviously the video taken would have to be classified; I don't know exactly how the rules would work. But ultimately I think the benefit of the cameras far outweighs the privacy concerns. People being videotaped by police is a lot better than people being assaulted, raped, and killed by police, which is what the cameras would help prevent.

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San Jose: Police cadets fan out in new crime-prevention push - Contra Costa Times

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San Jose: Police cadets fan out in new crime-prevention push Contra Costa Times SAN JOSE -- Fanning out across the quiet grounds of a sprawling condo complex, a small force of police cadets and civilian aides knocked on doors and distributed fliers...
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This is a really positive effort by the authorities to prevent crime before it happens. The San Jose Police Department has been experiencing cutbacks and resignations in mass, so they've been reaching out to the community to help reduce crime. They're sending cadets out to give invitations to neighborhood meetings to discuss how the police and the community can work together to prevent property crimes and such.

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FBI Crime Stats for 2013 Released

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The FBI released preliminary crime statistics that indicate a decrease of 5.4 percent in the number of violent crimes and property crimes reported to law enforcement during the first six months of 2013—when compared to crimes reported during the same time frame in 2012.

Via Law Enforcement
Jennifer VanOpdorp's insight:

the crime statistics for 2013 are extremely encouraging. All these classes of crimes are down from the previous year. It's difficult to believe. I wonder 1. what could be causing these positive changes and 2. if these statistics are as meaningful as they seem when put in more context. 

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True Lambright's curator insight, May 7, 2014 6:58 PM

Provides an overview of the crimes committed all over the country and what is being done to stop it.

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First nominees named to Atlantic City Police oversight board - Press of Atlantic City

First nominees named to Atlantic City Police oversight board - Press of Atlantic City | Senior Project | Scoop.it
First nominees named to Atlantic City Police oversight board Press of Atlantic City Such boards are good for helping strained police-community relations, said Brian Buchner, president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law...

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They're considering a civilian board to handle complaints against police!!! This is so important!! There's a lot of corruption within the police force so their misconduct often gets swept under the rug when they're the ones handling the complaints. This system is still just an idea, they don't know exactly how it's going to work, but if they can get this to fruition...and if they can start a pattern that will get this sort of thing instituted in other cities...it would be a whole new era for law enforcement with someone to police the police so that they have to treat people fairly!

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What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son

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The “special tax” on men of color is more than an inconvenience. A father shares his firsthand observations and fears. This post is part of a debate series on “Is Stop and Frisk Worth It?," an article featured in the current issue of The Atlantic magazine.

Via Rob Duke
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Stop-and-frisk is an even bigger problem than I knew. This father recounts multiple occasions in which his son has been mistreated by authority figures including police, coaches and teachers, because of the color of his skin, and the stop-and-frisk policy that caused police to violate the son's constitutional rights was simply an extension of this prejudice. The father, who is white, contrasts his own experiences with authorities with those of his african american son, and the differences are striking. The article also explains how this continuous prejudice takes its toll on african american men, causing accelerated aging and even premature death. I can't believe that this is still happening in 2014. 

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David S's comment, April 20, 2014 9:20 PM
I have to admit that I’m a little mad and ashamed by this. Whatever happened to reasonable suspicion and probably cause? Last time I checked with Terry v. Ohio The Court ruled that an officer performing a stop should note “unusual conduct which leads him reasonably to conclude in light of his experience that criminal activity may be afoot and that the persons with whom he is dealing may be armed and presently dangerous.” Only then can I conduct a Terry Frisk, it’s for weapons, not contraband. God knows there have been times that I want to search a suspect because I know if I do I can find what I’m looking for, but with the tools that I’m given I have to get the person to agree to a consent search. Sometimes my verbal judo is up to the task, other times they look at me and smile and tell me to pound sand. Those are the breaks with the rules were given, especially in Alaska where I would need to apply for a search warrant in order to search somebody against their will, IF I’m not arresting them for anything. However, to just start conducting stop and frisks of anyone that I wanted for whatever reason is beyond what I can ask an American to do. We didn’t even treat the Iraqi’s like that when I was over there. We still had to have some kind of reason, maybe only a gut instinct, but often times those paid off. You found out who the soldiers where who had their heads screwed on straight and had a good gut check, versus those who were racist or just hated the locals. Those were the ones you pulled aside and let them know they’re better straighten out or they’d be manning a desk for the rest of their tour. It’s unconscionable that this is still happening in 2014 and really even in the last 30 years. Worse, it’s behavior like this that turns the very people we’ve sworn to protect, against us.
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How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls With Google Maps

