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RJ "Deke" Dieken
Law Student
Law Student
Apr 17, 2022
In FILMING THE POLICE
Police Officer Shoots Undercover Cop [CAUGHT ON TAPE] - YouTube How quick did his emotional state whiplash when he found out his victim was a human being, and not a "bad guy?" FFS: STOP telling cops who are killed on duty at a rate of 0.8/100k (Mostly by traffic) who patrol a country with a 5.3/100k murder rate. That they are the most vulnerable and exposed warriors on the face of the planet. They will IMMAGINE fewer "Bad Guys." Also, notice the thin blue line in action. Everyone on the scene fired their weapon, diffusion of responsibility. Some officers even fired after a PAUSE in the shooting. Why? Because LOYALTY is more important than LOGIC. Brothers in Arms bonded by a fake war.
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RJ "Deke" Dieken
Law Student
Law Student
Mar 25, 2022
In COMMUNITY FEED
In reviewing the video, Rayshard was searched for weapons and HAD NONE, he stole a taser from the officer and FIRED IT at officers, I believe discharging a taser at range discharges the cartridge, and the weapon can not be fired again without a new cartridge. If an officer can only kill if they believe that person is an IMMINENT threat to officers or the public. I THINK He is only holding a non functional weapon, he has ALREADY been identified by officers. Doesn't that mean (1) he really isn't gonna get away in the long run, (2) he's not an immediate threat. Brooks is killed after this, Any opinions?
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RJ "Deke" Dieken
Law Student
Law Student
Feb 18, 2022
In FILMING THE POLICE
Here's a quote from my law textbook, If some of ya'all want to get oriented to a real reason this app is important and worth supporting. "For many of these private people, especially women, people of color or other relatively powerless people in society, video surveillance is the modern day white witness.” -Lolita Buckner Innis, Video Surveillance as White Witnesses, Ain’t I a Feminist Legal Scholar Too? (Sept. 30, 2012)
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RJ "Deke" Dieken
Law Student
Law Student
Jan 01, 2022
In COMMUNITY FEED
https://twitter.com/BerniceKing/status/1471862529282424832?s=20
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RJ "Deke" Dieken
Law Student
Law Student
Nov 25, 2021
In LEGAL TALK
Here's an ACTUAL case at The Supreme Court where both the District Court, and the Appeals court (5th Circuit) granted officers Qualified Immunity. The Supreme Court has routinely held that people should not be able to hold police officers responsible for conduct this bad (or worse). This Petition was filed by the Institute for Justice. (IJ). I'd like to tell you it gets better when you look closer, but it actually gets worse. Qualified immunity has created a feedback loop. Officers can not be held accountable if there is no "case on point" forbidding the conduct. That is to say, if a judge has not very specifically and unequivocally said police conduct is unlawful--police can not be held accountable for that conduct. What's the problem with that? It creates a system where judges are not allowed to say new conduct is unlawful, so the weirder and wackier that police are in violating your rights the less likely they are to be held accountable. How "on point" does a case have to be? If this conduct is found to be illegal by The Supreme Court it is likely that lower courts would still grant qualified immunity where police intentionally set someone on fire who had accidentally spilled gasoline on themselves and was being combative towards police. The joke in legal circles is that a valid argument includes: "Well your honor, in my case the plaintiff's left shoe was untied, in the other case it was the right shoe." This stupidity is based on the idea that (even if judges could hold police accountable) the police read judicial decisions and act accordingly. Police do not read judicial opinions, even if they did a large number of them would not be able to understand the opinions.
