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: Here Locke Peterseim gives one of his typically excellent reviews. He looks at Black Mass, explaining not just the film but also how and why it gets brought to the screen. The film tells one of the most important stories of corrupt law enforcement in US history, showing how the system is fundamentally dysfunctional. … Continue reading Black Mass: a light film about an important story of US corruption
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: The TV show "Castle" shows how the police have become a strange tribe that TV explores, like National Geographic used to write about central Africa. The season 8 premier episode shows how far TV has evolved from the 1950's idealized portrayals of Dragnet and Highway Patrol to today's dark fantasies. Spoilers! Warning: spoilers to … Continue reading The Castle season opener shows our divorce from our police
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?