David Love: Police chief is fired, community activists call for resignation of Chicago Mayor and Sate’s Attorney in light of Laquan McDonald Murder.
Laura Finley: I don’t want to pray for victims. I don’t want to seek vengeance on perpetrators. I want this never to happen again; I want to never feel this weight again.
Walter Brasch: About 2,700 children are killed every year from gunshot violence; about 60 percent of them are homicides, the rest are suicides or unintentional deaths.
Jasmyne Cannick: There seems to be an unwritten rule for prosecutors that dictates that only the most liable officer shall be charged and that’s if any charges are filed at all in these officer involved killings.
David Love: The city of Chicago released the video on Tuesday evening, over a year after the killing. And as the father of a black son, I don’t want to see another video such as this ever again. And neither should you.
Simon Balto: It’s a favorite (and very tired) trope of the deniers of Black Lives Matter – proud denizens of a whitewashed unreality – that black folks wouldn’t die by police guns if they’d stop being criminals.
Steve Hochstadt: When a group of heavily armed and highly trained police confront a suspect, even one armed with a knife, death should not be the result. Police should never hit someone multiple times with a club when they are down.
Kris Ockershauser: The needed citizen oversight must have independent professional staff in order to monitor the PD and insure that it is employing best practices in the future rather than resisting them as demonstrated in the OIR Report.
Anya Slaughter: No other conclusion can be draw from the latest Pasadena Police Department report other than that the Department has blocked the search for truth because the truth will damn them.
Elbie Hickambottom, Jr.: We find it extremely troubling that the the OIR Group was not informed about the administrative review for the Kendrec McDade shooting until after it occurred.
Leonard Isenberg: Frightened Officers Make Bad Cops
Emily Dufton: What’s particularly interesting for drug historians, however, is not that this was one of the first rejections of legal marijuana in the past three years, or that it could be a harbinger of marijuana’s difficulty making inroads in the Midwest, but rather that arguments against Big Marijuana are once again rearing their ugly heads.
John Hanrahan: From Private Chelsea Manning to General David Petraeus to Edward Snowden and now to Hillary Clinton, the president has sounded off with his opinions on guilt or innocence — and on any alleged damage to national security — in advance of either a trial, or an indictment, or completion of an investigation.