Let's Stop Pretending
Cops can't correct
what most needs fixing (#386, 5/3/21)
Four Weeks, Six Massacres
Would stronger gun laws help? We crunch the numbers. They're not reassuring. (#385, 4/19/21)
Two Weeks, Four Massacres
A troubled Colorado man buys a “pistol.” Six days later ten innocents
lie dead. (#384, 4/4/21)
One Week, Two Massacres
An Atlanta man buys a pistol.
Hours later eight persons lie dead.
The Usual Victims
Violent crime is reportedly way up.
But do we all suffer equally?
A Risky and Informed Decision
Minneapolis P.D. knew better. Yet it
hired an applicant and kept him on.
Want Happy Endings?
Pursuits can lead to tragedy
Cop? Terrorist? Both?
Some officers leap into
the arms of "Q" (#378, 1/20/21)
Chaos in D.C.
Rioters overrun the Capitol.
Are police to blame? (#377, 1/11/21)
Third, Fourth & Fifth Chances
Some cops repeatedly avoid meaningful sanctions. Then disaster strikes.
Select, Don't "Elect"
When top cops are elected,
controls fly out the window
Was a Dope Roped?
A trial judge thought so.
But an appellate court disagreed.
Fix Those Neighborhoods!
Creating safe places calls for a comprehensive, organic approach
When Must Cops Shoot? (II)
"An Ounce of Prevention"
(Ben Franklin, 1736)
When Must Cops Shoot? (I)
Four notorious incidents; four dead citizens. What did officers face?
L.A. Wants "Cahoots." But Which "Cahoots"?
Some politicians demand that officers keep away from "minor, non-violent" crimes (#370, 10/21/20)
R.I.P. Proactive Policing?
Volatile situations and imperfect cops guarantee tragic outcomes
In a badly divided land, the ambush of two deputies unleashes a raft of excuses. And, as usual, no solutions.
White on Black
Should Black citizens fear White cops? (#367, 9/7/20)
Black on Black
Are Black citizens better off
with Black cops? (#366, 9/1/20)
"SWAT" is a Verb
Officers join specialized teams for a reason (#365, 8/16/20)
Should Police Treat the Whole Patient?
Officers deal with the symptoms of social decay. Can they go further? Should they? (#364, 8/3/20)
Turning Cops Into Liars
Keeping score can distort what
officers do (#363, 7/20/20)
Violent and Vulnerable
Some combative citizens may be at heightened risk of death (#362, 7/8/20)
Don't "Divest" - Invest!
Stripping money from the police is foolish. So is ignoring the plight of poverty-stricken neighborhoods.
Is it Ever OK
to Shoot Someone in the Back? (II)
In Atlanta, a “routine” encounter turns lethal. Instantly, a deplorable outcome is attributed to race. (#360, 6/19/20)
Gold Badges Can Be the Problem
Ordinary cops often know what's best. They should act on it. (#359, 6/8/20)
Punishment Isn't a Cop's Job
An officer metes out discipline. He then faces society's version. (#358, 6/3/20)
But is it Really Satan?
A Sheriff’s lament reflects the hopelessness of urban decay
A Conflicted Mission
An ideologically-fraught quarrel poses unique challenges (#356, 5/12/20)
Who should stay locked up during the pandemic? Who can go? (#355, 5/1/20)
Can the Urban Ship
Seasoned police leadership. Yet the
violence continues. (#354, 4/21/20)
Taking Missiles From Strangers
One wannabe heads to prison. Another waits. Should we be relieved?
Fair But Firm
Gaining voluntary compliance is the
sine qua non of everyday policing.
Indeed, of everyday life.
When Should Cops Lie?
NYPD detectives tweak an old approach. But lying is still lying. (#351, 3/26/20)
COVID-19: R.I.P. Policing?
Crime-fighters confront the challenges
of coronavirus (#350, 3/17/20)
Desperate to avoid controversy, politicians avoid the obvious
Must the Door
Bail and sentencing reform come.
Then stuff happens.
A Recipe for Disaster
Take an uncertain workplace. Toss in a "mission impossible" and pressures to produce. Voila!
Loopholes are Lethal (II)
Who can buy a gun? Indeed, just what is a gun? Um, let’s pretend! (#346, 1/4/20)
Loopholes are Lethal
Federal gun laws are tailored to limit their impact. And the consequences
can be deadly. (#345, 12/22/19)
Did the Times Scapegoat L.A.'s Finest? (II)
Quit blaming police racism for lopsided outcomes. And fix those neighborhoods! (#344, 12/3/19)
Did the Times Scapegoat L.A.'s Finest?
Accusations of biased policing
derail a stop-and-frisk campaign
Technology's Great -
Until it's Not
Police love Rapid DNA and facial recognition but hate encryption.
Privacy advocates beg to differ.
Means, Ends and 9/11
Extraordinary measures beget extraordinary consequences
Despite redevelopment, South Bend's poverty and crime remain locked
in an embrace (#340, 9/13/19)
Doing right by the public might
mean doing wrong to the cop
Stop with the tangential!
Gun lethality is, first and foremost,
about the projectile (#338, 8/12/19)
Repeat After Us:
"City" is Meaningless
When it comes to crime, it's neighborhoods that count
Two Sides of
the Same Coin
Street gangs and officer cliques
have a lot in common (#336, 7/20/19)
Can You Enforce
Decriminalizing illegal immigration would have serious consequences
Without a Difference
An epidemic of officer suicide raises the question: do guns cause violence?
Informed and Lethal
Confirmation bias, on steroids
Inner-city violence calls for a lot more than cops. Is America up to the task? (#332, 4/13/19)
Driven to Fail
Numbers-driven policing can’t help but offend. What are the options?
No Such Thing As
As good guys and bad ramp up their arsenals, the margin of error disappears (#330, 3/4/19)
A Not-so-Magnificent Obsession
Lapses in policing lead to chronic rulemaking. Does it hit the mark?
A Victim of Circumstance
Building cases with circumstantial evidence calls for exquisite care
When Walls Collide
Ideological quarrels drown out straight talk about border security (#327, 1/14/19)
Cops Aren't Free Agents
To improve police practices, look
to the workplace (#326, 1/3/19)