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St. Paul Police get crisis intervention training

by Camille Williams St. Paul Police went through a crisis intervention training Wednesday, learning how to de-escalate with an actress playing a homeless woman with a mental illness and diabetes. ST. PAUL, Minn. – St. Paul Police went to Hamline University Wednesday for their crisis intervention team training.

Chicago Police Department Drafts New Use-Of-Force Policy; Seeks Public Input

Chicago Police Propose New Use-Of-Force Policies Aimed At Reducing Controversies By Annie Sweeney, Jeremy Gorner and Dan Hinkel October 7, 2016 The Chicago Police Department, pressured by a U.S. Justice Department investigation and public outrage over police misconduct, has unveiled proposed policy changes aimed at cutting down on the kinds of controversial uses of force that have plagued the city. The draft policies released Friday …

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Operation Gratitude – Saying “Thank You” To All Who Serve

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits,  Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and …

James Comey, FBI Director: Avoid the temptations to abuse your power.

James Comey, FBI Director: Using Force and Police Power with Reverence and Responsibility, James Comey, FBI Director

In May, 2015, in an important speech on police community relations, FBI Director James Comey urged the law enforcement community to be vigilant to avoid the temptations to abuse their power. “[B]ecause we have [great] power, we … need to constantly remind ourselves of the dangers of power. John Adams once wrote to Thomas Jefferson, “Power always thinks it has …

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Charles Kinsey – Unarmed South Florida black man with hands up shot by police while calming autistic patient

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zIYzSN3jGM Charles Kinsey lay on his back in a North Miami street, his hands up in the air. He was talking to his client, an autistic man named Rinaldo, as Rinaldo sat cross-legged next to him, holding a toy fire truck in his hands. Police, armed with assault rifles, were closing in. Kinsey later told reporters, “I was really more worried about …

Philando Castile – MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY NEWS RELEASE

Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications ST. PAUL — Several individuals involved in an officer-involved shooting incident that happened on July 6 in Falcon Heights have been identified. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is conducting an independent investigation into the incident. Officer Jeronimo Yanez and Officer Joseph Kauser have both been with the St. Anthony …

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Obama Letter to Police: “Just as your tight-knit law enforcement family feels the recent losses to your core, our nation grieves alongside you. Any attack on police is an unjustified attack on all of us.

“Time and again, you make the split-second decisions that could mean life or death for you and many others in harm’s way, I want you to know that the American people see it, too. We recognize it, we respect it, we appreciate it, and we depend on you.” Obama writes open letter to police: ‘We have your backs’ President Obama …

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Milwaukee Sheriff at RNC 2016: ‘Blue lives matter’

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/rnc-2016-sheriff-dave-clarke-225768 Milwaukee sheriff at RNC: ‘Blue lives matter’ By NICK GASS 07/18/16 Donald Trump understands what it will take to make the United States safe again, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said in his speech Monday night before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Invoking Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 writing about the “the interrelatedness of all communities and states” …

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Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay – 2016 DNC Speech

“Our colleagues across America — our brothers and sisters in blue — are doing the hardest job in the world. At the start of every shift, they go out without knowing what dangers await. And yet, there is a crisis — especially in the eyes of too many communities, particularly communities of color — a crisis of trust in police …