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How do police handle violence in countries where officers don’t carry guns?

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  • It doesn’t help that the law in the United States gives fairly wide scope for police violence. Under the European Convention of Human Rights, police can only shoot if it’s “absolutely necessary” in order to achieve a legitimate law enforcement purpose. Meanwhile, in the US, police officers can shoot if there’s reasonable” perception of a grave and imminent threat, which is a far more subjective standard.
  • Related: Video Shows How British Police React to a Teen with a Toy Gun — Putting US Cops to Shame
  • Related: Good Cops Turn In Their Own Officer After He’s Caught on Dashcam Beating Handcuffed Man

Olivia Goldhill, Quartz 

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Police don't need guns to be effective. (Reuters/ David Moir)

Another week, another police shooting in the United States. So far this year, 569 people have be killed by US police, according to The Guardian’s count. Police brutality is a horrific normality and, in more ways than one, black men being shot by police has become the modern-day equivalent of lynching.

But, of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. A police officer does not have to shoot to kill and, in several countries, a police officer does not even have to carry a gun. In Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, Britain, and Ireland, police officers generally do not carry firearms. In one of these countries, Iceland, it’s legal for citizens to carry guns—and there’s an estimated rate of 30 privately-owned guns per 100 people.

Olivia Goldhill is weekend writer for Quartz, with a focus on philosophy and psychology.

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Video Shows How British Police React to a Teen with a Toy Gun — Putting US Cops to Shame, Matt Agorist, Free Thought Project 

  • For the naysayers who think that this case is an isolated act of heroism, think again. The lack of deadly force is so common by police in European countries that it’s not only been documented multiple times, but it’s been caught on film multiple times.
  • It is high time this country looks closely at the way it trains its police force.
  • Related: How do police handle violence in countries where officers don’t carry guns?

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Good Cops Turn In Their Own Officer After He’s Caught on Dashcam Beating Handcuffed ManJustin Gardner, The Free Thought Project

  • While this handcuffed man’s actions may have been questionable, there are plenty of incidents during which cops stood by and watched their fellow cops beat non-violent, and even innocent individuals without saying anything. Good cops turning in the bad ones is a huge part of the solution to bridging the divide in America, and the officers who were unafraid of crossing the blue line deserve to be recognized.
  • Related: A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick

 

Good Cops Turn In Their Own Officer After He’s Caught on Dashcam Beating Handcuffed Man

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  • While this handcuffed man’s actions may have been questionable, there are plenty of incidents during which cops stood by and watched their fellow cops beat non-violent, and even innocent individuals without saying anything. Good cops turning in the bad ones is a huge part of the solution to bridging the divide in America, and the officers who were unafraid of crossing the blue line deserve to be recognized.
  • Related: A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick

Justin Gardner, The Free Thought Project

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http://stmedia.startribune.com/images/ows_146119297325843.jpgJuly 21, 2016 | In a rare move that actually protects and serves the community, police turned in one of their own after dashcam audio caught him beating a homeless suspect in handcuffs.

Officer Christopher Eisen was put behind bars after being arrested on a felony battery charge. He is now on unpaid leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigates the matter.

“You threaten my (expletive) family. I’ll (expletive) kill you,” Eisen can be heard saying on the dashcam video.

Justin Gardner is a peaceful free-thinker with a background in the biological sciences. He is interested in bringing rationality back into the national discourse, and independent journalism as a challenge to the status quo. Gardner finds inspiration in the garden and people who promote peace and goodwill to all life.

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A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick, David C. Couper, The Progressive 

There is a long and difficult road ahead of us. We know what it is because we have heard it before for so many years. The 1968 Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (Kerner Commission) identified the problem: we are becoming two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal. It’s the same today.

 

Where Do We Draw the Line When It Comes to Zero Tolerance in Schools?

  • It is with good reason that the Justice Department has urged schools to abandon their zealous enforcement of zero tolerance policies. Some administrators are reluctant to do so because zero tolerance policies allow administrators to deflect blame for their actions by saying “I’m just enforcing the policy.” But the Due Process Clause requires schools to treat students fairly. That means exercising judgment to distinguish behaviors that merit punishment from those that don’t. The wise exercise of discretion might be more difficult than the blind enforcement of a zero tolerance policy, but it is also more just.
  • Related: The West’s War on Children

T.C. Kelly, Free Advice Legal

http://fa.advstatic.com/blog-img-D968582630E4-300x200.jpg  July 9, 2016 | Schools often adopt “zero tolerance” policies to enforce rules they deem to be particularly important. Critics argue that “zero tolerance” equates with “zero thinking.” Rather than exercising the discretion and sound judgment for which school officials are paid, the application of “one size fits all, no exception” policies shields administrators from the burden of making decisions.

Zero tolerance policies are a questionable means of achieving worthy ends. Keeping drugs out of schools is a desirable goal, but zero tolerance policies have resulted in children being expelled or banished to alternative schools for taking Tylenol or Midol. Surely a school principal should know the difference between Ecstasy and aspirin and should be capable of treating them differently.

T.C. Kelly regularly authors legal content on FreeAdvice.com on a part-time basis.

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The West’s War on Children, Bruce Frohnen, The Imaginative Conservative / Intellectual Takeout

  • The prejudice against children begins from an immoderate desire for order.
  • Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending  January 9, 2016

Sign the petition: Hold police departments accountable for violence against African-Americans

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  • http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.png Tell President Obama and Congress: Stop funding police departments that fail to make critical reforms for Black lives.
  • Related: Philando Castile deserves justice

Heidi Hess, CREDO Action 

https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/obama-lead-BLM-180.jpgPhilando Castile and Alton Sterling were not the only African-American men killed by police last week. Delrawn Smalls was killed in New York and Alva Braziel was killed in Houston.

At Tuesday’s memorial service for the police officers killed in Dallas last week, President Obama called on Americans to join together to mourn, and to join together to fight racism and end gun violence. But there is more that the president himself can do to stop police violence against African-Americans, and more that Congress can do as well.

 

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Philando Castile deserves justice, ACLU of Minnesota

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  • Related: Feds cover up police killing of Jamar Clark, community renews fight for justice

 

A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick

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There is a long and difficult road ahead of us. We know what it is because we have heard it before for so many years. The 1968 Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (Kerner Commission) identified the problem: we are becoming two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal. It’s the same today.

David C. Couper, The Progressive

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July 8, 2016 | I keep thinking since the horrific police assassinations in Dallas that we’ve been here before. It’s not that so many police officers have been summarily executed. It’s that a palpable tension still exists between police and black people in our country, despite the efforts of police departments like Dallas to implement community-oriented policing and reduce their use of deadly force.

What were these Dallas officers doing at the time of their deaths? They were protecting the rights of citizens to assemble and protest the bad conduct of other police officers. That is what police in our society do, even knowing that other police are behaving so poorly in cities like Baton Rouge and St. Anthony Village, Minnesota, and too many other cities—bad apples who spoil the police barrel.

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David C. Couper was Madison’s chief of police from 1972 to 1993. Since his retirement, he has attended seminary and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. He now lives west of Madison and serves a small church in North Lake, Wisconsin. He is the author of Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police (2012) and How to Rate Your Local Police (2015).

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'It's Not Us vs. Them' James Hamblin, Atlantic

One police chief's humble solution to violence.

 

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