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Beyond Our Border

Editors’ Note: VoxFairfax seeks to supplement the geographical view of our features Around the Novahood and Beyond the Novahood by introducing a new feature intended as a reminder that, beyond the Commonwealth, there exists another universe of events of interest…. Read More ›

Tangled Up in Blue

Book Review by Frank Blechman Rosa Brooks’ new book, Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City, does not have all the answers about how to improve policing or police. Maybe, it doesn’t have any. It is, however, an honest,… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

LOCAL BRAGS OF JAN 6 CAPITOL ATTACK A Winchester man who admitted that he and his cousin were inside the Capitol on Jan. 6th stated that they got a handshake from a Capitol officer, who told them, “It’s your house… Read More ›

The Independent Sheriffs

Robin Hood, from the depths of Sherwood Forest and by legend, stole from the rich to give to the poor and, according to Hollywood versions, was pursued by the Sheriff of Nottingham. The sheriff (shire reeve in merry old England)… Read More ›

Same Old, Same Old, Wherever You Look

It’s the litany of a familiar scenario. A policeman requests identification from an individual on the street, a juggler well-known to locals, performing in a crowded intersection. The busker declines to comply and an argument ensues. The police fire two… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

ORGANIC FOOD FUELS CAPITOL ASSAULT The “QAnon shaman” (a/k/a Jake Chansley) has personal needs that must be accommodated. Chansley—easily recognized for his massive horns, painted face, and fur pelts—was among those who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. According to… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

FAIRFAX BANS COOPERATION WITH ICE Fairfax County formally adopted a long-standing practice of prohibiting county employees from cooperating with federal immigration agents — a step aimed at addressing reports that some undocumented immigrants in the county have avoided seeking help… Read More ›

Colloquy: Police Qualified Immunity

Editors’ Note: This is the second in a series feature, in which VF editors may join along with volunteer contributors to discuss a contemporary topic. This “real time” installment features Barbara Levine, Barbara Johnson, Michael Fruitman, and Jim McCarthy. The… Read More ›

I Hear Ya Knockin’

This month, Virginia became one of three states to ban “no knock” warrants. Thirteen states have legislated in favor of this police power while the remainder deem such searches permissible with court approval. The procedure has had a troubled history,… Read More ›