Crime

DOJ pushes “implicit bias training” for local police officers

Featured image Conservatives and some liberals have reached a common way to express sympathy (maybe genuine, maybe not) with the police. They like to say that when officers kiss family members goodbye in the morning, they don’t know whether they will return home to them that evening. This is true. But here’s a concern I have not heard mentioned: When officers kiss their families goodbye in the morning, they don’t know in »

Dead Milwaukee man raised gun at police officer, police chief says

Featured image Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has provided details of the fatal shooting by a black police officer of Sylville Smith, a black Milwaukee man. The shooting sparked riots on Saturday and Sunday night. According to Chief Flynn, who reviewed video from the body camera of the officer who shot Smith, the chain of events that led to the shooting occurred during a period of just 20 to 25 seconds. It »

More on the Milwaukee Riots

Featured image Paul has already commented on the shooting death of Sylville Smith in Milwaukee. These are a few supplemental observations. 1) When the first few nationally-hyped police shootings (or deaths in police custody) occurred, the “victim” was ritually described as an unarmed black man. But later events have shown that being unarmed, while greatly emphasized at the time, was superfluous. Sylville Smith was armed with a stolen semiautomatic pistol, which he »

Violence erupts in Milwaukee after black police officer kills armed black man [UPDATED]

Featured image Milwaukee is the latest scene of anti-police rioting. Yesterday, rioters set fire to a gas stations, a bank branch, a beauty supply company, and an auto parts store. Three people were in the gas station. All managed to escape unharmed. The rioters also attacked a line of police officers who had been dispatched in response to the lawlessness. When the officers got in their cars to leave, some in the »

Report: Clinton Foundation under federal investigation after all

Featured image A few days ago, CNN reported that the FBI asked to investigate the Clinton Foundation earlier this year, but the Department of Justice said it did not have enough evidence to open a formal probe. I wrote about this report here. But now, the Daily Caller is saying that several investigations of the Clinton Foundation have been launched, including one led by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Civil Frauds »

Justice Department alleges racial discrimination by Baltimore police, Part Two

Featured image The day before the Department of Justice released its report condemning the Baltimore Police Department for alleged racially biased policing, the Baltimore Sun wrote a story about the report. Apparently, the DOJ gave it and other big media outlets a sneak preview. It understood that the MSM would tout the indictment before the rest of us had the opportunity to review it. From the Baltimore Sun’s reporting, it seemed clear »

Justice Department alleges racial discrimination by Baltimore police

Featured image The Obama-Lynch Justice Department is about to release a report on policing practices by the Baltimore police department. The Baltimore Sun apparently got a sneak preview. It says DOJ found that Baltimore police officers have routinely violated the constitutional rights of residents by conducting unlawful stops and using excessive force. As noted, the report isn’t out yet, and I don’t want to prejudge it. However, a few observations come to »

Black Lives Matter: From a lie to a murder spree

Featured image Katherine Kersten of the Center of the American Experiment describes how, in Minneapolis, a lie by Black Lives Matter produced a spike in the murder rate: [S]tarting in November 2015, Black Lives Matter and other activists wreaked havoc for weeks protesting the death of Jamar Clark. Clark was a 24-year-old with at least 20 previous arrests. He assaulted a woman; blocked paramedics from treating her; refused to comply with officers’ »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is thinking about CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS. She writes This is one woman’s experience with crimes against either me personally or my loved ones. I have been very lucky indeed, with only a few incidents in my long life, most against property. But some crimes were serious enough they could have ended in tragedy. THE END OF INNOCENCE! As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up in the ’50s and »

Obama commutes sentences of 55 more firearms offenders

Featured image Yesterday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 people serving federal prison sentences. Obama has now granted a total of 562 commutations — a number that the White House says is more than the previous nine presidents combined. Many of those whose sentences Obama previously commuted were convicted of firearm-related offenses. Earlier this year, Sen. Richard Shelby complained that 12 of the 61 recipients (just under 20 percent) of one »

Parents Blame Black Lives Matter For Attempted Murder

Featured image A story that has become all too familiar: in Columbia, Pennsylvania, police officers responded to a report of shots fired and were themselves fired upon. Officers in the borough of Columbia were responding to a report of gunshots near a cemetery just before 3:30 a.m. Friday when their own vehicles came under fire. The shooters were soon apprehended, and at least one of them admitted his involvement: “I was shooting »

Guess who filled in for Wasserman Schultz yesterday

Featured image If you said Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, you understand the modern Democratic party very well. Rawlings-Blake formally opened the proceedings in place of the deposed Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Readers will recall that, as rioting commenced in Baltimore, Rawlings-Blake stated: It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave »

On Violence, Obama Obfuscates As Usual

Featured image As Paul noted earlier, Democratic critics have unanimously painted Donald Trump’s acceptance speech as “dark.” (I’m a little surprised they didn’t also say, in unison, that as he approached the podium he was lithe and fierce like a tiger.) President Obama commented on Trump’s speech yesterday in a joint appearance with Mexico’s president, Peña Nieto. Asked about Trump’s speech, Obama responded with his trademark dishonesty. I think it is important »

Is the Purpose of a Newspaper to Promote Delusion?

Featured image A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of race, crime and policing over the last few months, but rarely to so little purpose as in this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, headlined “Racial disparities in Twin Cities arrests are widespread.” The Strib reporter suggests that the fact that blacks are arrested in greater than pro rata numbers is evidence of discrimination: Data released by the city »

Baton Rouge Murderer Identified

Featured image Authorities have identified the man who murdered three police officers in Baton Rouge this morning as Gavin Eugene Long, age 29, a former Marine sergeant from Missouri. The Daily Caller claims to have identified a YouTube channel operated by Long. If that identification is correct, Long was a former member of the Nation of Islam who was obsessed with race (he hated “crackers”) and with police shootings, including the death »

Multiple Police Officers Killed In Baton Rouge [with comment by Paul][Updated][More]

Featured image At least three police officers are reportedly dead and four three more said to be in critical condition after being shot by a gunman armed with a semiautomatic rifle in Baton Rouge. Reportedly, police received a call about a “suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle.” When they responded, the perpetrator opened fire. It isn’t clear at this point whether the gunman was an anti-police liberal, a »

About That Harvard Study on Police Use of Force. . .

Featured image A few days ago I linked to the New York Times article and Harvard study about police use of force broken out by racial categories. A sharp-eyed and highly numerate reader delved into the numbers in the study, did some extra math, and sends along this very interesting analysis: Hi Steve, I was struck by dramatic differences in odds ratio for use of force for “compliant” vs. “all” encounters in »