Violent scenes of anarchy in cities like Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon, and the nation’s capital are a reminder that police have dangerous and difficult jobs. Those jobs ... Keep Reading
Identity politics and anti-police agenda complicated by rising crime
How does one draw attention to the alarming crime surge in Charlotte given a daily barrage of Covid-19 and political news? Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden made a valid ... Keep Reading
9-year-old North Carolina boy offers powerful reminder of all the ‘good going on’
The ABC affiliate in Charlotte did a superb job profiling the work of 9-year-old Jayden Hooker. Hooker is helping to raise money for the family of Charlotte police officer Chris ... Keep Reading
Police and criminal justice reform should be measured to avoid return to high crime era
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, most Americans agree that some reforms are needed for police departments and criminal sentencing laws. Some libertarian or right-leaning ... Keep Reading
This Is For the Dogs, But It’s Really Not About the Dogs
If you have ever uttered “there ought to be a law …”, then seeing a dog on a driver’s lap may have been one of those times. I have no patience for people who think this is a good ... Keep Reading
Body Cameras: What is your Expectation?
With all the talk about body cameras and police shootings, two questions we should consider are: “Are we relying too much on technology?” and “Do we have higher expectations than ... Keep Reading
Police Body Cameras: Would They Provide Easy Answers?
Police shootings of suspects in St. Paul and Baton Rouge dominated news headlines the past few weeks. Most commentators instantly formed opinions based on videos posted online. ... Keep Reading
Who’s Scanning Your License Plate?
Did you know that a new technology allows police to scan a stream of license plates as cars and trucks go by? And did you know that, until yesterday, no state law regulated how ... Keep Reading
Surprise, Surprise: Criminals Have Handguns
“When guns are outlawed,” the adage goes, “only outlaws will have guns.” That certainly seems to be the case in Charlotte: A Civitas analysis of gun-related arrests in Charlotte ... Keep Reading
The New Front Lines of Mental Health
This week, another preventable tragedy in North Carolina. From WWAY NC: A Boiling Springs Lake father says his son was murdered by police this afternoon. Mark Wilsey called police ... Keep Reading