I worked hand-in-hand with SWAT and believe that its primary mission is to save lives, yet I also agree with Balko's demand for more transparency and accountability from law enforcement. It is this lack of transparency that contributes to the notion that law enforcement has run amok.
If you're a longtime bike lover like me, you too will appreciate the ascendancy of your favorite two-wheeled vehicle as a new age of public transportation dawns upon our city. And if you do ride a bicycle in New York, hopefully you won't get thrown in jail like I did just a few months ago.
To say all police officers in New York City take advantage of their power and persecute people of color would be absurd, but to say that none of them do like Mayor Bloomberg suggested is equally absurd.
Every year since my retirement I have gone to the National Law Enforcement Memorial website to review deaths in the line of duty over the past year. Each time there are too many peace officers listed who died because of the drug war.
Since 2005, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that social media played a key role in the recovery and conclusion efforts of 98.5 percent of cases through AMBER alerts, leading to 1,430 out of 1,451 children being found,
Despite the loud voice of the National Rifle Association (NRA), scholars, experts on school safety, and teachers overwhelmingly disagree with turning schools into armed camps rather than places of nonviolent positive learning.
In many ways, the seemingly furious debate over drones is yet another reaction to the pace at which technology washes over us. There is no doubt that drones raise legitimate legal issues, but it's just too easy to let our "privacy reflex" dominate and overwhelm the discussion.
At a time when the courts are increasingly giving deference to the police and prioritizing security over civil liberties, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Millbrook v. United States is a glimmer of hope in a sea of gloom.
Law enforcement is not blame for the actions of law-breaking addicts who are not receptive to drug treatment. You can only fault law enforcement for their inaction in protecting the public from this element.