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At NYPD Officer’s Funeral, Police Reflect on Tough Time

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Officers arrived from as far as California, Louisiana, and Chicago to line the streets outside the church for the funeral of a young NYC police officer By Frank Eltman and Michael Balsamo Associated Press SEAFORD, N.Y. — Thousands of police from around the country came together at a slain New York City officer’s funeral on Friday, mixing grief with calls for respect …

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National Police Week May 10th-16th

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In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and …

Obama, Holder offer words at slain marshal’s funeral

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27-year-old marshal died in a shootout March 10 after he and others arrived at a motel to arrest a fugitive Yesterday at 4:40 PM By Margaret Baker The Sun Herald MOSS POINT, Miss. — On slain deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells’ 20th birthday, he put his future wife on the spot. “I asked him, ‘What do you want for your birthday?’” …

Video: Black Panther LeaderUndergoes Shoot/Don’t Shoot Training

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Anti-police protest leader and head of Houston’s New Black Panther Party was invited to undergo use of force training at a Texas police department Feb 5, 2015 MISSOURI CITY, Texas — An anti-police protest leader was invited to undergo use of force training at a Texas police department. The head of Houston’s New Black Panther Party, Quanell X, participated in shoot/don’t …

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Police Week 2014: A confluence of emotions

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Police Week is a memorial service for fallen heroes, a support session for survivors, and a celebratory social event for about 20,000 officers from all over the country To say that attending Police Week this year was a powerful experience is an understatement of borderline-negligent magnitude. I’ve been told repeatedly by those who’ve attended it that “it just defies description.” …

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Pa. police face unique set of challenges with texting law

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Unless a driver admits or a passenger tells police that a driver was sending a message, it’s difficult to make a texting-while-driving citation stick ALLENTOWN, Pa. — From Allentown police Capt. William Reinik’s perspective, Pennsylvania’s law against texting and driving is a challenge to enforce. “Out on the street, is it very difficult to tell if a person is texting? Yes …

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Watchdog to Oversee NYPD

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Philip K. Eure was named the city’s first-ever inspector general to oversee the police department. The de Blasio administration Friday named the city’s first-ever inspector general to oversee the police department, a post created over the veto of the former mayor but embraced by the current one. Philip K. Eure, who starts May 27, helped establish a similar watchdog office …

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How your Brain Handles Fear

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By Val Van Brocklin   Fear is the brain’s hard-wired survival mechanism. There are three key players in this system: •   The thalamus is your brain’s window to the world. It receives and processes at a low level sensory input and sends messages to: •   The amygdala, which scans the information for threats and musters a full body response if danger …

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The Constitution and the cop: Case law and the American home

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While the home is still sacred constitutional ground — a threshold not to be trespassed upon by the government without a warrant supported by probable cause — exceptions do exist If there is one inviolable principle in Constitutional criminal procedure, it is that the home remains off-limits to government intrusion short of the existence of probable cause and a warrant …