The line between law enforcement and combat is blurring in Ferguson, Missouri. Of course, police departments across North America have started resembling military more and more since 2001—perhaps this was inevitable given the “rise of the warrior cop.” That may not be a fair comparison, though: cops in Ferguson seems far better equipped, in many ways, than America’s armed forces.
“Oh, God.” – Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, upon being informed that officers had arrested reporters Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Ryan J. Reilly of the Huffington Post for failing to evacuate a McDonald’s restaurant in a timely fashi”on. The two were subsequently released, with no charges—and no police reports. This is Lowery's account.
And: footage from last night of police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protesters.
C.J. Chivers, often reporting from the front lines of war zones, mercifully finds time to take his young sons fishing and help them make an improvised ceviche.
Wendy C. Ortiz talks to KCRW about her new memoir, Excavation, and the teacher-student affair of which she was a part that inspired the book.
Why every dumb movie should only take 90 minutes to get through.
“At first, it seems a great cosmic irony that Williams dedicated his life to inspiring the kind of joy and release he could never really give himself. But I get it. And, of course, he did.”