A new report release Monday by the University of Illinois Chicago Great Cities Initiative shows the extent of the crisis facing young black men in the Windy City. Almost half - 47 percent - of young black men from the ages of 20 and 24 were out of school and unemployed in 2014.
It doesn't take going to Iran or Afghanistan to experience severe trauma or life-threatening events. Our own streets and sidewalks are battlegrounds, but unlike war vets, many of us never get to leave.
The text came late in the afternoon, like a flare to a group of weary organizers in Minneapolis who had spent the final months of 2015 occupying the 4th Precinct police station to protest the fatal shooting of yet another unarmed black man.
Body cameras are not a panacea that will fix all our policing woes, but they can help. Still, sound rules to govern their use are absolutely necessary.
We believe a promising way to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States is to build partnerships between police departments and communities whose members may be vulnerable to recruitment to violent extremism.
During the Tamir Rice protest in downtown Cleveland, on December 29, 2015, police officer Brian Dorin, after using his cop car to "win" a game-of-chic...
In the sixth GOP debate, Donald Trump told Americans: "The police are the most mistreated people in this country." On the same day, the Chicago Police Department released a video showing an officer killing Cedric Chatman in 2013.
t few years, there have been a plethora of different "cop shows" that have done well but are often criticized for being very contrived. After watching the pilot of Shades of Blue last night it is clear that it is not your average cop show.
I think if those brave public servants who dedicate their professional lives to keeping us safe covenanted to never take the lives of those whom they have sworn to protect, we would live in a much safer more life-affirming world.
Fellow Michigander, you might think Michigan's fairly safe when it comes to terrorism. Fourteen police departments in our state seem to disagree. They've put themselves on a list to get Mine Resistant Ambush Proof (MRAP) vehicles from the Defense Department.
Not all "paid" lawyers are good attorneys, and not all "court-appointed" lawyers and public defenders are bad. However, it is a sad but true fact, as Making A Murderer ably illustrates, that the quality of justice in this country directly correlates to the amount of resources a defendant has.
The hung jury in December of William Porter's trial raises critical issues for the prosecution in trying the van driver, Caesar Goodson, for the death of Freddie Gray.
If we care at all about future generations, we must listen to the president's call for sensible gun legislation, while at the same time push for national police reform. We cannot address one while ignoring the other.
In addition to serious questions about use of force and why another unarmed person of color has died at the hands of Denver law enforcement, his case illustrates several systemic deficiencies of our criminal justice system, both in Denver and nationwide.
Perhaps on some level there is truth to some facets of these stereotypical roles that are pounded into the minds of the American TV viewer. It is not, however, the image of the justice system I see in my day-to-day work as a public defender.
As we close 2015, let's reflect on how we harmed and helped each other's health and wellness with two Top 5 lists for the year: the first for our shortcomings, and the second for our successes.