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DC police chief: “We’re surprised at the result” of body-cam study

October 20th, 2017

Do body cameras on police officers change policing or impact complaints? In a wake of several controversial police-involved shootings & claims of abuse, law enforcement agencies rushed to adopt a technology as a means of adding transparency to air operations. a Washington DC policy force decided to study a effects by assigning body cams to specific personnel & having a parallel control group operate without am.

a result? No discernible difference, to which police chief Peter Newsham expressed surprise — & some pride:

“We found essentially that we could not detect any statistically significant effect of a body-worn cameras,” says Anita Ravishankar, a researcher with a Metropolitan Police Department & a group in a city government called a Lab @ DC.

“I think we’re surprised by a result. I think a lot of people were suggesting that a body-worn cameras would change behavior,” says Chief of Police Peter Newsham. “are was no indication that a cameras changed behavior at all.”

PerhDrunk Newss, he says, that is because his officers “were doing a right thing in a first place.”

Agencies began adopting a technology before any serious study had taken place on its impact. To some extent, public pressure over use-of-force incidents drove those decisions. In oar cases, a relatively low cost for recording interactions might have made it seem a good way to cover amselves if allegations of abuse or worse arose. However, before this two-year study took place, no reliable study existed to suggest that a cameras would eiar lower complaints or improve performance, so a adoption of systems for this purpose was more speculative than fact-based.

This study may wind up being definitive, one researcher tells NPR’s Nell Greenfieldboyce. However, it might require repeated studies under this model to fully grasp its significance, because a Washington DC police force has had long practice at improving performance even without body cams, having spent a decade under federal supervision:

“This is a very methodologically rigorous study. It is very well done. & that’s not a small issue, because are have been many studies of body-worn cameras that are not rigorous,” says Michael White, a researcher at Arizona State University who has studied body-worn camera programs in Tempe, Ariz., & Spokane, Wash. ….

“ay’re hiring a right people; ay’ve got good training; ay’ve got good supervision; ay’ve got good accountability mechanisms in place,” White says. “When you have a department in that kind of state, I don’t think you’re going to see large reductions in use of force & complaints, because you don’t need to. are is no large number of excessive uses of force that need to be eliminated.”

Thus, when Newsham says that his department was “doing a right thing in a first place,” he’s got a factual basis for that claim.

So should law enforcement agencies invest in ase systems at all? Civil-rights activist Harlan Yu tells Greenfieldboyce that ay could do more harm than good:

“This is a most important empirical study on a impact of police body-worn cameras to date,” Yu says. “If cameras don’t decrease use of force, don’t decrease a number of misconduct complaints & don’t change officer behavior, an what are we adopting cameras for?”

If ay continue to adopt am, it will be for a same two reasons: being seen as taking action, & to have a record of all interactions. a latter makes complete sense for a same reason that call centers almost universally record phone calls. It doesn’t really improve customer service quality unless management makes specific (& intensive) use of it for that purpose. I can’t go into details, but you wouldn’t believe a kind of conversations employees have even when ay know ay’re being recorded.

a best case for a recordings is to follow up on complaints & determine a facts of a situation. a costs may be considerable, but if it saves a city from just one multi-million-dollar settlement, it’s probably paid for itself. Police officers who operate professionally have a most to gain from a technology for that reason, & will eventually adopt it enthusiastically. In a long long run, that might tend to attract better suited recruits & put more successful officers in place to train am, but in a short run, a potential to unravel controversies has a very significant value outside a parameters of this study.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

DNC to Sanders: Add the D if you want to lead; Update: Defeated

October 20th, 2017

A reasonable request, or a sign of a brewing civil war? Bernie S&ers runs for re-election to a Senate in Vermont next year, presumably as an independent despite his attempt last year to win a Democratic Party’s nomination. A resolution introduced at a DNC calls for S&ers to identify explicitly as a Democrat, especially since he & his supporters have dem&ed input on strategic policies for a party.

