FROM Jeffrey Stewart
Blacks, Whites and Access to Justice After a grand jury failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, people took to the streets in 170 cities. Some said the lack of indictment proved that in the streets of America, black lives don’t matter. Reaction to the grand jury decision exposed deep racial divisions over how the justice system works in this country. Do America’s multiple justice systems provide equal treatment under the law or do they perpetuate the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow?
Blacks, Whites and Access to Justice Street protests spread from Ferguson, Missouri to 170 cities last night. The “non-indictment” of Officer Darren Wilson has sparked frustration and anger. Wilson says he’d have shot Michael Brown — even if he had been white. But polls show black and white Americans sharply divided. Do America’s multiple justice systems provide equal treatment under the law, or do they perpetuate the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow?
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.