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No indictment in chokehold case: Independent prosecutors needed

When it comes to police misconduct and police killing of civilians, it’s time to break the symbiotic relationship between local prosecutors and local police. The video in the Eric Garner case was pretty shocking: A group of New York City police threw Garner to the ground and put him in a chokehold, a move banned […]

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Ferguson no-indictment call: Travesty of justice or fair shake?

Justice for Michael Brown never really had a chance. As a rule, police don’t get charged with a crime when they shoot and kill someone. In one sense, that’s fair, since they’re putting their own lives on the line trying to serve and protect, and they do have a right to defend themselves. But when […]

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Excellent — and horrible — media work about Ferguson

Often your take on the news depends on how you get your news. If you stick to ideology-driven websites, Twitter feeds, and news media, your view of today’s stories are going to be skewed. It’s certainly true on the right; it’s even partially true on the left. That’s why the coverage of the events over […]

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Are you angry about police tactics in Ferguson? Vote.

This is not meant as a criticism of the residents of Ferguson, Mo., who are having a hard enough time right now dealing with police riots run amok. But it’s important that we all remember to vote in each and every election. Every election means every election: presidential, congressional, statewide — and local. In Ferguson, […]

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Ferguson police remind me of Chicago 1968. Only MUCH worse

Why is the response of police in Ferguson, Mo., to protests about the killing of an unarmed black teenager so different? So over the top? There have been police shootings and killings of other unarmed African-American teens and men. There are usually protests and sometimes a violent community reaction. But I can’t recall another situation […]

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