So Much for that ‘War on Cops’ the Right is Imagining


A police officer is killed in the line of duty. Right wing pundits and talk show hosts immediately seize on the opportunity to blame it on their political enemies, claiming that President Obama and Black Lives Matter is fomenting a "war on cops" and that this is the deadly result of their attempts to make the police stop engaging in widespread abuse, particularly against dark-skinned people. The problem: The evidence clearly disproves their argument. … [Read more...]

Another Day, Another Cop Caught Lying

This is a really weird situation. On Wednesday, the schools in Millis, Massachusetts were shut down and SWAT teams were sent out in a manhunt to find someone who had opened fire on a police officer in a squad car. Except when they pulled the bullets out of the car, it came from the officer's gun. He had made up the entire thing, for reasons that still aren't clear, causing massive disruption to the community. … [Read more...]

Louisiana Cop Fired After Picture Shows KKK Membership

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A police detective in Lake Arthur, Louisiana has been fired after a picture surfaced showing him in full KKK regalia giving a Nazi salute at an anti-immigration rally. The police chief demanded his resignation, which he refused to give, so the city council unanimously voted to fire him. Now he's threatening to sue for wrongful termination after offering several dishonest excuses for it. … [Read more...]

NYPD Hit With Major Discrimination Suit — From Cops


This is a very interesting development. A group of black and Latino police officers in New York City are suing the NYPD, claiming that they are being discriminated against, threatened and punished for not going along with illegal quotas that encourage discriminatory policies like Stop and Frisk. This follows an earlier suit that revealed that such quotas exist, which the NYPD had denied. … [Read more...]

Uncle Tom Sheriff Blames Black Lives Matter for Cop Shooting


A police officer in Houston was ambushed and killed last week, which is a horrible tragedy. To hear the right wing tell it, however, this is all the fault of President Obama and the Black Lives Matter movement for leading an alleged "war on cops" that has turned the people against the police. And they've got their very own Uncle Tom, a black sheriff from Milwaukee, eager to make that argument for them so they can cover up their racism. … [Read more...]

Judge Slammed by Appeals Court in Wife Beating Case


I've pointed out many times that state legislatures and local councils are the place to find the dumbest and most ridiculous politicians, but the same is also true of judges. Because judges are elected positions in most states, a sizable percentage of those on the bench are local yokels who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a courtroom. Here's a great example, a judge in Georgia who got hammered by the appeals court for some seriously appalling behavior in a domestic violence case. … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Pretextual Traffic Stop


Police officers are trained on how to use disingenuous pretexts to stop a vehicle. They do this in order to get face to face with a driver to see if they can smell alcohol or drugs or find some reason to do a search and they use all manner of absurd, trumped-up excuses for it. Here's a perfect example caught on tape, an officer who pulls over a black man (of course), first telling him it's because he didn't turn his turn signal on far enough from the turn and then saying it's because he made eye … [Read more...]

Government Scores Another Victory in the War on Orgasms

The federal government, apparently fresh out of actual victims to protect, raided the offices of, a site set up to broker deals between gay escorts and those who want to employ their services. And guess who made the bust? The Department of Homeland Security. Because that's what we want them to do, isn't it? We don't want them protecting us from terrorism, we want them arresting people for having consensual sex for money. … [Read more...]

Seattle Police Union Official Should Really STFU


Ron Smith, the president of the Seattle Police Officer's Guild, is accusing the Obama administration of declaring a "war on cops." He posted a video to the police union's Facebook page from Fox News where one of their many dim bulb talking heads made that same accusation and captioned it "Truth." It was later removed from the page, but not before Smith confirmed that he had posted it and said that he agrees with it 100%. … [Read more...]

Bradlee Dean’s Absurd Column About Crime


The endlessly stupid Bradlee Dean, who once sued a news organization I worked for and got stuck with a huge legal bill he can't pay, seems to think that crime is rampant in America. "Had enough crime yet, America?" his headline asks. The article itself is mostly about support for the death penalty, about which he could hardly be more wrong. And some of his reasoning is just...baffling. … [Read more...]

Campaign Zero: A Great Start on Criminal Justice Reform


When Hillary Clinton met with activists from the #blacklivesmatter movement recently, she told them that just complaining about police and racism, while it's a good idea, isn't enough. To really affect change, she told them, they had to have a real policy platform of changes to demand that would fix the problem. They have now done so with Campaign Zero, a series of ten reforms (so far; they've promised to update it as new ideas come in) that would reduce the problem of systemic racism in our … [Read more...]

Another Study Shows Unreliability of Drug Sniffing Dogs


I'm not certain whether I've written about this particular study about drug-sniffing dogs, but I know I've written about similar ones. It's a very cleverly designed experiment that reveals how police officers who handle the dogs continually trigger false "alerts" by the dogs whenever they think there are drugs in a place. They may not even be aware that they're doing it, but this study undeniably proves that they do: … [Read more...]