Category Archives: Police Apologies

A deep cleansing breath and a good apology

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) formally apologized for decades of harassment of female members. The apology was accompanied by a $100-million (approximately $75 million American) settlement, ending two class-action lawsuits against the force. And it is a very good apology. 

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I would NEVER DO that thing I did

On the subject of an upcoming Black Lives Matter march scheduled for Martin Luther King Day in St. Paul, MN, someone who called himself “JM Roth” posted on Facebook. JM Roth had advice for people who were inconvenienced. “Run them … Continue reading

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In the middle of the night, a mother gets a call from the police

In Maajid Nawaz’s book Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism, he tells of an unpleasant experience with the Essex police when he was 15. (Nawaz was born in Essex. His parents were born in Pakistan.) Someone had spotted his … Continue reading

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Creepery in uniform

It’s worrisome to be pulled over by the Highway Patrol. Alarming when they ask if you’ve been drinking. Often people respond by demonstrating how cooperative, how compliant, how law-abiding they are. Good evening officer! Politely, you hand over your driver’s … Continue reading

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Harmless? That stuff can lead to gumbo!

There was a helicopter hovering low above Dwayne Perry’s house. Really low. It woke him up, and then there were sheriff’s deputies at the door. With a canine unit. The deputies were heavily armed – “strapped to the gills,” says … Continue reading

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Thirteen ways of looking at a cynical apology

With apologies to Wallace Stevens. I Note that Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson is wearing a red polo shirt instead of the uniform of his office. He’s not apologizing as the representative of the police force; he’s just a guy. In a polo … Continue reading

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A murder mystery. A few apologies.

On December 17th, 2010, Joanna Yeates disappeared. She was a 25-year-old landscape architect in Bristol, UK. Her absence was discovered on the 19th, when her boyfriend returned from a weekend away and noticed that the car hadn’t been moved and … Continue reading

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Also, the alarm on the coach is constantly going off

Evening, the leafy gardens of Buckingham Place. Two police officers patrolling the grounds spot a male suspect they do not recognize. They act promptly. What happened next? Either they held the suspect at gunpoint and demanded he lie flat on … Continue reading

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Dude! Who said you could hang out in our cell, wearing our handcuffs?

Last year the DEA busted a 4/20 party near San Diego, confiscated 18,000 hits of MDMA, and questioned 9 people. They arrested 7, and let one go. They told the last person, Daniel Chong, that they would release him too, … Continue reading

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When an apology isn’t enough for me

Christopher Dorner, crazy renegade ex-LAPD officer armed to the teeth, went on a killing spree that ended with his death in a burning cabin. Seeking revenge, he was targeting police officers and their families. While he was on the loose, … Continue reading

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