Executive Director of 'Stop The Violence, Increase The Peace'; Chair of the Regional Violence Prevention CoalitionExecutive Director of 'Stop The Violence, Increase The Peace' ; Chair of the Regional Violence Prevention Coalition
FROM Khalid Shah
From the Streets to the White House: Black and Latino Race Relations LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief William Bratton have been reluctant to attribute gang murders to racial animosity. Eighty-seven percent of the suspects in Latino killings are Latinos; sixty-five percent of suspects in black killings are black. But after a recent spate of vicious attacks reported nation-wide, they conceded there has been a racial element at play.
Why Don’t Angelenos Care About Gangs? Statistically speaking, gang-related killings are down this year in LA. But as LA Times columnist Steve Lopez points out, “it doesn’t feel like that.” One recent high-profile victim was Jamiel Shaw—known as “Jazz”—a 17-year old high-school football star with no gang connections and a promising future. He was black, and the police think he was killed by Latino gang members. The apparently random shooting occurred in the West Adams district, which straddles the Santa Monica Freeway. He was shot in a neighborhood that’s mixed both racially and economically.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.