If a tree falls in the forest, does it make sound? If a right goes unrecognized and defied by the people charged with enforcing it, is it a right at all? It's not always a philosophical question. Anne King of Washington County, Georgia griped on Facebook that her ex-husband, Corey King, wouldn't go pick up […]
Wednesday was Big Government night at the Republican National Convention, with speaker after speaker extolling the virtues of public employees. Scott Walker said that government lawyers should not just be respected — they should be revered. Newt Gingrich called for zero tolerance for people who call for the death of IRS employees. Vice-Presidential nominee Mike […]
FROM: City of Parma Police Department Public Information Officer, Detective Lieutenant Kevin Riley TO: Citizens of the City of Parma, "Media" REGARDING: Correction of False Statements Disseminated Through Harassment and Terrorism As our Vision Statement explains, the City of Parma Police Department is committed to providing the citizens of Parma with lawful environment where all […]
Mark Tyrell Fowlkes had a bad day. For you or me, that means realizing that there's no credit left on our Starbucks card or our co-workers being annoying or getting a flat tire. For Fowlkes, it meant the Long Beach Police Department forcibly pulling something out of his ass. LBPD, assisted by the DEA, were […]
The Blaze, Glenn Beck's tequila-sweat dream-diary, repeats a law enforcement talking point today. The talking point — "scrutinizing use of force will kill cops" — is rarely served this explicitly or uncritically. The story's about a Birmingham police officer who got pistol-whipped at a traffic stop. A suspect from the car he stopped approached him […]
It's untrue that cops scorn constitutional rights. It's unfair to say that they oppose fair procedures designed to promote truth. It's inaccurate to say they oppose measures designed to protect suspects from coercion. They understand and believe in all of those things. For them.
Something unnatural is happening in Portland, and Police Union President Daryl Turner isn't going to put up with it. The proper order of things is upended. Black is white and white is black, cats and dogs cohabit. Madness! A judge has disbelieved a cop.
The United States Department of Justice has released a prosecution memo explaining how it decided not to bring federal charges against Ferguson Police Department Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown. The report is 86 pages long, with 28 footnotes. The report's summary of relevant federal law — what charges are available, what it would […]
The Broken Windows Theory led to an era of aggressive policing of petty offenses — which in turn led to increased confrontation between police and civilians. The theory depends upon the proposition that tolerating bad conduct, however petty, sets social norms, and that bad conduct steadily escalates to meet those norms. Second, at the community […]
Sunil Dutta, a "professor of homeland security" at Colorado Tech University, was an LAPD cop for 17 years. Today, the Washington Post ran his column explaining how citizens should interact with the police. First, Dutta talks about the challenges cops face from rude civilians: Working the street, I can’t even count how many times I […]