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  • Electronic “Eye Witnesses” for Law Enforcement Protect both Citizens and Officers

    08/28/2016 8:43:56 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 8/28/16 | Shawn McCullough
    In a day when the “Black Lives Matter” movement and events surrounding the group’s creation and rise to prominence have directed a heightened level of scrutiny toward the people who protect us, law enforcement body cameras are an indispensable tool. The benefits of these cameras vastly outweigh the cost of providing them. Technology has advanced in the last fifteen years to such a degree that the cameras can be worn without impeding an officer’s ability to perform whatever action is required of them. Body cams provide a dual measure of accountability and protection for officers and civilians alike, furnishing an...
  • Crackheads, bums and hookers rule Washington Square Park [NYC]

    08/05/2016 6:11:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 4, 2016 | Matthew Allan and Bruce Golding
    Just three weeks before NYU’s newest class moves into the area, a group of junkies and crackheads has turned a leafy pathway in Washington Square Park into an open-air drug den — and the NYPD is doing nothing about it. As many as 20 strung-out vagrants have taken over several benches in the park’s northwest corner, where they openly consume hard drugs just steps from the children’s playground, outraged neighbors said.
  • Prominent Black Lives Matter activist to attend Obama meeting

    07/14/2016 9:07:57 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 22 replies
    the Hill ^ | July 13 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    Prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson said Wednesday he is attending a meeting with President Obama designed to help mend frayed ties between law enforcement and the communities they serve. “We are at the @WhiteHouse right now for a 3-hour convening w/ President Obama re: the recent events in #BatonRouge & across the country,” Mckesson tweeted Wednesday. Mckesson wrote he will be joined by fellow activist Brittany Packnett and Minneapolis-based Black Lives Matter leader Mica Grimm. The president is sitting down with nearly three-dozen law enforcement officials, civil rights leaders, educators and local politicians at the White House in...
  • DOJ Civil Rights Official: Investigating Policing ‘A Top Priority’

    05/18/2016 2:33:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 18, 2016 | 2:38 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    The head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said on Tuesday that investigating “policing work” is a “top priority.” […] (Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita) Gupta, who noted she was appointed in October 2014 by President Barack Obama shortly after the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., following the death of a black man in police custody, said the division investigates both individual officers who may have violated the law and entire police departments. …
  • Policing Strategies

    05/21/2015 8:48:45 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 3 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 5-19-2015 | C-SPAN
    Witnesses testified at a hearing on the development of policing strategies to promote better relations between law enforcement and communities. Areas discussed included the use of police body cameras, appointing independent prosecutors for investigations involving allegations of police misconduct, impediments that discourage witnesses from coming forward during investigations, law enforcement agency training and accreditation, and the rules and regulations that affect local law enforcement.
  • Obama pressing for federal control of local police

    03/03/2015 10:55:43 PM PST · by Perseverando · 83 replies
    WND ^ | March 03, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Call it Common Core for police. But the White House, in cahoots with the Department of Justice, has set in motion a plan that will expand federal control of community police forces, via standards handed from above called the “Task Force on 21st Century Policing.” The plan was released Monday, Infowars reported. And its gist? Like Common Core, the education plan criticized by opponents as little more than a federal mandate that’s tied to funding, the just-released police plan would force local law enforcement agencies to follow federally set standards in return for receiving federal tax dollars. “The U.S. Department...
  • Ferguson brings new attention to Cardin bill on profiling

    09/16/2014 7:50:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies ^ | September 16, 2014 | John Fritze
    Sen. Ben Cardin said Tuesday that his legislation to prohibit law enforcement agencies from racial profiling had received renewed national attention after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last month. Speaking at a briefing on Capitol Hill, the Maryland Democrat said the bill had "gotten new life" and that he hoped the proposal could forward this year. "How many more Michael Browns will we have?" Cardin asked. "We all know that profiling is un-American and wrong. We know it turns communities against law enforcement, where they need to work together."
  • Dangerous prank brings SWAT team down on gamer [SWATTING]

    08/28/2014 2:43:35 PM PDT · by HammerT · 42 replies
    Engadget ^ | 8/28/2014 | Steve Dent
    A Littleton, Colorado, man named Jordan Mathewson was raided by a heavily armed SWAT team thanks to a false shooting and hostage report, and all the chaos was captured on a Twitch game stream (see below). During a Counter-Strike session, Jordan "Kootra" Mathewson -- a founder of The Creatures -- suddenly noticed things around him were amiss. "Uh oh. This isn't good. They're clearing rooms. What in the world, I think we're getting swatted," he says in the video. Luckily, Mathewson stayed calm throughout the ordeal and was released a short time later. On top of invading his offices, police...
  • Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing

    08/19/2014 7:20:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4-15-14 | NY TIMES
    Police Commissioner William J. Bratton lists the following guidelines on his blog. There is some doubt among scholars that Sir Robert Peel actually enunciated any of his nine principles himself — some researchers say they were formulated in 1829 by the two first commissioners of London’s Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Practical Policing Wins: Remove Your Burka!