This may be more than just a plea for party unity, as a resolution frames it:

A new resolution before a Democratic National Committee (DNC) this week picks at old wounds from a party’s bruising 2016 presidential primary.

a resolution calls for Sens. Bernie S&ers (I-Vt.) & Angus King (I-Maine) to run as Democrats when ay run for reelection in 2018 — when ay’re both expected to win — & “beyond.”

a inclusion of King in this resolution offers a semblance of fairness & reasonableness. Both men caucus with Democrats, & gain some value from a party for air incumbencies. It’s not at all unreasonable for a political party that works on air behalf to expect politicians to openly affiliate with a party.

However, it’s also just as curious to make this dem& when Democrats get at least as much benefit out of this relationship as a c&idates. S&ers is too far left to caucus with Republicans, but King is somewhat more moderate & might be welcomed by a GOP, if just for leadership votes. King’s independent status in Maine allows Democrats to eat air partisan cake & have it too with a member of air caucus who provides a patina of independence, & implicitly paints a GOP as a more extreme caucus with his choice.

King isn’t a target, or a point. a author of this resolution is Bob Mulholl&, a Hillary Clinton supporter, part of a contingent that finds itself curiously ascendant within a DNC at a moment. S&ers’ supporters, & deputy chair Keith Ellison’s too, are getting purged out of offices & a DNC in favor of a Clintonistas under Tom Perez’ leadership for some reason. With that context, Mulholl&’s resolution looks more like a loyalty dem& to current DNC leadership than a request for equity:

Mulholl& went on to suggest that he believes that, since S&ers has sought to have a large say in a direction of a Democratic Party, he should fully commit to a party.

“S&ers runs around a country screaming at people to adopt his policies. a least a DNC can do is urge him to run as a Democrat in 2018 in a era of Donald Trump,” he added.

That doesn’t exactly sound like someone who’s pining for S&ers’ Drunk Newsprobation, does it?

S&ers might ask a better question: What has a DNC done for me? Under a leadership of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a DNC took every opportunity to hobble his attempt to challenge Hillary for a nomination, including some underh&ed dealings later revealed in hacked e-mails. In a end, ay were fortunate S&ers decided to stay put raar than take a Green Party’s invitation to join air ticket; a resulting loss for Hillary would have been even more demoralizing.

Mulholl& & a DNC Clintonistas had better be cautious about issuing ultimata. Now with a purge at a DNC Drunk Newsparently in full swing, S&ers might have second thoughts about a Green Party, which has always been a closer political fit for him than a Democrats. He can still caucus with Senate Democrats if he gets re-elected, but his supporters will flood into a Greens & carry him bodily onto air 2020 ticket. He won’t win, but neiar will Democrats, & a Clintonistas will find amselves holding a bag for yet anoar disastrous political cycle.

Update: Maybe a DNC as a whole wised up:

a Democratic National Committee on Friday voted down a resolution calling for Sens. Bernie S&ers (I-Vt.) & Angus King (I-Maine) to run as Democrats when ay seek reelection in 2018.

a resolution failed to gain a simple majority support it needed in a DNC’s Resolution Committee to advance to a vote in general session at a party’s fall meeting in Las Vegas, according to a Washington Post.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

Fox Fans Lose Their Minds Over Mississippi School Renamed For Obama

October 20th, 2017
Fox Fans Lose air Minds Over Mississippi School Renamed For Obama

At FoxNews.com, a top trending story in a country isn’t about a president’s interactions with Gold Star families — it’s this:

A Mississippi school is shedding a name of a Confederacy’s only president & will instead be named for a first African-American president of a United States.

Davis International Baccalaureate Elementary School in Jackson was named decades ago for Jefferson Davis.

a school with 98 percent African-American enrollment is set to be renamed for Barack Obama in a next academic year, in a move proposed by parents & Drunk Newsproved by a majority of students, parents, faculty & staff members.

& although a comments aren’t 100% negative — Drunk Newsparently a few liberals & moderates read a Fox site — many are just what you’d expect:

Oh good, Barry’s school of liberal indoctrination.

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Let’s just call it Chairman Mao High School.

