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Training Changing Perceptions: How This Winnipeg Artist’s Dramatic Billboards Aid Police Training Social Media Alabama Police Officer Fired Over Racist Facebook Post about Michelle Obama Body Cam Video Settlements BART to Pay $3.1M to Settle Suit with Family of Slain Local Officer Use of Force White Lives Matter Rally Planned At Capitol Our View: Cleveland Offers Revised Use-Of-ForcePolicy Fayetteville Approves Police Department’s First Officer-Involved …

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Baltimore County Executive Calls Police Traffic Stops ‘Disturbing’: Data Shows Disproportionate Number of Black Stopped By Police

The Baltimore County Police Department has known for years that its own traffic stop data shows disproportionate numbers of black drivers being stopped. “The bottom line is, I’m disturbed by the data,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. According to  analysis by the 11 News I-Team In Precinct 1, which includes the communities of Arbutus, Halethorpe and Catonsville, black drivers made up …

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Louisville Police Use of Social Media Surveillance Questioned; New Policy to Be Written

November 18, 2016 A WFPL News investigation  revealed the Louisville Metro Police has spent nearly $140,000 in recent years for a program that can track and catalog up to 9.5 million social media postings and a limitless supply of individual profiles. The department has operated the system without a guiding policy to dictate how the software is used, who is watched …

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Officers Alllowed to Review Recordings

A few dozen Long Beach police officers who recently started wearing body cameras will be allowed to quickly review recordings from the devices even if the officers were involved in controversial events such as police shootings, but it’s unclear when that same footage would be released to the public, according to a departmental policy document reviewed by the Press-Telegram. A …

7 Areas Where Jeff Sessions Could Change DOJ Policy

November 18, 2016 How could Sen. Jeff Sessions leave his fingerprints on the country if confirmed as U.S. Attorney General? Here are seven areas where Sessions could most dramatically change public policy. Immigration. The stakes are high for many undocumented immigrants, particularly those who become caught up in the criminal justice system. The Department of Justice has two distinct areas …

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Prosecutor Says Officer Response Was Unreasonable

“No reasonable officer — knowing, seeing and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time — would have used deadly force under these circumstances.” — Ramsey County attorney, John J. Choi St. PAUL —Nov. 16, 2016.  The suburban police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile, the black driver whose last moments this summer were streamed live on Facebook, was charged with second-degree manslaughter and …

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Hate Crimes Against Muslims Spiked 67 Percent Last Year

There were 5,850 hate crimes in the United States last year—a 7 percent increase over the year before—according to new data released by the FBI on Monday. The main reason for the increase was a massive 67 percent spike in crimes targeting Muslims. The xenophobic rhetoric of Donald Trump could be a factor in the hate crime spike, says one expert. The …

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Officer Deaths by Ambush Soar in 2016

See comprehensive data on line of duty deaths and assaults at http://josephsonsexemplarypolicing.org/2016/11/fallen-officers-52-shot-dead-line-duty-2016/ November 21, 2016 SAN ANTONIO, TX — A Texas detective was shot and killed while writing a traffic ticket outside of police headquarters late Sunday morning. Later Sunday, two other officers were wounded in incidents in Florida and Missouri. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus identified the slain officer as 20-year veteran Detective Benjamin …

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AMBUSH IN IOWA HIGHLIGHTS RISK

As of November 1, 2016, 18 officers have been killed in ambush-type attacks compared to 7 in 2015; the number of ambush killings fluctuates from a high of 17 in 2002 to a low of 5 in 2014. Overall police line of duty deaths has declined from the high of 139 in 2001 to 79 in 2015 according to FBI …

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New PA Law Would Protect Identity of Police Involved in Use of Force

PA Governor Has Not yet Signed New State Law That Bars Public Officials From Identifying Police Officers for 30 Days; New Law Would Overrule Philadelphia’s 72 hour policy and go against DOJ Recommendations for More Transparency October 28, 2016 http://www.phillyvoice.com/gov-wolfs-desk-legislation-protect-identities-officers-police-involved-shootings/ The Pennsylvania state legislature has sent to the Governor a bill that would set a statutory requirement barring any public officials or …

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Will drones be a new basic policing tool?

Many believe drones will be a new basic policing tool Here’s a few articles worth reading Wall Street Journal Reports: Taser Explores Concept of Drone Armed With Stun Gun for Police Use Police officers could soon be adding a new weapon to their arsenal: stun-gun drones. Stun gun maker Taser International has already approached some law enforcement officials about potentially using …

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Police Want Weaponized Drones, Taser Weighs the Consequences

Police Want Weaponized Drones, Taser Weighs the Consequences Rick Smith, founder of stun gun and body camera manufacturer, says his clients are asking about drones equipped with the company’s conductive electrical weapons. The public is horrified, but Smith says Taser is nowhere close to a prototype. In July, Dallas police used a robot to deliver a pound of C-4, a plastic explosive, to …

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Study: Tampa Police Officers Use Less Force When Wearing Body Cameras

Study: Tampa Police Officers Use Less Force When Wearing Body Cameras By Jana Jones October 26, 2016 TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A study conducted by University of South Florida researchers shows police who wear body cameras are likely to use less force than officers who don’t. “What were you assumptions before this study was completed?” Dr. Wesley Jennings asked. “The officers that …

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More Agencies Revising Use-of-Force Policies

Denver Police Department Is Rewriting Its Use-Of-Force Policy New Denver Police Policy Will Encourage Officers to Use the Minimum Amount of Force Necessary By Noelle Phillips October 26, 2016 The Denver Police Department is rewriting its use-of-force policy to align it with the community’s changing expectations for how officers handle volatile situations and to reflect progressive policies recommended by national policing …