Winslow Myers: My assent to the notion that marijuana can act as a gateway is not some retrograde right-wing cliché, but a haunting lifetime reminder of my inability to save either my son or my spouse.
David A. Love: In St. Anthony, Minnesota, Officer Jeronimo Yanez, the man who was acquitted last month in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, has left the department under a separation agreement, with $48,500 in the bank.
Caroline Heldman: I didn’t cry at first when a mistrial was announced in the Bill Cosby case. The tears would come later, on the long plane ride home, when I was surrounded by strangers but too tired to care.
Bruce Reilly: Michelle Carter will take heat, possibly to the end of her days, for something she did at 17; and watchers of the nightly news will likely hold the same views years from now as they do in this very moment.
Kate Harveston: Although states are allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes, many of them aren’t making it easy for patients to secure the drug. For doctors and patients, there are often many hurdles both parties need to jump through.
Dick Price: Too regularly, a particular shooting will rise above the noise, catching our attention because of who got shot or how many were killed or, increasingly, if some part of the carnage was captured on film.
Devon Porter: The Supreme Court has made it clear that the Sixth Amendment requires the government to provide a lawyer for everyone who is too poor to hire one. Charging a “registration fee” to indigent defendants violates this right.
Darryl Qualls, Keith Roberts, and Brian Biery: What would it look like, though, if police departments all over the country started acting like they were a part of the community instead of, in some cases, an occupying force?
An African-American woman is at the helm of Shots Fired: Executive Producer Gina Prince-Bythewood recently said, “When artists and activists work together, change happens”.
Imagine an FBI whose priorities more closely reflected its progressive roots. An FBI that cared more about civil rights would make it a priority to end discriminatory law enforcement practices.
Danny Feingold: In his first in-depth interview since Comey’s dismissal, Chemerinsky describes how Trump has committed impeachable offenses, how U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has violated federal law and why the Trump years may precipitate a new way to remove a sitting president.
It’s important to reflect right now on some of the more fundamental issues raised by Comey’s firing. Why do we have a federal police agency? How should its mission be defined? And, what kind of person should run it?
Low-income drivers in over-policed black and Latino communities are in harm’s way of such punitive traffic fees and fines — and are at risk of losing their licenses, vehicles and jobs.