Stop and Frisk Assaults — If you are a young African American man living in an urban area you are fair game for “stop and frisk”.
David A. Love: There continue to be certain inconvenient problems in America one of which is the American legacy of racial violence
Drug Dealer — My vision for post-prison was to help negotiate the peace. It is not a war on drugs, but a war against people.
College Rape Bill — Gatto was inspired after Occidental College made headlines for allegedly failing to accurately report sexual crimes.
Status Offenses — There is no acceptable reason for a youth to be placed into court proceedings because of incorrigible behavior.
Peter Bibring: A department that proudly holds out a commitment to constitutional policing has a moral duty to ensure some Angelenos don’t needlessly bear a disproportionate burden from policing because of their race.
NSA Ruling — At least the issues can now be argued in court. Thank you, Edward Snowden!
Political Accommodation — In today’s political climate, policy “accommodations” to opponents become a sign of blood in the water.
Declining Murder Rate — No other well-off, democratic society has a murder rate even close to that of the United States.
Bratton Joins NYPD: Broken communities, not broken windows, are the real socio-economic crisis in LA, and Bratton’s approach simply served to perpetuate the divide.
It does not advance justice or public safety for an innocent person to go to prison and a guilty party to go free. Interrogations must be recorded from beginning to end to prevent false confessions and end this tragic flaw in our criminal justice system.
Brad Wong: Though no one was injured and Alexander had never been arrested on suspicion of a crime before, a judge said that Florida state law mandated that she be sentenced to a 20-year prison term. The decision sparked an intense debate about race and the criminal justice system.
Nyabingi Kuti: After touring the LA County Jail I concluded that the condition were so inhumane that If the arrestees didn’t have mental problems when they arrived, there’s a good chance they’d develop mental problems before leaving.