New SDPD Chief to investigate narcotic arrest incentive program

first_img March 16, 2018 Updated: 10:28 PM New SDPD Chief to investigate narcotic arrest incentive program Sasha Foo, Posted: March 16, 2018center_img Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, “never authorized” departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.“Let me make this very clear — the San Diego Police Department does not have a quota system … It is not something that I will tolerate,” Nisleit said during a late-morning news conference called in response to community protests over the recently enacted incentive system for narcotics arrests.Nisleit pledged to thoroughly investigate the program, which he described as an unnamed department supervisor’s idea for “motivating our officers and focusing their efforts on drug enforcement within our community… in direct response to numerous community complaints regarding this drug activity.”The issue came to light this week when an anonymous SDPD officer divulged, in an interview with 10News, that rewards were being offered to officers who made the most drug arrests in the department’s Southern Division, which covers such border-area neighborhoods as Egger Highlands, Nestor, Ocean Crest, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro and Tijuana River Valley.An email that a sergeant sent to more than 90 officers detailed the system, which promised top-performing personnel the chance to work in a desirable specialized police-unit post for up to a month, the news station reported.According to the memorandum, between March 1 and April 14, officers could earn two points for arrests of certain drug suspects, including dealers, one point for “less serious” narcotics enforcement and half a point for controlled-substance citations.“It’s completely everything that we are against as law enforcement officers,” said the whistle-blower. “It’s unethical. It’s a reward system, a bounty system for officers seeking rewards for their arrests.”Nisleit — who took charge of the department two weeks ago, taking over for retiring Chief Shelley Zimmerman — insisted that the motivational concept was “never authorized, is not in line with the values” of his agency and was “not something I would approve or condone in our department.”“I will be launching an internal investigation about how and why this idea was developed,” Nisleit said. ” will ensure that every officer in a leadership position understands proper protocols for vetting and approving new programs. My clear directive to all of our officers is that every person they come in contact with is treated with respect and dignity, and building relationships with each and every community is a priority.”The unnamed officersaid that he and others raised concerns about the new incentive program but were told “that no one will find out” and that it was “technically not illegal.” The anonymous lawman did not specify who purportedly made those statements.Cornelius Bowser of the Community Assistance Support Team, a local civic activists group, called for “an open and transparent response and investigation” into the apparently short-lived rewards-for-arrests system.“It targets low-income neighborhoods and disproportionately affects people of color,” Bowser said. “We call for complete transparency from San Diego Police Department as they investigate these matters.”Nisleit insisted during Friday’s briefing at downtown SDPD headquarters that the program, while created without official approval, “was never intended to target anyone from a specific group, race or socioeconomic class.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Debunking the commercial press and why scientists hate to talk to the

first_imgBravo Evolution Story. Credit: Bravo Entertainment Citation: Debunking the commercial press and why scientists hate to talk to the media (2007, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-debunking-commercial-scientists-media.html Explore further How images change our race bias A wildly interesting story about the eventual division of mankind into two species by the year 3000 caught my eye over the weekend. The story originally published by the Daily Mail authored by Niall Firth on October 26, 2007 provided astounding predictions for the future of mankind. It was also given a top position in the American news index Drudgereport. The Daily Mail story has graphic displays of the evolution of mankind and film clips of the classic work by H.G. Wells, The Time Machine.Further, the story piqued my interest because the sources cited were from the eminent London School of Economics. Specifically, a professor, Oliver Curry who received his PHD from the London School of Economics. His dissertation concerns Morality as Natural History: An adaptationist account of ethics, published in 2005. In essence Professor Curry interests are about values and attitudes and where do they come from.He is a research associate affiliated with the Centre for Philosophy and Natural and Social Sciences. He is a member of the [email protected] group. He currently teaches Political Theory at New York University in London. The Daily Mail article stated in pertinent part:”The alarming prediction comes from evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry from the London School of Economics, who says that the human race will have reached its physical peak by the year 3000.””These humans will be between 6ft and 7ft tall and they will live up to 120 years.” “Physical features will be driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility that men and women have evolved to look for in potential mates,” says the report, which suggests that advances in cosmetic surgery and other body modifying techniques will effectively homogenize our appearance.” “Men will have symmetrical facial features, deeper voices and bigger penises, according to Curry in a report commissioned for men satellite TV channel Bravo.” “Women will all have glossy hair, smooth hairless skin, large eyes and pert breasts, according to Curry.” “Racial differences will be a thing of the past as interbreeding produces a single coffee-coloured skin tone.” More information: homepage.mac.com/scottukgb/publications/bravo.pdf “The future for our descendants is a long life, perfect bodies and chiseled features, however, while humans will reach their peak in 1000 years´time, 10,000 years later our reliance on technology will have begun to dramatically change our appearance.” “Medicine will weaken our immune system and we will begin to appear more child-like. Dr Curry said: The report suggests that the future of man will be a story of the good, the bad and the ugly.”I read these astonishing predictions from an eminent professor educated at the preeminent London School of Economics and something looked fishy. It was enough to make anyone take notice. As it turns out selling papers and hyping an upcoming Bravo episode was the purpose of the article. It was not to educate the public at all. In fact Dr. Curry has renounced any conclusions or mis applications of his work on the evolution of values, moral choices and the like. He is currently awaiting publication of his recent research, Patience is a Virtue: cooperative people have lower discount rates. In response to the press releases mentioned in the Daily Mail article, Dr. Curry released the following explanation on October 17, 2007.”In the summer of 2006 I was commissioned by Bravo Television to write an essay on the future of human evolution. The essay was intended as a science fiction way of illustrating some aspects of evolutionary theory.””Bravo then sent out a press release on the essay, but did not release the essay itself. As a result, a wildly distorted version of what I had written ended up being reported as science fact in the media. I do not endorse the content of these media reports.”To read the original essay, please see below.In essence Dr. Curry was asked to write a fictional account of what if and make some projections about some 1,000 years in the future for an episode of a popularized series on Bravo. He never intended that his Essay for Bravo be presented as scientific evidence. An examination of the quotes made in the Daily Mail article referring to a report confuses the peer review research he is conducting and an entertaining essay he never intended to have published as scientific evidence. His words and work are taken out of context.Is it any wonder scientists and academics are skeptical of the popular media. In this instance, Bravo knew the basis of the Essay, it was for entertainment. The Daily Mail and other popular news services saw fit to publish a highly sensational headline that failed to mention the context of the words and works. The popular press ran a story over the weekend about the eventual split into two species of the human race. The sources cited were the preeminent London School of Economics and the work of Professor Oliver Curry. The story published as scientific fact is rebuked by Dr. Curry and this article explains how it all happened. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Reviving organic fashion at the runway

