What Works Better: Decriminalize or Legalize Marijuana Use?

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Mike Males and Lizzie Buchen: Given the consequences of marijuana arrest, including fines, jail time, a criminal record, loss of student loans and other federal aid, and court costs, getting arrested for marijuana use may be more harmful than the drug itself — at any age.

Ferguson PD, I Am Scared of You

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Cheryl Dorsey: Ferguson Police Department officers have been wearing “I AM DARREN WILSON” bracelets on duty . Ferguson police officers say, “I AM DARREN WILSON” however, what they mean to say is, “I WILL KILL YOU.”

Cops Don’t Need Tanks

Militarizing Local Police Departments

Hector Villagra: We increasingly see its influence in our city streets because billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment has flowed from the federal government to state and local police departments. Departments now use these wartime weapons in everyday policing.

Susan Burton: Changing Stereotypes

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Dick and Sharon: In our second in a series of articles focusing on the impact our criminal justice system is having on the lives of Angelinos, we sit down with Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, CNN Awardee and herself , formerly incarcerated.

Police Abuse Driven by Primal Instincts

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Charles D. Hayes: What is happening when we witness an officer beating on someone who is clearly no longer resisting is that emotion has taken over and the incident is running on instincts being driven by hormones.

Police Can Keep License Plate Data Secret

Even though LAPD and LASD argued that the records were collected as part of investigations into stolen vehicles and other crimes, the plate scans are not triggered by any level of suspicion at all.

Peter Bibring: The court held that the license plate data qualifies as the kind of investigative record police can keep secret and that the harm to law enforcement investigations from disclosing data outweighs the value to the public of seeing what data police collect on them.

Don’t Shoot: Respect, Guide and Inspire

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Mark Naison: I am haunted by the death of Michael Brown because I have worked with young people in highly charged settings and have seen what they can accomplish when people who command their respect guide them, challenge them, inspire them and love them.

Unarmed and Unaware

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Sharon Kyle: It’s easier for me to find out the amount of space debris orbiting Earth than it is for me to know how many unarmed black men have died at the hands of the police across the United States so far this year.

Breaking Up “Broken Windows” Policing

Broken Windows Policing Theory

Tom Hayden: In light of the evidence, the broken windows theory should be scrapped as deeply flawed and probably an unconstitutional form of racial profiling and selective prior restraint against young people.

“We Tortured Some Folks”

We Tortured Some Folks

John Marciano: Those who accept the President’s argument that fear made people torture others, should then be expected to understand the fear that drove North Vietnamese to torture American pilots – including Senator John McCain.

The “Broken Windows” Fraud

Broken Windows Policing

Randy Shaw: Hot-spot policing was the key to NYC’s success, yet to this day former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other conservatives instead credit the broken windows strategy.

Hobby Lobby: Where Angels Fear to Tread

Civil Rights Act Today

Mark Bowen: Perhaps nothing better illustrates what’s wrong with America in the poisoned political climate of the 21st Century than the failure of anybody to appreciate the irony of the Hobby Lobby decision being handed down during the same summer in which we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Packing Heat in the Brothers’ ’Hood

Texas Open Carry

Walter Brasch: A group of white gun-rights advocates plan to sling rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic assault weapons onto their bodies, and walk through a Black neighborhood in Houston. What could possibly go wrong with that?!

FCC Official Says Million People Commenting Won’t Matter

Net Neutrality FCC

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Our protests forced the FCC to listen and include our proposal for the Internet being reclassified as a public utility in their rulemaking. But, to win we need to build a mass movement that cannot be ignored, that balances the influence of big corporations like Comcast and Verizon.

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