    07/04/2011 5:11:43 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 2 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | July 5, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Finally. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports: New South Wales police conducting routine car stops will be given the power to demand the removal of head coverings for identification. Premier Barry O’Farrell says cabinet approved the move on Monday so police could properly identify motorists or any other people suspected of committing a crime. “I don't care whether a person is wearing a motorcycle helmet, a burka, niqab, face veil or anything else, the police should be allowed to require those people to make their identification clear,” he said in a statement. “I have every respect for various religions and beliefs...
  • Obama No Post-Racial Conciliator

    07/24/2009 11:37:11 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 10 replies · 432+ views
    Entitlement Syndrome ^ | 07/24/2009 | Admin
    Wednesday night of this week, during U.S. President Barack Obama’s press conference, Lynn Sweet, a reporter (and Washington Bureau Chief) for the Chicago Sun-Times, asked the president a question about the July 16th arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. by officers of the Cambridge, Massachusetts police department for disorderly conduct. By now, just about everybody in America is aware of the arrest of the prominent Harvard scholar (and a professed friend of Barack Obama) and of President Obama’s declaration that the Cambridge police “acted stupidly,” this though he also admitted not knowing anything about the facts surrounding the...
  • Afghans to Debut Community Policing Program, Official Says

    12/24/2008 3:20:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 132+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 24, 2008 – Afghanistan’s government is preparing a pilot program in community policing that’s expected to debut in the near future, a senior Defense Department official said here today. Afghan authorities are starting to take a look at a community engagement type of program on a small scale, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters. The program is designed to facilitate information sharing and build trust between Afghan citizens and their local, provincial and central governments, Whitman said. “This is an Afghan initiative that is supported by the military forces that are there [and] by the U.S. government,” Whitman...
  • The Reclamation of Skid Row

    11/07/2007 6:18:36 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 2 replies · 104+ views
    Drive around Los Angeles’s Skid Row with Commander Andrew Smith and you can barely go a block without someone’s congratulating him on his recent promotion. Such enthusiasm is certainly in order. Over the last year, this tall, high-spirited policeman has achieved what for a long while seemed impossible: a radical reduction of Skid Row’s anarchy. What is surprising about Smith’s popularity, however, is that his fans are street-wizened drug addicts, alcoholics, and mentally ill vagrants. And in that fact lies a resounding refutation of the untruths that the American Civil Liberties Union and the rest of the homeless industry have...
  • Policing Phone Calls and Perverting Principles

    05/18/2006 8:23:07 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 23 replies · 640+ views
    The Objectivist Center & The Atlas Society ^ | May 18, 2006 | Edward Hudgins
    [How President Hillary Clinton will use Bush policing powers. Be very affair!] by Edward Hudgins The revelation that the Bush administration has secured records of millions of phone calls from three telecom companies should shock every American who is concerned about freedom. Apparently it has not. A poll the day after the disclosure found that two- thirds of Americans have no apparent problem with this practice. Perhaps those opinions will change as more details are revealed. But in any case, for the sake our freedom, Americans would do well to do what most politicians refuse to do: to think in...
  • Flight Shows Difficulties of Policing the Iran-Iraq Border

    05/07/2006 6:26:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 297+ views
    FORT TARIK, Iraq, May 7, 2006 – Flying to this fort illustrates the challenges the Iraqi border police face in securing the frontier. After leaving Baghdad and its rivers, the groves of palm trees give way to irrigated fields. These give way to a large swamp covered with reeds and crisscrossed by a myriad of trails. At the edge of the swamp, the green disappears and miles of open desert lay ahead. For miles in any direction there is no trace of life. Where water once stood, there are large pans of salt that reflect the sun and drive the...
  • Campbell Live: Neighbourhoods Opting For Private Policing (New Zealand)

    03/16/2006 12:23:03 AM PST · by DieHard the Hunter · 26 replies · 764+ views
    TV3 (New Zealand) "Campbell Live" ^ | March 15, 2006 | Campbell Live
    Crime in New Zealand is probably not something you get to see much news about in the United States. Life here is very different to life in the USA, and despite what you may have heard, Crime is a growing problem DownUnder. And we are seeing a proliferation of some purely-American criminal elements and ideas, such as "Crips" and "Bloods" and colors, and the occasional drive-by-shooting. These are new concepts to us: they were not here 10 years ago. Accordingly, we have imported some good old-fashioned American ideas to help us combat Crime: such as the Guardian Angels. (Full disclosure:...
  • Mosul is policing its own

    10/18/2005 10:05:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 187+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Oct 17, 2005 | Polli Keller
    MOSUL,Iraq (Army News Service, Oct 17, 2005)–The Mosul city government and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or USACE, are working together to renovate eight Mosul police stations. This $1.9 million dollar project began June 2005; completion is scheduled for this year’s end. Five of the eight scheduled renovations already are complete. These repairs provide better working conditions and a safer environment for the police officers working and living in the facilities. This post-conflict city fell into disrepair while under Sadaam Hussein’s reign and needed upgrading to make the infrastructure functional. Hussein allowed the police stations’ electrical and plumbing utilities...
  • "....and throw away the key" - (FL. Lunsford case; stiffer penalties for child molesters)

