It has been more than two years since Ferguson, Missouri erupted into riots following the deadly police shooting of an unarmed teenager named Michael Brown. It was exactly two years ago this month that Tamir Rice, a 12-year old playing with a toy gun, was shot dead by a cop in Cleveland, Ohio.
There have been many more cases of deadly police shootings since then and still Washington hasn’t figured out a way to keep track of when and why officers use force against the citizenry. Why not? [click to continue…]
US Supreme Court justices are appointed to the highest court in the land for life. There Is no mandatory retirement age. But I would suggest it is time for 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg to hang up her robe.
We should all take a moment to acknowledge her long and spectacular legal career. Ginsburg has been a true liberal champion for laws concerning women’s and voter’s rights, racial justice and she has long been a proponent of affirmative action programs in higher education.
But now as she enters her 23rd year on the US Supreme Court she has called into question her own impartiality…. [click to continue…]
Truth be told we do a pretty good job in this country keeping track of automobiles, doctors and teachers. We do a pretty lousy job keeping track of rogue police officers.
That’s right, there is no comprehensive national system for tracking bad seed officers who should find another line of work. The result? So-called “gypsy cops” who move from station house to station house and from state to state to find the next employer who will issue them a badge and a gun. [click to continue…]
The police tactic known as stop-and-frisk became a hot button topic at the first presidential debate so let’s take a closer look. Is it unconstitutional?
Imagine you live in a neighborhood that is under the constant threat of violence. Gunshots are heard day and night. You see gang and drug activity on the street corners. Every time you or your children leave the house you say a little prayer that everyone gets home safely. [click to continue…]
Here we go again. We’ve endured more terror attacks on American soil perpetrated by radicalized young Muslim men. Their faith is not mentioned here to condemn the entire Muslim religion but it is a common denominator that should not be left unspoken for fear of finger wagging from the stewards of political correctness. [click to continue…]
Fear, anger, cries of racism. This is what seems to envelop America these days, dished up daily by no less than presidential candidates and the media. So many people taking offense at what others say or do I can’t keep track of it all. It’s exhausting. [click to continue…]
A Hidden Danger for College Bound Students
This is the time of year parents start worrying about back-to-school stuff. For those with college aged kids who will soon go off to live by themselves an extra bit of preparation to think about.
You may not realize it but police departments across the country, especially those near colleges and universities, often “flip” students caught with even a tiny amount of marijuana and recruit them into the ranks of “confidential informant.”
At some universities there is a wide circle of these student-tipsters who have all been made to promise to turn in other campus drug users in exchange for leniency in their own narcotics case. [click to continue…]
The Blue Line Faces Potential Death Every Day
Among America’s massive workforce are some 900,000 citizens who head out the door every day knowing they could wind up dead. Can you imagine having a job like that?
These 900,000 are state and local law enforcement officers, the front line we Americans have to keep us safe. Fewer than 1 million people tasked with keeping the remaining 323 million of us out of harm’s way.
In this day and age, when anyone wearing a uniform and a badge is in the potential line of fire, these brave folks continue to show up for work knowing they may not make it home. Their loved ones know it too. Those bent on only focusing on the relatively few questionable police–on–civilian shootings may dismiss that as a trite sentiment but I dare them to put themselves in a police officer’s place. [click to continue…]
Old Saying: A Prosecutor Can Indict a Ham Sandwich
What’s that old axiom? A prosecutor has so much power they could indict a ham sandwich? Apparently that does not apply when it comes to career politicians who are seeking the highest office in the land.
Minutes after FBI Director James Comey’s news conference at which he outlined the bureau’s yearlong investigation of Hillary Clinton’s handling of her top secret and classified emails (“extremely careless,” he said) my email blew up with reaction from within the Department of Justice.
“I am, literally, embarrassed to be a DOJ attorney,” one federal prosecutor wrote me. “I used to be so proud but not anymore.” [click to continue…]