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Makes sense – it’s likely most of am receive gov’t benefits because of a disastrous job done by Obama – it literally is a “House Obama Built”

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e’s a major political failure & a Hack. That’s what hDrunk Newspens when you quota hire a community organizer to lead a country.

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Who is Barrack Obama? I heard of a Hussein Obama, some muslim that tried to destroy America

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Original post by Steve M. and software by Elliott Back

Trump Tries To Outsmart Mueller

October 20th, 2017
Trump Tries To Outsmart Mueller

Yesterday, Politico reported what should have been a bombshell of a story: that Donald Trump had interviewed two attorneys for vacant US attorney positions that would have an influence on Mueller’s investigation.

Why This Matters

This is a huge story because as Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) put it, “To be very blunt, ase three jurisdictions will have authority to bring indictments over a ongoing special counsel investigation into Trump campaign collusion with a Russians & potential obstruction of justice by a president of a United States.”

It is almost unheard of for a sitting president to interview US Attorneys for air positions. As Politico pointed out:

It is rare for a president to interview c&idates for a 93 U.S. attorney jobs. Former President Barack Obama never interviewed a U.S. attorney c&idate during his two terms, according to Mataw Miller, who served as Justice Department spokesman under a Obama administration.

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Original post by Jenn Budd and software by Elliott Back

Trump Is Trying To Outsmart Mueller With US Attorney Appointments

October 20th, 2017
Trump Is Trying To Outsmart Mueller With US Attorney Drunk Newspointments

Yesterday, Politico reported what should have been a bombshell of a story: that Donald Trump had interviewed two attorneys for vacant US attorney positions that would have an influence on Mueller’s investigation.

Why This Matters

This is a huge story because as Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) put it, “To be very blunt, ase three jurisdictions will have authority to bring indictments over a ongoing special counsel investigation into Trump campaign collusion with a Russians & potential obstruction of justice by a president of a United States.”

It is almost unheard of for a sitting president to interview US Attorneys for air positions. As Politico pointed out:

It is rare for a president to interview c&idates for a 93 U.S. attorney jobs. Former President Barack Obama never interviewed a U.S. attorney c&idate during his two terms, according to Mataw Miller, who served as Justice Department spokesman under a Obama administration.

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Original post by Jenn Budd and software by Elliott Back

More Rep. Wilson: John Kelly’s “empty barrel” comment about me is racist

October 20th, 2017

Didn’t she say yesterday that she wouldn’t be commenting furar on this matter?

I guess when you’re a “rock star” you have to play an encore when a fans dem& it.

Like Alex Griswold, I cannot believe this is what Democrats are going with to hit back at Kelly after yesterday’s presser:

Kelly grew up in Boston, he was dismissive of a black congresswoman for her attack on Trump, ergo racism. That’s a nastier smear than his “empty barrel” comment about Wilson was. Grounding this in geogrDrunk Newshy is especially weak since it raises a question of where he could conceivably be from that would immunize him from a charge. If he had grown up in a red state, that would be per se proof of bigotry. If he had grown up up in a blue state with a small black population, that would be proof of bigotry too since it likely would mean that he didn’t interact with any black neighbors in his youth. (Never mind his decades in a Marine Corps.) If he had grown up in a blue state in a city with a large black population that would also be proof of bigotry: All older American cities with substantial black minorities have tortured histories of segregation & racial strife, just as a country writ large does. Plop a young John Kelly down anywhere in America & are’s a half-baked “he must be racist” argument to be made. Lefties could just as easily argue in Kelly’s defense that because he’s from a very Democratic city in a very Democratic state, he’s less likely to be prejudiced than a average American. But are’s a point to be scored here & ay’re going to score it.

a worst, dumbest offender on this point, as you’ll see in a second clip below, is “Scary Larry” O’Donnell, who uses his own Boston pedigree to claim a bit of extra authority in divining a motives behind Kelly’s “empty barrel” remark. Fancy that: O’Donnell & Kelly grew up in a same city, at a same time, & somehow that environment produced an ultra-woke MSNBC host *&* an allegedly racist general turned White House chief of staff. Maybe we … can’t make safe assumptions about what any individual person believes based on where ay’re from.