first_imgIt was a fashion parade on the second day of the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter’ 17 – from incredible sarees designed in lustrous tussar silk to kurtas woven from Kuchai – garments created from some of the best organic fabric of Jharkhand were on glorious display as internationally acclaimed designers showcased their work. Madhu Jain, craft revivalist and textile conservationist showcased her specially curated collection at the fashion extravaganza by taking the ‘Ikat weaving craft’ style to another level. Here, she showcased a blend of several cultures that straddles geographies; from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in India, to Thailand and Uzbekistan. The collection bears her inimitable stamp of exquisite craftsmanship, striking design intervention, and an outstanding colour palette. And the best part? Every single textile innovated by Madhu has been woven in India. Her exquisite collection was introduced with some soul-stirring singing by the mesmerising Raghav Meattle, a Finalist of the wildly popular TV show ‘The Stage.’ Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSome of India’s top fashion designers including Rina Dhaka, Shaina NC, Shruti Sancheti, Divya and Ambika Jain showcased their latest fashion collections designed from Jharkhand’s rich fabrics and handloom at the grand fashion show put together by ‘Jharcraft’. Top models sashayed the ramp displaying the elegant collections with elan as the designers showcased their designs made of Tussar silk, Kuchai silk and other handloom fabrics of Jharkhand.”The treasured hand-loom clusters from remotest tribal belt of Jharkhand inspired me to redefine muted glamour of tribal India. Luminous looms like Tussar, mulberry silk, Eri silk and spun cotton in decadent palette of Sand, Ecru, berry purple, Onyx, Charcoal, Burgundy, Mahogany and Teal are meticulously crafted to create easy separates for the coming festive season,” says Shruti Sancheti. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive’Jharcraft’ (Jharkhand Silk Textile and Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd) conceived the fashion event with an objective to put spotlight on to the exquisite and organic fabrics handcrafted by craftspersons of the state.Union Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani also paid a visit to the ‘Jharcraft’ pavilion and took a close look at the handloom collection. She also discussed the initiatives being undertaken to help artisans from the state to achieve better market access and improve their livelihood. Tussar Silk, a special silk variety produced in eastern and central India, primarily in Jharkhand, was the special focus of the collection. India is the second largest producer of Tussar silk and the exclusive producer of Indian Tussar (also known as tropical tussar). In recent years, Jharkhand state has emerged as the largest producer of Tussar silk in the country.The artisans producing the silk are largely poor tribals from Jharkhand state. In its quest to improve sources of livelihood for these artisans, ‘Jharcraft’ works to promote their work and take it to national and international platforms. “These silks are a deep manifestation of the tribal arts and crafts of the region and reflect the well-springs of creativity endowed with the ethnic communities of Jharkhand. Recognising it as a source of income, the artisans of the state have in recent years further cultivated and enhanced their skills as well as variety of products. Jharkhand is today the leading producer of Tussar silk which is attracting much attention, especially among the discerning fabric lovers. By associating with such an event and showcasing Tussar silk and garments made of other handlooms of Jharkhand, our attempt is to take ours fabrics and handlooms to international markets,” said K Ravi Kumar, Managing Director, ‘Jharcraft’.last_img read more