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Russian police detain 20 at gay-rights rally - USA TODAY

Russian police detain 20 at gay-rights rally - USA TODAY | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Yahoo! News (blog) Russian police detain 20 at gay-rights rally USA TODAY MOSCOW (AP) — Police say 20 gay rights campaigners and militant Orthodox Christian activists have been detained near Russia's parliament during a protest against planned...
Colby Wallace's comment, January 26, 2013 6:52 PM
This approach by the Russian legislation represents a very egoistic standing against gay rights. It seems that the sacrifice of one group allows the government to save face with the hardcore Orthodox church. Which is the most influential?
Kevin May's comment, January 27, 2013 5:09 AM
Not even surprised that the Russians are doing this. Russia has always been known for its strong arm towards its citizens. It has been known since the time of the royal family. This is just another event in the long list of abuses the Russians perpetrate on their citizens. It certainly does not help that the hardcore clergy of the Orthodox church is fiercely against these minorities. Do you foresee any criminal cases against the protesters, the Pussy Riot girls come to mind?
Kyle Maines's comment, January 31, 2013 12:59 AM
Obviously treating people like criminals just for their sexuality is wrong. Reading the article I did notice one interesting thing, saying the Orthodox church hailed the law saying it will "boost Russia's dwindling birth rates." Now I doubt that the gay community has much (if anything) to do with that but I am interested in why birth rates are so low in Russia.
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Police grooming exemption just in time for San Jose officer to be a groom

Police grooming exemption just in time for San Jose officer to be a groom | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
For Officer Simratpal Brar, the San Jose Police Department did an about-face just in time for his imminent nuptials.

San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia, left, meets with Officer Simratpal Brar at SJPD headquarters on Nov. 20, 2017. The department updated its grooming and dress policy to allow for religious exemptions, which allowed Brar to remain on patrol duty while growing a beard for his wedding in adherence to religious custom. (Robert Salonga/Bay Area News Group) 
Brar, who is Sikh, had to grow a beard for his upcoming Friday wedding to adhere to religious custom. But that ran counter to SJPD appearance policies that prohibited officers from having beards as part of its dress and grooming code.

In almost cosmic timing, the department just revised its duty manual to explicitly allow Chief Eddie Garcia the ability to grant exemptions for religious accommodations. Brar had already been cleared to start growing his beard while the policy revision was being vetted, but it officially was added to the duty manual Monday, just in time for Brar to become a groom exempt from the prescribed grooming.

“I am very excited, and my family is excited,” Brar said Monday. “Having this policy in place is very personal. Being able to portray myself as a Sikh officer like this is really an amazing experience. We are a large established community. To be able to represent the Sikh community is a great honor.”
Jessica Obermiller's comment, November 23, 7:16 PM
What a fantastic change in policy. It should have never been a problem in the first place to allow for facial hair (or headscarves, piercings, facial tattoos, etc) for religious religions. I hope Officer Brar has a fantastic wedding and I am glad he is being allowed to follow the customs and rules of his religion.
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Feds indict Philadelphia officer in corruption case against elite Baltimore police unit

Feds indict Philadelphia officer in corruption case against elite Baltimore police unit | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Philadelphia police officer Eric Snell has been arrested on federal drug charges and accused of conspiring with a Baltimore detective to sell cocaine and heroin seized from Baltimore's streets.
DS's curator insight, November 17, 3:41 PM

This article describes the difficulties associated with plain clothes (undercover) police work. The "Vice isn't nice" article by Porgrebin & Poole describes the effects of working undercover. Officers may begin to identify with criminals, becoming sympathetic with the reasons suspects commit crimes. Relationships may be formed with informants. The code of silence in Policing is similar to that of organized crime. These Officers may experience difficulty in their transition back to normal police work or civilian life.


This article describes how a police subculture can be formed as a result of undercover police work. Informant testimony should be corroborated. Sounds like an electronic recording will be used.  



