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.
RJ Eskow: It’s easy to condemn the Eric Holder of today. It’s harder to understand, and sadder to contemplate, whatever became of someone who was once so young and idealistic.
Peter Laarman: What is deeply dispiriting, however, is the number of people in political leadership and in the commentariat who mouth the exact same memes: 99% of police officers are great public servants, blah blah blah.
Seth Abramson: Speaking as a long-time criminal attorney, what I heard discussed on July 7th, 2016 during FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress in no way resembles the criminal justice system I worked in as a public defender between 2000 and 2007.
David A. Love: Apparently, it matters little even as Black people do the right thing, stay calm and comply with the authorities, when the police already have anticipated and planned their killing.
Ellen Brown: The big money behind the recent push for legalization has come, not from a grassroots movement, but from a few very wealthy individuals with links to Big Ag and Big Pharma.
Ernest Canning: The scourge of gun-related mass murder in this country cannot be resolved by either counterterrorism or by the expansion of gun ownership.
Robert Koehler: The right to bear arms, especially as it has come to be interpreted — the right to own an assault rifle, the right to carry a gun pretty much anywhere and everywhere, the right to kill your enemy — is something far, far more than an isolated, individual freedom.