No national, compulsory database exists to track instances of police use of deadly force. No one knows how many people are killed by police, justifiably or not. Nor do we know how often police wound but do not kill the citizens they are also sworn to protect. “Police brutality” is great catchphrase for generating emotion, but coming to grips with it requires more understanding.
The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo., stirs up anger about cops and confrontations with young black men and about how such cases shouldn’t be boiled down to unhelpful shorthand.
Hispanic voters punished the GOP in 2012, in numbers that caused no small amount of soul searching in the shocked party afterwards. And what have the Republicans learned? What are they offering now? They do not care enough about the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border to come up with a plan that could actually pass through both the House and the Senate.
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He’s an exemplary man who pulled himself from childhood abuse, a gang and drug dealing to become a pillar of the community, respected enough to head the Missouri State Board of Education. But he might also be a deviant man who used his position with a church he co-founded to inappropriately counsel women, turning the sessions sexual, including an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
The just introduced Campus Safety and Accountability Act could go a long way toward breaking down the belief, and too often the reality, that young women have more to risk by admitting that they have been sexually assaulted than they have to gain.
Lots of people in Kansas City are known by police for their affiliations with drugs and other crimes. But they don’t have a felony conviction that would ban them from gun ownership. By making it easier for anyone to openly carry a weapon, politicians are encouraging these sorts too.
More than $1 billion in trade is exchanged between the U.S. and Mexico daily. Massive amounts of goods and materials traverse north and south by truck and rail. When we talk about border crossing, this is what we should keep our eye on.
What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border is not a new phenomenon. Not by a long shot. Records of Ellis Island are filled with the stories of young children who arrived on our shores without parents. Those children were just as desperate as the Central American children today.
The former teacher liked what she heard from Jackson County Judge Bryan Round on Wednesday. He seemed to understand. To grasp why she and about a dozen others attended the hearing to determine if a breach-of-contract ruling ordering the diocese to pay a $1.1 million will stand. It’s for the children.
It took time, but we American drivers grudgingly accepted wearing seat belts as mandatory, and now we value everything from high-tech air bag protection to gizmos that warn us of unseen dangers as we back up our cars. It’s past time for a similar attitude shift about gun safety.
For more than a year, Kansas City Southern has deflected allegations that it is complicit in the violence that happens to the Central American migrants who often ride atop freight trains, trying to reach the U.S. Gangs often target the people for robbery, rape and extortion. The company points out that it doesn’t have lines in the southernmost portions of Mexico where migrants cross from Guatemala.
The nation’s police departments are disproportinately unlike the racial and ethnic makeup of the communities that they police. Yet, to be an African-American or Latino member of law enforcement opens one up to accusations of being “more blue than black” or “brown” — a traitor to the community, as it were. That attitude has to change.
The Bright Futures Fund, led by managing director Jeremy Lillig, is expanding to allow more families to keep their children in Kansas City parochial schools through the 12th grade. That’s considered critical if families are ever to break the cycle of poverty.
Most of the Central American children who have shown up at the border will not qualify for asylum in the U.S. And many will not meet current qualifications to legally unite with family here. A test of America’s virtue will be that they are cared for and how their cases are managed, as well as how closely they are tracked so they don’t swell the ranks of America’s undocumented immigrants.