The sad incidents in Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland, New York City and elsewhere have led many to question the actions of law enforcement in using force. Many of those who believe that police use of force is excessive and out of control have called for body cameras as a solution. Some in law enforcement are equally enthusiastic about the use of video cameras, believing that the cameras will lead to greater public trust and protect officers from false claims of brutality. It is worth examining whether body cameras can actually deliver the positive results claimed by proponents.
I know. I hear you. If you've read my blogs before, I'm starting to sound like a broken record. I've talked -- it seems to me endlessly -- about the problem we have in America of reconciling a person's personal religious beliefs with public policy. Frankly, it's starting to get embarrassing for us. I just returned from a trip overseas and believe me when I tell you, America's obsession with religious fundamentalists calling the political shots is not well thought of.
I've been waiting for this moment - the moment I'm watching on CNN right now, on July 9th - to comment on this trinity of issues. Obviously, they're all intimately related with one another, but more importantly, they're all about our changing national character.
New Jersey Civil Rights and School Harassment Trial Lawyer Discusses Kentucky Sheriff's Officer Handcuffing Disabled Boy and ACLU Suit
Mark Twain, lauding the effectiveness of a short communication over a long one, once joked "I didn't have the time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long one instead." When blogging about the important civil justice issues we cover in this blog, I've tried to bear this in mind, as well as the more oft-quoted maxim that "brevity is the soul of wit," but there are times when it is necessary to say a bit more than just a few words.
Or...Why I'm still committed to Garden State Equality now that we've won the Equal Marriage Rights Battle
Just when we're starting to really turn the corner on LGBTQI issues, now a Priest is being fired for supporting an LGBTQI advocacy group.
Or...I'm tired of blogging about this and I don't want to ever have to blog about it again.
Or... "I Finally Get to Talk about Football in a Blog - Sort of."
Discrimination is a problem in almost every facet of life in the United States. While every instance of discrimination is wrong, there are situations where discrimination has the potential twist our society into a nightmare. Discrimination by police or other law enforcement professionals can start a vicious cycle that can be virtually impossible to break. It is impossible to understate the importance of having a police force that understands the impact of discrimination and has the tools and training to conduct itself impartially.