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December 12, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Ferguson: Current event lessons for students

I believe that having discussions throughout the classrooms in this country while the Ferguson issue is still going on is a great idea. I strongly agree with Christine Armario’s article “Nation’s classrooms reflect on Ferguson decision” [Nation & World, Dec. 2]. In order to change the problems in this country to make a better country…

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Comments | More in Protests | Topics: Christine Armario, education, ferguson

December 8, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Ferguson protests: A need for body cameras

In the article posted about the militarization of police forces, I found a few of the points intriguing [“Obama pushes body cams and broad police reform,” Nation & World, Dec. 1]. I think that there needs to be greater trust between police officers and civilians. I think that the transparency that would be provided…

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Comments | More in police | Topics: body cameras, ferguson, John Rosenberger

December 8, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Ferguson protests: Silence not an option

The Seattle Times editorial “Seattle’s Ferguson-related protests are doing more harm than good” [Opinion, Dec. 3] perfectly illustrated the misconceptions that have surrounded the Ferguson protests. While there have been hundreds of people protesting peacefully the murder (and yes, the fatal shooting of an unarmed boy should have been termed murder), The Seattle Times…

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Comments | More in Protests | Topics: ferguson, Katja Grosse-Sommer, Missouri

December 5, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Ferguson protests: The real issue is poverty

The editorial decrying the violence and vandalism of Seattle protesters over events in Ferguson, Mo., is absolutely correct as far as it goes, which is unfortunately not nearly far enough [“Seattle’s Ferguson-related protests are doing more harm than good,” Opinion, Dec. 3]. Yes, this is about Ferguson. Yes, it is about police brutality seriously…

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Comments | More in Protests | Topics: ferguson, Harold R. Pettus, Missouri

December 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Ferguson protests: America has a history of racial double standards

The points explored by columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. in his column “America needs to re-examine systemic racism after Ferguson shooting” [Opinion, Nov, 30] carry much weight in the discussions of the events in Ferguson, Mo. Undoubtedly, racism is still prevalent in America. As examined by Pitts in his column, the conversation seems to turn…

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Comments | More in Protests | Topics: African Americans, Civil Rights Movement, Czarina Manzano

December 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Ferguson protests: Rev. Jesse Jackson is inciting protests

Rev. Jesse Jackson is doing nothing more than attempting to incite protests and riots over the Michael Brown verdict even though all of the facts have been presented and released [“Jesse Jackson urges crowd in Seattle to keep protests going,” Local News, Nov. 30]. The Ferguson police officer did not commit a crime, but…

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Comments | More in Protests | Topics: Erik Johnson, ferguson, Missouri

November 30, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Ferguson protests: Vandalism is ruining the message

When will some individuals wake up and realize that destroying other people’s property is not a form of protest? [“Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies,” Nation & World, Nov. 27]. It does nothing but devalue the cause they are protesting against, and it seems to occur time and time again.  From white…

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Comments | More in Protests | Topics: ferguson, Jeff Swanson, Missouri

November 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Ferguson, Mo., and Michael Brown: Was force necessary?

One question we should be asking after the Ferguson grand jury decision is: “Should a police badge be a license to kill?” [“Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies,” Nation & World, Nov. 27]. No doubt following accepted police protocol with respect to use of deadly force, officer Darren Wilson twice used his gun…

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Comments | More in police | Topics: Darren Wilson, ferguson, Lee Holmer

October 7, 2014 at 12:46 PM

SPD body cameras: Praise for Bruce Harrell’s leadership and vision

An officer wears one of the new body cameras that Washington, D.C., police will begin using to document arrests and other incidents. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

With regard to the article “SPD to test body cameras on a dozen officers,” [Local News, Sept. 24] I think it important to further highlight Councilmember Bruce Harrell’s leadership and vision on this issue. For more than five years, he has been actively advocating the use of police body cameras.

Several weeks ago The Hill, the D.C.-centric political website, provided this partial summary of the White House’s position on body cameras: “The White House on Monday signaled its

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Comments | More in Seattle Police Department | Topics: body cameras, Bruce Harrell, ferguson