Adam Osborne's comment, November 18, 6:59 PM
I got an idea of how cop subculture is made when undercover cops and it also sounds that, if they are to continue to work on the force, they would have a difficult time adjusting.
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10 ways to raise a police officer's suspicion

10 ways to raise a police officer's suspicion | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
After a few years it becomes second nature for an officer to observe and act accordingly when presented with these indicators
Riley Westfall's comment, November 17, 9:20 PM
Riley Westfall insight: This is fairly accurate and a hilarious read.
Adam Osborne's comment, November 18, 6:54 PM
It's hard to realize that people aren't that really not that smart sometimes.
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Laquan McDonald Case: No More Police Indictments, Prosecutor Says

Laquan McDonald Case: No More Police Indictments, Prosecutor Says | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

CHICAGO, IL — The grand jury convened to look into an alleged cover-up of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has been dismissed, and no more Chicago police officers will be indicted, according to special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes, who announced her investigation had concluded in a statement Tuesday. A three-count indictment was handed down by the grand jury against two officers and a detective in June. Patrol Ofcs. Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney, as well as Det. David March, were charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and official misconduct.

In August, Holmes, a former federal prosecutor and Cook County judge, said she was looking at bringing several witnesses before the grand jury. She also said at that time that the grand jury was expected to meet at least twice by the end of October.

The lack of further indictments upset and disappointed activists and others who pushed for a special prosecutor in the case. Craig Futterman, a University of Chicago Law School professor, told the Chicago Sun-Times that no further indictments "shows, all too powerfully, the power of that code of silence" in the Chicago Police Department.
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‘Proactive Policing’ Credited With Crime Reductions

‘Proactive Policing’ Credited With Crime Reductions | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A National Academy of Sciences panel praises such tactics as "hot spots policing," problem-oriented policing and "focused deterrence." There were mixed results for "stop-question-frisk" tactics and broken-windows policing, and "the lack of data on the role of racial bias in proactive policing was startling."
DS's curator insight, November 17, 5:05 PM

Interesting Article. Part of my interest is in the author's references to the source of the data collection. The information in the report is of interest. Proactive Policing requires a more active police role than traditional methods and often involves the use of deception by police. It requires "targeting" based on Reasonable Suspicion. It changes the Police role from who has committed to who might commit. Preventive crime measures lead to entrapment, using fabricated evidence, deceptive interrogation techniques, misrepresentation of the seriousness of the offense, and other forms of deception leading toward noble cause corruption. This article refers to the lack of data on racial bias in proactive policing as startling. I don't doubt that it was and I agree that is startling.  

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Does this body cam video show an LAPD officer planting drugs on a man?

Does this body cam video show an LAPD officer planting drugs on a man? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
An attorney released body camera footage that he says shows an officer planting cocaine in his client's wallet during an arrest. The LAPD is investigating.
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It seems clear that the "bindle" of drugs is involved in the investigation and, it seems probable to me that the officer is documenting where he put the drugs for chain of custody.
This seems like spin by a slick attorney and not about misconduct.
This illustrates how we're at a disadvantage because our department refuses to say more than "we're investigating" and often prohibits officers from talking to the media, thus the officer only is able to say "no comment" and not defend his actions.
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Police Could Use The Dead to Unlock Phones

Police Could Use The Dead to Unlock Phones | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
When you die, someone could use your dead body to unlock your iPhone. USA Today reports that new technology like finger and face locks make it easier for us to identify ourselves to our smartphone to unlock it, but none of those technologies actually require you to be alive in order to use them.

The issue has come up in the case of Devin Kelley, the gunman in Texas that recently killed 25 people at a local church.

