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Mark Clark is the public information officer for a law enforcement agency in the southwest. He is also a photographer and contributor to POLICE Magazine.
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Blog - Patrol - April 2012

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<p>Photo: Glynn Martin, Los Angeles Police Museum</p>

How the Rodney King Riot Changed the LAPD  

April 27, 2012
Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riot that followed the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers who were prosecuted by the state for using excessive force on Rodney King. There was extensive looting and burning, and 53 people lost their lives.
<p>Photo courtesy of Wendy <span id=&quot;ctl00_MainContent_p_author&quot; class=&quot;by&quot;><span id=&quot;ctl00_MainContent_lbl_author&quot;>Dutenhoeffer.</span> </span></p>

Why Budgets Matter  

April 24, 2012
Some officers don't think budgets affect them, so why should they care? I've even heard budgets compared to diets. Seriously? Budgets are important in every aspect of our lives. Ignoring them doesn't change their importance. Inaction may cause panic.

Video: A Book Review, Dumbass Video, and Two Rants  

April 19, 2012
Today's cops must deal with jackasses baiting them into taking reasonable actions and old-guard officers bent on telling them how much harder it was in earlier times.

Put It in Writing  

April 12, 2012
Your written product is often the single most tangible evidence of the work that you do, and if your readership falls off, it will result in unfiled cases, lackluster evaluations, and a generally all-around crappy reputation among your co-workers.

Four Ways To Build Trust After Trayvon Martin  

April 6, 2012
The Trayvon Martin tragedy has made it clear that the relationship between many African Americans and officers is still based on suspicion and mistrust. Despite so much progress, a small crack of a possible action or inaction from a single officer or agency quickly brings on a national torrent of anger and frustration.

Trayvon Martin: The Gunfire Next Time  

April 4, 2012
For a yoctosecond, I found myself initially jumping on the P.C. bandwagon believing that if Trayvon was white that he'd still be jabbering on his cell phone today. But as the back and forth allegations of "racist shooting" and "slanted media bias" gained momentum, I wondered if the string-pulling puppeteers of the three-ring big top—CBS, NBC, and ABC—hadn't gotten the better of me.
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