Crime (page 6)

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    The inevitable loss of black lives didn’t bother Ezra Klein last year, but the possible loss of votes for Democrats is worrying him now!

    The death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 sparked an extraordinary wave of anti-police protests. While most of those protests were peaceful, many turned violent as protestors and/or interlopers resorted to looting and rioting. Billions of dollars worth of property was stolen or destroyed, buildings were burned to the…
    Jon Guze, May 25, 2021
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    Urban Police Exodus Benefits Small Towns

    Sarah Westwood of the Washington Examiner documents one consequence of a shift in urban policing. Anti-police attitudes and deep cuts to law enforcement budgets in cities run by left-wing governments have driven hundreds of officers from their jobs — and small towns are reaping the benefits. Beleaguered big-city…
    Mitch Kokai, May 25, 2021
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    Chief Justice Newby’s Task Force To Look at Childhood Traumas That Push Kids Into Court

    One of my childhood friends was a boy who lived down the street. At the time I didn’t understand why his personality changed whenever we entered his house to play. Outside his house, or inside mine, he was a talkative and happy kid who was wicked smart. Inside his house,…
    Donna Martinez, May 21, 2021
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    When May Officers Use Deadly Force?

    That’s the title of a helpful primer on the topic that was posted today by UNC School of Government Professor Shea Denning. Here are some excerpts that have particular revelance to District Attorney Andrew Womble’s recent announcement that the police shooting of Andrew Brown, Jr. was justified:…
    Jon Guze, May 19, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on a bill in the N.C. House targeting rioting and property damage. John Hood’s CJ Opinion questions claims about a teacher pay gap. John Trump’s CJ Opinion pans Gov. Roy Cooper’s “shockingly silly” vaccine mandates.
    Mitch Kokai, May 5, 2021
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    Biden’s ‘justice’ means bad news for American police departments

    Andrew McCarthy of National Review Online assesses the Biden administration’s likely impact on American police. As foreseen here during the confirmation hearings for Attorney General Merrick Garland and other Biden nominees for top DOJ slots, the Obama Justice Department is back, and that means the police departments of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 23, 2021
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    National Review editors highlight lesson from Chauvin verdict

    Editors at National Review Online respond to this week’s verdict in the high-profile murder trial stemming from George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. The swift verdict reached by a Minneapolis jury on Tuesday afternoon affirms what most Americans thought upon watching the excruciating recording of the last nine minutes…
    Mitch Kokai, April 22, 2021
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    The ‘defund the police’ movement killed police reform

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon documents the disturbing impact of efforts to defund police. In a little-remarked vote in early March, House Democrats passed—again—the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, their signature proposal to “reform” policing in the wake of last summer’s widespread protests. Two…
    Mitch Kokai, April 2, 2021