Within 48 hours of the incident, police could have potentially used Kelley’s thumbprint to unlock his phone if he had TouchID enabled on his device, even though he was deceased. After 48 hours of non-use, the feature requires the numeric passcode. The time limit passed before authorities attempted to unlock the phone, so they are currently unable to gain access to it.
Rob Duke's insight:
With a warrant...or should you/could you use the deceased suspect's thumb print to access the phone immediately?
Brianne Frame's comment, November 11, 4:43 PM
What would the down side be to wait for a warrant? If the person is already deceased they are no longer posing an immediate threat. Am I wrong?
Rob Duke's comment, November 11, 8:59 PM
In this case, but sometimes we have secondary attacks--particularly designed to attack the first responders (or detonate another device).
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Oakland police chief accused of making false statements about ICE raid

Oakland police chief accused of making false statements about ICE raid | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Privacy Advisory Commission Chair Brian Hofer claims Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick gave false information to the public about an Aug. 16 Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid, in a complaint filed with the Community Police Review Board on Monday.

Oakland Police officials, in a statement to the Oakland Tribune, said the complaint would be forwarded to the police department’s Internal Affairs Investigations Division and once it’s received, “a case would be opened.”

Police officials did not address Hofer’s allegations Monday.

Hofer, in the complaint, and at a Privacy Advisory Commission meeting in October, says that Kirkpatrick provided false information about when the police department severed a memorandum of understanding with Homeland Security as approved by the City Council, whether or not anyone had been charged with a crime — Hofer said nobody has — and whether or not the raid was a deportation matter. Hofer says removal proceedings are underway for one person apprehended during the raid.

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Two people were detained by Homeland Security officers during the Aug. 16 raid of a Guatemalan family’s home in West Oakland. Homeland Security officials, at the time, said officers served a search warrant at the home in connection with a human-trafficking investigation involving children.

Oakland police provided traffic control while Homeland Security officers served the search warrant.

Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Spradlin told the Oakland Tribune in October that the search warrant was “part of an ongoing criminal investigation, not a civil immigration investigation” and that Homeland Security “does not conduct raids.” Spradlin also said that Kirkpatrick has remained truthful in her statements to the public regarding the incident.

The commission recommended the City Council demand Kirkpatrick present a report on the raid during a public hearing. Oakland police officials will address council members regarding the allegations at a Nov. 14 Public Safety Committee meeting.

Rob Duke's insight:
Some cities are harder on their cops than others.
The unintended consequence of not cooperating with a Federal Investigation is that the Feds won't include you in the future.  That's bad policy.
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Suspect behind the NYC truck attack didn't password protect his phone

Suspect behind the NYC truck attack didn't password protect his phone | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
There is a simple reason why investigators were able to quickly confirm that the Uzbek immigrant charged with the deadly pickup-truck attack in New York City was under the influence of the Islamic State — his iPhone wasn’t password protected.

So detectives had no problem finding the ISIS propaganda and gruesome videos on Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov’s cellphone or figuring out who he called Tuesday before allegedly embarking on the deadliest terrorist attack in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement sources told NBC News.

Law Enforcement officials investigate a pickup truck used in an attack on the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan in New York City on Nov. 1, 2017. Brendan McDermid / Reuters
Those contacts are now being questioned by investigators who have not ruled out the possibility that others knew what Saipov was up to when he rented the pickup from a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey, on Oct. 22, the sources said.
Rob Duke's insight:
You make this arrest--do you check his phone immediately to ensure that he's not part of a much larger plot?  Or, do you wait for a warrant?
Big questions in the 21st century.
Krista Scott's comment, November 9, 4:47 PM
In my personal opinion due to the nature of the crime I would most likely check the phone without the warrant I think ensuring that the guy wasn't a part of something bigger right away is more important than sitting and waiting for a warrant. Also, technically speaking wouldn't their be probable cause to search the phone? Given the light of the attacks that have been happening on US soil searching the phone is reasonable. However, would some say its an invasion of privacy?
Riley Westfall's comment, November 17, 9:31 PM
Riley Westfall's insight: Personally, from my HSEM background, it is more important to find out what is on the phone than wait for a warrant. It would be valuable to find out if this attack was linked to terrorist organizations, and it it was a solo operation or linked to a larger plan.
Rob Duke's comment, November 20, 12:43 PM
I think there's an exigency argument with Terror that the founders would have supported. It would be important to balance that with allowing the freedom for lawful dissent.
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SF Police Commission Mulls Arming Officers With Tasers

