Black Incarceration: The Law Enforcement Assistance Act, the Rockefeller Drug Laws, Mass Encarceration and More

(05-29-2018, updated 07-16-2018)  The history of crime in inner-city black neighborhoods and the response by law enforcement over time have seemingly made it a chicken-egg matter. Seemingly. I explained how inner city  black neighborhoods came into being to begin with. From the start cities responded to crime in black neighborhoods differently than in white areas.

What Do We Want Our Schools To Do? Discipline Or Teach?

(10-29-2015, updated 07-14-2018)  When and why did it become acceptable to have Officer Slam in school? And why is discipline seen as the be-all, end-all in American public education? If you had asked me last week what a school resource officer was, I wouldn't have known, but my guess would have been someone who was somehow involved in directing students to the appropriate resources for whatever they needed, be it the school library, the counselor, a local college, whatever. But no, SROs--School Resource Officers--are police officers who have been placed in public schools "to keep the students safe".

Police Training within the Law Enforcement Hierarchy: A Bad Idea

(12-07-2014, updated 07-14-2018)  For police accountability and guaranteed quality training that's independent from existing police department cultures, police training must take place on a state level. It seems that in America many police forces do their own training. So the police teach recruits what they think the police should know and how they should act. Where's society's input?

Police Killings, Militarization and the Absence of the NRA in Ferguson, Missouri

(08-22-2014, updated 07-15-2018)   An untrained police force does not serve the public, it's a danger to the public. Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Demonstrations against police violence have been going on since, which the police met with tanks and army gear. They aimed military-grade weapons at the town's citizens.