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…]
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…]
You’ve probably heard that if a couple lives together for – fill in the blank – number of years they are, in effect, legally married in the eyes of the state. Some people think a common-law marriage magically begins after seven years together, others believe it’s 10 years.
I’m here to tell you that’s baloney. [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…]
Okay, ready to be outraged?
Here’s the scenario: A woman says she has been raped. She makes a police report, undergoes the humiliating rape kit testing procedure and names the man she says sexually attacked her. Later she discovers she has become pregnant from that attack. [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…]
Cars + Heat = Death Trap for Children
Bossier City, Louisiana— Three-year-old twins, children of a sheriff’s deputy, were found unresponsive inside the family pickup truck on a day temperatures were in the 90’s. They were pronounced dead at the hospital.
Summer has only just arrived but already the annual death count has begun. Hot, record breaking temperatures have been registered across the country and as painful as the subject may be, reminders must be issued.
As I write this, already this year 13 children have died because they were trapped in hot cars. Equally inexplicably, 3 police dogs lost their lives the same way. Last year’s total was 25 kids and 14 K-9 dogs. Since 1998, the average annual number of child heatstroke fatalities in the U.S. is 38 and since that year 676 kids have died in this horrible organ-roasting, cardiac-arresting way. [click to continue…]