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$262,000 settlement for owner of dog killed by Commerce City Police

$262,000 settlement for owner of dog killed by Commerce City Police | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
KUSA – The owner of a dog shot and killed by police back in 2012 will receive a $262,000 settlement from Commerce City.
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9mm vs. .40 Caliber

9mm vs. .40 Caliber | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The FBI announced it was planning to swap out the .40 S&W pistols and ammunition now used by its agents and replace them with 9mm pistols and ammo. It's time to look at the real-world performance of 9mm and .40 S&W rounds in terms of wound ballistics.
Rob Duke's insight:

Carry the biggest round you can shoot accurately, but also gives sufficient magazine capacity and the ability to penetrate minor barriers (e.g. auto glass, drywall, etc.).  It's not very effective to carry:

a. A cannon that you can't fire accurately;

b. A gun with 5 or 6 shots that you're constantly having to reload; or

c. A bullet that is defeated by something as flimsy as a car windshield or door.

 

That's why the FBI moved to the 10mm (.41 magnum) after the Miami shootout.  But, many people can't carry and accurately fire a magnum round (the butt can be too large for small hands in an automatic; and, the recoil can be too much in a revolver).

 

I still prefer a .45, but that has some of the same problems as the 10mm (hand size is the most glaring problem), but 9 rounds vs. 20 is also a consideration.

 

If forced to choose between 9mm and .40, I'd still choose the .40.  It penetrates glass and has almost as many rounds as the 9mm versions of popular duty weapons.

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Kamala Harris should take bolder action on police shootings, civil rights advocates say

Kamala Harris should take bolder action on police shootings, civil rights advocates say | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Amid continuing tensions over the fatal police shootings of black men across the nation, some civil rights activists and members of California's Legislative Black Caucus say state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris must do more to increase accountability and ensure impartial investigations.
Of primary concern...
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Oh, sure like the political office of Attorney General is going to be impartial....hang cops when liberals have the White House and tough on crime when they don't....

 

I'd be much more comfortable putting my trust in career-prosecutors and judges who have a vested interest in keeping to carefully considered decisions within the law and within the spirit of centuries of precedence.

 

Maybe it's time we adopt something like the French model of the "standing judge" a new line of judicial appointments that come from places like JAG--men and women who are trained to investigate and adjudicate in war zones.

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Shaq visits Gainesville to play ball with kids

Shaq visits Gainesville to play ball with kids | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Great continuing story: neighbors call on kids in street, so cops join in playing, but are beat soundly.  Vowing to return again to reclaim their honor.  Shaq heard about it all and showed up to shoot some hoops with the cops and kids.

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What a great example of community policing.

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I Went Undercover in America's Toughest Prison | VICE | United States

I Went Undercover in America's Toughest Prison | VICE | United States | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
I didn’t believe that a concentration camp could exist in America until, in Phoenix, Arizona, I saw one with my own eyes. Maricopa County is a fuzzy-lawed place where sentenced and un-sentenced inmates alike do hard time together.
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Deputy claims retaliation by Klamath County sheriff

Deputy claims retaliation by Klamath County sheriff | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Klamath County sheriff's deputy claims that Sheriff Frank Skrah retaliated against her because of her involvement in a criminal investigation that led to Skrah being charged with nine misdemeanors.

Deputy Geneva Lewis and her attorney have filed a tort letter saying Lewis has grounds to sue Klamath County for damages, reported the Herald & News (http://bit.ly/1RDEEoQ ).

Lewis was hired as a deputy in 2012 and promoted to detective in 2014. In 2013, she was injured during a K-9 demonstration and placed on light duty.

Lewis said Skrah began trying to fire her after she was interviewed about his conduct by the Department of Justice last spring. Skrah said she was medically unable to perform her role as a detective.

But Lewis says she had already been injured when she out-tested two other applicants for the detective position in 2014 and that her medical condition didn't prevent her from being able to investigate cases or contact suspects.

Lewis said the human resource manager was misled by Skrah and forced her to take medical leave in July. Skrah then eliminated the detective position.
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Female NYPD Officers May Get Punished After Posting Sexy Selfies in Uniform

At least six female NYPD officers are facing possible suspensions after posting in-uniform selfies to the "blueline beauties" instagram site.

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Should "Conduct Unbecoming" include this type of social media behavior.

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BREAKING: Officer shot; ambushed while writing accident report in marked unit

BREAKING: Officer shot; ambushed while writing accident report in marked unit | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Officer David Starling was fired upon numerous times Friday morning as he filled out an accident report in his marked patrol vehicle.
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OKC cop Daniel Holtzclaw sentenced to 263 years - CNN.com

Daniel Holtzclaw, the ex-Oklahoma City cop convicted on rape charges after he preyed on African-American women, was sentenced Thursday to 263 years in prison.
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Man, 80, ticketed for driving a car almost completely covered in snow

Man, 80, ticketed for driving a car almost completely covered in snow | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The man received a $110 ticket after an officer spotted a car resembling a pile of snow on the road in Brussels, Ontario. Then the officer cleared his windshield for him.
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Unless it was a second offense, I'd have just cleaned off the snow.  Especially if the guy said "I won't do it again".  It's amazing how far folks will go to keep their word.

