Breaking and updates

In his inaugural address Trump vowed to tackle the inner cities, reiterating a concern that we cheered in a recent post. We'll see!

We recently criticized FBI Director Comey's decision to announce that Hillary wouldn't be charged. That, we thought, was for the AG to do. And now big trouble is brewing.

Once again, California has earned first place in the gun-law shootout. For what that really means, check out our new post, "Do Gun Laws Work?"

During a three-year period, three members of an Oakland family - one from each succeeding generation - fell to gunfire. Read the heartbreaking account here.

Christmas weekend was no holiday in Chicago, where a staggering 53 persons were shot. Eleven have so far died from their wounds. For recent posts about the Windy City's epidemic of violence click here, here and here.

Lee Baca gets a second wind as jurors hang 11-1 in favor of acquitting the disgraced former L.A. County Sheriff of styming a Federal investigation into abuses at the jail. Jurors (at least, all but one) were apparently convinced that Baca, as his lawyers insisted, was indeed being tried for the sins of his underlings. Baca had once agreed to plea guilty in exchange for a six-month term, but a Federal judge had rejected the punishment as too lenient. Click here for a related post.

Another speech, another miss. Despite a troubling increase in big-city murders, President Obama's final 2016 news conference ignored the scourge of poverty and violence in America's urban centers. So we stepped in. Check out our new post!

It's not the kind of record Chicago was eager to break. On November 30 the City of Broad Shoulders reached 701 homicides, a toll not seen since 1998. For our recent post about its violent streak click here.

In an anxiously awaited (and sure to prove controversial) decision, the Charlotte (NC) D.A. ruled that the killing of Keith Lamont Scott was justified. A black man whom officers chanced across, Scott was wearing an ankle holster and allegedly refused orders to drop a gun. For our related post click here: "Is it Always About Race?"

How can we address the alarming increase in killings of police officers? And of aggressive and disturbed citizens, by cops? For one approach check out our new post, "A Stitch in Time"

Only two days before the election, FBI Director Comey confirms his original recommendation against prosecuting Hillary. For more about Comey and the email scandal, check out our recent post, "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished".

Federal prosecutors charged Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio and three underlings with criminal contempt of court for defying a judge’s order to stop targeting Hispanic persons. For our prior post on this long-running saga click here.

DOJ assumes leadership of the Police Data Initiative, a program that would collect data about stop and frisk, uses of force (not just lethal), officer-involved shootings and "other police actions" from law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. $750,00 is awarded to the Police Foundation to develop a plan with 100 cooperating departments.ť

Thinking they were responding to a "simple family disturbance," two Palm Springs officers were shot and killed and a third was wounded by an ex-con with a violent past. At least two persons knew that he was armed and intended to murder cops but the information was apparently not passed on. How to keep patrol officers informed will be discussed in a forthcoming post.

Shootings by police continue, as do protests against the use of lethal force. But it seems that many citizens were indeed armed. Is there a solution? Check out our new post, "Is it Always About Race?".

Riots break out in Charlotte after an officer shoots and kills a black man who allegedly brandished a handgun. In August charges were dropped against another Charlotte officer who killed an unarmed black man in 2014. For more about the earlier incident see "Does Race Matter? (Part I)".

Is inflammatory anti-police rhetoric getting cops killed? Check out our new post, "Words Matter".

With 90 homicides in August, and 471 so far in 2016, exceeding NYC and L.A. combined, Chicago's murder spree is at a two-decade high. For our thoughts on what can be done check out "Role Reversal".

Recent use of force episodes have rekindled interest in having officers live where they work. "Where Should Cops Live?" examines residency requirements in depth. Are they really a good idea?

In yet another violent inner-city episode, Milwaukee police shot and killed a man, and rioting followed. Our new post, "Getting Out of Dodge" discusses a Federal program that offers long-suffering residents an opportunity to escape crime and disorder.

Recent posts

NEW "Do Gun Laws Work?": Are they doing any good? We crunch the numbers to find out (#285, 1/11/17)

"Is Trump Right About the Nation's Inner Cities?": America's low-income communities desperately need a New Deal (#284, 12/17/16)

"A Stitch in Time": Could early intervention save officer and citizen lives? (#283, 11/26/16)

"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished": To avoid anointing Trump, the FBI Director falls into a trap of his own making (#282, 11/2/16)

"A Matter of Life and Death": In an era of highly lethal firearms, keeping patrol informed is job #1 (#281, 10/20/16)

"Is it Always About Race?": Unruly citizens and streets brimming with guns make risk-tolerance a very hard sell (#280, 10/5/16)

"Words Matter": In a conflicted, gun-saturated land, heated rhetoric threatens cops’ effectiveness – and their lives (#279, 9/17/16)

"Where Should Cops Live?": Officer-citizen conflicts stir renewed interest in residency requirements (#278, 9/2/16)

"Getting Out of Dodge": For families caught in dangerous neighborhoods, there is one option (#277, 8/19/16)

"Better Late Than Never (Part II)": DOJ proposes rules for forensic testimony. Do they go far enough? (#276, 8/3/16)

"Good Guy/Bad Guy/Black Guy (Part II)" Aggressive crime-fighting strategies can exact an unintended toll (#275, 7/18/16)

"Good Guy/Bad Guy/Black Guy (Part I)" Do cops use race to decide who poses a threat? (#274, 7/18/16)

"Intended or not, a Very Rough Ride": A hung jury and two acquittals mar Baltimore's crusade against police violence (#273, 7/3/16)

"A Ban in Name Only": Pretending to regulate only makes things worse (#272, 6/21/16)

"Better Late Than Never (Part I)": A "hair-raising" forensic debacle forces DOJ's hand (#271, 6/10/16)

"Location, Location, Location": Crime happens. To find out why, look to where. (#270, 5/25/16)

"Orange is the New Brown": L.A.'s past sheriff and undersheriff pack their bags for Hotel Fed. (#269, 5/7/16)

"Role Reversal": Chicago's falling apart. Who can make the violence stop? (#268, 4/25/16)

"Is a Case Ever too Cold?": Citing factual errors, an Illinois prosecutor successfully moves to free a convicted killer (#267, 4/16/16)

"After the Fact": Ordinary policing strategies can't prevent terrorism (#266, 3/31/16)

"More Rules, Less Force?": PERF promotes written guidelines to reduce the use of force. Cops aren't happy (#265, 3/18/16)

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