SF Police Commission Mulls Arming Officers With Tasers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The San Francisco Police Commission on Friday could make a decision on whether or not to arm officers with stun guns.
Brianne Frame's comment, November 4, 6:15 PM
I think there is potential here to allow officers an alternative to a firearm, but will also see how it is put into effect.
Riley Landeis's comment, November 7, 8:11 PM
I don't see why they wouldn't arm their officers with these, given the attitude towards excessive force, why not give officers a non lethal method to subdue a suspect.
Adam Osborne's comment, November 18, 7:30 PM
I feel that stunned guns will help people to with the deaths that they accused the police about.
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Fairbanks police: Shooter in June standoff was 'prepared to kill'

Fairbanks police: Shooter in June standoff was 'prepared to kill' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS - A heavily armed gunman who was killed after firing on Fairbanks police June 19 at a snow dump near the Fairbanks Correctional Center came “prepared to kill, not
Brianne Frame's comment, November 4, 5:47 PM
I think this article shows good consideration on a person who was ready for a fight I am curious wether he had some sort of mental illness, but do believe officers were in the right here.
Hope Allen's comment, November 5, 11:04 PM
He got killed while the police were trying to keep him from killing others so they were in the right on this one. If the guy did have a mental illness, then I feel for him, but its impossible to save someone this far gone.
Krista Scott's comment, November 9, 6:22 PM
THE QUESTION SHOULD NOT BE WHETHER OR NOT had a mental illness... We should be looking at why we allowing citizens to purchase AR style rifles as well as military grade tactical body armor. I think we need to evaluate not just mental illness but I think we should limit the number of weapons we allow persons to purchase. We need to also make it illegal for purchase of AR rifles and certain guns...
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War on Cops Goes to Court

The war on cops is moving from the streets to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, the Justices heard a case that threatens police officers with financial ruin if they make arrests and the charges later get dropped.

It started with a late night bash. District of Columbia police officers were called by neighbors at 1 a.m. to investigate a rowdy party at an unoccupied row house. The police found 21 partygoers, liquor, trash, and used condoms strewn about, the smell of marijuana, and women with cash stuffed in their thongs. The partygoers scattered, hiding in closets.

When questioned, some told police “Peaches had invited them.” Some gave other stories. The police phoned “Peaches,” who admitted not having the owner’s permission to use the house. The police then called the owner, who confirmed no one had permission. Two hours after being summoned, the police made the decision to arrest the partygoers for trespassing — the judgment call at issue in this case.

The charges were later dropped, because it wasn’t clear beyond a reasonable doubt the partygoers knew they were trespassing. But sixteen turned around and sued the police for false arrest and violating their constitutional rights.

They never claimed the police verbally or physically abused them. They sued simply for having been arrested, cuffed and hauled to the police station. Amazingly, the lower courts slapped the police with nearly $1 million in damages and legal fees — one of numerous recent lower court decisions making cops personally liable for decisions they made on duty.

The justices should put a stop to it. Fortunately, the Court has a long record of protecting the police from legal liability, provided there’s no evidence of malice or a deliberate violation of the Constitution.

If merely making an arrest puts cops at risk of getting sued and clobbered with legal fees and damage awards, what police officer will ever make an arrest? One mistake could mean losing their home and everything else. Faced with that risk, who would ever want to be a cop?

Twenty-six states and the federal Justice Department are weighing in with a strong warning that allowing the lower court ruling to stand would have “vast consequences” for law enforcement everywhere. On the other side, the American Civil Liberties Union is pushing to shrink or even eliminate the police’s legal immunity. The ACLU wants police to have no room for error.

DS's curator insight, October 31, 6:03 PM

Immunity for the Police. I don't know if that is such a good idea. State Action Doctrine is already in place. I agree with Justice Gorsuch statement "Courts should stop "second guessing" Police actions in tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving circumstances" That was mentioned in the Fyfe, Goldstein Article. There is a balance that exists in Police use of Discretion, somewhere between total enforcement and no enforcement lies the appropriate use of discretion, i.e. full & fair enforcement.


