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“Stay Out of Downtown For Now”

Remember when Batts and the mayor said nobody ever told the cops to “stand down” during the riots? Well people who were there know they were lying. Well here is at least one order telling officer not to engage. 0

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What if the messenger actually is a bit to blame?

The BBC has a story about Michael Wood and his reporting of police wrong doing. I still don’t doubt the truth of what he says he say and participated in. That’s important. As to his character or motives, nobody outside of policing really gives a damn what they are or if Wood was a good police officer or not. Wood…

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Homicides down in Baltimore (but still up)

You know how all them criminal justice “experts” say it’s inevitable that homicides go up in the summer? Well for at least the second year in a row, homicides in Baltimore are down, June compared to May. After the riot, homicides more than doubled. Pre-April 27, 2015: 0.58 homicides a day. April 28 – May 31, 2015: 1.44 homicides a…

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Legal Robbery

Meanwhile, civil forfeiture continues. You know, where government agents just come and take your money. Why? Because they can. Charles Clarke was questioned because the U.S. Airlines ticketing agent told police that his checked luggage had a strong odor of marijuana. When his money was confiscated, Clarke had no guns, drugs, or any contraband on him or in his luggage.…

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Low Morale

The NY Post reports an NYPD study that says: “More than half of city cops have bad feelings about being a police officer because of their bosses.” It goes on: The findings also revealed 85 percent of cops feared being proactive on the street because they are wary of civilian complaints. More than two-thirds say they have not taken lawful…

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I still like the baton

Maybe this is minor in the bigger picture of what people are saying about Michael Wood Jr, but I have to disagree with Wood’s dislike of the baton. In a radio interview he said he didn’t carry his because he couldn’t imagine hitting somebody with it. In the Balko interview he says cops used them to dent doors. I loved…

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The Futility of the War on Drugs

Given the recent discussion started by Michael Wood, Jr. this last excerpt from Cop in the Hood couldn’t come at a better time: It may seem incongruous for police officers to see the futility of drug enforcement and simultaneously promote increased drug enforcement. But for many, the drug war is a moral issue and retreat would “send the wrong message”:…

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Things Police Do

Michael Wood Jr. has made some waves by tweeting about things he saw as a Baltimore cop. [To get up to speed, single best thing to read now is the Balko interview.] Honestly, I don’t doubt what Wood says. I am curious if all the bad he saw came from his time in narcotics. And for better or for worse,…

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