Radley Balko

Radley Balko


Opinion journalist, Washington Post. Author of Rise of the Warrior Cop, and The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist. Honorary Duckmaster (3/24/18).

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After tonight, the Trump administration will have executed 13 people in 6 months. That’s more than any administration since FDR, (33 in 12 years, many for espionage during wartime) and more in 6 months than in the previous 68 years combined.

Blind, deaf 91-year-old woman calls 911 to report break-in. Responding cops shoot her dead. Textbook use of exonerative tense: “Deputies gave her commands to drop the gun, then she pointed the gun at the deputies, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred."

Trump public approval: 29% Black Lives Matter public approval: 55%.

TN man who participated in an attempted insurrection released before trial, in part because judge pointed out that he’s pro-police. TN man arrested for disrespecting deceased police office on social media (which is crappy, but not actually a crime) held on $76,000 bond.

So I guess we're going to avoid a difficult constitutional question by letting the most powerful person in the world take bribes with impunity.

This piece provides receipts for what I agree is regrettable anti-First Amendment sentiment among some elite journalists and academics. (Though I'm not sure it's all that new). But it also undermines its own premise by conflating that with . . .

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Breaking: A member of the Breonna Taylor grand jury just filed a remarkable motion asking a judge to release the entire proceedings of the grand jury. The motion strongly suggests that Attorney General Cameron's public comments contradict what was presented to the grand jury.

A black woman inadvertently drove into a protest scene. Philly cops pulled her from her car and beat her in front of her toddler. America’s largest police union then posted a photo of the boy and claimed his mother had abandoned him on the street.

College swim team takes bathroom break on the way back from a road trip. Local deputies spot the team’s only black member, tackle him, put a gun to his head, threaten to kill him. They later claim they mistakenly thought he’d taken the bus hostage.

GOP: He didn't do it. Trump: I did it. GOP: He didn't mean to do it. Trump: I wish I'd done it sooner. GOP: He did it for benign reasons. Trump: I did it for the worst reasons. GOP: He's sorry. Trump: I'm never sorry. GOP: He's chastened. Trump: I'm doing it again tomorrow.

It isn’t easy for a man to rip a screaming child away from his mother. Most of us couldn’t do it. This is where “animals” comes in. Declare he isn’t really a child, she isn’t a woman. Now it’s like pulling a piglet from a sow. This has always been how states enable savagery.

In 2015, Kenosha cop Pablo Torres shot and killed a man armed with a bucket. It was his first day back after another shooting 10 days earlier. He had a 200-page disciplinary file, with 9 excessive force complaints. The Kenosha police union paid tribute to him with this billboard.

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Remember when Kaepernick “disrespected the flag” by quietly taking a knee?

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NYC is: -- 25% black -- largest black population in U.S. -- One of our most diverse cities. Whites are now a minority. -- A sanctuary city, with ~500K undocumented immigrants. It's also: -- The safest big city in America. Crime is at a 50-year low.

Reminder: Joe Arpaio once faked an assassination attempt, then framed a man for it — all to win sympathy for his reelection campaign. The innocent man spent 4 years in jail. Taxpayers footed the $1 million settlement.

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