The Increased visibility of Police procedures & decisions by Courts are good for increasing public trust. Policy used to evaluate Police Misconduct is a good idea. Interdepartmental regulations such as temporary operating procedures create guidelines for Police to follow. Police misconduct is often nolle prosc insulating Police to Maintain Positive Relationships with District Attorneys.   

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Ocoee police: Officer fired for using racial slur

A longtime Ocoee police officer has been fired after he was accused of using a racial slur during a conversation with a fellow employee, the department announced Thursday night.

Lt. William Wagner used the “n-word” while talking with Officer Bruce Riggins in the Police Department parking lot Sept. 26, according to an internal affairs investigation.

“The Ocoee Police Department holds all members of the department to the highest standards of the law-enforcement profession, and Lieutenant Wagner’s behavior has fallen short,” Police Chief Charles J. Brown said in a statement. “I am deeply troubled by his use of a racial slur, which is not only offensive and unacceptable.”

During the September conversation, the officers were discussing Hurricane Irma when Wagner showed Riggins photographs of his damaged home on his phone. Riggins said Wagner called it “his n----- house.”

Hope Allen's comment, November 5, 11:08 PM
While I don't approve of using slurs such as the one he used, I can't help but think that getting fired over a coworker hearing him say it once might be a bit of overkill. This could have been a good opportunity to teach someone a lesson about whats appropriate and what isn't, but I also understand that having an officer who says words like that might be upsetting for many people and could keep them from feeling safe.
Rob Duke's comment, November 11, 9:08 PM
Hope. Yes, it certainly seems like the standard for officers is "not even once". That has been the standard for lying also.
Adam Osborne's comment, November 18, 8:26 PM
Police are suppose to be remodels, and by using this kind of language they are kind of promoting the word to a surtain extent.
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Is the Government Waging an Out-of-Sight Fight With Apple Over Encryption?

Is the Government Waging an Out-of-Sight Fight With Apple Over Encryption? | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Justice Department and Apple have been locked in a bitter fight for years over the company’s encryption system, which allows consumers to prevent anyone —including law enforcement—from opening their devices without permission. That’s why a security story this week should be getting more attention than it has.

Titled “Yup: The Government Is Secretly Hiding Its Crypto Battles In The Secret FISA Court,” the story appeared on the well-regarded security blog EmptyWheel, and suggests the Justice Department is using a legal backdoor to force open software backdoors at companies like Apple.

The details are complex and require some familiarity with the FISC, a closed court that oversees top secret intelligence operations, and with Section 702, an amendment to the Patriot Act that permits certain forms of warrantless surveillance. But the gist of the story is this: The Justice Department may be relying on an annual approval process at the FISC to compel “technical assistance” from Apple and others, and this assistance may include the breaking of encryption.
DS's curator insight, November 22, 11:17 PM

Section 702 of the Patriot Act permits warrantless investigations of private citizens suspected of terrorist acts. The reasonable suspicion requirement to investigate someone has been replaced by the term significant purpose. Police are now using "technical assistance" to break encryption and view private citizens info. The Secret FISA Court is where "hearings" are being held. WTF.

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New Zealand police read 'mean tweets'

New Zealand police read 'mean tweets' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Watch New Zealand police read 'mean tweets' and other Police Humor videos on PoliceOne
Rob Duke's insight:
This is democracy: say mean things about your cops and all they do is chuckle....
Riley Westfall's comment, November 17, 9:26 PM
Riley Westfall's insight: The people of New Zealand need to work on their grammar and insults because a lot of them didn't make much sense.
Adam Osborne's comment, November 18, 6:51 PM
i was confused on most of the insults and didn't really know what they were saying.
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Sheriff: Knox deputy resigns after posting "insensitive" photo

Sheriff: Knox deputy resigns after posting "insensitive" photo | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A Knox County deputy resigned following an investigation into a picture he posted on social media, officials say.

Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith was made aware of the picture Tuesday morning and began an internal investigation.

Findings from that investigation indicated John Luttrell, the deputy involved, took the photograph and posted it to social media.

