PA Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a terrible bill that would have mandated a 30-day "cooling off period" to release the names of cops who kill civilians. Here's what he had to say.
"While I am deeply concerned for the safety of the Commonwealth's police officers, government works best when trust and openness exist between citizens and their government, and as such, I cannot sign into law a policy... View details ⇨
Sensible cannabis laws mean stronger 4th Amendment protections. That said, don't toke in your car, keep your private items in your trunk, and be prepared to flex your rights if need be. Good luck out there!
It's foolish to believe that police will ever tell the whole story about their interactions with civilians. If we want the entire story, we must put more money into helping civilians tell their side of the story too. #OpenPoliceComplaints
A 93% year-over-year reduction in complaints is impressive. But the skeptic in me knows that this result could be achieved by shutting down the complaints intake process. I hope that's not the case here.
This is good news. Courts have generally found that running at the sight of cops in a high-crime area creates reasonable suspicion for them to chase you down. But there's a terrible irony here. Namely, people who are most intimidated by police are likely to live in those high-crime areas where the courts say it's okay for police to chase you if they see you running.
Police departments – and government agencies in general – are terrible at tracking and releasing data that makes them look bad. But that doesn't mean they won't waste millions of tax-payer dollars pretending to do it.
Collective bargaining agreements between police unions and municipalities discourage citizens from filing misconduct complaints. They do this, for example, by prohibiting most anonymous complaints. They also make it difficult for citizens to find out how their complaints get handled. And in 23 states, officers' personnel files are exempt from public disclosure laws. (This includes civilian... View details ⇨