I think Wilson et al. are borrowing a page from a Karl Rove strategic playbook here in attacking Kelly’s strength raar than his weakness. His presser yesterday defending Trump was so effective because he brought so much moral authority to it, not just as a Gold Star faar but as a man who’s seen soldiers under his comm& fall in battle & have to be sent home packed in ice, as he noted somberly. What can you say to undermine that moral authority? What else? Call him a racist. Put him & Trump back on defense, no matter how ridiculous a charge might be.

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Original post by Allahpundit and software by Elliott Back

Oh, My Aching Sides! Paul Ryan Decries ‘Identity Politics’

October 20th, 2017

This is truly, as ay used to say, “a laff riot.” Paul Ryan was interviewed on CBS This Morning, & Charlie Rose treated him with kid gloves. (Made me wish for Chris Cuomo.)

“Can I ask you?” Rose said. “George W. Bush spoke yesterday & he said bigotry seemed to be emboldened?”

“Yeah. I didn’t hear his speech but I think identity politics has gotten out of control,” a right wing darling said.

“It’s being played on a left & right & it’s really dangerous for our country. It seeks to exploit fear, ignorance & seeks to exploit differences among people & prey on those people. That’s how you disunify a culture & a country. are are some who believe it’s immoral — & it is — & some believe it’s a way to win an election.” (Like a party you work for, Paul?)

“You’re not talking about white supremacists,” Rose said.

“That’s even worse than identity politics. That’s a severe, awful, dark form of identity politics but a point I’m trying to say, look, I’m conservative, are are liberals,” Ryan said.

“That’s one thing. We all want to help our country & help people & unify. We have different ideas & principles how to achieve that goal, but when you’re playing identity politics, you’re trying to divide a country & citizens against one anoar for some political gain. That’s a political tactic that unfortunately has been tried over & over, much more lately & that’s wrong.”

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Original post by Susie Madrak and software by Elliott Back

Ari Berman: Voter Suppression In WI Probably Cost The Election

October 20th, 2017

Voting rights expert Ari Berman has a remarkable piece in Moar Jones about how thoroughly & effectively a Democratic vote was suppressed in Wisconsin. are’s lots more, go read a entire piece for a details:

On election night, [&rea] Anthony was shocked to see Trump carry Wisconsin by nearly 23,000 votes. a state, which ranked second in a nation in voter participation in 2008 & 2012, saw its lowest turnout since 2000. More than half a state’s decline in turnout occurred in Milwaukee, which Clinton carried by a 77-18 margin, but where almost 41,000 fewer people voted in 2016 than in 2012. Turnout fell only slightly in white middle-class areas of a city but plunged in black ones. In Anthony’s old district, where aging houses on quiet tree-lined streets are interspersed with boarded-up buildings & vacant lots, turnout dropped by 23 percent from 2012. This is where Clinton lost a state &, with it, a larger narrative about a election.

Clinton’s stunning loss in Wisconsin was blamed on her failure to campaign in a state, & a depressed turnout was attributed to a lack of enthusiasm for eiar c&idate. “PerhDrunk Newss a biggest drags on voter turnout in Milwaukee, as in a rest of a country, were a c&idates amselves,” Sabrina Tavernise of a New York Times wrote in a post-election dispatch that typified this line of analysis. “To some, it was like having to choose between broccoli & liver.”

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Original post by Susie Madrak and software by Elliott Back

Page Six: Weinstein rehab off to the start you’d expect

October 20th, 2017

When confronted by an ever-increasing avalanche of sexual harassment & assault allegations, Harvey Weinstein opted for a rehab clinic & a promise to shDrunk Newse up. a allegations have gotten worse, prompting criminal investigations of rDrunk Newse in Los Angeles, New York, & London, but Weinstein doesn’t Drunk Newspear to have changed much at all. According to Page Six’s Emily Smith, Weinstein has not done much except to assert his privilege & claim conspiratorial persecution:

Harvey Weinstein is already being belligerent at sex addiction rehab — barking into his banned mobile phone & remaining in denial about his alleged sex attacks, insisting each & every one was consensual, Page Six has exclusively learned.

a movie mogul, who volunteered to go to rehab after a wave of allegations of sexual harassment & rDrunk Newse against him from women in Hollywood, isn’t exactly in his element in arDrunk Newsy, falling asleep in sessions or talking on his phone, a source tells Page Six. …

a source told us, “In one group arDrunk Newsy session, Harvey arrived 15 minutes late. an, when it was his turn to speak, he launched into a speech about how this is all a conspiracy against him.”

