Posted onJuly 25, 2017|Comments Off on When Politics have Deadly Consequences
This article in The Hill poses the question of whether there a correlation between the growing anti-enforcement political climate and a rise in violent crime. The article specifically uses the example of the current heated race for Philadelphia District Attorney where Beth Grossman, a career prosecutor is running against Larry Krasner; counsel to “Black Lives Matter” and “Occupy Philly” as an example.
Posted onApril 5, 2017|Comments Off on The Hill: Jeff Sessions is right to roll back Justice Department consent decrees
On Monday, April 3, 2017, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of the many controversial and highly politicized consent decrees issued by the US Department of Justice over the last decade, and why so many in the criminal justice community want to see them gone. This was the subject of my April 5, 2017 column in The Hill, which can be read by clicking here.
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Posted onJanuary 6, 2017|Comments Off on How ’60 Minutes’ got it wrong about Chicago
This piece in The Hill looks at last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” segment entitled “Crisis in Chicago” and discuses how their analysis fails to truly explore the cause and effect of a violent crime epidemic in Chicago that left 764 people dead within the last year.
Posted onOctober 6, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Why facts matter in police shootings
My latest piece in The Hill looks at the differences between the two lives lost in Los Angeles County this week.
“Black Lives Matter” vs. “All Lives Matter” is, in my opinion a false dichotomy. As someone who grew up in both New York and Los Angeles during the crack explosion, I was taught that “No Lives Matter,” until you make a name for yourself and define how your life matters to those around you.”
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Posted onOctober 1, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Due Process includes law enforcement officers
This column in The Hill focuses on public demand in our current, corrosive political climate for the premature release of evidence or legal action before the completion of an investigation. The piece examines the constitutional right to due process, which is vital to public safety and criminal justice in America. Everyone should be reminded that regardless of their political beliefs, all Americans are protected by the constitution…and a riot is no excuse for the violation of those rights.
Posted onSeptember 23, 2016|Comments Off on Lessons from Charlotte: When a protest is just a riot
This week, an non-permitted demonstration in Downtown Charlotte escalated into a mass of property damage and the murder of a protester by another protester in the crowd. The media reported this by labeling it as a “Violent Protest”. Similar labels were attached to riots in Baltimore, Ferguson and Milwaukee; but when there’s clear evidence of multiple crimes being committed during a “protest”, it’s officially defined a riot.
On September 23, 2016, my latest piece was published in The Hill that analyzes the events in Charlotte and defines this issue more clearly. To read the full story,click here.
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Posted onSeptember 22, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Trolling the bottom: How facts got trumped by volume
This piece in The Hill discusses the current, unfortunate state of discourse in America. It discusses “trolling” as it’s commonly seen in social media, but also examines it as a dangerous social construct that has resulted in a breakdown in trust and socialization throughout the world.
Posted onSeptember 21, 2016|Comments Off on John Cardillo & Ben Mannes discuss tactics and the Tulsa shooting
Ben Mannes appeared again on The John Cardillo Show, which airs weekday mornings on WBIZ 880AM in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, to discuss the latest controversial police shooting of an unarmed suspect. The shooting of Terrence Crutcher, an unarmed black suspect with PCP in his vehicle by Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was, in my opinion about poor tactics and/or training, not her justification to use deadly force.
In watching the video, it was clear that Crutcher should have complied and was being given clear and lawful orders, ignoring them by walking back to his vehicle (albeit with his hands up). Tactically, I believed this to call for nonlethal/less-lethal force such as a taser, takedown, or impact weapon. Had Officer Shelby and her backup officers bridged the distance and attempted a less lethal intervention method he got to his driver’s door, Crutcher would be alive and in custody now.
On an important note, had Crutcher listened and lawfully complied with Shelby (which is hard to do on PCP), and the officers on the scene not been afraid to go ‘old school’ and put hands on him; Crutcher would be alive today.
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Ben Mannes was a three-segment guest on the John Cardillo show, mornings on 880 WBIZ Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. John is a former NYPD officer and radio personality specializing in political commentary. Ben and John talk about Ben’s latest articles in The Hill, BLM and Public Corruption for 25 minutes.
Phone interviews are hard, but I will stop in and do the show live on my next trip to South Florida.
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