Tag: Police
Chauvin Outcome Is the Exception, Not the Rule
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Floyd, who died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes, became a rallying point for protestors around the country. Floyd’s death sparked conversations about systemic racism in policing and in the...
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The Name Says It All: Gun Control Isn’t About Reducing Firearm Violence; It’s About Control
The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is a hot topic these days. President Biden recently announced plans to place additional limits on current Second Amendment rights with the argument that those restrictions can “address the gun violence public health epidemic.” Second Amendment defenders (here’s an example) argue that further restrictions on...
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Riots Redux: Whither Portland . . . and the U.S.A?
Here we go again: another riot in Portland, this time purportedly stoked by President Trump’s legal challenge to vote counting. Riots and voting have a history dating back to the Watts Riot of 1965, which occurred one month after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. The Watts riot was one of many...
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Breonna Taylor Riots and More Irresponsible Rhetoric
Two police officers have been shot in Louisville as mobs ransacked local businesses. The mob did not get the murder charge they wanted and now are taking things into their own hands. Unfortunately, even organizations such as the NAACP are continuing to allege that Taylor was murdered by the police. They will not accept...
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Police Reformers Should Demand Overhaul of CalGang Database 
[This post is co-authored by Dominick Van Cleve.] In 2014, Aaron Harvey, a 26-year-old studying for his real estate license, was met by U.S. Marshals outside his Las Vegas, Nevada, residence. Not until three weeks after his arrest did Harvey learn he would be charged with crimes in connection with nine murders in San...
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Jacob Blake, More Riots, and a Forced Narrative
We have all seen the short video of the conflict between police and Jacob Blake. The shooting has led to riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, wanton destruction of property, and loss of life. The headlines and story from the mainstream media try to shoehorn the incident into the popular narrative of white supremacy and police...
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Leaked George Floyd Video: Shedding Light on the Arrest
After weeks of riots, calls to defund the police, and national acceptance of the systematic racism narrative spun buy radicals, the public can finally see the full story of George Floyd’s encounter with law enforcement. The leaked body-cam footage obtained by the Daily Mail shows a legitimate law enforcement investigation, a non-compliant suspect, and...
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California Supreme Court Curtails Pension Abuse by Law Enforcement Officers, Others
How do you rake in more money after retirement than when you worked? One way is to become a California police officer, sheriff, or sheriff’s deputy. As I reported in my book on government-employee pension systems, California Dreaming: Lessons on How to Resolve America’s Public Pension Crisis, former San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong...
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When Reimagining the Police, Remember These Cases
As we noted, Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor has been sentenced to twelve and a half years in prison for shooting to death Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who was unarmed and had called 911 to report a crime. Those calling for defunding or “reimagining” the police might also consider cases when officers faced heavily armed...
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What the George Floyd Protesters Should Demand: Five Top Reforms
Unfortunately, we have seen this before: police beat, shoot, or kill an unarmed person, people gather in the streets to demonstrate peacefully, but eventually rioting and looting follows. Anger erupts, blood is spilled, property destroyed, neighborhoods are ruined, but, in the end, local policing is largely unaffected. Typically, the governmental response involves creating a...
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