A copy of the picture was forwarded to WYMT. It shows an officer next to a car with an unconscious woman in the driver's seat and a caption reading, "Another day at work."

During the investigation, Sheriff Smith accepted the resignation of Deputy Luttrell.
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I hope there's more to the story than this.....
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State Bar Will Implement New Ethics Rule

State Bar Will Implement New Ethics Rule | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The California Supreme Court today issued an order that puts into place an important new ethical rule regarding the special responsibilities of prosecutors to disclose exculpatory evidence.
DS's curator insight, November 17, 4:32 PM

This article describes new ethics rules for Prosecutors to follow in the disclosure of exculpatory evidence. C.A. Fair Justice article described some procedures for Calif. Prosecutors to follow these are the new code of ethics similar to the MPC standards. The Cal Commission article on Fair Justice described the former changes in the Cannon 3D of the California Code of Judicial Ethics this must have been written in the 1980's.

Obviously this order is the new ethical rule to follow it is " a major overall in the Rules of Professional Conduct." Attorneys who violate the rules are subject to discipline from a Judge or State Bar Supervisor. This article includes a mission statement from the State Bar of California, that I liked. 

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The End of Policing? 

The End of Policing?  | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The drive to diversify police forces and the renewed interest in community policing are transforming law enforcement across the country. But a provocative new book by a Brooklyn College sociology professor argues that these efforts don’t address the underlying problems. He explains why in a conversation with TCR.
DS's curator insight, November 22, 11:54 PM

This Article describes a book by Alex Vitale which describes the origin, causes, and extent of problem associated with Policing in America. Some of the information provided has been confirmed by our assigned readings, if only mildly. Public admin. act as moral agents when they respond to public concerns. Parts of this article seem to support Policing Reform. Interesting article.

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Body Cameras Work – Just Not in the Way You Think | Police Foundation

Body Cameras Work – Just Not in the Way You Think | Police Foundation | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Much has been written in the past few days about a recent study of 2,600 police officers in Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department, which concluded that body cameras have no statistically significant
impact on police officers’ use of force.

This is perhaps less surprising a finding than some commentators suggest.

A body camera might prevent the odd swear word or inappropriate comment when an officer is relaxed while conscious of the device attached to their ballistic vest. But in a heated situation where force becomes necessary, it is instinct rather than careful consideration that takes over, with more deeply ingrained behaviors coming to the fore. If the instinct to use force is deeply ingrained, it doesn’t matter whether a camera is rolling.

That said, cameras are not useless. They just serve a different purpose: rather than changing ingrained behaviors, they illuminate them for police and public scrutiny.

Well-led police departments shape ingrained behaviors in their officers in two ways. Specialist training in communication, self-defense and firearms is intended to increase a police officer’s capacity to make the right decisions and actions under pressure. When a police officer uses force, the situation is often tense, Adrenalin is running high, and the instinctive responses of fight or flight kick in.

Primarily it is police training – honed over decades – that prevents a police officer from fighting or running away. Techniques like role play introduce scenarios to the brain in a controlled, safe environment so when a similar scenario occurs on the job, the police officer is more likely to act in a proportionate, measured, legal and professional manner.

The methods of recruitment and selection into a police department are also crucial aspects in shaping the behaviors of officers. Behavior is, of course, dictated by the police officers themselves – their character, values and innate abilities. Some people process information in a crisis better than others. Some people remain calm. Others tend to panic. Recruitment and selection into a police department remains one of the most critical and challenging elements of modern policing: police departments must select rookies based on their character, ethical values and decision-making under pressure. At entry, departments are able to select for the behaviors they wish to foster.

But the question remains: if body cameras don’t actually influence officer behavior in the ways some hoped, what is their value?

We need to question the assumption that transparency and accountability tools will directly improve performance. Indeed, emerging literature suggests transparency and accountability practices may actually change the behavior of those observed for worse, rather than better, in the private and public sectors.

But simply because an oversight practice does not directly change behavior does not mean it serves no useful purpose.

