What if Brown was pretending to charge after taunting verbally, in an arrogant act of defiance, with the intent of pulling back? What if Brown was running, but quickly turned back to surrender, and Wilson mistook that for charging, what then?
Let's get real, America. Only by acknowledging and dealing with the continued importance of race as a principal underlying cause of our deficiencies can we ever hope to deal with and resolve those defects in our nation.
As recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, move from headlines to history, I would like to say a few words about two very sensitive subjects: police brutality, and racism.
Beverly Hills police and city officials predictably circled the wagon after news broke of the humiliating, embarrassing and potentially dangerous wrongful arrest of noted African-American filmmaker and producer Charles Belk.
How do you explain suicidal crickets and zombie caterpillars? One word: parasites. Science writer Ed Yong shows us how these tiny creatures force insects and animals to do their bidding, and asks: Are parasites manipulating humans, too?
The crime of killing someone is now turned into a battle of narratives where the only other person who could challenge the narrative is dead, and millions of people simply believe that the unarmed black man deserved his fate.
Just look at the facts, and it becomes clear that America's egregious rates of incarceration of blacks and Latinos stem from the enforcement of unfair sentencing laws -- laws that are grounded in racist policy, and that are desperately in need of reform.
The military mission is to confront and kill a defined enemy. The peace officer has no enemies. His or her mission is to protect the community and everyone within it. No matter what crime they may have committed, all are entitled to the protections of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and due process.
Could it be that, in a nation that has legalized racial profiling through such policies as "stop-and-frisk," the persecution of pigmentation makes African Americans indistinguishable from each other in the eyes of the law -- so much so that all are feared as imminent threats?
Still, even a department bans the method, it must initially educate officers on the proper method. Otherwise, officers may continue to use the same chokehold during an arrest thay they used as kids when they were wrestling with their brothers on the living room floor.
But if you think you're protected from losing cash by using a debit card, perhaps you need to rethink your definition of protection. Debit cards get scammed the same as credit cards, but that's where the similarity ends.
These critiques of athletes are not new. They have been articulated for years, in barbershops, bars, social media, various articles and blogs, by the everyday fan to the most celebrated scholars. But many still are misguided and inaccurate.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's vision of New York as a city that is "safe and fair" is within reach. With welcomed reforms to stop and frisk, he is on the right track. But this progressive agenda will quickly be derailed if the Mayor allows overly aggressive quality of life arrest tactics in poor communities of color to substitute for stop and frisk.
Palm Beach County,
Wollschlaeger v. Governor Of Florida,
Florida physicians are caught in the National Rifle Association's crosshairs of censorship.
That's the gist of the ACLU Foundation of Florida's argument in a brief filed this week with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in the case of Wollschlaeger vs. Governor of Florida.
Amidst all the hell breaking loose in Ferguson, here was one more old scab to pick at -- immigrant-black tensions in small towns and inner cities.
Since a number of the discussions I've recently had about the events in Ferguson, MO seem to devolve into accusations that I'm either a racist, a liar or an idiot allow me to immediately address some facts that are not in dispute
RFK knew how to inspire people. It wasn't a cheap, button-pushing inspiration, but the kind that grew out of his direct awareness of what people had experienced and where they were coming from. As a prosecutor, I often look to his words for guidance.
He once went by "Littleton Barry," and his brother was a poet.
Police Civilian Shootings,
In the wake of the recent deaths at police hands of Michael Brown and so many others, people have rightly called for a thorough empirical analysis of how often and under what circumstances the police shoot civilians.