Mike Males: In the late 1960s, nearly 100 young black men under age 25 were killed by law enforcement every year.
Wendy McElroy: The response of militarized law enforcement who view protestors as “the enemy” and the city as a war zone has become a particular focus.
Mark Naison: I am haunted by the death of Michael Brown because I have worked with young people in highly charged settings and have seen what they can accomplish when people who command their respect guide them, challenge them, inspire them and love them.
Kevin Zeese: The family of Michael Brown should take their own steps to ensure justice for their son as quickly as possible. The avenue the family can pursue is to file a civil suit in federal court.
Sharon Kyle: It’s easier to find out the amount of space debris orbiting Earth than it is for me to know how many unarmed black men have died at the hands of the police across the United States so far this year.
Gary Corseri: More than 200 years of American “democracy” still takes us to the tragedy of Ferguson, Missouri, where a black kid can’t walk down the center of a street without getting himself killed in broad daylight!
Tom Hayden: In light of the evidence, the broken windows theory should be scrapped as deeply flawed and probably an unconstitutional form of racial profiling and selective prior restraint against young people.
Kevin Zeese: Suppose police departments were required to have liability insurance policies, so if they were sued by injured civilians there would be money available from a source other than taxpayers?
Sharon Kyle: Police Kill How Many Unarmed People? Seems like a question that should be easy enough to answer or at least I thought so until I searched.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: This is a teachable moment for the nation that presents an opportunity to transform policing so it serves the people.
John Marciano: Those who accept the President’s argument that fear made people torture others, should then be expected to understand the fear that drove North Vietnamese to torture American pilots – including Senator John McCain.
Randy Shaw: Hot-spot policing was the key to NYC’s success, yet to this day former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other conservatives instead credit the broken windows strategy.
Ivan Eland: Taken together, the post-9/11 illegalities by the intelligence community during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations probably constitute the worst constitutional scandal in American history.