1089 posts categorized "Public Safety"

December 04, 2016

No justice even when it's caught on tape

Oakland's fire chief: "In my career of 30 years, I haven't experienced something of this magnitude"

November 26, 2016

Black child was taunted, beaten on school playground

This is heartbreaking. The boy is my latest hero.

Serial Killer Who Drugged, Raped, and Murdered Four Gay Men He Met on Grindr, Gets Life Sentence

November 19, 2016

TX Lawmaker Wants To Force Schools To Out LGBT Students To Parents

November 17, 2016

Hate on the Rise After Trump's Election

The thought of having to deal with this cascading hatred and ignorance month after month for four years is almost too much to bear. But we must endure, and we must be clear about what is happening, for which there is no legitimate excuse. And we must support one another. The haters are running rampant, but there are more of us than them. Do not let the normalizing media and the lies of cynical people make you forget that.

October 30, 2016

Some Trump Voters Threaten Violence if Clinton Wins

October 13, 2016

Michelle Obama in Manchester

Speaking Thursday at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Manchester, New Hampshire, First Lady Michelle Obama eviscerated the Republican nominee for president without mentioning his name. As my friend Robert Naylor said, this was "another master class in political discourse." I cried as I watched her speak. This impassioned speech is one of the most powerful I have seen. Brava and thanks to her for this needed voice of passion and decency. We can do this.

October 09, 2016

Homophobic hate crimes in the UK are spiking after Brexit vote

September 29, 2016

Judge dismisses part of gay D.C. cop’s bias lawsuit

September 23, 2016

See no evil

Wake up, Coach.

White Tulsa officer charged with manslaughter in death of unarmed black man

Eugene Robinson: In America, gun rights are for whites only

Eugene Robinson is right. This is intolerable and insane.

A fearless wife records police use of deadly force

The video taken by Keith Scott's wife Rakeyia of his fatal encounter with police is hard to watch and to listen to. MSNBC was just analyzing the video. I do not begrudge their doing that, but I had to mute the TV. I've had too much. One thing that shines through in the painful recording is this woman's fearlessness in confronting her husband's killers. She is not the first. If there is one ray of hope in all this, it may be that.

American Skin

No other songwriter has equaled the power of Bruce Springsteen's searing ballad of a black mother giving her son The Talk. As timely as when it was written after the police killing of Amadou Diallo, it ends on the plaintive notes of a saxophone played by Bruce's dear friend, the late, great Clarence Clemons. Sadly, those who most needed to receive its message reflexively hardened themselves against it. I ask forgiveness for the hatred their cold and heartless reaction stirs in me still. #BlackLivesMatter

September 21, 2016

Protests erupt in Charlotte after police kill a black man

Terence Crutcher's hands were raised when he was shot by a Tulsa officer

Olbermann - The secret behind Trump's terrorism plan

September 15, 2016

Trans activist’s murder trial postponed

September 12, 2016

Arson suspected in fire at Florida mosque attended by Pulse shooter Omar Mateen

Not in my name. I am willing to bet that this despicable and cowardly act was committed by people who don't give a damn about the gay people who were killed that awful night in Orlando. In any case, everything our nation stands for is attacked by such blind revenge-taking.

On 9/11, Trump noted on TV that his Financial District building was now the "tallest"

It's always about him. Always, always. Even on the worst, most horrific of days for our country.

Hillary Clinton: 9/11 "as close to a depiction of hell I’ve ever…seen"

September 07, 2016

Clinton endorsed by Pride Fund to End Gun Violence

Nigerian president reinstates anti-LGBT crackdown

August 31, 2016

Chris Brown was arrested after an hourslong standoff at his Los Angeles home

This violent sexist and homophobe may have a prison sentence in his near future.

August 30, 2016

Heartbreaking 911 calls from the Orlando massacre released

Reggie Bullock's comments about his murdered trans sister show the importance of coming out

August 26, 2016

Pastor who praised Pulse nightclub killings arrested for child molestation

Surprise, surprise.

August 25, 2016

Orlando hospitals announce they won't charge Pulse nightclub massacre victims

Man who burned gay couple with boiling water gets 40 years in prison

Justice is dealt in a horrific anti-gay attack.

August 24, 2016

The Past and Present of #NateParker

My latest opinion piece has the tagline: "Rape, racial justice, and rehabilitation are on Hollywood's doorstep."

August 18, 2016

Congresswoman Norton battles interference in D.C. gun law

Thank you, Congresswoman. You are right.

Flood destroys home of hate preacher who claims God sends floods to punish gay people

I do not believe in divine punishment, since I don't believe in a divinity. But Tony Perkins does believe in it, or so one conclude from what he says.

Clinton meets with top police officers as Trump casts himself as "law and order" candidate

August 17, 2016

DOJ criticizes Baltimore police treatment of trans people

August 16, 2016

D.C. Police chief Cathy Lanier stepping down for NFL security post

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier's departure comes after nearly ten years in the job. We have had our ups and downs, but a variety of LGBT community groups, including GLAA, have engaged with her and other MPD brass to address police-related concerns. Already today I and several other local advocates were contacted by the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs for input on the occasion of Chief Lanier's departure.

That outreach by Mayor Muriel Bowser's office is a welcome contrast with the lack of outreach by former Mayor Adrian Fenty ten years ago. Fenty had explicitly stated, in response to GLAA's 2006 candidate questionnaire, "I will include members of the GLBT community in the search process when I appoint a new Police Chief and new Fire/EMS Chief." But in the event, his entire process evidently consisted of inviting Cathy Lanier to breakfast and offering her the job. Mayor Bowser has already done better than that on the day Chief Lanier's departure was announced.

We hope that the new police chief will continue working with the LGBT activists and groups that have worked with Lanier. A key document in this regard, which deserves close study by the new chief, is the March 2015 "Report Card: Status of Metropolitan Police Department Implementation of Recommendations from the Hate Crimes Assessment Task Force and Community Response," which was issued by a coalition of groups including GLAA as well as Casa Ruby, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, DC Trans Coalition (DCTC), Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (now the DC Anti-Violence Project), HIPS, and Rainbow Response Coalition (RRC).

In May 2015, I discussed LGBT-related police issues at a press conference launching Communities Against Law Enforcement Misconduct (CALM).

If Mayor Bowser and her staff continue their consultations in the manner they began today, the selection process for a new police chief promises to be a productive one. In the meantime, we thank Chief Lanier for her service and wish her well in her new post.

August 12, 2016

Nancy Pelosi visits Pulse nightclub

August 09, 2016

Trump suggests "2nd Amendment" solution to Hillary picking judges

Please explain to to me what this means other than encouragement of an assassination. He has sunk to a level we have never seen before in a major-party candidate.

August 04, 2016

Anti-LGBT violence, impeachment of Rousseff threaten to overshadow Olympics

July 29, 2016

Cleveland cancels Pride amid safety concerns