POLICING

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 ›

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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 ›

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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 ›

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 ›

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A LOVING CHANGE  After narrowing down the list of possible new names for Lee Highway, an Arlington task force has settled on its recommendation: Mildred and Richard Loving Avenue. Presently named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, the group said… Read More ›

Briefly Noted

DEFAMED? DEFANGED? FALWELL DROPS DEFAMATION CLAIM Lawyers for Jerry Falwell notified Lynchburg Circuit Court that their client will not pursue his claim the school damaged his reputation by repeating what he labeled as lies about his participation in an extramarital… Read More ›

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FAIRFAX JUDGE RULES CASH BOND UNCONSTITUTIONAL A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge has found that keeping an indigent defendant in jail in lieu of a cash bond is unconstitutional, writing that it violates the Constitution’s Due Process Clause by forcing… Read More ›