Randall Shelden: Among sociologists and criminologists, it has always been obvious that even a cursory look at the nature of crime and the criminal justice system reveal that class and race play important, if not the most important, roles.
Michael T. Hertz: The fact that some parts of our government (e.g., the NSA) seem to know everything about the citizenry while another part (Fresno County) cannot even check the records of its own related agency shows that we have a very inefficient system.
Andy Love: Apart from the barbarity of the death penalty, the absence of meaningful safeguards to ensure that death sentences are not unreliably and arbitrarily imposed and carried out should be deeply disturbing to anyone who cares about fairness and justice.
Coleen Rowley and Georgianne Nienaber: It’s good the President and Congress finally started worrying about visa travel but unfortunately Congress is still in denial about the real problems.
Heidi Rummel and Peter Eliasberg: Given the recognition that cameras are a valuable tool for determining what happened in a use of force incident, the DA should not file a criminal case against an inmate, or a deputy, for an incident in the jails without first reviewing the video evidence, easily accessible from the jail video cameras.
Ted Vaill: Let’s ban internet sales of guns and crack down on gun show sales and straw purchases, and impose comprehensive background checks on all gun purchasers.
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.