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Four Arizona police officers put on leave after video shows man’s beating

Mesa Police
By now you have likely heard about this case involving the Mesa, Arizona Police Department. I have heard many people defending the police because the suspect didn't comply with their commands and was clearly being "a jerk". It is wise when a police officer tells you to sit down to actually sit down. It is wise when the police are engaging with you to at least act like you actually care. The suspec...
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Collins v Virginia Supreme Court Case Important Protection for 4th Amendment

curtilage chart
I like to share the text of the 4th Amendment whenever I get the chance. It serves as a reminder of the limitations of government and the right of the people in relation to their property. It reads simply: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue,...
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Police Officers are Human Too

Sgt. Salvatore Weeping
Sometimes people forget that police officers are people with feelings, families, and just pay attention to their faults and failings. When an officer is killed in the line of duty someone just lost a friend, a father, a husband, a brother, a son. They need to be held to a high standard, and they often fail that standard, but that doesn't make them all villains. https://youtu.be/KW9oYSxlR6o
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The key to better policing: less powerful cops

Body Cam Footage
A couple of things. First, I don't believe that the officers in the case were recreating the scene. I honestly don't think that excuse is all that believable. To me that's as believable as a three-year old with chocolate on his face swearing he didn't eat the cake. Secondly, the statement from the chief should have gone without saying. “In light of recent events, you are reminded to activate y...
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Body Slammed Sorority Girl and the Use of Force

Body Slam
The short of the story is that this 22-year-old girl (yes girl, not woman, sorry) was at a bar with her boyfriend. There was a fight. Her boyfriend got kicked out. It sounds like she didn't quite know this and went looking for him. And tried to get over to where he was. That happened to be a location she wasn't supposed to go due to the whole fight and cops and things. According to the linked a...
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“Hands Up Don’t Shoot” Was a Lie & Why That Matters

Speaking of the "Hands up Don't Shoot" mantra,  the Washington Post wrote, "This phrase became a rallying cry for Ferguson residents, who took to the streets to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer, Darren Wilson." (Lee, 2015) But as the article acknowledges the "Hands up Don't Shoot" mantra used by Black Lives Matter flowing out of Furgeson was a lie. It nev...
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