Posted onJanuary 17, 2017|Comments Off on The Hill: America needs a ‘Duck and Cover’ for domestic terrorism
Despite a persistent threat and great courses like the CAT Eyes Program & “Run, Hide, Fight“, there still is no standardized effort to train citizens on terrorism and what they should do if an attack were to occur. If your local law enforcement agency, school or workplace hasn’t trained you in what to do; ask them to immediately!
In the meantime, this piece examines what can be done to try and make Americans more vigilant and mentally prepared for what may occur.
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.
My November 10, 2016 column in The Hill addresses the post-election protests that have popped up across the nation, and why local law enforcement is not enforcing the requirement for demonstrations to have permits equally. Has “looking the other way” on non-permitted protests created a ‘carrot without a stick’ for protesters who gridlock cities without objectives, goals or organization to their protests? Please share and discuss as this is an important question for many of us who have been living with these demonstrations for upwards of two years now.
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.”
PLEASE READ THE FULL ARTICLE AND SHARE IT TO GET THE FULL STORY IN THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS.
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Posted onOctober 1, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Due Process includes law enforcement officers
This column in The Hill focuses on public demand in our current, corrosive political climate for the premature release of evidence or legal action before the completion of an investigation. The piece examines the constitutional right to due process, which is vital to public safety and criminal justice in America. Everyone should be reminded that regardless of their political beliefs, all Americans are protected by the constitution…and a riot is no excuse for the violation of those rights.
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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