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Week 447
July 24, 2009
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Editor's Note:

As we all know, plans sometimes go out the window when the bullets — or in today’s case the words — start flying. The feature we had scheduled for today will run next week. Instead we present an editorial by Dan Marcou and a few words from yours truly. To Sergeant James Crowley and to everyone in law enforcement we say, "We stand by you."

— Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor

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You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube. The President is now backpedaling from his woefully uninformed comments made about a fine officer from Massachusetts. Calling Sgt. James Crowley on the phone and saying to the press that Crowley is "a fine man" rings hollow today because of the knee-jerk reaction we heard on Wednesday. Police work is infinitely more complex than a 10-second sound-bite, and the President's comments are just the most recent, most visible evidence that a lack of understanding about law enforcement permeates our society.

The PoliceOne team hopes that something good can come of this mess. We hope that the public takes this opportunity to at least try to understand the complexity of police work, and appreciate the fine service performed by American law enforcement every day.
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Obama remark on black scholar's arrest angers cops

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Obama's comment about Sgt. James Crowley (left) arresting Henry Louis Gates Jr. (right) has launched a media frenzy over racial profiling. (AP Photo)

BOSTON — Many police officers across the country have a message for President Barack Obama: Get all the facts before criticizing one of our own. Obama's public criticism that Cambridge officers "acted stupidly" when they arrested black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. could make it harder for police to work with people of color.

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"Officers of no color" pride themselves on trying to police with a sense of fairness, but they face bigotry every day. They are treated rudely, prejudged, and even physically attacked because of their color — not the color of their skin, but the color of their uniform ... Full column
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Blood drive in memory of N.J. officer draws hundreds

Off-duty Boston K-9 attacks woman, dog

Chicago lowers police retirement age 5 years

Okla. trooper suspended for fight with paramedic

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