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.
The world is becoming more and more globalized with multiple cultures crossing paths like never before. That trend is not going anywhere, it is on the rise. How we relate with each other and how we raise each other in this globalized world is the question
(apologies to Jerry Herman) Who is the Mayor that makes us inspired? Rahm! He keeps his job when he should be fired Rahm! The corpses go on stackin' ...
Police are not the problem. Nor can they be the only solution. To reduce police shootings of people with serious mental illness requires legislators to require existing mental health programs accept those with serious mental illness, not just those without.
Double standards in any relation, particularly in the war on terror would not be in the interest of anyone. Muslims and non-Muslims should end the blame game and they should leave their differences aside and unite against this common enemy.
Though no weapon was found at the scene, tossed near the bullet-riddled body was a large canvas bag filled with brightly colored wrapped packages. Police department evidence officials later discovered that the boxes were filled with children's toys.
Police brutality is an ugly term we don't want to hear. Unfortunately, it's part of the necessary and sometimes nasty business called policing. Fortunately, it rarely occurs. But when it does -- it's big news.
What this "debate" has revealed, in fact, is a mainstream policing mindset ready to manufacture fear without evidence and promote the belief that American civil rights and liberties are actually an impediment to public safety.
On December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers [APNSW] released a video series h...