Posted onFebruary 12, 2017|Comments Off on The Hill: States are gambling with law enforcement safety
My Sunday, February 12, 2017 piece in The Hill discusses the discrepancies in state laws that classify a peace officer in one state, but that same position is just a guard in another state; and how this failure to standardize roles is putting police and corrections officers at risk. This is drawn contextually with the hostage siege in a Delaware prison that resulted in the killing of a hero Corrections Sergeant, and the signing of several pro-law enforcement executive orders by President Trump just one week later.
Posted onJanuary 30, 2017|Comments Off on The Hill: Why Trump should pick Hardiman for Supreme Court
My latest contribution in The Hill focuses on Judge Thomas Hardiman of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. I look at Judge Hardiman’s humble beginnings as a Pennsylvania cab driver and break down four of his opinions which make up my opinion on his suitability to hold a seat on the Supreme Court.
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.
My December 16th, 2016 column in The Hill looks at America’s dangerous Groupthink problem from both sides of the aisle. Please read, share, & discuss so we can try and push the level of American discourse back to a two way debate, and not inaccurate shouting matches.
Posted onNovember 3, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: When a union local betrays all of organized labor
In my November 3rd piece for The Hill, I wrote about this week’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) strike, and how America’s fifth largest city is being held hostage every few years by the same Union. The issue is particularly frustrating as I am a third generation union member and owe my union a lifetime of gratitude. However, the mission of organized labor is being trivialized by locals who abuse their strike vote time and again, with little perspective to the stakeholders they serve.
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Posted onOctober 14, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: ‘Status offenses’ limit criminal justice reform efforts
My latest piece in The Hill takes on how some politically charged types of crime are becoming modern-day “Status Offenses” & how that impacts Criminal Justice Reform efforts. Please share and discuss as I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one, as it impacts me personally.
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 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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