FROM Merrick Bobb
County Jails, Abuse of Authority, and the FBI Today's Los Angeles Times reports that a sheriff's deputy took $1500 to smuggle a cell phone into the Central Los Angeles County jail. What he didn't know was it was part of a sting operation by the FBI. The Deputy has resigned, but Sheriff Lee Baca denounced the FBI for possibly breaking the law and conducting an investigation he calls "unnecessary." (Sheriff Baca declined our invitation to join in this discussion.)
Are LA Sheriff's Playing Games with the Law? Today's LA Times reports that LA County Deputy Sheriffs have been competing to see who can arrest the most people and impound the most cars in a period of 24 hours. Lt. James Tatreau, who organized the events in southeast county cities, including Lakewood, Bellflower and Paramount, says it's all about "bragging rights" and "having a little fun." The Police Foundation in Washington, DC calls it "highly problematic and inappropriate." Sheriff Lee Baca himself says it promotes "the wrong values." Merrick Bobb is Special Council to LA County and President of the Police Assessment Resource Center, which makes regular reports on the Sheriff's Department .
Chief Bratton Apologizes for LAPD Treatment of Protesters LA Police Chief William Bratton’s most highly trained officers went out of control last Tuesday, when Platoon B of the Metro Squad fired rubber bullets and swung batons at peaceful demonstrators and reporters. The Chief says the cops outnumbered the few he called "agitators" more than three to one. LA Police Protective League President Bob Baker says, "We are being damned before a trial or investigation," which is having "a profound impact not only on Metro but every officer in the city."
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Will the GOP weather the storm with Trump or jump ship? Breitbart news claims that the GOP "establishment" has it's knives out" for President Trump, but Republicans in Congress are mostly supportive… at least in public. We look at whether that's likely to last.
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.