Whatever the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, that case — and the tragedy of another death, this time of 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in nearby Brooklyn Center, Minn. — should not be used to advance the narrative of systemic police racism and brutality nationwide. No one has done more to save and protect Black lives — indeed, all lives — than the men and women in police uniforms. Among the victims in today’s social and racial upheaval are the overwhelming majority of innocent, hardworking people living in minority communities who are being victimized by nationwide spikes in violent crime. Their communities already are beset by a lack of job opportunities and quality education — neither of which is their fault, nor the fault of the police — yet now they are beset by increased crime as well. Police have become victims, too, as they are expected to do the impossible while being attacked from all … [Read more...] about What the statistics show about police shootings and public safety
Crime prevention through environmental design
close Video Police: Indianapolis FedEx shooting suspect was former employee Fox News correspondent Bryan Llenas provides an update on the FedEx Indianapolis shooting INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally purchased the two assault rifles used in the attack despite red flag laws designed to prevent that, police said. A trace of the two guns found by investigators at the scene revealed that suspect Brandon Scott Hole, 19, of Indianapolis , legally bought the rifles in July and September of last year, officials with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said Saturday. IMPD did not share where Hole bought the guns, citing the ongoing investigation, but said Hole was witnessed using both rifles during the assault. Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt said Hole began firing randomly at people in the parking lot of the FedEx facility late Thursday, killing … [Read more...] about FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting, police say
With half of the 2021 legislative session in the books, the Colorado legislature has shown an undeniable commitment to hastily lowering jail and prison populations … not by reducing criminal conduct, but by reducing the consequences for criminal conduct. Time and again, a one-party controlled legislature has attempted to enact radical measures to address criminal justice issues on which there could be consensus solutions, if only they acted with common sense. This year some Colorado lawmakers are seeking to keep offenders from being arrested, to minimize the sentences for criminal conduct, and to wipe away the consequences for repeated criminal conduct. The concern that a “school to prison pipeline” may exist in Colorado did not result in a comprehensive investigation of the current juvenile justice system involving experts from across the spectrum of interests. Instead, sponsors of Senate Bill 182, a reckless bill that would have converted schools across the state into … [Read more...] about Brauchler: Colorado lawmakers consider more offender-friendly laws that make us less safe
Whatever the hens don’t eat gets composted — onion peels, coffee grounds, orange rinds, chiminea ashes, avocado pits, and leaves. Over time, the pile transforms into a rich, dark brown soil that I add to my garden beds. I love soil so much I usually garden without gloves to the detriment of my brittle nails because I like the feel of it. Soil nurtures plants, filters water, and sequesters carbon. It is the substrate of life. So when I learned about Colorado Senate Bill 6, the Human Remains Natural Reduction Soil act, I thought it was a good idea. (Please be advised this column focuses on the handling human remains after death). The bill “authorizes human remains to be converted to soil using a container that accelerates the process of biological decomposition, also known as ‘natural reduction.’ ” The reduction process enables the breakdown of the body into its basic, molecular elements. It is similar to a green burial whereby a person is buried in a biodegradable coffin without … [Read more...] about Kafer: Composting human bodies may draw the ire of some, but I’m all for returning to the substrate of life
The internet needs reform. Section 230 of the Federal Communications Decency Act insulates internet companies from content liability. Its famous 26 words are that: "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider." The immunity is not specific. If your teen-age daughter is the target of internet bullying, “slut shaming,” a sex crime or even murder, the platform on which she met her tormentor is immune from responsibility. If you are the victim of fraud on the internet, cyberstalking, blackmail or extortion, the vehicle for criminal communication is immune from responsibility. If your privacy is invaded because you have given Facebook or Google too much data, it’s on you. You traded your data for a free membership. Section 230 has its roots in common law principles. The proprietor of a kiosk or bulletin board was never liable for defamatory content tacked or … [Read more...] about Is the antidote to bad speech more speech or more regulation?