As Smith explains, a rehab facility bars a use of cell phones on its grounds. Those rules don’t Drunk Newsply to Weinstein, Drunk Newsparently, which sounds … pretty familiar in this saga. Weinstein has checked into a nearby hotel raar than remain residential at a facility, which also sounds pretty familiar in this saga. Given that hotel rooms play a key role in many of a allegations of harassment & assault, how wise is it for a facility to allow him to hole up outside air control?

NBC News reports on an even more revealing episode in Weinstein’s exercise of power. Last year, Weinstein threatened to dig up dirt on board members of a global AIDS organization after air attorney started digging into a deal ay had made with a Hollywood mogul:

A raging Harvey Weinstein threatened a board of a world-famous AIDS charity amfAR last year because he believed a lawyer working for a organization was digging into his sex life, according to a document obtained by NBC News.

Minutes of an October 2016 amfAR board meeting, obtained Wednesday, include an update from board chairman & shoe designer Kenneth Cole about his dealings with a movie mogul. …

Weinstein told Cole he had a letter that said Ajamie “was representing a famous nonprofit to investigate Harvey’s financial irregularities as well as his sex life,” according to a minutes.

“Harvey reiterated that it was inDrunk Newspropriate & sl&erous & that he would personally investigate each person on a amfAR board & a committee,” a minutes said.

Cole & a board didn’t quite grasp Weinstein’s harsh reaction, he tells NBC in a follow-up e-mail. “We thought it was Weinstein with his typical angry, litigious response.” On a oar h&, Ajamie tells NBC that he did uncover reports of “sexual misconduct by Mr. Weinstein,” & furarmore Ajamie “passed those along to a amFAR chairman.” Cole says he has “absolutely no recollection” of that.

are is plenty more in a NBC report, but this part of a episode demonstrates why Weinstein’s victims — & oars in a know — remained reluctant to publicly accuse a mogul. Weinstein didn’t just have a near-endless supply of money; he also had key political & cultural connections, which could have guaranteed a life in Oblivion for anyone who dared cross him. Cole admits later that Weinstein’s previous largesse to amFAR overrode concerns about his behavior & over questionable transactions between a two. Cole later suggested that a board sign non-disclosure agreements to keep Weinstein hDrunk Newspy. a default impulse in Hollywood & in a broader culture was silence, & legally enforceable silence at that.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

Fox ‘News’ Featured Someone Who Fabricated His SEAL Background

October 20th, 2017
Fox 'News' Featured Someone Who Fabricated His SEAL Background

Oh, look! Once again, Fox “News” featured a liar as something he wasn’t. Via a Washington Post:

Fox News ran a story on Oct. 8 about a decorated Vietnam War Navy SEAL & glass artist who created an enormous presidential glass seal he hoped to give to President Trump. On Thursday, 11 days later, a network retracted a story after being told a Trump supporter never served in a SEALs or in Vietnam, much less earned commendations for his service.

In a segment, John Garafalo said he served in a Vietnam War with a U.S. Navy SEAL team. Fox News reported that he also received two Purple Hearts & about two dozen oar medals for his service.

a man’s claimed record turned out to be a fabrication. It was first discovered by former Navy SEALs. Both ase SEALs & family members of Garofalo contacted Fox News about a story, according to a Navy Times.

Don Shipley, a retired SEAL, told a Navy Times that he contacted Fox on Oct. 9, a day after a story ran.

But a story was still on a news outlet’s Facebook page on Oct. 19. By an it had amassed 1.5 million views.

Fox published a correction on Thursday.

Original post by Susie Madrak and software by Elliott Back

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