Managing Violence

Human destructiveness is not a problem to be solved; it is a problem to be managed. . . . The recent run of violence inside the hot zone of militia-occupied Seattle — a teenager has been shot dead, another man suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds, etc. — is the least surprising development of the episode. Of … Read more Managing Violence

How the Drug War Broke Policing

During our national conversation on police and criminal justice, there will be many reforms proposed that will help increase police accountability and encourage better behavior. We should absolutely reform unions, abolish qualified immunity, and address how police are investigated after excessive force is used. But it is also important that we look to one of … Read more How the Drug War Broke Policing

Why Can’t Big-City Democrats Reform the Police?

The death of George Floyd, an African-American, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer has sparked weeks of urban protests—some marked by looting and violence—across the United States. It has also brought fierce condemnations of President Donald Trump. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio partly blamed the president for the unrest, noting … Read more Why Can’t Big-City Democrats Reform the Police?

Yes, Let’s Defund The Police … At The EPA

Democrats have met the enemy, and it is the police. Well, not all police. They love the heavily armed federal police at agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Just days after George Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, Democrats managed to compile a sweeping police reform bill that would, among … Read more Yes, Let’s Defund The Police … At The EPA

America Begins to See More Clearly Now What Its Black Citizens Always Knew

It reminded me of the conversation back in the Pentagon during my last week in uniform. I told my colleague that since my 16th birthday I’d been pulled over about 40 times by police — almost always escaping citations by intentionally handing over my military ID along with my driver’s license. I told him of … Read more America Begins to See More Clearly Now What Its Black Citizens Always Knew

What Would Happen if Cities Started to ‘Defund the Police?’

If cities defund the police, that won’t necessarily abolish the departments. In fact, the remaining police departments may suddenly have an added incentive to crack down on ordinary citizens. As Shackford notes, “If you don’t account for revenue from fines, fees, and forfeiture, this can all backfire against the poor.” Police departments across the country … Read more What Would Happen if Cities Started to ‘Defund the Police?’

In Most Places Traffic Tickets Are About Revenue, Not Safety

  Citizens Fighting Back Against Speed Traps and Tickets   Ridgetop [TN] Police Chief Bryan Morris submitted his resignation on Friday. The Tennessee city is now without a police force and it’s all due to a disagreement over illegal ticket quotas. In January, FOX 17 released explosive reports that implicated Ridgetop Mayor Tony Reasoner and … Read more In Most Places Traffic Tickets Are About Revenue, Not Safety