Posted onJuly 1, 2017|Comments Off on 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.
Posted onApril 13, 2017|Comments Off on Mannes discusses Consent Decrees on the Rich Zeoli show
Click here to listen to a discussion about Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ review of DOJ’s consent decree practices on the April 13, 2017 episode of the Rich Zeoli Show, afternoons from 3-6PM on CBS Radio, 1210 AM WPHT in Philadelphia.
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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 onFebruary 3, 2017|Comments Off on 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.
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 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 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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Posted onSeptember 16, 2016|Comments Off on Background Checks: The Achilles Heel of Immigration Reform
My latest piece in The Hill raises extremely important questions on a key issue in the Presidential Race. The issue is Immigration and whether you’re on the left, right or centrist sides of the aisle, you’ve likely heard a lot about background checks. This article gets into the logistics of foreign background checks and why all sides of the argument should confer with experts on the issue.
My latest piece in The Hill examines the state of the American posture 15 years after the attacks on September 11, 2001. This one is dedicated to those brave men and women we lost 15 years ago, Sunday. May their lives not be lost in vein.