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Vol. XXIX, Nos. 601, 602 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY June 15/30, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Taking names: How to boost compliance with sex-offender registration.
School daze: Higher ed program for cops is under fire again.
Getting personal: Union fights release of info on misconduct.
Air apparent: Teaching cops how to handle tire blow-outs.
All in a dayís work: Rookie cop catches fugitive bombing suspect.
People & Places: The wheel deal; John Jay swansong; an inside job; no room for race; Mark of respect; new call for Kerik; a steady hand; in momís shoes.
Narrowing the field: How DNA analysis led to La. serial-killer.
Itís official: FBI says 2002 El Al shooting was a terrorist act.
Helpful but costly: DoJ blueprint for Portland will take time & money.
Welcome mat: Dubuque chief encourages newcomers to put down roots.
Inching forward: Canada weighs pot-possession reform.
Side job: Rio cops moonlight as slum-clearing vigilantes.
Forum: A groundswell of democracy toward improving the police-community partnership.
Criminal Justice Library: New gang book overlooks the faces & the blood.
Jeepers peepers: Capping the lens on high-tech voyeurs.
Mixed review: Gun suppression effort has some seeing racial profiling.

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Mills, Love:
Creating a groundswell of democracy

     During a tumultuous time in San Diego some years ago, a white police officer had an encounter with a black man who appeared to be wearing only an army jacket. There had been some radio calls regarding indecent exposure in the area, and it was believed that this subject might be a flasher. Within seconds of the initial contact, things went south and a fight broke out that quickly resembled a professional wrestling cage match. The cavalry soon arrived, to the officerís relief and the subjectís submission.

     On the way to jail, the man began to cry, apologizing profusely in between sobs of regret and explaining, ďI thought you were going to hurt me because of Saigon Penn. (In a case that bitterly divided the city, Penn had been acquitted for the brutal murder of a police officer, the wounding of another and shooting of a civilian ride-along. The defense alleged mistreatment of minorities by white officers, creating the perception that the suspectís violence was justified.) ...