| Apr 5, 2012
In the wake of the media blackout imposed last week by Angela Corey, the newly appointed special prosecutor investigating February's fatal shooting of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the media has had no choice but to cover the story surrounding the...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 5:31 PM
Televised scenes of fires and looters ravaging storefront buildings in Ferguson, Mo., brought flashbacks in my memory to other urban riots a half-century ago — and to lessons that Ferguson officials failed to learn.
In short, the most critical...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 2:30 AM
Experts have put urban violence under the microscope. You might call it the sociology of dead kids.
There's a lot less here than meets the eye, or so it seemed when I read about a new study by researchers at Yale called "Tragic, but not random: The...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 1:25 PM
The FBI, which is reportedly investigating whether the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office violated the civil rights of minorities, should expand its inquiry to include the shooting death of Seth Adams by a deputy whose superior had questioned his...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 7:23 PM
A new piece of the puzzle that is the death of Ezell Ford landed this week with the public release of his autopsy report.
The coroner's account explains what killed Ford: His body bore three bullet holes — in the arm, side and back, where the...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 6:24 PM
Going by objective standards of reason and fairness, Al Sharpton is not to blame for the assassination of two New York City cops over the weekend. Nor are New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., President Obama or any of the...
| 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...