Black Cop, White Cop, Same Story
Sometimes the best thing a columnist can do is to shut up and let people speak for themselves. I get a lot of unhappy mail from cops in PG. The following, a few months old now, is an example. I've removed potentially identifying details and nothing else. "Hello Fred, "Let me start out by saying... Read More
Race, Race, Everything Is Race
I had hoped to spend the summer running columns from my recent trip to Chicago, which gives a picture of big-city policing that Washington can’t. As it happens, however, the growing racial problem, in which cops are declining to risk arresting blacks for fear of being prosecuted, has upset the apple cart. My email on... Read More
Are The Media Actualy Trying To Start Riots?
Since the looting and burning in Cincinnati, the mainstream media have mentioned over and over the fifteen black men killed by police in the city in recent years. The implication, never so far as I know buttressed with data, has been that the police were unjustified, that they kill blacks for reasons of racism. The... Read More
What Do People Really Want?
Last week I wrote a column saying that white cops have become so gun shy about being charged with racism, and thereby losing jobs, promotions, and careers, that many of them have stopped enforcing the law when blacks are involved. As part of the column I printed a letter from a cop in PG County... Read More
Cops Begin To Opt Out
Some months ago I wrote that cops in a lot of jurisdictions have decided that the current climate of hostility toward the police has led officers to keep their heads down -- i.e., not to do anything that could result in criticism by the racial lobbies. Because this column also appears on my web site... Read More
The Subject That Never Goes Away
I keep hearing, sometime from blacks, often from whites who heard the stories somewhere but don't know details, of cops racially harassing middle-class black people here in the metro area. I got a rendition of this last night: Respectable black couples in nice clothes in nice cars repeatedly being stopped and checked out for no... Read More
Where I Think We're Going, We Ain't Gonna Like
My email from cops around the country is interesting. How good its statistical validity is, I don't know, but it gives a fair picture of what's on people's minds. I'm looking at the fifth forward I've gotten of a recent AP story on the demoralization of the LAPD. The core of the piece is that... Read More