Please, Don't Kill My Son

Watching the video released by Keith Lamont Scott's family was like watching a movie in which you already knew the outcome, but still wished and hoped and prayed you could change it. One of my all time favorite movies is "The Godfather,"  I've seen it dozens of times and each and every time I wish that Sonny would bypass that causeway. But "The Godfather" is fiction.  Black men getting killed on camera these days is real life. ...more

Orange is NOT the New Black (or brown or white or any other color . . .)

I fell asleep last night thinking about a man who got pulled over for a broken taillight and paid the ultimate price, then woke up at 5am to find that Dallas, during a peaceful protest, had erupted into a battle zone that left five police officers dead and many others injured. By 5:05am I’d checked my Facebook feed only to discover that somehow all of this was President Obama’s fault....more

Accountable Law Enforcement (The Albuquerque Effect)

Albuquerque is making headlines again.  NOt for the balloon fiesta, red and green chile or it's wonderful weather, but for yet another killing involving local law enforcement.  Since 2012, New Mexico's law enforcement has been under federal investigation for the seeingly senseless killings of several individuals and the blatent misuse of force and weapons.  Most recently, the killing of an unarmed man who had been trespassing and camping in the foothills of the Sandia mountains....more