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Addressing Police Tactics at the Charlottesville Protests

On August 18, 2017; A. Benjamin Mannes appeared on an in-depth report about the Charlottesville Protests on the One America News Network. Mannes was asked to comment because of his experience as a special event security consultant and member of the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s famed Civil Disturbance Unit; who are widely considered the national benchmark on policing special events, riots, and protests.  As you can see in the report, Mannes refrains from the side-taking and blame which is common in discussion about the Charlottesville protests; but focuses on the tactics (or lack thereof) of the Charlottsville and Virginia State Police in securing & controlling the event and how they measured up with both best-practices and inter-agency training.

Please watch the report below:

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.

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Mannes addresses the crucial Philadelphia DA’s race

Law enforcement revives crime fighting initiatives as communities see recent spike

My latest piece in The Hill entitled “Law enforcement revives crime fighting initiatives as communities see recent spike” breaks down some of the “new” crime-fighting initiatives in cities like Baltimore & Chicago; and examines their potential effectiveness. Please share your thoughts and let’s discuss.

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After London and Manchester, we need better Public Venue Security

My June 4, 2017 piece in The Hill should serve as a private sector “wake-up call” for public venue security in light of recent, fatal criminal and terrorist incidents; many of which could have been prevented or mitigated with better security planning.

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The legal battle that reads like a ‘Rocky’ script

My March 7th piece in The Hill describes efforts to save the Harrowgate Boxing Club, a legendary piece of Philadelphia sports history. The piece describes what started as a minor dispute that became a spurious legal battle that is threatening the club’s existence, thus jeopardizing a lifeline for many urban youths who use boxing as a way off the streets.

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Washington Times: Was Obama’s clemency applied fairly?

It was a true honor for my latest piece to have been published yesterday in the Washington Times by the legendary David A. Keene. It examines the lopsided, unfair nature in where the Obama Administration used its Clemency Authority; and how it may have hurt the cause of Criminal Justice Reform more than helping it.

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The Hill: Americans divided over holiday greetings

My latest piece in The Hill is about faith & the holiday season, past what greeting you choose to use.

Please click here to read it and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, my friends.

The Hill: Comedians may be one of the last sources for honest commentary

As America becomes more and more easily offended, could comedy be the only place for honest political commentary in today’s politically-correct society? Could America learn how to thicken it’s collective skin from these comics and move toward more free speech in the upcoming years?

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The Hill: Don’t let a few bad cops tarnish the image of law enforcement

In light of two stunning police corruption convictions in the New York metro area last week, this piece in The Hill looks at the details, contributors and pitfalls of each case to pick apart public opinion on the entire law enforcement community when a few criminals wear the badge.

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