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The "Accident Chain" and the In-Custody Death of George Floyd

The "Accident Chain" and the In-Custody Death of George Floyd

In aviation, an accident chain usually ends with one or more people dead in a twisted mass of burning metal, investigators conducting a lengthy and expensive inquiry, and mourners lashing out at those responsible for a series of fatal mistakes... Sound familiar?

August 7, 2020

Stuck in the Middle: Policing in a Politically Charged Election Season

Stuck in the Middle: Policing in a Politically Charged Election Season

There are myriad other examples of politically motivated civil unrest throughout American history—from the Whiskey Rebellion in the 18th Century, to the Pottawatomie Massacre in the 19th Century, to the mayhem surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in the 20th Century.

January 31, 2020

2019 in Review: American Police Officers Under Fire From All Angles
5 Thoughts on Policing Alongside Anti-Police District Attorneys
Amid Anti-Police Rhetoric, Police Remain Vigilant Public Safety Servants
No Parole for Cop Killers

No Parole for Cop Killers

Far too many individuals convicted of murdering a law enforcement officer have been allowed to walk free on parole.

October 11, 2019

Politics, Press, Police Use-of-Force, De-Policing, and Deadly Hesitation

Politics, Press, Police Use-of-Force, De-Policing, and Deadly Hesitation

California Governor Gavin Newsom, Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, and NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill (left to right) have all made headlines in the past couple of weeks that may lead to worsening the continuing trends of deadly hesitation and de-policing in America. Images courtesy of Facebook.

August 23, 2019

Mad as Hell About Water Buckets—and the Ferguson Effect

Mad as Hell About Water Buckets—and the Ferguson Effect

One component of the Ferguson Effect is the glorification of anti-police sentiment, anti-police protests that turn violent, and attacks on officers—both verbal and physical. The latest social media videos of attacks on officers serve as proof that this wrongheaded thinking undeniably exists.

July 26, 2019

Free Speech, Violent Threats, and Learning from a Misguided Professor

Free Speech, Violent Threats, and Learning from a Misguided Professor

Professor Joshua Clover—who teaches English and comparative literature at University of California at Davis, and according to his official bio, specializes in Marxism and "the end of capitalism"—said in an interview published in early 2016, "People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed."

March 1, 2019

A Plague of Deadly Hesitation, De-Motivation, and De-Policing in America

A Plague of Deadly Hesitation, De-Motivation, and De-Policing in America

Police in a variety of places have talked about trepidation to act when action is the only reasonable response. They have spoken about fearing the aftermath of a deadly force encounter more than they do the incident itself. However, we need to be redoubling our efforts to re-establish proactive policing and aggressive crime fighting.

August 17, 2018