No, Fox News, Violence Against Cops is Not Increasing


Eric Bolling, the third dumbest man on television (behind Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade from Fox and Friends, who allegedly do manage to mostly dress themselves every morning), is furiously pushing the right-wing narrative that violence against police officers is on the rise and that it's all because Obama and the Muslim atheist satanist Black Lives Matter movement is trying to kill them off by inciting racial hatred. … [Read more...]

Thousands — At Least — of Cops Fired for Sexual Misconduct


The Associated Press has a bombshell new report that shows that more than a thousand police officers have been fired for sexual misconduct -- groping or raping women in their custody, possession of child porn, etc -- and that number is far lower than the actual number because the biggest states don't even report such things. And even that is probably understated due to lack of reporting and other factors. … [Read more...]

Nugent Goes Full-On Fascist to Slam Teen Girl

For once, Ted Nugent is slamming a teenage girl and it doesn't involve underage sex. In his weekly Worldnetdaily column, Nugent gives a full-throated and, of course, utterly moronic defense of the cop in South Carolina who assaulted a student. The cop, who apparently has a long history of abuse and misconduct, has now been fired, but Nugent thinks he was right to commit serious violence against the "brat." … [Read more...]

Another Study Confirms Racial Profiling in Police Stops


As if we needed it, we now have another study that confirms that black drivers are significantly more likely to be pulled over than white drivers, but that white drivers are more likely to be found breaking the law with contraband (usually drugs or guns) in the car. This time the study is of a bunch of different cities around the country, not just one department or one geographical area. … [Read more...]

Girl Who Filmed Abusive Cop Arrested


I would guess that by now you've seen the horrible footage of a deputy sheriff in South Carolina throwing a high school girl across the room while sitting at her desk. That was bad enough, but now the girl who pulled out her cell phone and filmed the abusive cop has been arrested and held on a $1000 bond for "disturbing the school." Like she was the one who caused the disturbance. … [Read more...]

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke: Professional Liar


Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke is the right wing's go-to guy when it comes to police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, for obvious reasons. First, he's black, so that provides them cover for advocating blatantly racist policies (if ever anyone deserved to be called an Uncle Tom, it's Clarke). And second, and perhaps most importantly, he has no problem blatantly lying on national television. Or advocating fascist policies. First, the fascism: … [Read more...]

Right Wing Flips Out Over Tarantino’s Comments About Cops


There was a rally against police brutality in New York City over the weekend and Quentin Tarantino spoke at it. He recited the names of many of the victims of police killings in recent years and called the cops who killed them murderers. Which, in many cases, they are. Before we see how the right wing takes them out of context and turns them into vile propaganda, here's what he actually said: … [Read more...]

Obama Perfectly Explains Why Black Lives Matter

President Obama participated in a panel discussion on criminal justice last week and was asked about the Black Lives Matter movement and why it wasn't All Lives Matter. He answered it perfectly, pointing out that saying black lives matter does not mean they're the only lives that matter, but that black people have a specific problem with law enforcement that other groups do not have and that must be addressed. … [Read more...]

Obama Administration Caps Price of Prison Phone Calls


In a move that is almost certainly far more important than most people will recognize, the FCC has voted to cap the cost of phone calls to and from jails and prisons. For far too long, companies have had a monopoly on that business, achieved with kickbacks to the prisons, that have allowed them to charge outrageous amounts of money, as much as $15 a minute, for such calls. No longer. … [Read more...]

The Michigan Legislature Does Something Right


As someone who has covered the Michigan state legislature closely for the last decade, I can tell you that it's a rather shocking turn of events when that body does anything even close to useful or principled. So it's with some shock that I tell you that they just passed, and the governor signed, a series of bills that limit the use of civil asset forfeiture and set tighter rules on when cash or property may be seized and under what circumstances. … [Read more...]

MS Judge: Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Pffft.


A state judge in Mississippi who is being sued by the ACLU for refusing to appoint public defenders for those who are jailed but not yet charged did an appalling interview with Al Jazeera in which he clearly rejects the very idea that someone is innocent until proven guilty. If someone is charged with a crime, he says, they're guilty. This man should be removed from the bench immediately. … [Read more...]

Trump Brags About Helping Wrongly Convict Central Park Killers


Back in 1989, a woman was raped and nearly killed in Central Park. Five teenage boys, four black and one Latino, were convicted of the crime and sent to prison. Before that happened, Donald Trump took out a full page ad in the New York Daily News demanding that the death penalty be brought back, pumping up the level of hatred already being spewed. All of them were later exonerated when the real rapist came forward and said he acted alone and DNA evidence proved that he was the rapist. So Ann … [Read more...]