Sandra Bland: Toeing the Thin Blue Line

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Jon Zerolnick: Sandra Bland was in fact a model person and citizen. She knew the law and asserted her rights. Without her, Waller County, Texas, and the U.S. are a little worse off.

Was Sandra Bland Punished for “Contempt of Cop?”

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fter having viewed the police dashcam video of the Waller County State Trooper who stopped Sandra Bland for failing to signal prior to a lane change, my assumptions were confirmed. The Texas State Trooper punished Sandra Bland—much like fired police officer Michael Slager punished Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina. Both Sandra and Walter […]

Cowardice of the Democrats: Gun Control and the NRA

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Rosemary and Walter Brasch: The Democratic leadership and members of Congress could have said there is a high correlation between the amount of money the NRA pays to legislators and the stranglehold on allowing responsible gun ownership laws to emerge. But they didn’t.

Moral Panic Over a Pier Shooting

Moral Panic Over a Pier Shooting -- Jonathan Simon

Jonathan Simon: Sadly, the punitive storm that has arisen around the Francisco Sanchez and killing of Kathryn Steinle is a reminder of how powerful the hold of crime panic journalism, and hyperventilating crime warrior politicians like Feinstein remains on our public policy and how slow reform will probably be.

Celebrating Independence Day by Burying Lady Liberty

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Janet Phelan: Rather than munching on hot dogs and downing a few Budweisers and cooing at the gorgeous pyrotechnics, it might be time instead to hold a wake. And after we have buried Lady Liberty, maybe we can get down to the serious work of figuring out what to do now.

California Shouldn’t Lag on Police Reform

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Jessica Farris: So as one of the last few bills left standing, we hope the Senate Public Safety Committee will also hear Californians’ cries for change on Tuesday, July 7th, when they vote on AB 953. We hope the committee will bravely stand up for the bill as well.

“Stop Watching Us”: Who Gets Pardoned?

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Murray Polner: In Washington, the center of an empire awash with bribers and piles of money, few skeptical pundits, special interests, greed and opportunities galore, not many want to jeopardize their careers by fretting publicly about the exiled Snowden or Chelsea Manning’s draconian prison sentence.

What’s the Supreme Court Cooking Up Now?

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Ted Vaill: Think about how history would have been different if Justice Antonin Scalia had not sacrificed his legal principles to cast the deciding vote to elect George W. Bush president.