Report: Thousands of Florida cops keep jobs, despite ‘moral violations’ [FL]

Reported on Yahoo! Nes Blogs by Liz Goodwin, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s two-part investigation into Florida’s police disciplinary system reveals that thousands of Florida officers have stayed on the job despite evidence implicating them in crimes or serious misconduct. And the agency responsible for keeping officers in line too often declines to investigate, the paper says.

NOTE: Sad, but hardly a shocker. In too many instances, the agencies charged with investigating police misconduct either have no pwer, or else have serious conflict of interest regarding investigating co-workers or other similar conflicts. Wait, no, actually, seeing it all in print like this IS shocking.

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Former Undercover Cop Now Investigates Police Departments [CT]

The former Hartford police detective, who left the force in 1993 for a corporate security position in Boston, is making law enforcement news again in Connecticut…

It was Rudewicz’s investigation of the Hartford Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division that is believed to have been behind Chief Daryl Roberts’ surprise decision last month to resign. Rudewicz’s team reported, bluntly, that mismanagement had killed the Hartford department’s ability to police itself.

A month earlier, Rudewicz probably contributed to the resignation of another chief, in Windsor Locks. His report criticized what it characterized as a bungled police response after a car driven by an off-duty officer struck and killed a boy on his bicycle. Rudewicz said that police mismanagement probably cost the investigation critical evidence.

[ED: We'd like to see more of this, if it can't be done from within the system. It's an example of the marketplace helping to improve society.]

Read More, Hartford Courant, (10/15/2011): http://bit.ly/mZSFGb

 

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NYPD fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas, former detective testifies [NY]

A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas. [ED: Disappointed but not shocked, sadly]

Read more, NY Daily News: http://nydn.us/o6AON0

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NYPD Sgt. pleads guilty to lying under oath (NY)

According to the NY Daily News, and New York Times, Sgt. William Eiseman, a 12-year NYPD veteran officer, pleaded guilty Monday to lying under oath and concocting evidence in three cases – but says he did it for the right reasons.

Eisenman admitted to performing illegal searches of a car and a house, faking a marijuana case against one man and cocaine-related charges against another – and training young cops to falsify paperwork to sidestep legal safeguards.

Read More: Daily News: http://nydn.us/EisemanGuilty

Read More: NY Times: http://nyti.ms/EisemanNYPD

It’s safe to say that we believe that if an officer’s doing this, violating basic rights and lying about it under oath, he or she is part of the problem, not the solution.

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Opinion: The American Police State is the ‘New Normal’ [Yahoo] (US)

A new opinion piece on Yahoo News written by Jared Spurbeck, talks about recent law enforcement actions that seem clearly undemocratic and frightening to those who believe that the U.S. Constitution provides for the protection of the innocent. It’s worth a read.

Read it here: http://yhoo.it/Police-State-New-Normal

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Officer Shoots Handcuffed Suspect (CA)

So here’s something. Officer shoots suspect who was handcuffed in police cruiser. [More]

YouTube News Report KCRA TV Sacramento, CA

Quick tip, there’s no excuse for this, ever.

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For cops, citizen videos bring increased scrutiny (US)

Good article in the USA Today about the increased impact of civilian recording of law enforcement activity.  The upshot, you and your camera CAN make a difference.

More on the story, October 15, 2010, USA Today, by Kevin Johnson

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Police training halts as agencies face budget cuts (US)

The USA Today reports that, “nearly 70% of police agencies cut back or eliminated training programs this year as part of local government budget reductions…”  The cuts include a wide range of programs, from ethics and basic legal training to instruction on the proper use of force.

NOTE: This is very bad.  Just as we’re beginning to get a sense of how many problems are happening as a result of insufficiently trained officers, just as we’re beginning to recognize the need for (and benefits of) better training, it’s being cut back.

More on the story, October 05, 2010, USA Today, by Kevin Johnson

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Judges Divided Over Rising GPS Surveillance (US)

http://nyti.ms/c396VR Good article on a spate of judicial rulings on law enforcement use of technology to build cases without judicial warrant.

Collective Justice is inclined to believe that when it comes to surveillance, any reasonable case should also be able to stand up to a judge’s prior scrutiny for possible cause and issuing of a warrant before (or in the initial stages of) proceeding with the surveillance.

More on the story August 13, 2010, New York Times, by Charlie Savage

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Should Videotaping the Police Really Be a Crime? (US)

Lately, there have been some prominent stories about police prosecuting those who report on their actions.  We take the position that every act of law enforcement is a public act, being that law enforcement is an act on behalf of, and with the consent of the public.  As such, recording the actions of law enforcement for public review should by rights be legal.  — With the caveat of needing to protect National Security, to be decided on a case-by-case basis by the appropriate judicial mechanisms.

Here’s a great article discussing the issue.

More on the Story, August 04, 2010, Time.com, by Adam Cohen

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