Breonna Taylor: Collateral damage in ‘war on drugs’

The Louisville Metro Police Department has fired Brett Hankison, one of three police officers involved in the egregious death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician who was shot dead in her home though she was not guilty of any crime. Prosecutors should go further and bring criminal charges against all three. Civilians have […]

Cops don’t need tanks or grenade launchers

With a deranged narcissist in the Oval Office and his lackey controlling the Department of Justice, there is no point looking to the federal government to curb police violence. Instead, President Donald J. Trump will do everything in his power to encourage it. In the wake of protests over the murder of George Floyd, he […]

If there were no video . . .

The video clip is a mere 36 seconds, but it is shocking, explicit, sickening. And because it has gone viral — prompting national outrage — two white men have finally been arrested and charged in the death of a black jogger in southeast Georgia in February. That hardly means that the family of Ahmaud Arbery […]

Bigotry embedded in police culture

There were many strange and perplexing moments during and immediately after the trial of Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer found guilty of murdering Botham Jean, an unarmed neighbor, after she mistook his apartment for her own. But none were more disturbing than testimony from Texas Ranger David Armstrong, the lead investigator in the […]

Huffman’s sentence about right

Felicity Huffman’s light sentence for her role in the college cheating scandal infuriated me. She was sentenced to 14 days in a federal prison and a $30,000 fine — a mere pause from her “rich and famous” lifestyle and a rounding error in her bank account. The additional 250 hours of community service won’t mess […]

Another week, another mass shooting

Late last month, the United States recorded yet another mass shooting. This one took place on a Friday afternoon in Virginia Beach, when a not-so-civil servant mowed down several of his co-workers at a municipal building. The shooter killed 12 people before he was shot dead in a gun battle with police. That sort of […]

Faked hate crimes? They hurt

If “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is guilty, as Chicago police have charged, of falsely claiming that he was the victim of a hate crime, he has done a grave disservice to the many Americans — black and brown, Muslim and Jew, gay and transgender — who have been or will be the actual victims of […]