• I think that finding other options is an easy suggestion from the outside. What stands out to me is that their have been other police shootings of unarmed men followed by protests without violence. In the case of Ferguson with a seemingly incompetent police chief, a prosecutor who acts like a...

      by rmrd0000 2 hours 25 min ago in The Fire This Time
    • I am not claiming the Missouri law strengthens any case. I was merely observing that it supported a predisposition to support a police officer in this case. You just demonstrated how good a job applying a State law  could further certain interests in a particular judgment even if the program...

      by moat 3 hours 37 min ago in The Fire This Time
    • Regarding how we get to justice, I think the protests makes it more likely that the Governor of Missouri and Mayor of Ferguson work to change things. It is likely that the state legislature and local city council will have to be dragged by their feet to accept change. We are likely talking years...

      by rmrd0000 4 hours 13 min ago in The Fire This Time
    • What happened regarding the initial instruction to the jury was a travesty. The Supreme Court ruled on what was the law of the land. The initial instruction given to the jury was an Unconstitutional law. Later during deliberations the Constitutional law instruction was given to...

      by rmrd0000 4 hours 31 min ago in The Fire This Time
    • Your point that the Missouri statue is lax compared to the the SCOTUS ruling strengthens NCD's observation that the law as it stands gives a lot of discretion to enforcers of the law. There is nothing in what he said that suggests that he thinks that is a good thing.

      I understand that...

      by moat 6 hours 8 min ago in The Fire This Time
    • As much as Connie likes to share his particular brand of wisdom, I think it's required writing. How can you know the story and not tell it? Downright shameful, I'd say.

    • "Foolish and vain indeed is the workingman who makes the color of his skin the stepping-stone to his imaginary superiority. The trouble is with his head, and if he can get that right he will find that what ails him is not superiority but inferiority, and

      that he...

    • Wilson might have been convicted of negligent homicide for violating normal police practices.

      Of course, cops would never stand for not being able to shoot anybody anywhere for any sudden impulse they harbor, or "threat" they can conjure up.

      by Anon ncd (not verified) 7 hours 22 min ago in Scared police are bad police: why aren't the...
    • Thanks barefooted.   When, after writing this first play, I began to dig further into Connie's back-story, as a teacher, philosopher and a former vaudeville magician, if just made me laugh.  I keep thinking there may be one more play to write featuring Connie; his Schoolhouse diaries.

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      Good post, Michael. I would point out that there are societies that police minor offenses like this, with generally good results. Great Britain can do it. so can Japan. It can be done. We just stunk at it.

      One problem is that to do this kind...

    • I fell in love with Connie Betters when you posted a link to this play in a response to Dick awhile back. I also enjoyed reading about his vaudeville days! Yup, he's a special sort of character, but only because he came from you.

      Hope you're enjoying your holiday!

    • There are scores of "ifs" that could have prevented this tragedy. Considering yours, that would certainly have helped in the immediate aftermath. But what was demanded, though not ultimately received, was justice in a court of law. Violating Common Core practices would not have...


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    • True but if the first response of the St. Louis Police Dept. was

      Dept Chief: "Officer Wilson appears to have violated our standard practices in pursuing Brown, he is being put on administrative leave pending an departmental investigation of his conduct, which could lead to his...

    • Yes, while Webb's populist rhetoric sounds good and seems to be the voice of white working class discontent his reasoning and solutions for that discontent are also the voice of the white working class. So he bashes immigrants, attacks affirmative action, and attacks environmental regulation....

      by ocean-kat 11 hours 26 min ago in Jim Webb throws hat in.
    • Yikes, I was unaware of his climate problems. One comment, however, you say that you "don't have the confidence that Webb or any white guy is going to look out for minorities and women", and while I'll admit that history...

      by Verified Atheist 11 hours 53 min ago in Jim Webb throws hat in.
    • Thank you, RM.

      Your summation is perfectly stated. The GOP is appealing to America's emotions of anger, bitterness, and division. We must also appeal to America's emotions, but with knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration. We must remind America of the ideals that we profess to believe in...

    • One thing that might help is to make it a crime for police to stop people from filming them and deleting video recorded.

    • I hear what you're saying, but the flip side of that is the Pygmalion effect. (See also the Stanford Prison Experiment.)

    • While a clear, specific regulation might not prevent dumb or racist behavior, it would make prosecution more likely. The probability of that could go a long way toward police officers thinking twice. If they continue to be reassured that they will be exonerated regardless, the "rules" will...

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