Thoughts Las Vegas: The Caring of Strangers

When terrible things happen often all that can protect us or ease our pain is the caring of strangers and the commitment and skill of EMTs, ambulance drivers, police and doctors and nurses. We must celebrate and encourage the best that is in us, not demean our potential with easy cynicism. Human nature is complex but it can be grand … Read More

Thoughts on Las Vegas: We Need Love for All Humanity

The best of human nature always reveals itself in response to the worst. Compassion, service and a genuine sense of community is the most powerful antidote to the disease of hatred. Our condolences and words of support to those most injured by the Las Vegas tragedy are sadly without power. Only persistent and direct love for all humanity – irrespective … Read More

WORTH READING: States With Right-To-Carry Gun Laws Have Higher Violent Crime Rates

Stanford University recently examined 30 states that have adopted right to carry laws in between 1979 – 2014. The study concluded that after roughly 10 years of a state having a right-to-carry law in place, the state saw roughly 13 to 15 percent higher rates of violent crime than states that had no right-to-carry laws in place.  This study debunks the popular … Read More

WORTH READING: Denver police officers are no longer helping revise the department’s use-of-force policy

By NOELLE PHILLIPS | | The Denver Post Officers have stopped attending meetings of a community group assembled to write a new use-of-force policy for the Denver Police Department. The sole officer who remained on the advisory committee that was formed in April dropped out Tuesday after sending a letter to the police chief tendering his resignation from the group. Tyson Worrell, treasurer … Read More

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Baltimore County Executive Calls Police Traffic Stops ‘Disturbing’: Data Shows Disproportionate Number of Black Stopped By Police

The Baltimore County Police Department has known for years that its own traffic stop data shows disproportionate numbers of black drivers being stopped. “The bottom line is, I’m disturbed by the data,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. According to  analysis by the 11 News I-Team In Precinct 1, which includes the communities of Arbutus, Halethorpe and Catonsville, black drivers made up … Read More

Officers Alllowed to Review Recordings

A few dozen Long Beach police officers who recently started wearing body cameras will be allowed to quickly review recordings from the devices even if the officers were involved in controversial events such as police shootings, but it’s unclear when that same footage would be released to the public, according to a departmental policy document reviewed by the Press-Telegram. A … Read More

7 Areas Where Jeff Sessions Could Change DOJ Policy

November 18, 2016 How could Sen. Jeff Sessions leave his fingerprints on the country if confirmed as U.S. Attorney General? Here are seven areas where Sessions could most dramatically change public policy. Immigration. The stakes are high for many undocumented immigrants, particularly those who become caught up in the criminal justice system. The Department of Justice has two distinct areas … Read More

Prosecutor Says Officer Response Was Unreasonable

“No reasonable officer — knowing, seeing and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time — would have used deadly force under these circumstances.” — Ramsey County attorney, John J. Choi St. PAUL —Nov. 16, 2016.  The suburban police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile, the black driver whose last moments this summer were streamed live on Facebook, was charged with second-degree manslaughter and … Read More

Hate Crimes Against Muslims Spiked 67 Percent Last Year

There were 5,850 hate crimes in the United States last year—a 7 percent increase over the year before—according to new data released by the FBI on Monday. The main reason for the increase was a massive 67 percent spike in crimes targeting Muslims. The xenophobic rhetoric of Donald Trump could be a factor in the hate crime spike, says one expert. The … Read More

Officer Deaths by Ambush Soar in 2016

See comprehensive data on line of duty deaths and assaults at November 21, 2016 SAN ANTONIO, TX — A Texas detective was shot and killed while writing a traffic ticket outside of police headquarters late Sunday morning. Later Sunday, two other officers were wounded in incidents in Florida and Missouri. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus identified the slain officer as 20-year veteran Detective Benjamin … Read More


As of November 1, 2016, 18 officers have been killed in ambush-type attacks compared to 7 in 2015; the number of ambush killings fluctuates from a high of 17 in 2002 to a low of 5 in 2014. Overall police line of duty deaths has declined from the high of 139 in 2001 to 79 in 2015 according to FBI … Read More