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What are the main concerns regarding the new powers recently given to the police to curtail protests?

In the wake of the arrest of a man in Edinburgh for apparently heckling Prince Andrew, a woman called Mariángela also being arrested in Edinburgh for holding a sign that said “**** imperialism, ...
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Why can't police beat citizens to enforce Covid lockdown? [closed]

Corporal punishment by Indian police in India was heavily criticized in the Western press - Teargas, beatings, and bleach: the most extreme Covid-19 lockdown controls around the world Why is it ...
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Would it save lives in London to arm every individual police officer?

Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, said on the radio this morning that she continued to be opposed to ordinary police officers in London being routinely armed. Britain ...
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Does the Met Police Commissioner have the authority to "clean house"?

The news are reporting Cressida Dick's forced resignation as the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (meaning London, UK) following her preceived failure to adequately tackle racism and misogyny ...
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Are there areas of London the police are afraid to enter?

From The Daily Mail (online): The US presidential contender caused worldwide consternation yesterday after a string of incendiary remarks about Muslims, including in Britain, and said: 'We have ...
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Can racial profiling (by police) in the United States be explained simply by the socioeconomic status of the suspect?

This a devil's advocate question, because I don't know of a study/data to directly answer this comment on skeptics. However, I cannot reraise that as a question there because I can't find any notable ...
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Why are CBP and other organizations within DHS allowed to arrest protestors?

As per the reporting about federal officers arresting protesters, I am wondering about the jurisdiction of the US's Department of Homeland Security. What is the specific legal purview that allows DHS ...
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Is there a difference between Sheriff and regular county level police officers in USA?

Wikipedia has this to say about Sheriffs: In the United States of America, the scope of a sheriff varies across states and counties. The sheriff is always a county official, and serves as the arm of ...
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What does the police to civilian ratio depend on?

Here is a list in Wikipedia that tells us the ratios of police vs civilians in various countries around the world. I failed to think of any rationale about how those countries determine the number of ...
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Why does New York City spend 3 times as much per year per inmate than the runner up King County (Seattle)?

New York City spends nearly 450k per prisoner per year, which is almost 3 times higher than second place King County (which contains Seattle). Why is New York such an outlier? Source: Vera Institute ...
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How can I compare levels of police violence in different states of the world?

Some states in the world are perceived as having very violent policing; while others are considered repressive generally, but not necessarily via the police being violent . I was wondering if there is ...
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Why is the Capitol Police expanding nationally, when we already have the FBI?

Capitol Police is setting up field offices in California and Florida, with more states likely to follow. I don't understand why though. The official reason given is to "track threats", but ...
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Did congress increase the U.S. Capitol Police budget by $2 Billion?

I've seen a discussion that implies there was a vote to increase the Capitol Police budget by $2 Billion, while the DC metropolitan police budget has been cut. It is also being suggested that the ...
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Why are Sheriffs elected in United States?

In other parts of the world the police's chiefs are selected by the city mayor or the city council, but in almost all counties of United States they are elected. Why are they elected, and not ...
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How to differ "angry mobs" from "fighters for freedom"? [closed]

I'm looking at those images and cannot understand how western correspondents (for example), differ "lawful use of force" from "unlawful use of force" (on the last image). 2020, US: ...
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Is there any international reaction on police violence in France?

On those holidays another round of anti-Covid protests took place in France: Protests were suppressed rudely, with police violence and water cannons. Is there any reaction from international ...
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Is there pervasive racial bias in United States policing?

Twitter user Leonydus Johnson posted the following statistics acquired from the FBI UCR Program website and the Washington Post: For every 10,000 black people arrested for violent crime, 3 are killed ...
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Is there any data about partisanship inside US police departments or armed forces?

Is there any open data about the extent of partisan division among the police or armed forces in the United States? If such data does not exist, why might that be? For example, is there some law which ...
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Is the Israeli police and justice system discriminatory?

This article in The Intercept says that the police response to the recent surge of violence in Israel has been "almost exclusively" against Palestinians (Israeli Arabs), even though "...
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What options do state governments have when the local DA declines to prosecute a case?

Hypothetically, a resident of a large city in state X is accused of committing a crime of small to moderate severity. The local district attorney decides, for whatever reason, to not prosecute, and ...
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How can police brutality be prevented through policy?

Police Brutality (defined as a civil rights violation where officers exercise undue or excessive force against a civilian) is not equally prevalent in all governments and all places, which indicates ...
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Are female police officers one-sixth as likely to kill as their male colleagues?

The incidence of people dying due to use of force by the police is a high profile issue at the moment. Figures about the distribution of these deaths, such as found in this paper, can be compared to ...
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Why do US police treat using counterfeit money as an emergency?

One thing that surprises me about the George Floyd incident is that the police would treat the passing of a counterfeit $20 in a corner shop as some kind of an emergency. If someone called the ...
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Does radical pacifism reject police violence?

Pacifism is the opposition to war and violence. Does radical pacifism reject the use of violence by the police force? See also: How is crime addressed according to (radical) pacifism?
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Is a jury entitled to find a defendant not guilty because the prosecution manufactured evidence?

