Those who defend the police insist that perceptions made in the moment matter most of all and should trump all other concerns and criticisms. They are onto something.
Facial recognition software is not new, but using it in real-time by police departments has raised some eyebrows. Add to those sentiments that Amazon is behind this latest marriage of big tech and government agencies, and privacy watchdogs are concerned to say the least.
In a perfect world, all officers of the law would be worthy of the respect their positions command. They would not take advantage of their inherent power and authority to abuse and violate vulnerable people. But the world is far from perfect, and people are less so.
Crap on the field.
Stephon Clark wasn’t armed. The Sacramento Police Department ended his life anyway.
I’m done blaming the police.
Scott Michael Greene is still alive. Which is odd if we believe what we are told about policing, danger, and fear.
[T]he Preservation of Life medal is reserved for officers who chose not to use deadly force in situations where lethally discharging a firearm could, according to department policy, been justified.
When headline writers use questions, Burt Likko answers them. Briefly, completely, and unabashedly expressing his own opinion. Ten questions about politics, the business of news, news of business, and grizzly bears.
There is considerable evidence that the issues with policing in the US are not constrained to a few bad apples.
Ferguson has placed in stark relief the fact that the police view themselves as an independent authority unbeholden and unanswerable to either the people or their elected representatives.
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Presented as-is, promoted from his comment Like almost all of you, I have mixed feelings about the police. As a law-abiding tax-paying citizen with property that needs protecting, I am in favor of a coercive force that keeps the “bad guys” in check. As a libertarian minded citizen, I am concerned always and everywhere with…
The UC-Davis pepper spray incident has come back into the news lately. Far be it from me to ignore. Back in November I left this comment on a post here at The League. I think it still holds up (with minor editing). What I will say first though is that obviously some mistakes were made at UC-Davis.
…confirms common sense about that atrocious pepper spray incident last fall. Added touches: the cops acted against orders; they were untrained and unauthorized to use the spray; and — what else? — a sex panic. Figures that anything this fished up would just have to involve a sex panic too. From the report: “On balance,…
Hello again dear reader. Why yes, this is another post in as many days… While I rant and rage in comments, I try to keep polemics out of my front page posts and stick to topics I’m comfortable discussing if not without passion, then without rancor. I’m going to break that tradition just this once,…
So, interesting reaction to my last post. It turns out – and I did not know this – it turns out that the police are never wrong. Ever. It also turns out that if the perps are wrong, that immediately means that the cops are right. Because two wrongs make a right (which I also…
The numbers of dead and wounded are different according to the source, but it looks like American soldiers opened fire on other soldiers at a Texas Army base. According to the New York Times:
See TPM on “chopper porn.” The accompanying photo gallery is priceless.
C. Augustin Dierkes post on the Mexican drug war to me highlighted one of the many downsides to the drug war, one which happens to be among the more distressing changes in American life from the past century: the increasing use of the American military in civilian contexts and settings. The point of using the…