Portland cop’s chatty texts to Patriot Prayer spur outrage but are standard police strategy, experts say

The Oregonian quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about law enforcement strategies to communicate with extremist groups. The confiding tone of Niiya’s emails and texts could be taken as preferential treatment to people not familiar with police technique, said Erroll G. Southers, a national security professor at the University of Southern California.  …

White People Calling The Police On Black People Is Not New

National Public Radio highlighted commentary by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School in a story on the problems of people calling the police unnecessarily in racially charged situations. “You have an alarming tendency of white people starting to use 911 as their kind of customer service line when they have any friction with a black person,” said Armour. NPR posted the transcript of the radio story as a separate article here.

Police Continue to Investigate Bomb Threat That Cleared Santa Monica Pier

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on how terrorists will sometimes call in a fake threat to check law enforcement’s responsiveness. Terrorism expert Errol Southers, an extremism expert, security assessment consultant, said that’s what happened during the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta. He said during those Games the suspect had…

Bonus- Cop in the Hood (part 2)

In part 2 of our discussion of Cop in the Hood by Peter Moskos, we discuss the notion of discretion in the legal system – by police all the way to prosecutors & parole/probation boards. We think about discrimination in enforcement made possible by discretion. We think about conflicts of interest in investigations of police misconduct – especially in relation to the war on drugs. How should we move forward?

Cop in the Hood

We ask how to define “good” policing, as we discuss sociologist Peter Moskos’ Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District. What expectations do we put on police officers? How do police departments measure success? What should we measure for success? What does “law and order” mean? Do police receive the right kind of training to deliver the service communities want them to provide? How does Baltimore differ from Los Angeles? We also discuss the epic policy failure of the War on Drugs and the idea of legalization.