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Short version: incentives are skewed very heavily in police officers' favor
Between close relationships with prosecutors, secretive police culture, and laws that protect officers from taking personal responsibility for their actions, the obstacles to police reform are stifling.
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"What we’re seeing in the streets of Baltimore is a criminal justice system without accountability and a police force that is suffering a foreseeable crisis of legitimacy."
NB: Given the sensitive nature of the subject, I reiterate that this is my opinion and should not reflect the views of my employer. -JPB The unrest that is afflicting Baltimore in the wake of the arrest and death of Freddi...
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Basically, a collection of what's going on in my head. Little bit of me, little bit of what and who I'm reading. Criminal justice, civil liberties, race, and history will be the focuses, with a dash of sports or humor because I have no other hobbies. Email Subscribe. TinyLetter's Privacy Policy ...
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My latest at Rare:

"[B]lack pride is a counter-weight to the stereotypes and misconceptions about black people that still saturate American culture. Black History Month and the oft-maligned African-American Studies curricula at American universities provide education and encouragement for young black people. The stories of triumph over slavery, terrorism, and oppression help inspire today’s youth to overcome their own obstacles.

A great irony is that black historical education is attacked for teaching blacks “to be victims,” often by aggrieved conservatives who think “their” country needs to be “taken back.”

The fact is, there is still a large amount of shame associated with being black. Many politicians and talking heads speak of a debauched and harmful “black culture” that explains the many socio-economic disparities in the United States.

Indeed, much of the rhetoric today about racial disparities comes off not so much as white racial supremacy, but black cultural inferiority. That the terms have shifted away from the biological to some nebulous, undefined cultural deficiency of black people is white supremacy re-packaged as a cultural norm, even if it comes out of Mia Love’s mouth."
Black History Month serves two important purposes in today’s American culture.
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Last night, the State of Oklahoma put a child killer to death by a questionable lethal injection protocol. I understand not mourning the loss. Admittedly, as I've gotten older,  I have become anti-death penalty generally, but...
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My latest in the Post on the NYPD slowdown.
Local governments get millions of dollars a year from fines, most of which hurt the poor.
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"Calling any drug use an “epidemic” harkens back to the overblown crack scare of the 1980s, which fueled the arguments for mandatory minimum sentences and 100:1 crack-to-powder sentencing disparity. In a recent Heritage Foundation event on the future of marijuana policy, a medical expert frankly stated that only about 10 percent of drug (and alcohol) users become problem users. Unfortunately, most calls for diversion to treatment do not distinguish between the minority who develop drug problems and the 90 percent of adult users who do not experience significant negative health or life effects."
What Secretary Clinton proposed today was a large amount of federal and state spending on tools that are already being misapplied throughout our country.
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ME! In your inbox! Okay, so maybe this isn't the gift of your dreams, but at least I got your attention. Last week I started publishing a newsletter, Taken Liberties. It'll be weekly(-ish) so it's not going to be a daily thin...
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"Taken together—a brotherhood based on loyalty that is governed by informal practice and internal, secretive discipline—it’s hard to square this with each officer’s oath to his constitutional duties. Put another way, when loyalty to one another trumps dedication to justice and individual rights in the minds of officers, abuse will not only happen, it will be tolerated and thus implicitly encouraged."
An intolerable amount of police violence continues to go unpunished.
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I was asked to write a piece for TNR on DOJ's new adoption policy, so I did.
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My latest at Rare. Part 2 in a series on police policy practices that lead to violence.

Have you ever noticed how police descriptions in lethal use-of-force cases sound an awful lot alike? There's a reason for that. 
Has "testilying" become a part of law enforcement culture?
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