If a jury decides that the prosecution has manufactured evidence against a defendant, are they entitled to find a defendant not guilty, even if they think that the defendant committed the crime they ...
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Granting Search Warrants after the suspect has been pronounced dead [closed]

The recent mass shooting at a school in Connecticut weighs heavy on our minds, but when listening to the coverage I noticed something that I could never understand. When the state is prosecuting a ...
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Does any other Latin American country have a justice system in which the security forces can only be prosecuted by military courts?

According to a 2016 Amnesty article, the Chile justice system encourages brutality from the security forces because Chile’s military courts, which deal with cases of human rights violations committed ...
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Did the US Floyd protests actually result in charges against the police officers involved

As of late, I have seen many arguing that the protests and riots in the US about the killing of George Floyd have been directly responsible for the increased charges against Derek Chauvin, and the new ...
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Are police in Western European countries right-wing or left-wing?

In America, the police have a reputation for being politically conservative. One rarely sees clashes between conservative demonstrators and police. In Europe, though, there seem to be lots of clashes ...
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What happens to rank-and-file law-enforcement after major regime change [closed]

The question is inspired by the current situation in Myanmar, but since at the time of writing what will happen remains to be seen and obviously people on here can't predict the future, but surely ...
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Why do so many Sheriffs run unopposed in the US?

I read that nearly 60% of the incumbent Sheriffs run unopposed. Why is that?
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Do other countries provide police the same degree of immunity that USA police officers have?

In the USA, police have a high degree of immunity for their actions in the line of duty. It is nearly impossible to sue an individual officer due to qualified immunity, and one can't sue a precinct ...
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Is there a "unified command" over all the defense forces in Washington D.C.?

A Unified Combatant Command is a task organized command structure used to coordinate forces around one objective. Examples include CENTCOM (https://www.centcom.mil/), which coordinates the armed ...
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Did the FBI inform the US Capitol Police on the level of possible threat on Jan 6?

It's been reported that following the rioting and break-ins from Trump supporters at the Capitol, both the (acting) chief of the US Capitol Police and the Seargents at Arms of both chambers have ...
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What can be done at the Federal level to increase police accountability? [duplicate]

There are a vast wealth of carefully documented instances with video evidence of police misconduct in the US. Often times the departments internally investigate and find no wrongdoing, even when it's ...
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Comparing the summer of 2020's BLM protests to the events at the Capitol on 6th January, 2021

I realize that this is a contentious matter and do not want to start a heated discussion. In fact, having just come from one, I don't want a discussion at all - just some dispassionate, neutral, ...
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Can members of congress carry weapons into the chamber?

Congresswoman Boebert has stated that she will bring a loaded glock into the DC. The article here says that weapons can be carried around the streets of Washington D.C but a permit is required. ...
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Whose responsibility is the physical security of the US Capitol?

It will seem, at first glance, like this question has an easy answer; the US Capitol Police. It might be that that's the answer, but I'm not sure whether it goes more in-depth than that. During the ...
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Can the US police be replaced with minorities volunteer squads? [closed]

As long, as George Floyd killing reveals huge problems in the US police departments, discrimination and racism in the US police, some reform was started. But it isn't clear, would it change anything ...
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What are Arguments in Favor of Qualified Immunity for Police Officers?

Currently there is concern about police brutality and overreach. One suggestion I've heard often is ending qualified immunity, and there are many videos with convincing arguments for removing the ...
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How do progressive US political thinkers explain anti-black police discrimination in cities where the population and government are majority black?

There is a common narrative among progressive political and racial thinkers in the United States that all or almost all police departments are systematically racist in a way that does significant and ...
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Can society (under state rule) function without police?

Minneapolis has voted to disband its police department. This is in response to the BLM protests. Every developed society in the world has police forces. The police are one of the state's institutions ...
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would making the Police a branch of the Military meet the demand of abolishing the police? [closed]

during a conversation with my family yesterday, an idea came to me of merging the Police and military as a potential solution to the demand of abolishing the police, but at the same time retaining a ...
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Is there any reason to believe that face masks increase the risk of racial profiling?

As established at Skeptics, Lincoln County, Oregon, legally requires everyone to wear facemasks to prevent the spread of covid...unless they are a person of color. In other words, only white people ...
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How would a police-free city or state work? [duplicate]

With the recent news around the abolishing of the Minneapolis police department, I wonder what the alternatives are and how they work? Is there any example anywhere on earth currently? I didn't find ...
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Are federal laws "optional" as a practical matter?

Does the precedent established by sanctuary cities and sanctuary states (and other precedents like legalized medicinal cannabis and gaming make all federal law and state law functionally "optional" as ...
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Can special prosecutor Dan Webb charge Jussie Smollet? [closed]

In a case that made political headlines, actor Jussie Smollett was charged with making false statements to Chicago police about a supposed hate crime he had experienced. But then the Illinois State ...
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Why are American Juvenile Curfew Laws not Unconstitutional?

Many jurisdictions in the United States have curfew laws, which prohibit youth of a certain age (usually under 18) from being in public or in a business establishment during certain hours. Given the ...
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What is the difference between the National Guard and the MVD Internal Troops?

Recently, Putin signed the law that creates the National Guard of Russia (Росгвардия), seemingly replacing the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD, МВД). What is the difference ...
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Is defunding the police compatible with a libertarian mindset?

In light of recent tragedies, many people have been saying "defund the police". I'm a moderate conservative and moderate libertarian and generally think that defunding the police is a bad ...