Robert Koehler: They drove a tank (or tank-looking armored truck, designed to withstand improvised explosive devices) up to Rogers Park because a guy was running around the neighborhood naked? Who’s crazy here?
Peter Bibring and Catherine Wagner: Death of L.A. teen at hands of cops was caught on tape. But refusal to release video has some questioning policies, use nationwide.
Daisy Vierya: California lawmakers send Governor bill to curb controversial practice that lets police take and keep innocent people’s property.
Ted Vaill: It appears that Donald Trump has violated this statute by suggesting to his followers, many of who are gun-toting right wing fanatics, that they might take the law into their own hands and try to kill Hillary Clinton
Murray Polner: Justice has unfortunately taken a beating during the Obama administration, given its pitiless pursuit and punishment of whistleblowers who have been viewed by some as virtual traitors for informing on programs and policies federal agencies would rather keep from the press and public.
Victor Narro: Professor Kaine’s class taught me that the meaning of ethics and principles go way beyond the written word of the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
Laura Finley: To date, Zika has infected just 16 people in Miami Dade County and 422 in the state. Again, not good, but it doesn’t really sound like a public health emergency of epic proportion. Maybe it’s a lot about Rick Scott making up for the previous cuts?
Ivan Eland: Commentators have argued convincingly that the militarization of police departments has caused the use of aggressive policing, which has in turn spawned counter-violence, resulting in the death of innocent police officers.
Larry Wines: In July, 2016, the utter improbability of all things political has us ready for Rod Serling to make an entrance.
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.
Cheryl Dorsey: Let’s not pretend that the horrific police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge were a direct result of BLM protests. Let’s stop pretending the police don’t have a role to play in all of this violence.
Tom Hall: Every time we learn of another police killing of a black person, too many empty words are said. Promises, with no action, no change, no acknowledgement that the killing is wrong.
Joshua Kim: When you spend a few years representing hundreds of people with criminal records as I have, it’s not difficult to see that structural problems in our society are major driving forces behind individual “criminal” acts.