Arpaio: Feds Indicted Me to Destroy My Reelection Bid

Poor Joe Arpaio. For the first time in his decades long tenture as the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, he's actually being held accountable for his endless record of discrimination and unconstitutional practices. And like his buddy Donald Trump, it is, of course all a plot against him. … [Read more...]

Violent Crime Still at Historic Lows

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released its annual report on criminal victimization for 2015 and, despite Donald Trump's endless demagoguery, violent crime remains at historic lows and went down from 2014 to 2015, as it has steadily for 25 years. … [Read more...]

GOP Candidate: People Shot by Cops ‘On the Way to Jail’ Anyway

Virginia Sheriff Mike Wade, who is now the Republican nominee for congressional seat, handwaved away the staggering number of black men killed by police officers, saying that it's not a big deal because most of those men were "on the way to jail" anyway. … [Read more...]

Prosecutors Charge Arpaio With Criminal Contempt of Court

Oh yeah. The judge in the lawsuit charging fascist Sheriff Joe Arpaio with refusing to comply with a court order has already filed civil contempt charges against. Criminal contempt charges require the approval of federal prosecutors, which has now been given. … [Read more...]

Chachi Defends Trump’s ‘Guy Talk’

Donald Trump finds himself in serious trouble after a tape is released on which he frankly admits to sexual assault, so it's Chachi to the rescue! Scott Baio made a beeline for Fox News to say that Trump was just "talking like a guy" and if you're offended, you need to "grow up." … [Read more...]

Van Jones Blisters Trump’s Hypocrisy on Sexual Assault

During a CNN panel discussion about Donald Trump being caught on tape essentially admitting to sexual assault, Van Jones pointed out two major points of hypocrisy. The first is that Trump has been billing himself as the law and order candidate. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Appalling Insistence that the Central Park Five are Guilty

You may well not remember that back in 1990, Donald Trump led a virtual lynch mob to bring back the death penalty in New York to executive the Central Park Five, a group of young black men who were charged with the gang rape of a young white woman in Central Park. They were, in fact, completely innocent and proven so quite conclusively. Trump still insists that they're guilty. … [Read more...]

Another Horrifying Case of Police Brutality

It seems like not a single week can go by without at least one new video showing police officers killing someone unjustifiably. This time it's particularly horrifying because the victim was mentally ill and the officers first tried to run him down with their car before shooting him 14 times. … [Read more...]

Trump Makes Reasonable Statement, Police Union Destroys Every Irony Meter in Existence

Last week the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Donald Trump. This week a Tulsa police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man doing nothing wrong and Trump, to my astonishment, actually made an almost rational statement about it. And the FOP is not happy. … [Read more...]

Trump Would Bring Back Stop and Frisk Nationwide

Sean Hannity hosted a townhall meeting for Donald Trump that Fox News described as a "meeting on African-American concerns." And to show just how much he understands those concerns, he actually said that he would reinstate the NYPD's unconstitutional Stop and Frisk program nationwide. … [Read more...]

I’m Sure Glad Islamophobia Isn’t a Thing

For those who claim that Islamophobia is a term invented to shut down all criticism of Islam, let me present a couple stories. In Georgia, a far-right militia group threatened violence against a mosque being constructed, canceling, for now at least, the project. … [Read more...]

Cost of Mass Incarceration Higher Than You Think

It's easy to calculate the cost of mass incarceration in terms of government spending. That's around $80 billion a year. But add in all of the lost economic benefits and other factors and the true cost, according to a new study, is over $1 trillion. … [Read more...]