Law Enforcement

Thoughts on Oregon

Featured image Paul has offered a good account of the standoff under way in eastern Oregon, but everyone should take in the analysis of Randall O’Toole of the Cato Institute, an Oregon native with special expertise on forest and rangeland bureaucracy. Randall doesn’t think there are any good guys here: There are no good guys to cheer for in the militia takeover of an Oregon federal office building on January 2. The ostensible issue »

What to make of the showdown at the wildlife refuge in Oregon [With Comment by John]

Featured image A group of men armed with pistols and long rifles are occupying the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. The group is led by Ammon Bundy. He’s the son of rancher Cliven Bundy, a key player in a months-long 2014 standoff with the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada. Ammon reportedly was tasered by the feds during that confrontation. Predictably, some on the left are insisting that »

Stats on police shootings undercut “Black Lives Matter” narrative

Featured image The Washington Post reports that police officers fatally shot 965 people this year. One can’t draw any important conclusions from these numbers alone, since they don’t tell us anything about the circumstances and/or justification for the police conduct. However, the Post presents some additional information. It says that cases in which white officers killed unarmed black men represent less than 4 percent of fatal police shootings. This statistic doesn’t quantify »

“Minnesota men,” airport edition

Featured image This past April six “Minnesota men” were charged with seeking to support ISIS by joining up with the group in Syria. The charges represented the culmination of a 10-month FBI investigation conducted out of the FBI’s Minneapolis office. The office of the United States Attorney for Minnesota initiated the case by the filing of a criminal complaint and supporting FBI affidavit that are available online here. The Department of Justice »

Faith in honesty and ethics of police rebounds

Featured image 2015 was a bad public relations year for the police. It was hammered by the Black Lives Matter movement and other leftists. President Obama did his bit stating, “you know as well as I do, that the tensions in some communities, the feeling that law enforcement isn’t always applied fairly, those sentiments don’t just come out of nowhere.” But even with all the bad PR, trust in the police increased »

Mr. Luger regrets

Featured image The December 7 issue of the Weekly Standard carries my article “The threat from ‘Minnesota men.'” It’s now posted on the Standard’s revamped site. I noted it on Thanksgiving in the post “Desperately seeking ISIS.” Please check out the article if you have any interest in the issues raised by the flow of refugees who raise special issues for law enforcement. Given the local issues raised by Minnesota’s swelling Somali »

Another fake hate crime

Featured image Reading a hard copy of the New York Times this morning, I find Monica Davey’s story “Suspect is charged in St. Louis church fires.” Davey updates on an investigation of church arsons that have been suspected of reflecting racial animus: A man was accused on Friday of setting two fires at St. Louis churches, part of a series of seven arson attacks that had left places of worship around the »

What just happened at MSP?

Featured image We went out to dinner with close friends this past Saturday evening. One of our friends told me the story below, which I asked the friend to reduce to writing in as great detail as was remembered. This is the story. It is an interesting story. It has the additional advantage of being true. I thought readers would find it of interest. My friend writes: On Sunday, October 18, I »

The decriminalization delusion

Featured image Heather Mac Donald has made herself the most valuable player supporting law enforcement in the teeth of the generation-long movement against it originating in the American Civil Liberties Union. The movement has now culminated in Black Lives Matter and embedded itself inside the Obama administration. Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, City Journal has just published Heather’s powerful new essay on the subject under the title “The decriminalization delusion.” I asked City »

Who gets released when drug sentences are relaxed?

Featured image Sens. Grassley, Cornyn, Lee, Flake, and (inevitably) Lindsey Graham have teamed up with liberal Democrats like Sens. Leahy, Durbin, and Schumer to push legislation that will result in the release of major drug felons, some of whom brought guns along when they committed their crimes. Hoping to increase the momentum for this sort of leniency, the Washington Post presents a warm front-page profile of a “non-violent drug offender” who was »

FBI to take second device from Hillary’s IT company

Featured image The Daily Caller reports that Platte River, the IT company hired by Hillary Clinton to manage her private email network, will turn over a second Clinton-related device to the FBI this week. Platte River previously gave the FBI the server Clinton maintained as secretary of state. Now, it will turn over a separate device manufactured by a company called Datto Inc. Platte River calls the second machine “a simple device »

Chairman Grassley then and now

Featured image Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is sponsoring the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (SRCA). That Act would mandate shorter sentences for certain drug offenders and cause the immediate release of many drug felons, including some who carried guns when they committed the drug offense. If the Senate passes this legislation, it will do so mainly because of Chairman Grassley’s support. But in March, Grassley gave »

Crime rate soars; Republicans join leftists in seeking release of felons

Featured image As ideological leftists and misguided conservatives rush to have felons released from prison, the crime rate continues to soar. It’s certainly soaring in Baltimore, where the recently-fired police chief says that cops are “taking a knee” in response to lack of support from city officials. According to Fox News: For September, homicides were up 39 percent and non-fatal shootings nearly doubled over the same month in 2014, continuing a disturbing »

Mike Lee’s bogus conservative case for criminal justice reform

Featured image Senator Mike Lee takes to the pages of the Washington Examiner to make what he calls the conservative case for criminal justice reform. The criminal justice reform Sen. Lee has in mind is the softer sentencing and release of many criminals called for by the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (SRCA), of which he is a sponsor. Lee’s case for such reform turns out not to be conservative »

Bipartisan sentencing reform proposal would free gun-carrying felons

Featured image As John noted, President Obama barely waited for the blood to dry in Oregon before seizing on the mass shooting at a community college to call for “common sense gun safety laws.” Ironically, at just about the same time a bipartisan group of Senators was introducing criminal sentencing reform legislation that would cause the release from jail of criminals who carried guns while committing drug felonies. As Bill Otis explains, »

Message to #BLM

Featured image The video by Michael Whaley (below) — “Message to the Black Lives Mater movement”— hasn’t gone viral yet, but it should and probably will. I found it on the RealClarPolitics honor roll here this morning. RCP identifies the man with the message as Michael Whaley. Who is Michael Whaley? I learn from BizPac Review that he is 27 years old and was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2012. He »

If Obama had a son

Featured image President Obama has not hesitated to inject himself into racially charged incidents involving law enforcement. Indeed, he has not hesitated to aggravate the gravity of these incidents with his own animus. When his friend Henry Louis Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct by the Cambridge police in July 2009, Obama went out of his way to pronounce on the officer’s alleged stupidity. Though the facts of the case were in »