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easy to Earlier this week, Bryan Seely, a network engineer and one-time Marine, played me recordings of two phone calls (embedded below.) The calls were placed by unwitting citizens to the FBI office in San Francisco and to the Secret Service in Washington, D.C. Neither the callers nor the FBI or Secret Service personnel who answered the phone realized that Seely was secretly recording them. He used Google Maps to do it.


Via Christopher Pearsall
Jennifer VanOpdorp's insight:

google maps has these loopholes that have existed for years that allow hackers to set up fake phone numbers for businesses listed on google maps. The numbers go indirectly to the agency they're trying to contact, but through the hacker. By not verifying the information that is entered onto their system, Google is allowing this to happen.

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Christopher Pearsall's curator insight, February 28, 2014 7:52 PM

If a hacker can get at FBI and Secret Service Calls, how easy do you think it might be to get to your individual unprotected calls.

 

Technology might provide benefits to people, but it can also pose headaches.  Too many tools exist to track your spouse, girlfriend, husband, or anyone you want to stalk.

 

Not a pretty thought is it?

ArthurGPeterson's curator insight, March 1, 2014 3:09 AM

This is interesting on a number of levels.  I would think intercepting calls to federal agencies might be a wiretap violation of some kind.  The path described gets around any defenses the agencies in question had in place.  Commercial software is full of backdoors and weaknesses that make it impossible to rely on it to prevent compromise of data.  Then again, commercial software is what we all must use and we want it cheap and fast.

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Ex-student accuses Troy cops of excessive force - Albany Times Union

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Ex-student accuses Troy cops of excessive force
Albany Times Union
Troy.

Via Scott Archibald
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Another story about police using excessive force. This is completely unbelievable--the victim was jaywalking. JAYWALKING. So they shoved him into a truck and began punching him. This is one of the reasons I want to become a police officer, to 1. add one more officer to the force who isn't going to beat the crap out of people for no good reason and 2. to hopefully stop my colleagues from beating the crap out of people for no good reason. It's like, somebody has to police the police. 

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Scott Archibald's curator insight, February 19, 2014 1:36 PM

Trojan horse's ass. Cop really doesn't like people off sidewalks.

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Police Use "Find My iPhone" App to Bust Burglars

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Palo Alto Police arrested two suspects from out-of-town.

Via Law Enforcement
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Wow. These guys stole $4,000 worth of electronics and made off with it, only to be tracked and caught using the GPS installed on the phones that they stole. Technology is an amazing thing, and it's great to see it being used in police work like this. 

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Airborne Truck Narrowly Misses Police Officers (VIDEO)

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Airborne Truck Narrowly Misses Police Officers Along Iowa Highway (VIDEO) Huffington Post Two sheriff's deputies and a state trooper in Iowa are lucky to be alive after a pickup truck nearly wiped them out last week in a frightening scene caught on...

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This was a really scary incident where an accident caused a truck to go flying through the air at these officers. it just shows the danger that you're faced with on the job as a police officer. It's a dangerous profession, I'm learning.

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Law Enforcement's curator insight, March 20, 2014 11:37 AM

""A driver of a semi chose not to slow down when approaching a crash scene full of vehicles and emergency lights""

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Marin, Calif., Watchdog Urges Police to Buy Body-Worn Cameras

Marin, Calif., Watchdog Urges Police to Buy Body-Worn Cameras | Senior Project | Scoop.it
Body cameras are less expensive and provide a more accurate record than vehicle mounted cameras, said the grand jury.

Via Law Enforcement
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With police officers starting to wear these cameras, it will likely be something that I do when I get to the police force. I think it's a really good thing to require these because it will keep cops honest and prevent a lot of the brutality that happens. I would have no problem wearing one as an officer. 

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