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Ex-Cop Convicted of Rape Seeks New Trial

Attorneys for the former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of sexually assaulting eight women filed for a new trial on Wednesday, arguing that prosecutors may have withheld evidence. Daniel Holtzclaw, who was convicted of five counts of rape and 13 other counts of sexual assault in December, will be sentenced Thursday. Prosecutors argued Holtzclaw targeted black women with criminal histories and used his badge to rape them. But the former officer's lawyers said a Facebook post that said several other women had come forward "seeking a piece of the pie" with allegations that were found to be untrue was withheld from evidence, according to court filings. Holtzclaw's attorney, Scott Adams, said he was denied a fair trial because "the government made deliberate discovery violations and misrepresentations, undermining confidence in the verdict."
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LAPD union slams chief's response to crime hike, calls for hearings about officer deployment

LAPD union slams chief's response to crime hike, calls for hearings about officer deployment | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
That changed Wednesday, when union officials called a rare news conference of their own and blasted Beck for his response to the rise in crime. They also sent a letter to Councilman Mitch Englander, asking him to convene public hearings to determine how officers could be better deployed across the city to drive down crime.

“Chief Beck has told you and the residents of Los Angeles that there is nothing to worry about,” the letter read. “He's not telling the truth.”


Union official: LAPD chief lost support of officers after saying one should be charged
The move comes a week after Beck publicly recommended an officer be criminally charged in a fatal on-duty shooting, drawing harsh criticism from the union. The timing of the union’s announcement Wednesday raised eyebrows among some LAPD officials, including Beck.

“I find it very convenient that even though I have been talking about crime increases every week at the Police Commission and in many, many press conferences all year, that the union would find now would be the time to try to point this out,” Beck said. “I do find it odd and coincidental.”

Craig Lally, the union's president, said Wednesday’s announcement “has nothing to do with the shooting.” “We have a difference of opinion,” Lally said, “but that's a whole other issue.”

Union officials have long complained that there are too few officers patrolling the city's streets. On Wednesday, they pointed to two key initiatives they said were taking more officers away from patrol duties for office work or specialized assignments.
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Sheriff's Department team reaches out to local homeless population

Sheriff's Department team reaches out to local homeless population | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
VICTORVILLE — With the arrival of El Nino in the Victor Valley, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials began an outreach program to get emergency supplies and services to the local homeless population.
Members of the Sheriff’s Department Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement team, or HOPE, conducted a rainy day outreach in Victorville on Tuesday. The county-wide outreach effort aims to provide cold weather supplies to those in need as well as ensuring the
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The 8 Types of Salespeople

The 8 Types of Salespeople | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Only three are effective.
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A good metaphor for the types of police officers.  The best?

1. Experts: well rounded officers.  A good balance of technical expertise, motivation, and respect for the community members.

2. Closers: Experts with high motivation, but who don't prioritize respect for the community.

3. Consultants: Good listening and problem solving, but not quite pushing the motivation needed for consistently high arrests.

4. Storytellers: Customer focused primarily, lack some expertise and motivation.

5. Focusers: Technical experts, but lack people skills to really hear citizen needs.

6. Narrators: Also technical experts, but hate straying from the prepared script and policy.

7. Aggressors: Are all about making the arrests and damn the torpedos.  They may also lack technical and people skills.

8. Socializers: Too soft and also lack technical expertise or the motivation to use it.

 

Let me know if you think the metaphor works, or doesn't....

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L.A. County deputy seriously injured while rescuing children held in bedroom by father

L.A. County deputy seriously injured while rescuing children held in bedroom by father | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was seriously injured Thursday morning while trying to detain a man armed with a knife who had barricaded himself in a bedroom with his two young children.
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Cellphone encryption bill pits police against tech industry and privacy advocates

Cellphone encryption bill pits police against tech industry and privacy advocates | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Democratic state legislator is taking aim at smartphone encryption, arguing the strict security measures to protect cellphone data hamper law enforcement's ability to crack down on human traffickers and other criminals.
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Leadership Is a Conversation

Leadership Is a Conversation | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
How to improve employee engagement and alignment in today’s flatter, more networked organizations
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How the Sheriff’s Department oversight body will be different from LAPD’s Police Commission

How the Sheriff’s Department oversight body will be different from LAPD’s Police Commission | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A new Sheriff’s Department oversight panel might not have sweeping powers, but that doesn’t mean it can’t help make the agency more accountable, using public opinion and persuasion to spark reform, experts say.

