Breaking and updates

Have violence against officers and controversies about the treatment of black citizens placed American policing at a crossroads? For our take on things see our new posts, "Good Guy/Bad Guy/Black Guy" Part I and Part II.

A sniper killed five Dallas police officers and wounded seven during a July 7 protest against police shootings of black men. The gathering was spawned by recent incidents in Baton Rouge, involving an allegedly armed man, and in a St. Paul suburb, during a routine traffic stop (the victim reportedly carried a licensed gun.) Recently, in "Working Scared," we discussed how violence and the proliferation of guns might be affecting police behavior. We'll have more to say about this in the next few days.

"A Very Rough Ride" probes the evolving saga in Baltimore, where judges have so far acquitted two out of six cops charged in connection with Freddy Gray's lethal "rough ride." (A third got a hung jury.) But is there something else that can be done besides going after cops? Read the piece to find out.

Obstructing the FBI earns L.A.'s former undersheriff five years in Federal prison. For more about the dysfunction that landed him there check out our recent post, "Orange is the New Brown."

In the wake of Orlando, Hillary Clinton calls for reinstating the Federal assault weapons ban. Would that help? See our new post, "A Ban in Name Only." Also check out Jay's interview by Boston public radio, his December 2015 op-ed in the Washington Post and our Gun Control posts, including "Disturbed Person + Assault Rifle" and "Don't Blame the NRA."



Recent posts

"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)

"By Hook or by Crook (Part II)": Smart enforcement could "make communities safer" even if new laws are out of reach (#264, 3/4/16)

"A Dead Man's Tales": Apple extends posthumous protections to a dead terrorist's cell phone (#263, 2/21/16)

"Working Scared": Fearful, poorly supervised cops are tragedies waiting to happen (#262, 2/16/16)

"By Hook or by Crook (Part I)": In a last-ditch effort to stem gun volence, a frustrated Prez turns to executive action (#261, 2/7/16)

"Deescalation: Cure, Buzzword or a Bit of Both?": As bad shootings dominate the headlines, cops and politicians scramble for answers (#260, 1/13/16)

"State of the Art...Not!": Forensics, six years after the NAS report (#259, 12/21/15)

"Does Race Matter? (Part II)": The Philadelphia story, and its implications for urban policing (#258, 12/14/15)

"Does Race Matter ? (Part I)": Police killings of black persons roil the nation (#257, 12/2/15)

"Sometimes There is no Second Chance": Preventing horrific terrorist attacks may require new legal rules (#256, 11/23/15)

"More Criminals (on the Street), Less Crime?": Debating the virtues of a less punitive agenda (#255, 11/10/15)

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