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Home Alone: How Old And Which Response?

A young child stands in the Pacific surf at Cannon Beach, Oregon (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Since becoming a father nearly six years ago, I’ve read a number of stories like this one — “Mom Arrested After Leaving 8 and 9-Year-Old Home Alone While She Ran To Pick Up Takeout”, from Scary[…]

Black-And-Blue Lives Matter

Campaign Zero poster Click here to see it full size #blacklivesmatter #bluelivesmatter #alllivesmatter I fail to understand why people are still arguing over this. It is insane to shoot and kill police officers because other police officers executed black men without (apparent) cause. This is not justice, any more than it would be justice for[…]

Anti-Brutality Does Not Equal Anti-Police

Law enforcement training exercise Seminole, Oklahoma (Copyright © 2003 by Wil C. Fry.) Yes, this needs to be cleared up again, sadly. In the light of this story (NY Times: “Officers’ Boycott of Quentin Tarantino Films Grows”), quite a bit of the rhetoric seems to be missing the mark. Controversial film director Quentin Tarantino recently[…]

Big Data Can’t Make You Buy Things

The “Future Shop”, Montreal (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry.) When the Guardian posted this opinion piece in late June, its intent was apparently to scare readers with news that advertisers and police forces are already using ever-improving facial recognition technology. “It is increasingly being deployed all around the United States by giant tech[…]

Some Observations After Non-Indictment In Ferguson (UPDATED)

➤ No one was surprised by the Grand Jury’s decision. Are you not sick of being unsurprised? asks one writer. Statistics site 538 points out that it’s rare for police officers to be charged for any allegations of misconduct. Grand juries almost always return an indictment, yet almost never when it’s a police officer. The[…]

Shock And Awe In Ferguson

A police officer prepares to move in. Seminole, Oklahoma (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) I hesitated to post at all about the recent hubbub in Ferguson, Missouri. “It’s not my fight”, I seemed to be thinking. “I don’t really know what’s going on anyway — who can be believed?” But then I read[…]

Some Cops Worry About Accused Killers Being Fired

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Published on: 2014.08.10

Some cops are calling it the “worst possible nightmare” that some of their colleagues might lose their jobs or be jailed. This is only ironic since they might be fired or jailed for killing an unarmed man who’d apparently just helped break up a fight. Seems being killed by police is not quite as bad[…]

The Last Bit Of The Fifth Amendment: Civil Forfeiture

Most of us are familiar with parts of the Fifth Amendment (to the U.S. Constitution), not only from the nightly news but from movies and TV shows. “I plead the Fifth” is a common enough phrase, but only refers to 14 words of the 108 words in the amendment: “…nor shall be compelled in any[…]

Some New Fiction, For Once

Categories: Personal, Police Overreach
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Published on: 2014.04.13

When I read about police clashing with protesters (example: recent New Mexico incidents), I realize the average person (including me, of course) is often unaware of all the factors that lead up to such clashes. We know that protesters sometimes overstep their bounds — blocking traffic, negatively affecting local businesses — and we know that[…]

Mistrial In Gun Carrying Case

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Published on: 2013.10.19

Recently, I mentioned the case of Christopher Grisham. Today, I read that a jury couldn’t agree and a mistrial was declared. The 6-person jury deliberated for 16 hours, according to our local newspaper.

To Gun, Or Not To Gun? Depends On Whim Of Police

A jury in Temple, Texas, is deliberating the case of Christopher Grisham, an active duty Army Master Sgt. who was arrested in front of his son for — we’re still not sure exactly what. Grisham and his son were hiking back in April, on a rural road. A concealed-carry permit holder, Grisham was carrying a[…]

Just End the Fourth Amendment Already

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Published on: 2011.05.16

Related News Story: Supreme Court OKs More Warrantless Searches Over the years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been adding more and more exceptions to the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says in its entirety:

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