It may be helpful to view body cameras like any other transparency or accountability tool: as both a “disinfectant” (removing unwanted bad actions before they occur due to knowledge of being observed) and “flashlight” (revealing information that can be used later, e.g. the recordings of body cameras). It seems body cameras may lack potency as disinfectant. But being a bad disinfectant actually increases cameras’ usefulness as a flashlight.

So the apparent failure of body cameras as disinfectant ought to give us more confidence in their role and value as a flashlight. The tapes produced by body cameras show us what police would do even in the absence of cameras as regards the use of force—what their ingrained behaviors are. This makes these video records all the more valuable in understanding police performance.

The value of body cameras as flashlights cannot be underestimated. More accurate criminal investigations, protection against miscarriages of justice for both the public and police officers, and improved training and standards through analysis of incidents are all real, tangible benefits. This treasure chest of footage is a long way off being mined to its full potential, and was no doubt discussed by the 15,000+ delegates in the workshops and hallways at the recent International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Philadelphia

Body cameras have been sold as a silver-bullet solution, a newfangled quick fix to cure policing of its public trust deficit. Instead, police behavior will continue to be shaped most by recruitment, selection, and training of police departments. But the footage gathered from body cameras may yet prove a valuable tool for understanding where training fails and where recruitment and selection can be improved. Body cameras can be useful as diagnostic rather than prescription: they can show us where ingrained police behavior has gone awry. All the better that they produce public video that police forces and critics alike can observe and interrogate.

That body cameras are more a flashlight and not disinfectant as an accountability or transparency tool, if confirmed by further research, does not make them less useful; only differently useful. We as a society are still exploring where, when, and how they add most value.
Brianne Frame's comment, November 11, 4:30 PM
I think though this article brings up a interesting point. I think we have to be careful in assuming that what we see on the camera does not give us a full picture of the situation. Often times when we are viewing these it is review look at events without the true emotion and experience of what happened, or previous information gathered from before it was turned on.
DS's curator insight, November 23, 12:46 AM

This article describes the effects of body cameras on police behavior (response), the use of force in policing, and public trust accountability. The results are no effect. Cameras serve and protect the police, as well as the public (transparency). Cameras could be used to promote value and virtue in Public Admin. Cameras are a deterrent for crime control as well as corruption. Moral equilibrium. Reframe moments to recognize shared values in law enforcement.

The results of the study are statistically significant. I liked the authors perspective and appreciate their contribution. The authors are cited as assistant & adjunct professors at their respective Universities.     

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Baltimore police van driver Caesar Goodson not guilty on all 21 administrative charges in Freddie Gray case

Baltimore police van driver Caesar Goodson not guilty on all 21 administrative charges in Freddie Gray case | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. was found not guilty on all administrative charges in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
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Canadian County Sheriff fires deputy over DUI arrest in Piedmont

OKLAHOMA CITY - Canadian County Sheriff Chris West has fired a deputy who was arrested in Piedmont on a DUI complaint.
Rob Duke's insight:
Firing DUI and other arrests has been standard for a couple decades now.  Also, standard is to arrest an officer found to be DUI.
Krista Scott's comment, November 9, 6:58 PM
Makes sense to me why he was fired... Police officers are supposed to set "examples" on duty and off duty to the general public. Quiet frankly it would have been a slap in the face to the Canadian County Sheriff to keep him on as well...
Brianne Frame's comment, November 11, 4:40 PM
my one question would be the fact that he was off duty when this happened. Still stupid, and should be arrested, but wondering would we do the same to another profession?
Rob Duke's comment, November 11, 9:03 PM
If you stop a fire fighter or a teacher or a garbage truck driver, will they face arrest and also being fired? I think we've made great strides in having officers feel "safe" arresting other officers, but we put that at risk if the field begins to think that officers will be punished more than similarly positioned professions. Particularly, when much of an officer's alcohol abuse could arguably be related to the stress of the job. We often see this bad behavior as a cry for help and I've seen officers come back from the depths of self-destructive behavior and re-take their place as a respected member of the community--but it takes therapy and support. I wonder if termination is a "safe" admin. decision, but the wrong "humane" decision.
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After nearly 30 years patrolling together, these two LAPD officers end an epic partnership

