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FBI Director James Comey Calls Racism Common Sense

Police in many regions of the United States regularly treat African-Americans as if they are criminals, even when there is no evidence of actual criminal activity taking place. Now, Comey is presuming that African-American protesters are encouraging criminal activity, even though he doesn’t have any actual evidence to support his case. […]

NY Times Investigation: Police in 4 States Stop Black Drivers Disproportionately

A fascinating New York Times investigation was published yesterday and fleshes out the “driving while black” meme about racial profiling with systematic data. In the four states in which car search data is systematically, tracked, the Times reports that black drivers are stopped disproportionately often, even though officers are more likely to find illegal material […]

Has Barack Obama Failed to Speak Out on Murdered Cops?

The viral image of outrage of the moment:

Is the image accurate?

Ten seconds — literally ten seconds — on a search engine yields headlines to directly to the contrary:

President Obama: Violence Against Police Is Completely Unacceptable, September 1 2015

“I also promised that I would continue to highlight the uncommon bravery that […]

News Tips for Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan on New Wiccan Crime Spree

In the wake of the little-heralded acknowledgement by Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan that a local murder wasn’t some kind Wiccan ritual after all, it might be tempting for Sheriff Morgan to back down in general from his demonization of Wiccans. Such an approach would be kind, considerate, and fact-based. It won’t put Sheriff Morgan […]

Why Those in Power Must Be Watched, in 15 Seconds

Everyone thinking and talking and deliberating and having any say in the relationship between a government and its people should be talking about this 15 seconds right now.

Those in power must be watched.

Source: Washington Post, Heavy

NPR Compares Protest to Injury in “Bracing” Headlines

“… as New York Braces For More Demonstrations Over Eric Garner…”

These are the words I heard yesterday as I listed to National Public Radio news, in a story regarding the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man choked at the hands of the officers of the New York City Police Department.



One Choice Isn’t Hard: Supporting the ACLU

In the wake of the 2014 elections, I return to a perennial puzzle for me: do I only support political candidates who I feel are the best match possible, or do I recognize that some politicians are better than others, and that better is good enough? I’ve been voting for a quarter of a century […]

From Humor to Horror in Turkey: How Could They Beat Their Own People? (…)

This morning, as I looked to the popular headline service Twitter for accounts of secular protest across Turkey, what struck me first was the humor in a pair of photographs from Ankara and Adana:

What whimsy, I thought. What fun. But then I thought about why some of these largely peaceful protesters are […]

NYPD Investigates May Day Protests Even Before They Begin

Yesterday, NYPD entered activists’ homes under the guise of other business and began interrogating people about plans for the May Day protests. Why? Is protest now a crime in New York City? […]

Only 5% Of Police Departments Say They Don’t Track Cell Phones

There are 200 responses to their survey so far, and out of those 200, only 10 law enforcement agencies told the ACLU that they do not track cell phones. What’s more, most of those police departments and county and state law enforcement agencies that do track cell phones report obtaining search warrants to do so only in a minority of cases. […]

Five Things With Which I Am Not Cool (March 10 2012)

President Barack Obama gave the green light to child soldiers in Chad, the Congo, and Yemen.

The Lorax markets Mazda SUVs: a thing that everyone, everyone, everyone needs?

When officials conducted a Photo Op to show off their new drones flying over American skies, the people in charge lost control of their robot and it […]