Hector Villagra: This isn’t about Judge Gorsuch—just as what happened to Judge Garland wasn’t about him—and this isn’t about partisan politics. This is about what we are doing to our own democratic institutions.
Hector Villagra: So long as politicians are unwilling to legislate in the public interest and risk the criticism and reprisals of the police lobby, the state legislature will remain captured by and captive to the very agencies it should be regulating on behalf of the public.
Hector Villagra: Now, police lying shouldn’t be news to anyone. A poll last year found that one in three Americans believe police routinely lie.
Hector Villagra: In Angel’s view, forwarding derogatory jokes is regrettable, but something “anybody” might do from time to time. By failing to take quick and decisive action, McDonnell implicitly condones that viewpoint and perpetuates the culture he has repeatedly said he’s trying to clean up.
Hector Villagra: The problems that have long plagued the jails are not isolated to one individual or an isolated incident of obstruction of justice.
Hector Villagra: Children without lawyers were five times more likely to be ordered deported in the nearly 53,000 cases completed between October 2012 and August 2015.
Hector Villagra: Policies like those in Los Angeles undermine that transparency in not releasing footage except in court cases and requiring officers to view footage before making their initial statements.
Hector Villagra: Sadly, the proposed model is among the weakest possible and shows the continuing resistance that is being exerted.
Hector Villagra: For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has worked to make sure the promise of equality covers everyone – those intentionally left out at the nation’s founding and those who weren’t even considered for protection.
Hector Villagra: The ACLU of Southern California stands with Quentin Tarantino and supports his condemnation of those police officers who have killed unarmed citizens who pose no threat.
Hector Villagra: WWill we allow the needless killing and abuse of our brothers and sisters to continue? Or will we rewrite the rules for policing and hold individual officers and law enforcement agencies accountable for treating everyone fairly?
Hector Villagra: How do we reconcile local prosecutors giving police officers the benefit of every real or imagined mitigating circumstance while civilians are routinely overcharged with crimes carrying the most severe penalties?
Hector Villagra: ICE’s use of detainers to imprison people without due process or probable cause — including not just those here without authorization but also green card holders and even U.S. citizens — raises obvious and serious constitutional concerns.