This is in recent events concerning police brutality, and things that the public knows and does not. I will present information concerning this
chaotic problem, and maybe even a window into why it is happening.
Steroid abuse has become a major problem among police officers
Investigations in Oregon, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, New York and other states have in recent years found disturbing evidence of police officers
abusing steroids. But Connecticut police insist they've never seen it here.
A national expert who's been studying steroid use in all types of subcultures from athletics to the military believes "tens of thousands" of cops
all across the U.S. are on such illegal drugs. But the head of the largest police union in this state, a man who spent 20 years with the Milford P.D.,
says the issue has never even been raised in any Connecticut disciplinary hearing he knows about.
A recent scandal in New Jersey turned up 248 public safety officials — most of them cops — who were getting steroids prescribed by a
steroid-abusing doctor, and New Jersey officials responded by ordering random police drug testing. But a Connecticut State Police spokesman says his
department doesn't do that.
Just last month, a federal appeals court ruled a New Jersey police chief was within his rights to order several of his officers to undergo testing for
steroids, strip them of their weapons and put them on desk duty.
Fighting Police Abuse: A Community Action Manual
1. SOME OPERATING ASSUMPTIONS
THE BAD NEWS is...
police abuse is a serious problem. It has a long history, and it seems to defy all attempts at eradication.
The problem is national: no police department in the country is known to be completely free of misconduct. Yet it must be fought locally: the
nation's 19,000 law enforcement agencies are essentially independent. While some federal statutes specify criminal penalties for willful violations
of civil rights and conspiracies to violate civil rights, the United States Department of Justice has been insufficiently aggressive in prosecuting
cases of police abuse. There are shortcomings, too, in federal law itself, which does not permit "pattern and practice" lawsuits. The battle against
police abuse must, therefore, be fought primarily on the local level.
Forget the "crime rate." The "crime rate" figures cited by government officials are based on the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) system, which
has several serious flaws. To name only a few: First, the UCR only measures reported crime. Second, since the system is not independently audited
there are no meaningful controls over how police departments use their crime data. Police officers can and do "unfound" crimes, meaning they decide
that no crime occurred. They also "downgrade" crimes — for example, by officially classifying a rape as an assault. Third, reports can get
"lost," either deliberately or inadvertently. There are many other technical problems that make the UCR a dubious measure of the extent of crime
Forget the arrest rate. Police officers have broad discretion in making and recording arrests. The Police Foundation in Washington, D.C., which
conducts research on policing issues, has found great variations among police departments in their recording of arrests. In many departments, police
officers take people into custody, hold them at the station, question and then release them without filling out an arrest report. For all practical
purposes, these people were arrested, but their arrests don't show up in the official data. Other departments record such arrests. Thus, the
department that reports a lower number of arrests may actually be taking more people into custody than the department that reports more
And a few other links.
Your Local Police Force Has Been Militarized
The Empire Turns Its Guns on the Citizenry
Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America
There is a video that is called "Get With The Program", I will NOT link to it, as I received a warning when I tried, as I am sure it is monitored,
it is the video sent out for local agencies that are looking to buy and use militarized hardware, helmets, and tanks.
Police Officers, are no longer in "regular police mode", they went from just patrolling using batons, to having heavy ammunition, and shields that
can hold back a bear. With signs in metropolitan areas, warning of "See Something Say Something" you cant help but to be wary of everyone.
A Decade After 9/11, Police Departments Are Increasingly Militarized
Something that we all know is that a change in outfit, can change someones attitude. Between paranoia, t.v, video games, and reports of fear and
anxiety all around you, can you imagine if you had a gun as well?
New York magazine reported some telling figures last month on how delayed-notice search warrants -- also known as "sneak-and-peek" warrants
-- have been used in recent years. Though passed with the PATRIOT Act and justified as a much-needed weapon in the war on terrorism, the
sneak-and-peek was used in a terror investigation just 15 times between 2006 and 2009. In drug investigations, however, it was used more than 1,600
times during the same period.
It's a familiar storyline. In the 10 years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the government has claimed a number of new policing powers
in the name of protecting the country from terrorism, often at the expense of civil liberties. But once claimed, those powers are overwhelmingly used
in the war on drugs. Nowhere is this more clear than in the continuing militarization of America's police departments.
Though this is from back in 1994 this is a sub-course with explanations and multiple choice questions when dealing with the public. This may also give
a clue to what is going on in the minds of those that may have actually looked for a career in helping others, and had their minds changed by examples
With having the knowledge of how and why, we can move ahead. I would love to just say that all of these men and women are just brutal, malicious, and
frankly murderous people, but when you see that there is more at play it makes it, not easier, but more understood.
You dont just walk into a police station and sign up, and get a gun and a badge, you have to be "trained", to be who they want you to be when you
graduate from the academy!!