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NYC police officers killed; GOP exploits. What else is new?

Well, that didn’t take long. Within hours of two New York City police officers being shot as they sat in a squad car, Republicans started blaming — President Obama and other Democrats. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had several felony convictions and a history of mental illness, shot Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu as they sat in […]

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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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