After nearly 30 years patrolling together, these two LAPD officers end an epic partnership | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
In the Los Angeles Police Department, partners typically last a year or two in the same car. Sometimes, working styles clash. More often, someone gets transferred or promoted. A decade together is long, three unheard of. The story of Duarte and Marinelli.
Rob Duke's insight:
A pretty neat story of two cops who were partnered together for nearly their entire careers.
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Garagescape | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The domination of the streetscape by garages is common in drive-only suburbs. There are no "eyes on the street" from inside the houses—so the connection with neighbors is tenuous. What you don't see in this photo—because it is out of the scope of the lens—is the actual street, which is wide and lit by night with cobra lamps.

"Garagescapes" are depressing and incompatible with the idea of community. People use automatic garage openers and disappear in their houses. The street is not a welcoming public space and it usually leads to nothing worthwhile unless you are in a car.
Rob Duke's insight:
How many of your neighborhoods look like this?  How much community do you think is formed when people live so far off the street with the "snout" of their garage forming a barrier?
Better to front load houses with front porches and garages set back from the street (maybe even accessed through the alley).
Front yards need not be deep this way, which saves room for the yard between the house and garage.
Also, street standards should be narrower and have traffic calming features.  Finally, every neighborhood should be within 1/4 mile walk to community features (preferably more than one) like parks, shopping, schools, libraries, etc.  One cool way to incorporate parks and community is to have a large square surrounded by houses with a "green" in the middle.  Sometimes called a "P" culdesac with the opening of the "P" occupied by a park.  Parks can have a "cloverleaf" of 3 basketball courts set in one corner, a half ball field that can double as drainage retention or snow storage--sometimes it's used for softball and sometimes soccer or football pickup games.
Sidewalks along the edge with picnic tables and popouts for play (i.e., playground, 4-square, hopscotch courts, etc.).
See some links for small and large versions of this idea:
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Off-duty police injured during Las Vegas shooting were denied workers' compensation back home in California

A court battle could set a precedent for outcomes on the matter, affecting several counties in Southern California
Rob Duke's insight:
So, officers who responded to Puerto Rico weren't covered by work comp?  How about the ones who went to NY after 9/11?
And, what about firefighters who routinely respond across state lines?
When I worked 2 miles from the Oregon border, we operated under a Memorandum of Understanding between California and Oregon that gave officers 50 miles of jurisdiction inside the other state--does that mean jurisdiction extended but work comp did not?  BTW, the MOU was with Nevada and Arizona also, so Las Vegas is 43 miles from the I-15 crossing at Primm, NV.  Given this, these officers were legally acting as peace officers in Las Vegas that night.
Orange County is in the wrong here and it's a shame that it will take years of court battles to establish that fact.
Adam Osborne's comment, November 18, 8:12 PM
I think the way we treat the people who are risking their lives aren't really getting the help they need, and i think that whats forces them do be bad or commit unspeakable acts against the people they were sworn to protect.
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Sheriff: Florida deputy stabbed by neighbor's ex-girlfriend

Sheriff: Florida deputy stabbed by neighbor's ex-girlfriend | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
sheriff's deputy was stabbed as he tried to help a neighbor whose ex-girlfriend had set his home on fire.
Rob Duke's insight:
Sounds about right.  No good deed goes unpunished...
DS's curator insight, October 31, 6:16 PM

Prosecutors use modifiers such as aggravator's in cases which are being sought for sentencing enhancements. The underling issues should be brought to light in creasing a Defense. Forces of Control are at work here. Prevention should have been used. These are serious charges. An appropriate sentence should be administered. Goldstein includes a note of Holding Police Accountable for Neglect of Duty.  

Adam Osborne's comment, November 18, 8:24 PM
She burned down a house and stabbed a deputy sherriff, it kind of seems she has alot of mental health issues.