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08 Mar 2011 21:00


World: Depressing: Super-brave Mexican police officer forced to retreat

Marisol Valles, 20, was called the “Bravest Woman in Mexico” for taking up a dangerous post as a police sheriff. Now, she’s seeking asylum in the U.S. She’s still brave. source

03 Mar 2011 10:59


U.S.: Twenty years after Rodney King, the LAPD’s view on cameras evolves

  • Early on in their training, I always tell them, ‘I don’t care if you’re in a bathroom taking care of your personal business…. Whatever you do, assume it will be caught on video.’ We tell them if they’re doing the right thing then they have no reason to worry.
  • LAPD officer and recruit supervisor Sgt. Heather Fungaroli • Offering a fairly fresh assessment on the how the police department now views video. Twenty years ago, a video clip turned their whole view on the matter inside-out. The clip of Rodney King’s beating by multiple police officers, and the subsequent “not guilty” verdict in the case, led to a major riot in the city that drew national attention and led to 50 deaths. These days, the police force is quickly putting more cameras in police cars and even has its own videographers to cover incidents – advances which not only ensure better cop conduct but can help exonerate them in legal cases. source

22 Jan 2011 11:04


World: Tunisian police officers: Screw it, we want to protest, too!

Police officers are standing in solidarity with other protesters today. Why? According to al-Jazeera, “They no longer want to be persecuted” for helping defend the government. source

26 May 2010 11:45


Politics: Eric Holder plans to nod his head through another meeting

As regular reader Tom Alday will rightly remind us, Eric Holder didn’t read Arizona’s 10-page immigration law. But he’s about to talk about it with a bunch of big-city police chiefs. source

30 Nov 2009 09:47


U.S.: How various states failed at keeping Maurice Clemmons jailed

  • Arkansas The parole board recommended to Mike Huckabee that Clemmons fit the profile for early release, so he released him, in part due to the fact that Clemmons was jailed at 17.
  • Washington Clemmons moved to the state after getting off on robbery charges in Arkansas, and was released on bond for child-rape charges just six days ago. source