It is tempting to feel that such vigilantism would be a just counterattack, assuming it is appropriately and proportionately measured. A chilling volley by a virtual, non-state, lone-wolf actor that could strike at any time seems like a just recipe.
Of course, it's troubling to think that police can start or stop writing a ticket, as if it's some sort of spigot, to express their rage. What other public servants have that sort of tool at their fingertips?
But if the police are doing this, there are some benefits.
The news media has been hard at work tracking down the handful of protesters and others who did or even wrote something violent in order to stereotype the entire Black Lives Matter movement as violent. And when there isn't something, the news media has resorted to doctoring footage.
L.A. has long maintained an image in America as a progressive, cutting-edge, and trend-setting environment. So it should come as a huge shock that regarding the treatment of children in the juvenile justice system - Los Angeles may be the most backward major metropolitan area in the nation.
The real test of a community is not its immediate reaction to grief -- but its tenacity. Even after a shooting that rocked us to the core, we can't turn inward. Even after plummeting into a vortex of grief, we can't turn isolationist. Even after numbness, we can't turn away.
As a criminal defense lawyer, I've handled a few DUI cases in my time. Still, the last thing I want is to share the road with an impaired driver. DUI defense isn't about supporting drunk or drugged driving; it's about making sure the legal system runs correctly.
Some of the current proposals may deserve consideration but they would have greater long-term impact and meaning if they improve transparency within the criminal justice system more generally and are not limited to cases just involving police.
As George Zimmerman finds himself in the news again for yet another charge of domestic violence, I am reminded of the thing that baffled me most in this bizarre series of events.
Pennsylvania's logical solution is to make virtually everyone who comes in contact with a kid a mandated reporter. That means that if they don't report the abuse, they could go to jail themselves.
All we will accomplish is an environment where prejudice and hatred fester and grow in the shadows, and where extremists use incitement as an excuse for their atrocities (at least in their propaganda). It shouldn't be hard to see why this is a bad idea.
Basically two things happen in court -- people try to get someone else's money or the government tries to get someone's freedom. People taken to court are either at risk of losing cash or going to prison.
During these last two years, #JusticeForEthan has evolved from the demand for answers regarding one man's death to the rallying cry focused on the need for change. Despite all that has been lost -- and it is far too much -- there is now a spotlight on where changes need to come.
For a justice system clamoring for greater transparency and fair play, it seems SDNY's actions do not always align with their expectations for others. Judge shopping is indeed "unsavory." Is it a crime?
Why does Chief J. Scott Dennis believe it to be good policy and practice to further target (literally and figuratively) people who have paid for their past mistakes? Does he think his policy has no real impact on the loved ones of those whose pictures his officers blast away?
Do me a favor. Stop kidding yourself while riding proudly aboard the Serial bandwagon. Don't think for one minute that there is a difference between Serial and serial -- because, in most cases, there is not.
In times like these, there is a need for real and reasonable leadership. Reasonable leadership would have quieted Pat Lynch by establishing a framework for public discourse that allowed for the unpacking of the racial debate as opposed to letting it remain the elephant in every room that discusses police brutality.
Special prosecutors often have blinders on when pursuing their hunt. And while blinders may help them be better sharpshooters, it may make them impervious to other legitimate considerations that may be at play.
Because there really are no cookie-cutter criminal cases or fungible criminal defendants, we need juries to act as a counterweight to legislative and political incentives that drive us toward a one size fits all criminal justice system.