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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.”

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Alex Steed shares a story of privilege.

Facebook Frolics . . . 0

. . . come home to roost.

The internet is a public place. Govern yourselves accordingly.

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Warning: Language.

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Colin Kaepernick kneeling while white man standing in front of pile of bodies labeled

Will Bunch has more.

Image via Jobs Anger.

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Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.

A Gaston County man who tried burning himself alive in his car during a police chase was charged Thursday with burning personal property.

More at the link.

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Shorter Will Bunch: “If you doubt force of racism in the U. S., meet me in St. Louis.”

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More stuff you can’t make up.

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Bunch of cops beating on a black one.  One says,

Via Job’s Anger.

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At the Boston Review, Tracey L. Meares notes that a small but vocal movement has concluded that American policing is so broken that it must be abolished and consider their arguments.

She traces the history of U. S. police forces back to Southern slave patrols and notes the many instances, some noted in these electrons, of random police killings of unarmed civilians and of police forces’ refusal to hold their killers responsible (or, to put it another way, police administrations’ willfully aiding and abetting felony murder), then moves on to consider possible remedies. I commend the article to your attention.

Here’s a bit:

In 2015 I had the honor of serving on President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, along with a diverse group of ten other Americans drawn from police leadership, law, social justice initiatives, and NGOs. We created a document detailing fifty-nine recommendations to build trust and legitimacy in policing while continuing to advance public safety. Many of those recommendations focused on better training of police, attention to community policing, caring for the most vulnerable, focusing on officer safety and wellness, and ensuring accountability and oversight of police. In some ways the recommendations seem workaday or even anodyne. But in reality even the most basic among them—such as a recommendation that agencies be honest about their past, acknowledging “the role of policing in past and present injustice and discrimination and how it is a hurdle to the promotion of community trust”—has proven to be incredibly difficult for many if not most agencies. Further steps, such as holding officers criminally accountable for killing unarmed civilians, seem almost impossible.

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We are told that, “if you see something, say something.”

Well, that certainly worked out nicely for this lady.

What the hell sickness has infected the police?

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Get out of Jail free cardIn The Charlotte Observer, Tonya Jameson recounts the experience of being accused at gunpoint by an off-duty policeman of stealing a car which she had legally purchased. At the time, she was in the seller’s driveway putting the new license plates on the car so it could be legally driven from the seller’s home.

The officer in question was not disciplined.

Here’s a snippet from the article regarding why the officer was not disciplined (emphasis added):

Chief Rausch (of the officer’s police department–ed.) said that when investigating complaints, it is essential to understand an officer’s mindset to determine the facts. A mindset is not a fact.

Follow the link. Read the whole thing.

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Elie Mystal comments on the Supreme Court’s refusal to review law enforcement’s license to kill.

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Image of policeman pointing a gun at a driver during a traffic stop.  Caption:

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America’s Original Sin 0

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, you can’t make this stuff up.

Words fail me.

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Get out of Jail free card

Elie Mystal reflects on the murder of Philando Castile.