Jasmyne Cannick: This is not a case of self-defense or standing your ground. It’s a case of a man who was upset about being attacked and robbed in his own home and decided to dole out some vigilante justice–the lethal kind.
Jasmyne Cannick: The LAPD had determined that based on Gaines’ wearing expensive designer suits and shirts, his many credit cards, and lavish spending habits that he was engaged in some kind of misconduct and had him under investigation.
Jasmyne Cannick: Law enforcement agencies including the LAPD are always encouraging us to say something if we see something. Someone saw something and they said something and sadly the LAPD did nothing–that is until it was breaking news.
Jasmyne Cannick: What can we really expect from the Beck when it comes to Lyga’s investigation and discipline? After all, Lyga is a veteran detective known for making high-profile drug busts and he’s white.
Jasmyne Cannick: Lyga is proof that the LAPD still employs, harbors, and aids and abets many of the same racist officers it had 20 years ago. They’ve just moved up in the ranks and aren’t necessarily today’s beat cops. But they’re still there.
Jasmyne Cannick: The only thing more troubling than Sterling’s comments was the Black leadership’s silence on defending the reputation of Black’s philanthropy — not only to the world, but, sadly, to ourselves.
Jasmyne Cannick: Los Angeles to hold Bring Back Our Girls Rally on Monday, May 5, 6 p.m., at the intersection of Crenshaw and King Boulevards. Organizers ask that you wear the color red, and wear your gele if you have one.
Tuesday, April 29, 5:30 p.m. Staples Center – Corner of Figueroa and Pico, Downtown Los Angeles. Activists will call on the public to boycott the L.A. Clippers and ask Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council to denounce Sterling’s comments.
Jasmyne Cannick: For me the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s 2012 secret mass surveillance experiment conducted on the residents of Compton has less to do with the actual experiment but more to do with the cloud of secrecy around it and the decision not to inform the public so as to not have to deal with complaints or public outrage.
Jasmyne Cannick: Society needs to come to a definitive conclusion on whether sex crimes are psychological or just plain criminal. Because if we truly believe that people who commit sex crimes are mentally ill and just can’t help themselves—prison isn’t where they belong.
Death Penalty Reform: Anytime three of California’s former governors agree, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.
Jasmyne Cannick: Unless state lawmakers put forth the same effort into teaching public school students Spanish that they’ve put into English as a Second Language (ESL) for Latino students, Black and white students will find themselves locked out of the job market for generations to come.
Jasmyne Cannick: If Bill O”Reilly feels that strongly about Rev. Sharpton, maybe he should ask himself why Blacks still need Rev. Sharpton and his ilk in 2013.