Monthly Archive: June 2020

What’s Inside Trump’s Executive Order on Police Reform

Part 1 of a three part series:

Earlier this month, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at guiding police reforms following weeks of national unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd.

The order would create federal incentives through the Justice Department for local police departments that implement “independent credentialing” to certify that law enforcement is improving standards for the use of force and de-escalation training.

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Police Report a Spike in Violence

A survey of four U.S. cities finds that crime and particularly shootings have increased significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread protesting organized by Black Lives Matter.  Luke Barr of ABC News reports that data compiled by the Police Executive Research Forum found that during the third week of June 72 people were shot in New York City.  An official from the NYPD suggested that the pandemic-related release of inmates from Rikers Island had contributed to the increased violence. “[W]e’re seeing a large uptick of parolees involved on either end of the gun, as either the shooter or the victim,” he said. Continue reading . . .

For President, 2040

What do we need in a President?  Maybe someone who thinks for himself, has the courage to stand against the winds of a debased culture, and understands, even if just intuitively, that the United States, though in need of a continuous struggle for improvement, has been a force for good in the world like no country that has existed before.

I don’t know this person’s political party.  But I just found my candidate.

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Because Black Lives Matter, Save Them Instead of Sacrificing Them to Blind Ideology

As I noted in an earlier post, no normal person disagrees with the proposition that black lives matter.  So the obvious question is:  What can we do to preserve and enhance them?

This is not a hard question, because we’ve been preserving and enhancing black lives for an entire generation.  We didn’t do it by tearing down statues, defacing monuments, chucking bricks through store windows or setting up lawless “autonomous zones.”  Liberals know perfectly well how we did it, but don’t want to admit it because that would confound The Received Woke Wisdom.  Jason Riley of the WSJ spills the beans, however.

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Bogus “Study” on Bias in Jury Selection

A recent study from The Death Penalty Clinic (read Anti-Death Penalty Clinic) at Berkeley Law, headed by long-time defense attorney Elisabeth Semel, has found that “California prosecutors routinely strike Black and Latino people from juries,” according to the Los Angeles Times. A piece by Michele Hanisee, of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys,  raises serious questions about the accuracy of the study and the bias of its author. Ms. Semel’s study, entitled “Whitewashing the Jury Box,”  examined 683 appellate rulings between 2006-2018 in non-death penalty cases where defense attorneys objected to a prosecutor’s  peremptory challenge of a juror.

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The Black Lives Matter Agenda, in Its Own Words

Since no normal person thinks that black lives do not  matter, I thought it would be worthwhile trying to see what else is in the Black Lives Matter program.  Fortunately, this got looked into by Paul Mirengoff at PowerLine.  Here are some of the goodies:

The retroactive decriminalization, immediate release and record expungement of all drug related offenses and prostitution, and reparations for the devastating impact of the “war on drugs” and criminalization of prostitution, including a reinvestment of the resulting savings and revenue into restorative services….

Reparations for the wealth extracted from our communities through environmental racism, slavery, food apartheid….

A divestment from industrial multinational use of fossil fuels and investment in community- based sustainable energy solutions….

In other words, BLM has ambitions well beyond, and having nothing to do with, police behavior.  It has a comprehensive, far Left agenda taking root in a vision of America as a centuries-long racist cesspool.

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Supreme Court Upholds Expedited Removal of Alien Apprehended at Border

The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the 1996 Act of Congress that sharply limited judicial review for aliens whose claims of asylum are not found credible by immigration authorities. The opinion of the Court, joined by five Justices, upheld the statute entirely. The Court rejected the claim that the statute violated the Suspension Clause. That clause protects the right to seek habeas corpus relief for its original purpose, release from illegal custody. It provides no constitutional right for a person seeking to remain in this country when the government intends to release him to his own country.

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Of Mobs and Monuments

The present fad of monument toppling vividly illustrates the dangers of resorting to force rather than waiting for the process of government, which certainly can be agonizingly slow. Even when street action is initiated by people with good intentions, the forces unleashed inevitably spread beyond those intentions. There are no “controlled burns” in street mobs.

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