| Dec 13, 2014
| 10:17 AM
After an Orange County deputy shot and wounded an unarmed man last week, one of my reactions was sympathy ... for the deputy.
Perhaps that sounds strange.
But if Sgt. Robert McCarthy — a nine-year veteran with a stellar record — did...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 1:25 PM
In one way, the video record of the Thanksgiving Day confrontation between a black pedestrian and a white cop is dismaying — fuel to the fire that is burning nationwide about racial bias in law enforcement.
"You were making people nervous,"...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 2:23 AM
We are the pit bull that is seen with wary eyes; if we come too close, then it's goodbye. Regardless of whether we are calm, courteous and nonthreatening in demeanor, we are deemed suspicious and dangerous, which makes it justifiable to put us down with a...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 4:47 PM
In light of Ferguson, it strikes me as remarkable that the Hamilton Park case in Baltimore sparked little outrage. Not only was the victim in that case young, black and unarmed, but he was shot in the back by a police officer. Given how people in Missouri...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 1:37 PM
As the tragic chokehold case of Eric Garner illustrates, police body cameras are not the solution to all police brutality complaints. But they can bring a much-needed clarity to what we're arguing about.
Unlike the recent death by police shooting of...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 1:24 PM
Big city mayors have to stay as neutral as possible when asked about disputes between their citizens and the police. But New York Mayor Bill de Blasio found his voice in a profoundly moving way when he responded not as a mayor but as a parent.
| Nov 21, 2014
| 8:00 PM
John Wrana had to die.
The World War II vet was 95 years old, just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday. He was active and sharp, he liked to gamble, tell jokes and have a drink. He was alive. But he wasn't stupid.
He knew he was very old. He knew...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 6:41 AM
It's dull and cautious of me, I know, but I'm reserving judgment about whether Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.
Bolder folks have already made up their minds.
| Nov 25, 2014
| 8:43 PM
In 1981, David Klinger, a white LAPD officer, shot and killed a black suspect in South Los Angeles. Today, Klinger is a professor of criminal justice in St. Louis, where he's had a front-row seat on the raging controversy over the shooting death of a...
| Nov 27, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Smoke and fire, sirens blaring, horns honking, a sudden hail of bullets. This is what passes for the American dialogue on race and justice.
It's hidden until it explodes.
"By 10 p.m.," the Wall Street Journal informed us, "a St. Louis County Police...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 3:47 PM
If only students who were studying for finals at an FSU library last week had been packing heat, then maybe the shooter would have been subdued more quickly.
That's the argument from a group called Students for Concealed Carry at FSU.