How bad is Qualified Immunity? content media
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RJ "Deke" Dieken
Law Student
Law Student
Jun 22, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
Link to ProPublica: Few Cops We Found Using Force on George Floyd Protesters Are Known to Have Faced Discipline — ProPublica https://www.propublica.org/article/few-cops-we-found-using-force-on-george-floyd-protesters-are-known-to-have-faced-discipline
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RJ "Deke" Dieken
Law Student
Law Student
Jun 07, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
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RJ "Deke" Dieken
Law Student
Law Student
May 23, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
Meanwhile, in my experience, if you get a reputation for having a moral compass that that doesn't acknowledge "protect bad officers" as priority #1, it's hard to even get an interview--this (in my case) with a 4 year degree in Criminal Justice. Those of you who remember the California rampart scandal the TV show "The Shield" was loosely based off of? Most of those officers were re hired a few miles down the road. https://www.newyorker.com/news/us-journal/how-violent-cops-stay-in-law-enforcement
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RJ "Deke" Dieken
Law Student
Law Student
May 05, 2021
In CREATIVE JUSTICE
No Copyright, free usage, attribution requested. Here's the semi-professionally recorded version: if anyone can turn it into something more easily shareable, I'm not good at that, my podcast has a program that edits and does that for me. https://www.dropbox.com/s/ioekr7a2b25c5l2/RWB%26B.m4a?dl=0 Thin Blue line cuts through the heart of America. 13 is when you are supposed to be taking art class, learning to mix paint…but they can't afford the paint at his school so the cops try to teach how Red, white, and blue, mix with black--no paint needed today. Countries, communities, or people--Blue puts a knee into white, and white just goes blue so blue cuts white some slack, white was always blue deep down inside if you just add a little pressure. blue puts a knee on black, tired and weary black refuses to take, blue mixes black and it just gets darker…blue has always known what to do with darker…from the beginning it seems, one is a person the other a skin, Make that the shadow scarey and mean, turn it to nothing, representing a void. I wish someday blue would turn around as he walked away, to see red drain to black, before it's washed from the pavement by a deep blue sea of tears. Can't you see blue? black can be blue too, the same as me and you. Maybe if blue would just stop checking to see what color you turn with a boot on your neck we could all stand up and examine something other than how black responds to blue. Maybe someday a 13 year old could finish art class, maybe a 13 year old black could examine some other colors someday... RJ Dieken
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RJ "Deke" Dieken
Law Student
Law Student
Apr 21, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
It's tempting, but remember when an unjust system comes for you or those you love, you're supposed to get someone to be on your side. some states have made public defenders so underfunded that they hardly have time to do anything, so it's almost like you never had a lawyer at all, but they are doing their best inside a system that is stacked against them. Chauvin verdict: Don't hate his lawyer (msn.com)
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RJ "Deke" Dieken
Law Student
Law Student
Apr 14, 2021
In COMMUNITY FEED
The 25 most dangerous jobs in America (usatoday.com) (You'll see Law Enforcement at #14) Every time you hear a law enforcement officer claim they need to BE dangerous to society because society is dangerous to them, you should remember that a large percentage of law enforcement fatalities are actually traffic-related. "2006-2019, 809 officers died due to motor vehicle related incidents (struck by and crashes) – 43% of all line-of-duty deaths" -National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. This is why as a truck driver (Driving 8-11 hours a day) i was actually more likely to die at work than when i was in law enforcement. Law enforcement officers take time off from driving to write reports, run traffic, testify in court etc. In 4,5 years of Law enforcement work, with perhaps an average of one person resisting arrest in some way per 2 days, i think i can only recall three instances where a suspect directly attacked me with the intention to harm me. It was always clear to me their intent was to escape custody. So the next time an officer tries to justify pulling a lethal or semi lethal weapon before s/he has even assessed the dangerousness of the situation i want you to understand, that most of us do the most dangerous thing an officer does without even a second thought...driving. Also when there are more than 3 officers on a scene, 99.99% of the time it is NOT necessary for every single one of them to have a firearm drawn, it's actually MORE dangerous for the officer. Many officers who are shot in the line of duty are shot with their own firearm ("1994 through 2003, 52 were killed with their own weapon, amounting to 8 percent" -Police1.com)...logically I suspect that would not be the case if the "close contact officer" did not have a weapon out. Officers have special "retention holsters" and are well trained in tactics to keep someone from pulling their firearm from the officers' duty belt, not so much when they are waving a gun two feet from someone's face. I'm 6'3" I used to be a 250lb+ rugby player. I considered it a point of pride that I did not have to injure people to arrest them...if I had backup my partner stood by with a weapon (of his choosing) and I would quickly control hands and handcuff. (The one time someone filed a brutality complaint on me, a video came out of me LITERALLY bringing someone over to the grass area so i could take them down to get control of their hands, instead of grinding their face into the pavement...and yelling to them that this was what i was doing, and why i was doing it). The Law enforcement culture of "being at war" with the public is sold to officers, and then sold to the public. As a society, we need to stop allowing this lie as an excuse for unwise and fatal policies. You'll notice i favored using police data, and not civilian data, no one can say I'm making up stats that they themselves published.
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RJ "Deke" Dieken
Law Student
Law Student
Mar 15, 2021
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