Morning Links: The firsthand effects of ‘stop and frisk’

  • moving, firsthand account of the effects of “stop and frisk.”
  • The Illinois legislature could soon vote on decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana.
  • You know, even if this kid is exaggerating (and I don’t know that he is), there’s a lot wrong with this story. The criminal justice system is a sledgehammer. It isn’t a suitable tool for every problem. And some young kids chopping up some tree branches to make a fort, even if wrong, could be dealt with in a number of other ways.
  • In 2002, in Harris County, Tex., deputies killed a clearly disturbed man after his wife called 911. One of them is now suing the man’s family for “medical expenses, mental anguish, pain and suffering and loss of past earning capacity” because they didn’t warn him about the man’s instability. The officer isn’t suing the man’s wife, the person who called 911. Instead he’s suing the man’s mother, whose name is on the home insurance policy.
  • The new federal “revenge porn” bill could have scary consequences for legitimate Web sites.
  • Seven months after Fairfaix police killed an unarmed man, radio silence from local, state and federal authorities.
Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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