Conflict and Violence

Are America's officers at war? with Joel F. Shults, Ed.D

Before we write off the most recent mass killings of police officers as the individual work of one violent miscreant (or even a few violent miscreants, counting those who aided and abetted after the fact) or the failure of “cracks in the justice system,” we need to take the kind of connect-the-dots examination of patterns of violence that we have learned to do with terrorism.

Global cities-global gangs by John P. Sullivan and Adam Elkus

Gangs, like death, war, and taxes, have always been with us.  They are likely to remain a feature of everyday life. For the most part, gangs have been rather low priority in terms of domestic policy. In America in particular, gangs and other street-level criminal organizations have oscillated between objects of benign neglect and sensationalized panic over criminal ‘super-predators’. The global and foreign policy implications of gangs have been rarely considered.

The Ultimate Test of a Warrior: Seattle Police Officer Confronts the Lakewood Officers Killer from Spartan Cops

Maurice Clemmons, the Lakewood Officers Killer, is dead today because of the actions of a true warrior, Seattle Police Officer Benjamin Kelly.

Confronting the most brutal cop killer in America by yourself is an awesome challenge for anyone. Continue reading

Crime and Fourth Generation Warfare "a really bad intersection" From Project White Horse

Ed Beakley who publish great information on his web-site Project White Horse on the topic of crises preparedness and response has posted a new link Crime and Fourth Generation Warfare.

University of South Florida faculty newsletter Staying Safe: How to Protect Yourself Against Workplace Violence

The University of South Florida has a new, short ,and too the point article about how to protect your self in the workplace. The recommendations apply to preventing violence in any other environment you find yourself in, as well.

UPDATE: "Person Of Interest" dentified In Police Ambush, Officers Names Released

SEATTLE - The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is naming a "person of interest" in the killings of four Lakewood police officers.

Spokesman Ed Troyer says they're looking for 37 year old Maurice Clemmons, a man with an extensive criminal history in both Pierce County and Arkansas.

4 Police Officers Shot Dead Near Washington State Air Force Base

SEATTLE —  Four police officers were shot dead in an ambush at a Washington state coffee house, a sheriff's official said Sunday.

The attack occurred east of McChord Air Force Base in Parkland, Wash.

The officers were shot at local coffee shop, Forza Coffee, the News Tribune of Tacoma reported.

"Counterinsurgency" to Fight U.S. Crime? No, Thanks

After the sickening murder of a 9-year-old boy in Washington, our friend Spencer Ackerman made an impassioned plea: U.S. Central Command chief General David Petraeus for D.C. metro police chief. The idea of America’s leading counterinsurgent taking on one of its most crime-ridden towns definitely has a certain visceral appeal. But militarizing our approach to policing is an idea that could backfire in a hurry.

Pakistan charges 7 suspects in Mumbai attacks

“Pakistan charged seven men in last year’s Mumbai attacks on Wednesday, its first indictment in a case being monitored by India and the United States to see if Islamabad makes good on promises to bring those responsible to justice.

Despite a crackdown in the months following the attacks, analysts say Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani militant group blamed for the three-day assault on the financial center that killed 166 people, remains active and largely untouched by Pakistani authorities.

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