Author: Sam Wilkinson

According to a faithful reader, I'm Ordinary Times's "least thoughtful writer." So I've got that going for me, which is nice.
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Eating Pizza Outside In The Snow

Symposium: We ate the pizza with “Ooohs!” and “Aaaahs!” as we took bites that burned our mouth, all while snow hit us in the face, blowing sideways.

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Daniel Pantaleo Has Been Fired

Daniel Pantaleo has been fired. It is the only consequence of him having used a prohibited chokehold on Eric Garner five years ago. Garner died in the aftermath of its application.

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A Very Welcome Victory

Sports are not a salve. That said, an unexpected win still manages to feel awfully damned good.

Stephon Clark’s Killers Go Free

Anne-Marie Schubert, Sacramento’s District Attorney, has announced that she will not pursue any criminal charges against either Jared Robinet and Terrence Mercadal, two Sacramento police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark last summer.

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Houston’s Police Department Has A Problem

Joe Gamaldi knew exactly who to blame for a shooting in which five Houston police officers ended up getting injured: police reform advocates. As it turns out, his accusations were just a bit off the mark.

Emantic Bradford Jr.’s Killer Will Not Be Charged

Even in acknowledging Bradford Jr.’s innocence, Marshall cannot help but to parrot the line that the Hoover Police Department used in its various tellings of the story: that Bradford Jr. was a threat. Even though he was not a threat. Even though he was innocent.

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Briefly, When Accessible History Matters

Alan Maloney made Andrew Johnson cut his hair. Although they disagree vociferously, everybody involved is absolutely certain as to why he did that.

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Justin Schneider and Jacob Anderson Go Free; Cyntoia Brown Does Not

The law is such a miraculous thing: all at once so malleable and so rigid. Prosecutors were willing to engineer sweetheart deals for rapists like Schneider and Anderson, and yet prosecutors were unwilling to acknowledge Brown’s humanity despite her being an abused 16-year-old girl being sold for sex.

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Briefly, On Trusting The Police

The Hoover Police Department has been caught lying about Emantic Bradford Jr. on at least two separate occasions since having killed him. On Monday, it became clear that the HPD’s version of events remained seriously and intentionally wrong.

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