Post-Charlottesville: Violent/Nonviolent cops in the face of bullying?

No bullying allowed?  With the tragic killing in Charlottesville, VA and the subsequent debates about police behavior pre and post Charlottesville bullying, it seems time to mention Policing Society. I wrote the book during a sabbatical in England where I compared the Greater Manchester Police Department with the Oakland Police Department.   I chose Manchester and Oakland for my tale of two cities because  they were remarkably similar cities with historically different policing philosophies. … [Read more...]

Crime Museum: Down but not out with addition of OJ’s Bronco..

Just had a wonderful trip to Tennessee, but missed the Crime Museum there. I saw the Grand Ole Opry  the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Jack Daniels Distillery—all in the Nashville area.  Alas, I didn't make it across the state to Alcatraz East in Pigeon Forge where the renamed Crime Museum relocated recently. Crime Museum The founder of the museum, attorney  John Morgan , formerly operated it  as the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, DC. He figured DC was where laws … [Read more...]

Kids charged as felons for bullying: Racism?

 Back in May of 2016 about 100 parents, seniors and clergy marched in protest in Clayton, Missouri (near Ferguson). They didn't like an impending law that they felt would create a  “school-to-prison pipeline.” They said that the soon-to-be enacted law that charges bullying as a felony targets young people of color.Bullying and racism.The protestors called for an end to out-of-school suspensions for students in every school district in their area. Their protest may've  resulted in three St. … [Read more...]

Heroes on the Front Lines in the Classroom–Violence in Taft & Newtown

  Less than a month after a disturbed  20 year-old gunman killed 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut, authorities hailed California science teacher Ryan Heber and campus supervisor Kim Fields as heroes for talking a 16-year-old shooter into putting down his shotgun. The school personnel  thus averted further carnage at Taft High School 30 miles southwest of Bakersfield, California where the shooter with a hit list had opened fire and critically wounded a student he … [Read more...]