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What Does ‘Black On Black’ Crime Have To Do With It?

• Question Why do conservatives insist on mentioning “black on black crime” in the context of discussions about police brutality and systemic racism?   • My Best Guess They heard/saw someone else say it, and neglected to examine whether it was a great argument. It fit their preexisting notion that black people are inherently more[…]

The Public Favors Police Bodycams — Overwhelmingly

A recent YouGov survey had only two questions about police bodycams, and the 2,229 respondents overwhelmingly agreed on both of them. • Do you favor or oppose police departments equipping their officers with body cameras to record their interactions with the public? • If you were reporting a crime to the police, would you want[…]

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[…]

They Were Asking For It, Said The Victim-Blamers

If I was in charge of ISIL*, I don’t think I would be claiming responsibility for the failed attack in Garland, Texas. I don’t know what the news looks like over in Islamaland, but here in the U.S., it looks like two dingdongs bought a bunch of gear they didn’t know how to use and[…]

True But Anecdotal Anecdotes About Racism And My ’74 Monte Carlo

To my knowledge, this is the only photo of the 1974 Chevy Monte Carlo that I owned from late 1995 through late 1998 (Copyright © 1997 by Geraldean Fry.) (I didn’t record the following incidents in my journal — I wasn’t writing often in my journal in the late 1990s — so I’m depending on[…]

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[…]

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[…]

ITN: Supreme Court Says Yes To DNA Acquisition

Categories: Government, InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.06.05

In The News: On DNA, Supreme Court goes too far (LA Times editorial) In The News: In split with state policy, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz sees “Big Brother” in Supreme Court DNA ruling (Dallas News) Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that it’s okay for law enforcement to take DNA samples from arrested suspects and[…]

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