“I think we’ve seen the abuses that occur in the sheriff’s department or police department,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine School of Law, adding that the oversight commission is about accountability. “These are abuses that affect people’s lives and liberties. It’s so crucial that there be oversight.”

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently agreed to move forward on an oversight panel for the Sheriff’s Department. But unlike the Los Angeles Police Department’s Police Commission, the panel will merely be advisory.

The Board of Supervisors is set to vote on the proposed ordinance that will govern the commission in the coming weeks.

The main difference between the two oversight bodies will be that the sheriff is an elected official and has the sole responsibility to operate the department, while the police chief is appointed by the mayor, with the approval of the City Council and Police Commission. Under the City Charter, the Police Commission is the head of the LAPD.

The Police Commission sets policies for the department. Although in reality the chief also has a lot of control and he manages the day-to-day operations of the department.
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The militarization of our police is a problem

The militarization of our police is a problem | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
At this point, Canadians everywhere have grown accustomed to skyrocketing, and sometimes unsustainable, police budgets. Municipalities all across the country have to deal with the fact that fiscal responsibility just does not seem to apply when it comes to the police. That’s a problem. But there’s a bigger problem underway in Canada: the steady mil
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NYPD to test 'ballistic glass' and armored doors on police cars

NYPD to test 'ballistic glass' and armored doors on police cars | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The NYPD plans to equip 50 cruisers with “ballistic glass” windows and armored doors to test their effectiveness in protecting cops from killers like the one who gunned down two officers in December 2014, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday.
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'We accept you': Police pledge compassion instead of force to help people 'suffering from addiction'

'We accept you': Police pledge compassion instead of force to help people 'suffering from addiction' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Breaking from traditional law enforcement tactics, a police chief in Massachusetts has made an emotional Facebook appeal to drug addicts.

“We accept you.”

“We know that you don’t want this,” Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello wrote on Sunday. “We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you when you want it.”

The social media post came after a single day in Gloucester saw four heroin overdoses.


The force’s harm-reduction initiatives in the city of 30,000 have been in the news before. In May, the chief’s Facebook post called for an amnesty with addicts, saying they should come to the station for help even if carrying drugs. Seized drug money, he said, would be used to purchase opiate antidote Narcan to distribute on the streets.
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The Long, Complicated Fight Over Making Sure the Public Sees Police Killing Videos | VICE | United States

It'sDespite the police being increasingly under the microscope for the deaths of civilians, and despite it becoming easier to document these incidents on camera, access to footage is extremely hard to come by.

Rob Duke's insight:

It's not simply a matter of refusing, but laws may conflict.  For instance, some states prohibit releasing and distributing images of dead bodies (as a matter of privacy).  Until these are resolved, the release is probably something to be decided on a case by case basis by a judge.

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Ambulance drone could save lives by providing quick medical help - Interesting Engineering

Ambulance drone could save lives by providing quick medical help - Interesting Engineering | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The Ambulance Drone, developed at TU Delft provides quick first-aid tools and instructions to increase chances of survival in an emergency situation
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William Kelley's comment, January 22, 2016 12:10 AM
I find this to be a very interesting concept. The only thing I would change is to have the drones operate in areas where they will be utilized by only trained personnel. I am still the rookie, but I have worked as an EMT for the last several months and have come to realize that even simple devices like this one can be extremely complicated to an untrained bystander in a stressful situation. In my opinion, hands-only CPR would be much more beneficial than waiting for defibrillation.
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Police Board boss says policing crisis tangled in issues of race, poverty

Police Board boss says policing crisis tangled in issues of race, poverty | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Lori Lightfoot, speaking at the City Club of Chicago, described a complicated problem that goes well beyond the recent headlines of officers who have gone "astray" and failed to exercise restraint or respect for the people they police.

Lightfoot acknowledged the "widening gulf" between police and the community and the need to face some hard truths to fix it.

She said policies and practices of the Police Department would have to change, but she did not offer any specifics.

Lightfoot drew on her experience to make a point that race does need to be part of the conversation about policing.

"I became aware of policing in Chicago when I came to this great city," said Lightfoot, who is black. "As a law student at the University of Chicago Law School, the older black students warned us 'first years' to be careful on the campus and the streets of Hyde Park. University police had a reputation for stopping black students, particularly the men."

The Chicago Police Department has long been criticized for its systemic failures, including failing to root out bad officers and paying out hundreds of millions of dollars over lawsuits alleging excessive force and other misconduct. But the release in November of a disturbing police dash-cam video showing a white officer shoot an African-American teen, Laquan McDonald, 16 times roiled the city, leading to a Department of Justice probe of the department, the firing of police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and weeks of street protests.
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Cops bust gun-toting Bronx man using ShotSpotter technology

Cops bust gun-toting Bronx man using ShotSpotter technology | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A gunshot blast picked up by ShotSpotter technology helped cops nab a man with a gun in the Bronx on Sunday, police said.
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