Pittsburgh police chief puts self under investigation for…

The Pittsburgh Chief of Police does something decent, you know, to show solidarity with the people his department serves. The union boss calls him in and… another city, another tail wagging the dog. Madness! Continue reading Pittsburgh police chief puts self under investigation for…

A quote from the introduction to James Baldwin’s Nobody Knows My Name

Few writers speak to me so directly as does James Baldwin. The way he asks the fundamental questions “who am I and why am I here,” is precisely how I’ve always asked them of myself. I can only hope to achieve the kind of courageous self-examination he did. Continue reading A quote from the introduction to James Baldwin’s Nobody Knows My Name

Answering Jeffrey Toobin: Who should investigate Police? | #BlackLivesMatter

In his December 30, 2014 piece in The New Yorker, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin concludes:

“Schneiderman’s idea has considerable appeal; his judgment in the Eric Garner case would surely have had more credibility than the one rendered by Donovan.  Still, special prosecutors are not necessarily good or bad. Like the locals they replace, they are only as good as the cases they bring, or refrain from bringing. That, ultimately, will rest on the good judgment of the individuals involved, and no one has yet figured out a way of putting the right person in place all the time.”

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#NYPD turn their backs, again. Why are we surprised? | #BlackLivesMatter

January 4, 2014

We were again treated to the spectacle of NYPD officers turning their backs on their mayor. The press, again, fails to properly characterize Commissioner Bratton’s memo to his rank and file. Bratton didn’t plead for decorum. He left it up to his officers. His memo, as reported by the AP, read as follows: Continue reading #NYPD turn their backs, again. Why are we surprised? | #BlackLivesMatter

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