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Chief Terrance Cunningham, head of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), made headlines last week when he apologized for historic police mistreatment of minorities. Cunningham’s apology brought strong reaction from both supporters and detractors. The membership of IACP was supportive, with the crowd, mostly police chiefs from around the world, responding with a […]

2 weeks, 1 day ago 0
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“We need grown-ups in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized..”                                                       Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Attorney General Nominee   Both […]

2 weeks, 6 days ago 0
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When he was not busy investigating emails, James Comey, FBI Director, has been speaking out about “The Ferguson Effect” in relation to recent crime increases in cities around the country.  What Comey is referring to has been called depolicing, when police officers withdraw from proactive policing in the aftermath of community disorder as in Ferguson […]

1 month, 4 weeks ago 0
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In the aftermath of recent police shootings have come calls to make body cameras mandatory of all police.  I’m a supporter of the body cams but it is important to recognize these cameras are not the be all end all for police transparency.  Footage from body cams never provides the entire story and should always […]

2 months ago 0
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I was recently asked by Mr. Howard Lovy, editor of Foreword Magazine, to comment on the state of police-community relations.  Here is a link to the interview published last week. Foreword Magazine is a publication focused on books put out by independent publishers.  I was pleased to be given the opportunity to discuss police reform […]

2 months, 3 weeks ago 0
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The recent police shooting in Milwaukee provides a glimpse into the challenge facing those trying to bridge the gap between the police and the black community. The aftermath of the shooting shows the power of rumor, now multiplied by social media. Milwaukee police, at 3:30 in the morning, attempted a traffic stop.  Two men bailed […]

1 year, 8 months ago 0
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In the summer of 1919, a period that became known as “Red summer” because of bloody race riots that convulsed the country, racial violence broke out in Washington D.C. The violence was hardly a surprise. Local newspapers, including the Washington Post, had published an unrelenting series of stories about a “Negro Fiend” on the loose.  […]

1 year, 9 months ago 0
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Responsible Ohio, a group seeking to legalize marijuana in Ohio, has developed a plan they are hoping to present to Ohio voters next year. The plan calls for 10 designated grower operations around the state that would provide the marijuana for retail outlets.  The proposal has generated strong reaction from some of Ohio’s political leaders. […]

1 year, 10 months ago 0
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Attorney General Eric Holder made the news twice in recent days. Last week, Holder recommended that all police-intervention deaths (like Michael Brown/Eric Garner) be reported to a national data base on police use of force.  Currently not all police departments are required to report such deaths. Let’s give Holder  credit for a common sense recommendation.  […]

1 year, 10 months ago 0
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Dr. George Lundberg has been writing on addictions since 1969.  He writes with a refreshing honesty and without concern for political correctness.  He recently authored a short piece on drug policy in Medscape, an on-line publication for health professionals. In the article, he describes his own approach to drug policy issues in the framework of […]