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.
Cheryl Dorsey: Clearly, Fox Lake County Police Administrators knew that Gliniewicz had a long history of inappropriate behavior and disciplinary action as an officer.
Jessie Daniels: What no one will say when a cop gets killed is that this death is collateral damage in the trillion dollar failed war on drugs and its twin, mass incarceration.
Brent Budowsky: The abuse of power and possible violation of House rules by using taxpayer money to misuse a congressional committee to achieve partisan purposes continues today with Clinton’s testimony before the Benghazi Committee.
Walter Brasch: hundreds of Iranian publishers, editors, and printers didn’t attend. That’s because Iran boycotted the convention. The reason? Salmon Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, was the keynote speaker.
Janet Phelan: After resigning as Attorney General in 2015, Holder returned to Covington and Burling, which reportedly had kept his office unoccupied and awaiting his return during his stint as top lawman in the US government.
Sebastián Sclofsky: The danger of concentrating all our efforts on police reform is that it reinforces a way of thinking which posits that the solutions to the problems affecting low-income brown and black communities is one of law and order.
Michael Hertz: With an “opt out” provision, any state could do what it wanted within its borders, which might encourage conservative politicians to vote for the law, knowing that their state could opt out of most of the provisions if it chose to do so.