FROM Christopher Stone
Has the Federal Consent Decree Improved the LAPD? After the Rodney King beating in 1991 and the Rampart corruption scandal of 1999, the federal Department of Justice threatened to sue the Los Angeles Police Department over a pattern and practice of misconduct. The compromise was a “ consent decree ,” which gave a federal court the authority to monitor reforms. Chief Bill Bratton would like that to come to an end.
Violent Crime on the Rise, Federal Assistance on the Decline After the cocaine wars of the 1990's, violent crime declined dramatically in most of America, but it's on the rise once again--especially crime that involves guns. At the same time, federal money that once went to fight crime is being channeled into homeland security , which has a different set of priorities. Late last month, local elected officials and chiefs of police aired their concerns about that trade-off at the National Violent Crime Summit. Whatever happened to former President Clinton's program for putting 100,000 new officers on the streets? Why is Congress making it harder to trace guns used in crimes by kids as young as 13? We hear what civic leaders and law enforcement leaders are asking the federal Department of Justice .
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.