    04/24/2005 4:58:41 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 356+ views
    GULF1.COM ^ | APRIL 24, 2005 | DON GAETZ
    Lessons learned from the Jessie Lunsford case Senator Nancy Argenziano has had some tough trips home in recent weeks. The central Florida legislator's district includes the family, friends, and neighbors of Jessie Lunsford, one of three children in as many weeks who have been stalked, brutalized, raped and killed by repeat sex offenders. Restive crowds of Senator Argenziano's constituents, meeting with her on weekend breaks from her duties in Tallahassee, want to know why laws and judges and parole boards failed to protect Jessie and other victims of similar horrific murders. They want to know why the system not only...
  • The World Becomes Ever More Bizarre

    10/28/2004 9:19:39 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 10 replies · 706+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 27, 2004 | Tom DeWeese
    . . . . . . Item 3. Former President Bill Clinton, according to a UPI report, has set his sights on becoming United Nations Secretary-General. A Clinton insider and a senior UN source have told United Press International that Clinton would like to be named leader of the world body when Kofi Annan’s term ends in 2006. Word is that UN leaders would flock to enthusiastically elect him. The only thing standing in his way to being head of the world is the reelection of George W. Bush, who would surely move to block Clinton’s nomination. That creates a...

    10/07/2004 2:39:59 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 285+ views
    October 07, 2004 Drive-Thru Diplomacy Gregory A. Borse HERE’s the slippery thing about credibility. You can earn it in one of two ways: you can prove that you are trustworthy by following through on instructions that you have been given. Or, you can earn trust by following through on what you say you are going to do. In the Vice-Presidential debate, it became clear which side each campaign is on in terms of credibility. The Kerry-Edwards ticket, via the “global test” for the use of military force in defense of U.S. interests, is clearly interested in establishing credibility via the...
  • Spot the Terrorist (Orwell revisited Alert)

    05/07/2003 6:56:58 AM PDT · by kemosabe · 3 replies · 329+ views
    Newsweek ^ | May 12 issue | Steven Levy
    Spot the Terrorist Priceline’s founder has a scheme to thwart attacks on chemical plants, airports and reservoirs. Is the plan worse than the problem?
  • Canada willing to send Mounties to Iraq, PM says

    04/11/2003 11:38:35 AM PDT · by No Truce With Kings · 50 replies · 453+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Apr. 11, 2003 | CP (uncredited)
    Canada willing to send Mounties to Iraq, PM says OTTAWA (CP) — Canada is willing to send RCMP officers to help restore order in Iraq but nobody's asked for them, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said today. "We've sent RCMP officers to Haiti and elsewhere," Chrétien said during a news conference. "If it is a contribution that we can make, we will do it. If they want us to do something else, we will do something else." But Chrétien said Canada can't just send police officers without some preparation and planning. Looting continued in Baghdad for a third straight day today....
  • Alderman Joe Moore Becoming Persona Non Grata in Chicago's 49th Ward - Ethics Not Enforced

    02/11/2003 5:57:52 PM PST · by Ward49_MudZapper · 2 replies · 1,279+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Oct 28, 1997 | James Webb
    CHICAGO SCANDALS REACH DALEY'S DOOR Associated Press Tuesday, October 28, 1997; 6:56 a.m. EST BY JAMES WEBB Associated Press Writer EXCERPT: Daley scolded minority aldermen and low-level city and county workers who fell to federal probes involving illegal dumping and no-show workers who are friends or relatives of public officials. In July, he pushed grumbling aldermen to adopt ethics rules governing their conduct. But political observers say the behavior pales by comparison to the behind-the-scenes relationships getting attention now. "What's different now is the light has finally shown on where the real money is being made," said Alderman Joe Moore,...
  • Erasing Philly Crime with an Eraser: The "Good Irishman" and the Race Man

    05/12/2002 9:40:33 AM PDT · by mrustow · 64 replies · 171+ views
    A Different Drummer ^ | 12 May 2002 | Nicholas Stix
    Article exposes the Philadelphia Police Department's innovation in reducing major crime: systematic, department-wide fraud in the reporting of crime.
  • Caught by the camera

    05/08/2002 10:12:07 AM PDT · by Happygal · 36 replies · 290+ views
    Irish Independent ^ | Wed May 8 | Gene McKenna and Frank Khan
    REVEALING new video footage of gardai batoning anti-globalisation protesters off the streets has provoked shock and outrage among politicians. One shot shows protesters surrounded by gardai, several of whom are wielding batons. Another shows a protester being kicked by one garda and batoned by his colleague. A third frame shows a protester on the ground, his arm raised to in a vain attempt to ward off a blow from a baton. Justice Minister John O'Donoghue called for a report into the Garda handling of the protest in Dublin on Monday night and said he would ensure there was "full transparency...