Lies Do Not Prevent Gun Violence provided this report about a recent speaking engagement where the President addressed law enforcemtent professionals. On October 27 President Obama addressed law enforcement personnel gathered in Chicago and said that “It is easier for a lot of young people in this city and [communities around the country] to buy a gun than it is to buy a book.” He was speaking to the 122nd annual International Association of Chiefs of Police. After addressing the inherent dangers of a job Read more […]

Police Violence: Resource Officer Forcibly Removes Student from her Desk

In Columbia, South Carolina, students and parents are upset after witnessing both in person and on video the actions of Spring Valley High School Resource Officer Ben Fields as he forcibly removed a female African American student from her desk in a classroom there.  Police violence is once again at the forefront of the headlines. reports: The Richland County Sheriff’s Department told the station that a disruptive student refused to leave after a teacher and an administrator asked Read more […]

Police Brutality Cover Up

Over the last year, one of the biggest stories in the news has been police brutality.  From the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, MO, to the killing of Corey Jones in South Florida, violence among police officers has been in the headlines every week. Police forces should be all about making a better impression on the public. For some, this means business as usual.  These are the good cops–the ones who go to work every day.  They do their jobs and keep their noses clean while they do it. These Read more […]

Law Enforcement Overstepping Bounds

Government servants are stealing from innocent people, again. The fact that it is legal to seize people’s belongings before they are convicted, or, even before a case has been built against them or charges brought, is egregious  indeed.  In Tennessee, lawmakers want to reduce police agencies’ ability to seize cash and vehicles without actual criminal convictions. Those in law enforcement are up in arms about this move to protect the rights of the people. From The Times Free Press A 2010 Read more […]

Black Lies Matter More Than Truth on Ferguson Anniversary

And here we go again with another state of emergency in Ferguson, Missouri. In case you have blessedly forgotten what all the fuss was about, Ferguson was the scene a year ago of the shooting of black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer, what’s-his-face. I don’t say that to be disrespectful to Officer Darren Wilson, who has had his life ruined for doing the right thing. But the majority of the media stories on the anniversary of that shooting focus on Brown and seem to have forgotten Read more […]

Chicago Investigator Fired After Claiming Police Shootings Not Justified

The Chicago investigator refused to change his findings when his superiors ordered him to do so. WBEZ 91.5 has published a local story about a Chicago investigator that is well worth your time and attention: “City fires investigator who found cops at fault in shootings.” A Chicago investigator who determined that several civilian shootings by police officers were unjustified was fired after resisting orders to reverse those findings, according to internal records of his agency obtained by Read more […]

Wife Sues the Police Department for Cop Husband’s Death

A veteran officer and officer’s wife sues the Police Department for accidental death because her husband said she should do so if he were accidentally killed. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting this accidental death as a genuine accident. The Free State Project puts the term “accidental” in quotation marks to raise the question of whether it wasn’t accidental at all. Really bad stuff can happen in police departments, like a good cop being kicked out and charged with trumped up crimes, Read more […]

Police Called to Rescue a Child from School

To get a child out of a Common Core test, a parent had police called because the school refused to cooperate. While this story is related to Common Core, I think it would be a mistake to focus too much on Common Core. When a parent calls police to liberate a child from captivity, the problem is the captors themselves, not the reason they give to justify their actions. This is a story about public school in general as an anti-family institution. According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Parent, Read more […]

Ferguson Just Waiting for the Match to be Struck

When I was in school, it occasionally happened that some bullies would “call out” a hapless victim after school. Being called out meant that you were penciled in for an appointment with doom. Specifics could vary, but essentially bullies were promising to jump somebody off-campus and beat the tar out of him. Schools being the way they are, word would go out far and wide, and other school kids would show up at the appointed rendezvous to see blood or at least some vicious name calling and tears. However, Read more […]

Police Militarization: How Conservatives Justify Weaponization

The missing component in this discussion of police militarization and related issues is the responsibility of law enforcement to educate the citizenry, and not simply take upon themselves prerogatives they were never intended to have within the American system. The discussion is published by the Daily Signal: “Police Beefed Up Capabilities Because a Crime-Weary Nation Wanted Them To.” The demands of a weary public compelled state and local law enforcement to challenge more conventional Read more […]

A Policeman Shows He Is a True Peace Officer

More Andy Griffith, less Rambo. Kudos to Officer Gaetano Acerra of Sumter, SC… well done. From A Sumter, S.C. police officer recently went above and beyond the call of duty for a 13-year-old boy. Last month, Cameron Simmons called police because he was upset after fighting with his mother and didn’t want to live in the house with his family, according to WIS-TV. Officer Gaetano Acerra responded to the call and tried to talk to him. “I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof Read more […]

Heritage Foundation Comes Out Against Police State

Perhaps the Heritage Foundation has covered this issue before and I missed it. But I was pleasantly surprised to see them sound the alarm over a man who was arrested in Florida for videotaping police. According to CBS Miami: The charge against freelance disc jockey Lazaro Estrada is obstruction of justice.  He was arrested on St. Patrick’s Day after using his cell phone to record a video of an arrest at a Southwest Miami-Dade store where he was spinning records for a promotional gig. Miami-Dade Read more […]