Policing

Intense violence in Charlotte follows police shooting

Featured image Protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina have engaged in violence on a large scale following the lethal shooting by police of an African-American. According to the Charlotte Observer, 16 police officers were injured last night in a series of clashes. In addition, there are reports of motorists on Interstate 85 being hurt and their vehicles damaged by rocks, bottles, and traffic cones hurled by protesters off interstate overpasses. Even if the »

A tale of two conferences

Featured image Bill Otis at Crime and Consequences calls attention to a Washington Post story that I think demonstrates the bankruptcy of the Justice Department’s desired approach to policing Baltimore and other big cities. The story tells of two conferences that occurred simultaneously in a Baltimore church. In one room, concerned black residents of crime-ridden neighborhoods desperately called on the police to clear the streets of drug dealers and other thugs. Meanwhile, »

Are the police racist?

Featured image The great Heather Mac Donald is a fellow of the Manhattan Institute and the author, most recently, of The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. There is such a war, of course, and as in so much else, for whatever reason, the Obama administration is on the wrong side. Is there a hashtag for TruthMatters? Prager U has now released the »

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 »

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 »

All charges dropped against remaining Freddie Gray defendants

Featured image Prosecutors have dropped all remaining charges against the three remaining Baltimore police officers (William Porter, Garrett Miller, Alicia White) accused of crimes in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Three other original defendants (Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson, and Brian Rice) have been found not guilty. The Baltimore Sun describes the prosecution’s move as “startling,” and maybe it is. However, it was the only rational decision available. In the trials »

Michael Jordan Speaks Out

Featured image Retired basketball player Michael Jordan has long been criticized by some on the Left for his refusal to be a political activist. He probably has had political opinions over the years, but as far as I know he has resolutely kept them to himself. Yesterday, however, Jordan broke his long silence on racial and political matters with an open letter: As a proud American, a father who lost his own »

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 »

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 »

Sheriff David Clarke smacks down CNN’s Don Lemon

Featured image Don Lemon, who hosts a news show on CNN, may have thought he had a win-win strategy when he asked Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke this question following the murder in Baton Rouge of three police officers: I spoke to the heads of the sheriff department, the police department, and the state police down there and they told us how their hearts were reeling. Their message is peace and how »

Obama channels Donald Trump. . .and Malik Shabazz

Featured image Jack Dunphy* at NRO’s Corner points to something I didn’t notice in President Obama’s response to yesterday’s Baton Rouge police murders. Obama said: I traveled to Dallas for the memorial service of the officers who were slain there. I said that that killer would not be the last person who tries to make us turn on each other. Nor will today’s killer. As Dunphy points out, it was no great »

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 »

Police militarization after Baton Rouge

Featured image When the Dallas police finally took out Micah Johnson, they used a robot with a bomb — a device that can be compared to a drone. I considered this great police work but, remarkably, killing Johnson in this way proved to be controversial. Some apparently believed that the officers engaged in the standoff with Johnson, who had tried unsuccessfully to persuade him to surrender, needed to come close enough to »