Enforcers category archive
A black, vision-impaired caller describes the strategies he uses daily to protect himself from being attacked by police as he goes about his business.
Putting a cap on the conversation.
Two men dressed in suits arrived on his San Jose front door step and identified themselves as agents from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s Office. During the surprise visit, the pair began asking him questions about whether he tipped off Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in late February, according to a report by CBS News, who was in Schwab’s home at the time. (Schwab vehemently denies doing so–ed.)
Schwab said he felt like the visit — more than three months after he resigned in protest of what he called lies from the Trump administration and ICE — was to intimidate him and he was “completely shocked.”
Elie Wystal comments on Donald Trump’s desire to abandon “due process” at the border (and, likely, everywhere else).
Just read it.
Arthur Rizer and Emily Mooney argue that, in a most insidious fashion, the clothes may indeed make the man.
Cops stopped a person of color for a (reputed) traffic offense and behaved as expected.
In the more stuff you can’t make up file, cops in Illinois threaten to euthanize their drug-sniffing dogs if Illinois legalizes marijuana. Elie Mystal comments.
Lee interviews an eyewitness to the racist arrest in the Philadelphia Starbucks. Listen.
Words fail me.
Solomon Jones comments:
I see a black man named Alton Sterling — who was armed, but hurt no one — shot and killed by police. I see a white man named James Holmes taken alive after killing 12 and injuring 70 in a movie theater shooting. I see a white man named Dylann Roof kill nine black parishioners in a church, get arrested by police without incident, and then get a trip to Burger King courtesy of police officers who thought he might be hungry.
The racial disparities in our law enforcement system are many. They are obvious. They are wrong.
Bob Egelko explores Donald Trump’s lawyer’s claims that, to paraphrase Richard Nixon, if the President does it, it’s not illegal. A snippet:
But there appears to be little support among legal analysts for the view that a president who corruptly interferes with an investigation of his administration would be immune from charges of obstructing justice.
“That would mean that if the police were corrupt, you could never investigate the chief of police,” said Hadar Aviram, a professor of constitutional law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. “The law enforcement system is not the private police of the president. It belongs to all of us.”