November 2014

Are We Asking the Right Questions About Police and Race?

by Diane Dimond on November 24, 2014

Why Are Black Arrest Rates So High?

Why Are Black Arrest Rates in Some Places So High?

As the nation continued to watch for the grand jury announcement out of Ferguson, Missouri this week, USA Today released a disturbing analysis of arrest records from across the country.

After pouring over FBI records from more than 3,500 police departments the newspaper finds that blacks are far more likely to be arrested than people of other races – and for all sorts of crimes – from murder to marijuana possession.

USA Today called the racial divide in America’s 2011-2012 arrest rates a, “staggering disparity” with at least 70 police departments from Connecticut to California arresting blacks at a rate 10 times higher than people of other races.

But before you jump to any conclusions, the paper also quoted experts who said the lopsided nature of arrests didn’t necessary prove racism or racial profiling.

Read that sentence again, please. [click to continue…]

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Robert Mitton – Lost in the ‘Right to Die’ Debate

by Diane Dimond on November 17, 2014

Terminally Ill and Planning His Own Death

Terminally Ill and Planning His Own Death

While many are debating whether more states should pass “Right to Die” laws Robert Mitton is methodically planning his own death. Death on his terms, as he slips through the cracks of the current conversation about who qualifies for help in ending a life of unbearable pain.

Mitton, 59, has suffered from acute heart disease most of his life, the result of a near fatal childhood bout with rheumatic fever. Fifteen years ago, on November 17, 1999, Robert finally agreed to allow surgeons to swap out his damaged aortic heart valve with a bovine replacement. He was told the cow valve had a shelf life of ten to 15 years.  Next week marks the expiration date for the lifesaving foreign body that lives in his chest. [click to continue…]

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One Proud Cop

by Diane Dimond on November 10, 2014

Sgt. Edward J. Burns as a Young NYPD Officer

Sgt. Edward J. Burns as a Young NYPD Officer

Generally speaking law enforcement types are a quietly proud bunch. They are proud to put on the uniform every day, proud to catch the bad guys and proud to dedicate their lives to keeping the public safe.

There might be no prouder cop these days than Sgt. Edward J. Burns, the retired New York Police Department’s media liaison. Besides dedicating 27 years of his life to public service — much of it as the TV face representing the NYPD — Burns has much to brag about. A lovely wife named Molly and three beautiful children. His daughter, Mary, was celebrating her 28th wedding anniversary the day Burns and I last spoke. And, oh yeah, his two sons are famous.

The sons didn’t go into law enforcement but each has dedicated parts of their careers to cops in another way, telling captivating stories about the job to which their old man dedicated his life. [click to continue…]

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Why Do Politicians Get to Lie in Ads?

Why Do Politicians Get to Lie in Ads?

                    We’re assured truth in advertising — unless its political advertising…

Are you absolutely sick to death of all the snarky campaign ads on television?

Yeah, me too.

November 5th cannot come fast enough. Let’s get this mid-term election over!

Nasty cracks, smarmy innuendo, selective editing of opponents interviews and downright lies. Isn’t there something that should be done to a candidate who deliberately tries to deceive the electorate? [click to continue…]

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