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MANAGING IN THE MILLENNIUM On cameras H ave you ever watched an episode of the television series “To Catch A Predator?” Even if you say you haven’t, Right now many criminal justice agen- cies are coming under intense public scrutiny because their activities are being I’m betting you have. I know I’ve watched recorded and appearing on the evening it on occasion. news, adding to the damning of police and Two things strike me about this show: the profession everywhere. There are a lot of really stupid sexual Courts have ruled that unless the pho- predators (that’s a good thing) and the tographer or the photograph itself inter- takedowns almost always look like overkill feres with the investigation or the officers’ (and that’s not such a good thing). abilities to do their jobs, police cannot What I mean by overkill is that half-a- lawfully stop them or confiscate the pho- dozen officers will jump on the offender tos or film. To keep crime scenes uncon- and very forcefully take him down. taminated and protect the dignity of Carole Moore Now, I know as well as the next cop victims, they often can be cordoned off that what is perceived to be happening and in such a way as to prevent snooping, but what actually is happening are often two arrests caught on tape can often reflect different things. Police like to err on the what — to the average citizen — appears Arrests caught side of caution. To conduct business any other way would be dangerous to both the to be an overreaction or too much force. And that leads to an even more pro- on tape can officers and bystanders. I remember years ago on a foot patrol nounced mistrust of police. At this time, several jurisdictions, often reflect in a downtown red light district when one including the Seattle and Miami police, of our officers came across a young man are wrestling with very public incidents what — to who clearly needed a mental health evalua-
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