Category: Liberty Minutes

Vanity, Philanthropy, and Medical Cannibalism

by Will

Liberty Minute August 26 2014   The ubiquitous ?Ice Bucket Challenge? is seen by some as a noble philanthropic enterprise, by others as a harmless example of social media faddishness. There is a sense in which it is also a demonstration of the et… more »

Where is Darren Wilson's Story?

by Will

Liberty Minute August 26 2014   One of the first things every police cadet learns is the necessity of documenting practically everything he does as an officer. This is especially true of any incident involving the use of lethal force.   On August 15… more »

Ferguson: A Gangster State Emissary Kills a Gangster Wanna-be?

by Will

Liberty Minute August 22 2014 What if we perceived the fatal altercation in which Michael Brown was shot by Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson as an incident involving an identified gang member and a gangster wanna-be? Wilson was employed b… more »

Police and the "Rapist Doctrine": Just Submit -- It Will Be Over Soon

by Will

Liberty Minute August 21 2014 ?Don?t resist ? it will only be worse for you.? That?s the message of both the rapist and the police officer, as candidly digested by Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the LAPD who now preaches that doctrine as a… more »

In Memoriam: Rep. George Hansen

by Will

Liberty Minute August 18 2014 George Hansen spent most of his public life as either a politician, or a political prisoner. Both of those roles were defined by Hansen?s implacable and uniformly commendable hostility toward the criminal syndicate and s… more »

Cops Who Kill Don't Deserve the Benefit of the Doubt

by Will

Liberty Minute August 19 2014 It took several days for Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Thomas Jackson to identify Darren Wilson as the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. Jackson also released a report suggesting that Brown had committed a burglary… more »

De-militarize the Police Mindset

by Will

Liberty Minute August 15 2014 Shortly after the creation of the city?s Police Department in the mid-1800s, the New York Times expressed misgivings about the agency?s use of lethal force in dealing with criminal suspects. ?The pistols are not use… more »

No Such Thing as "Necessary" Force if the Arrest is Unnecessary

by Will

Liberty Minute August 14 2014 ?We?ve heard a lot in the last number of weeks about what ? police officers shouldn?t do,? complained Patrick Lynch of the Patrolmen?s Benevolent Association, New York?s largest police union. ?No one?s te… more »

An Economic Berlin Wall

by Will

Liberty Minute August 13 2014 For decades, left-leaning Americans have treated loyalty oaths as a symptom of McCarthyite authoritarianism. Leaving aside the fact that Senator McCarthy never endorsed the use of such measures, that critique is sound: Sin… more »

The Third Iraq War

by Will

Liberty Minute August 12 2014 The bombing campaign against the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State has inaugurated what will likely become the third Iraq war. The first was waged to compel Saddam Hussein?s regime to withdraw its troops f… more »

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