Summary: At last in the long debate about police violence we have an actual analysis (rather than the amateur tallies). Professor Fryer Jr. (economics, Harvard) looks at a sample of the data and discovers some surprising news. He gives some innovative suggests for practical police reforms (i.e., possible to implement). His conclusions are essential reading … Continue reading Hard data from Harvard about police violence & race
Summary: Matthew Harwood's definitive article shows that America's police have gone out of control. But nothing will change unless we identify the people responsible, much as the year of outrage following Snowden's revelations of NSA surveillance produced few reforms. The evidence clearly points to the guilty parties -- and a solution. San Diego policeman Neal … Continue reading These are the people responsible for our out of control police…
Summary: Modern technology gives us unprecedented tools with which to run America, but only if we have the necessary clear vision. These tools work equally well to feed our delusions about the world. Our response to revelations about police behavior suggests that many Americans have chosen myths over truth. See the magnitude of the problem … Continue reading Learning about the police to understand why they so often act badly
Summary: Seven big incidents during the past 30 days! This post looks not just at what's happening, but at the likely consequences. Unless they respond effectively, this growing flood of videos will inevitably redefine the image of police in the minds of many America, with ugly results. Unfortunately they, like so many of our institutions, … Continue reading A big month for police violence. Will they reform? Lessons either way.
Summary: First came the revelations of brutal police killings of unarmed people for little or no reason. Then the blowbacks of police excuses and rising crime. How we deal with this will have large effects on our cities and show how well we can deal with problems in American society. Indications that the 3 decades … Continue reading Are protests about police killings causing crime to rise?