Category Archives: Police

Wheeler and the Jive-Talkers

The tidy, black girl didn’t look much older than 10. She was dressed in what looked like, at the time, the standard blue-and-white Catholic school uniform. She sat towards the front of a public transit bus as it made its way through Oakland, Calif. Given the late afternoon hours, she was probably headed home. She […]

Korean Lives Finally Matter

Two years after the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a 24-year-old black man and a 17-year-old black male walked into a liquor store in San Bernardino, Calif., where a Korean immigrant named Bruce Suh worked behind the counter. They stuck a gun in Suh’s face and told him to lie face down on the […]

Get Out — From Under the Past

If Quanice Hayes had been given my brain, he would not have been shot by Portland police. No, if this 17-year-old black male thought like I did, he would have never put a gun to a homeless man’s head, robbed him of his food stamp card and then later, as police tried to arrest him, […]

‘A Huge Rash of Homicides’

Every occupation has its own slang, and for many years “NHI” was cop talk for No Humans Involved, meaning that a particular incident involved only dirtbags. If both the offender and the victim were Adam Henrys (old cop slang for Ass Hole), it was NBD and NGL (No Big Deal and No Great Loss.) Twenty-five […]

A Verdict and a Moral Awakening

Ladies and gentlemen of the Bundy jury, thank you for a lesson in what progressive justice looks like. The not-guilty verdict for the six armed men and one woman, who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters for 41 days, left those who normally preach forgiveness and restorative justice looking for a suitable villain. […]

Oh darn, please drop the gun

There has never been a better time in America to be a criminal. Police officers are under a magnifying glass. Everything they do is dissected and second-guessed. In Portland, Ore., cops on patrol now have backseat drivers – and they aren’t even in the car. They’re members of the various citizen watchdog groups, a couple […]

The Power of Shame

Had the man and woman who overdosed on heroin in East Liverpool, Ohio crashed their SUV into a school bus, it’s doubtful they would have made the national news. But they didn’t hit the school bus. A police officer took two photos of them, passed out in their vehicle, with a 4-year-old boy in the […]

Hands Up! Don’t Talk Back!

From the back of the bus, Dick Gregory saw the future 54 years ago: “The NAACP is a wonderful organization. Belong to it myself. But do you realize if tomorrow we had complete integration, all them cats would be outta work?” In 2016, a lotta cats need segregation – cultural segregation, law-and-order segregation, housing segregation. […]

Delusions of Black Americans

Barack Obama’s days as president are winding down, and with them go the false hopes of his black brothers and sisters who thought America would finally be theirs. It isn’t theirs. Neither is it mine, and it probably isn’t yours (whatever your skin color). As any ordinary non-black American could have told ordinary black Americans: […]

Held Hostage by the ‘Mentally Ill’

Dispatcher: “9-1-1. What is your emergency?” David Kif Davis: “My Jewish ancestry has been insulted. I’ve got PTSD, and somebody called me a skinhead. I want an apology.” Dispatcher: “9-1-1. What is your emergency?” Charles Johnson: “I just threw a cup of water in somebody’s face at a public hearing. It’s how I express my […]