Tag: police officers

Charles Fain Lehman joins Brian Anderson to discuss why police departments are losing officers, flawed arguments for progressive criminal-justice policies, and the enduring relevance of James Q. Wilson’s work on crime.

Find the transcript of this conversation and more at City Journal.

Charles Fain Lehman joins Brian Anderson to discuss the nationwide crisis of police recruitment and retention, the strong link between the size of a police force and the local crime rate, and policy changes that could stop the downward spiral.

Lehman recently joined the Manhattan Institute as an adjunct fellow, working with its new Policing and Public Safety Initiative. His latest article for City Journal is “Police Departments on the Brink.”

In an interview from 2016, Brian Anderson and the late criminologist and Manhattan Institute fellow George Kelling discuss the history of policing in Milwaukee and more.

Watch the Manhattan Institute’s inaugural George L. Kelling Lecture, delivered by former New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, and learn more about its new Policing and Public Safety Initiative.

Running Towards the Fire


So a few hours ago, I was sitting with friends and finishing my drink in their backyard after a long evening of BBQ, and a girl rushes into the yard. “Sorry to bother you, but someone’s house is on fire!”

We quickly headed to the street, where across the street flames rumbled up from the attic. Two different people were calling 911, while the gal who informed us ran over and started banging on the door and windows. I ran to the side where there was a garden hose, but it’s not on. We circle round the back, a guy banging on the door while I look in vain for water. I hear that there’s an old man who lives alone here – renovating this house has been his dream. Other people go to the neighbors and tell them the house next door is on fire – an old lady in a nightgown emerges and looks on in concern. There are police sirens blaring.  I turn to meet them – I want to hand over information to them so they can take control of the scene.

City Journal contributing editors Coleman Hughes and Rafael Mangual discuss the protests and riots across the United States—including attacks on police officers—and the dispiriting state of American racial politics. The unrest began last week, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis.

The disorder should not be surprising, Mangual notes, because “police have been the targets of a poisonous, decades-long campaign to paint law enforcement as a violent cog in the machine of a racially oppressive criminal-justice system.” Hughes wonders whether fixing the perception that police are unfair to black Americans is even achievable.

Arizona DPS Officer Slain


A young Navy veteran, who was almost finished with his Arizona Department of Public Safety (state patrol) field training, was killed in the line of duty Wednesday night. He reportedly died at the hands of a mentally ill man who grabbed the training officer’s service weapon. The officers put their own lives at risk, to close with and secure a young, black, male pedestrian, who was reportedly wandering on and off of I-10.

The first officer to respond to the report of a pedestrian on the interstate immediately called for backup. The backup unit was Trooper Tyler Edenhofer, who had just graduated from the academy, and his training officer, Trooper Sean Rodecap. In the struggle, the 20-year-old pedestrian apparently grabbed Trooper Rodecap’s weapon, wounding the initial responding officer and fatally shooting Trooper Edenhofer.

“Today is evidence of the violent nature of policing in our nation,” [Department of Public Safety Director Col. Frank] Milstead told reporters Thursday afternoon. “It’s also evidence that just because somebody is unarmed doesn’t mean they won’t become armed and harm somebody.”

Steven Malanga joins Seth Barron to discuss the dismal economic and fiscal health of New Jersey, where individual and corporate taxes are among the highest in the country and business confidence ranks among the lowest of the 50 states. Jersey also has one of America’s worst-funded government-worker pension systems, which led its leaders in 2017 to divert state-lottery proceeds intended for K-12 and higher education to its pension system.

When Governor Phil Murphy wanted to boost taxes on individuals earning more than $1 million, he claimed that they needed to pay their “fair share.” Murphy signed a budget hiking taxes by about $440 million. But as the recent controversy surrounding a soccer team owned by the governor reminds us, it’s easy to show compassion when you’re using other people’s money.

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This morning’s cover on our local newspaper featured the movie poster for a 2017 documentary called Fallen, a film about police officers who are killed in the line of duty.  According to the article, two of Aiken’s finest are featured in the film: Master Public Safety Officer Scott “Scotty” Richardson, and Master Corporal Sandra “Sandy” […]

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I would like to solicit the assistance of Ricochet’s former and current law enforcement officers on the matter of avoiding being by a police officer.  Now, I know that you are honorable and dedicated members of law enforcement with the experience to tell when it right to use lethal force.  Unfortunately, citizens don’t have the […]

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