Law Enforcement

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 »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll draws on a REVEALING RIDE-ALONG chronicled by former Pioneer Press and Star Tribune columnist Nick Coleman wasy back when: About 15 years ago, when the “Driving While Black” meme was just finding purchase in the public mind, ultra-liberal Twin Cities columnist Nick Coleman, son of a Democrat pol, no friend to Power Line, was invited to go on a ride-along with the police. I knew Nick personally, not »

Obama to police: Confess

Featured image The Media Research Center’s Craig Bannister picks up President Obama’s telling remarks a week ago Sunday following a meeting with Spain’s Prime Minister Rajoy. The White House has posted the text of their remarks here. In the relevant exchange, President Obama toes the line of his friends in the Black Lives Matter movement and advises the police to confess to their alleged racist wrongdoing. The reporter ask Obamas: “[A]s you »

The fire this time

Featured image Prsident Obama’s brief statement on the murder of Baton Rouge police officers was formulaic and annoyed (video below). When it comes to lamenting crimes against law enforcement, which he has done so much to foment and abet, Obama doesn’t have his heart in it. He prefers to lecture us on the alleged racism of the criminal justice system in the “inflammatory rhetoric” and “careless accusations” he purported to condemn. Even »

The war on cops: A short course

Featured image Just before the publication of her book The War On Cops — the book of the moment if not the year — Heather Mac Donald gave a lecture on its themes at Hilldale College. In her lecture Heather violates all the reigning taboos that inhibit honest dsicussion of the subject. In the war on cops, as in so much else affecting the health of our republic, President Obama is on »

The Obama factor (7)

Featured image With the country festering in racial hostility that he has done his best to aggravate, President Obama conducted a gabfest in the White House yesterday. “Obama called the meeting following the killing of five police officers in Dallas in a racially motivated sniper attack,” Jordan Fabian reports in The Hill. Obama made a statement after the gabfest adjourned. The White House has posted a transcript of his remarks under the »

Heather Mac Donald: Our legal order frays

Featured image Heather Mac Donald is the author of the book of the moment if not the year: The War On Cops: How the New Attack On Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. This is the book’s chapter 11, “America’s Legal Order Begins to Fray.” Heather writes: “I’m deliberately not getting involved in things I would have in the 1990s and 2000s,” an emergency-services officer in New York City tells me. »

The Clinton factor [updated]

Featured image A knowledgeable reader and “longtime Power Line fan” writes to say that he has enjoyed our coverage of the Hillary email case. He thought we “might be interested in the perspective of someone inside the federal law enforcement community.” He has worked as a federal agent for 20 years and been involved in hundreds of criminal investigations. He has made dozens of arrests and held Top Secret/SCI clearance for a »

The Obama factor (6)

Featured image The White House has posted the full text of President Obama’s speech at the memorial service for the murdered Dallas police officers here. I hadn’t found it when I commented on the speech yesterday afternoon based on the video. I want to add this brief additional note. It’s much easier to read the speech than to watch it. Obama is so full of himself — so aware of himself performing »

The Obama factor (5)

Featured image President Obama spoke at the memorial service held in honor of the officers murdered in Dallas last week. The White House has posted the video and excerpts here. I’ve embedded the video immediately below. It’s about 40 minutes long. I’ll add a link to the full text when the White House posts it. [UPDATE: The full text of the speech has been posted here.] Campaigning for the presidency in 1968 »

The Obama factor (4)

Featured image President Obama is a proponent of the Black Lives Matter movement. He finds them a worthy ally in the “cause” (as he refers to it) of “fundamental transformation” of the criminal justice system. Obama promotes the lie of a racist system without pause or conscience. Heather Mac Donald asks: “[W]hat if the Black Lives Matter movement is based on fiction? Not just the fictional account of the 2014 police shooting »

The Obama factor (3)

Featured image City Journal’s Myron Magnet argues that President Obama has set back race relations in the United States by 50 years and accordingly deserves recognition as America’s worst president. Toward the end of his column Magnet observes: True to form, Obama went into grievance-mongering mode on July 7, commenting on the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by cops in Louisiana and Minnesota. He noted that “all of us as »

Who speaks for America?

Featured image We live in a strange time. The president of the United States has made himself a cross between a spokesman of, and a counselor to, the racial arsonists of the Black Lives Matter crowd. He lies about the criminal justice system. At a time of national peril, Obama seems to have something other than the best interests of the United States in mind, and not just on matters racial. By »

The Obama factor (2)

Featured image Obama’s statement in Warsaw on the shootings in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights refers to racial disparities while omitting any acknowledgement of the related behavioral disparities that account for them. The implication that they represent a racist criminal justice system at play is a lie of the bald-faced variety. The dirty little secret of the assault on law enforcement in the name of racial disparities is the underlying behavioral disparities »

The Obama factor

Featured image Speaking in Warsaw, President Obama felt compelled to weigh in on the killing of Alton Sterling (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and Philando Castile (Falcon Heights, Minnesota) in encounters with the police. He did so in his usual style before the blood was dry and before the facts were in. The White House has posted the video of Obama’s remarks here and the text here (on Facebook). For the record, I’m posting »

James Comey’s baffling testimony (2)

Featured image I found several points in FBI Director Comey’s testimony today (and his statement on Tuesday) baffling. I only saw parts of his testimony today; if I missed testimony addressing any of these points, please forgive me. Here are a few that baffle me. The imposition of an element of specific intent on section 793(f): where did this come from? Comey elaborated on this in his opening statement. I found it »

Thoughts on the Comey comedy

Featured image I sensed an underlying anger in FBI Director James Comey’s remarks as he spoke Tuesday morning. I thought the anger might have come from his having to lay out the facts that warranted charges against Clinton at the time that he felt himself required to issue her a pass. His recitation of factual findings was devastating. I think the anger may also have derived from his understanding of the Clintontian »