Denton PD changing terminology when it comes to using force on someone resisting arrest

Dalton LaFerney Staff Writer

Denton police will soon stop using force on people when making arrests or detaining alleged criminals. Instead, officers will respond with force to people’s resistance during encounters.

What’s the difference? Not much.

A change in the wording of the Denton Police Department’s internal policy manual will rename its “use of force” policy and call it the “response to resistance” policy. It is part of a trend in law enforcement to eliminate the authoritative associations with the word “force” and its use by police.

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Crime and Murder in  2018: A Preliminary Analysis

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School

by Ames C. Grawert, Adureh Onyekwere, and Cameron Kimble

This report analyzes available crime data from police departments in the 30 largest U.S. cities.* It finds that across the cities where data is available, the overall murder and crime rates are projected to decline in 2018, continuing similar decreases from the previous year. This report is based on preliminary data and is intended to provide an early snapshot of crime in 2018 in the 30 largest cities. This data will be updated in later reports.

Declines in homicide rates appear especially pronounced in cities that saw the most significant spikes during 2015 and 2016. These findings directly undercut claims that American cities are experiencing a crime wave. Instead, they suggest that increases in the murder rate in 2015 and 2016 were temporary, rather than signaling a reversal in the long-term downward trend.

This report’s main findings are explained below and detailed in Figure 1, and Tables 1 and 2:

  • Murder: The 2018 murder rate in these cities is projected to be 6 percent lower than last year. This estimate is based on data from 29 of the nation’s 30 largest cities. This murder rate is expected to be approximately equal to 2015’s rate, near the bottom of the historic post-1990 decline.1 Especially sharp declines appear in San Francisco (-35.0 percent), Chicago (-23.2 percent), and Baltimore (-20.9 percent). These estimates are based on preliminary data, but if they hold, the number of murders in Chicago could fall by year’s end to the lowest since 2015. In Baltimore, homicides could drop to the lowest since 2014. While the city’s murder rate remains high, this would mark a significant reversal of the past two years’ increases.

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The History of the Taser Shows Tech Can’t Fix Policing

Nithin CocaMar 14

Fifty years after development began, the supposedly nonlethal Taser has failed to reduce the use of firearms by police

You hear a click, like the sound of a pencil being snapped. That click — and the searing pain that accompanies it — are nearly instantaneous, but your mind tricks you into thinking that there’s a distinct period between them.

When a Taser shock hits you, no matter how much you expect it, it comes as a surprise — a literal shock, like a baseball bat swung hard and squarely into the small of your back.

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Three Cities in the U.S. Have Ended Chronic Homelessness: Here’s How They Did It

by Genny06

Nine more have ended veteran homelessness. It’s part of a national program called Built for Zero that uses a data-based approach to help officials figure out exactly who needs what services. Now it’s launching in 50 more cities.

In late February, the city of Abilene, Texas, made an announcement: It had ended local veteran homelessness. It was the first community in the state and the ninth in the country to reach that goal, as part of a national program called Built for Zero. Now, through the same program, Abilene is working to end chronic homelessness. While homelessness might often be seen as an intractable problem because of its complexity–or one that costs more to solve than communities can afford–the program is proving that is not the case.

“By ending homelessness, we mean getting to a place where it’s rare, brief, and it gets solved correctly and quickly when it does happen,” says Rosanne Haggerty, president of Community Solutions, the nonprofit that leads the Built for Zero program. “That’s a completely achievable end state, we now see.” The nonprofit, which calls this goal “functional zero,” announced today that it is accelerating its work in 50 communities.

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5 examples of how evidence-based policing enhances law enforcement

By Lieutenant Jason Potts, P1 Contributor

Proactive policing that targets hot places, hot people and hot times based on knowledge gleaned from crime analysts is an effective crime-reduction strategy

Successful day-to-day policing is largely based on building relationships and trust both internally in our organizations and externally in our communities – emotional concepts that are often difficult to measure.

Getting a confession from a subject, making connections with a shop owner or community member, or a patrol officer using natural, keen instincts to read cues that a subject needs further investigation, are examples of successful policing that are often considered the “art and craft” of law enforcement.

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How the feds shut down a deadly Northwest Dallas motel where drugs were sold and women were trafficked

Amos Mun’s long gray hair was pulled into a ponytail. The 64-year-old’s handcuffs were attached to a belly chain wrapped around his government-issued orange jumpsuit.

At 2:02 Wednesday afternoon, Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez summoned Mun to the lectern in her downtown Dallas courtroom. To Mun’s left stood his attorney, Maria Tu of Plano. To his right was the interpreter, who translated the proceedings into Korean for the man accused of profiting off the violent drug trade and prostitution at his treacherous Northwest Dallas hotel, which sits only a few hundred feet from a Dallas ISD elementary school.

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Once again, Dallas kids can’t be out too late as City Council re-ups curfew ordinance

Dallas kids under 17 were free to stay out as late as they wanted without fear of being picked up or ticketed by cops.

But those days are over. Again.

The Dallas City Council on Wednesday reinstated the longstanding curfew — with some modifications — on a 10-5 vote. Council members Scott Griggs, Sandy Greyson, Philip Kingston, Adam Medrano and Omar Narvaez voted in opposition.

The curfew ordinance — first enacted in 1991 when crime was higher and gangs were considered a bigger problem — had become a target of civil rights groups who believed it unfairly targeted low-income minority kids without any crime-fighting benefits.

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