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No-Knock Warrants Exist for a Good Reason

Breonna Taylor
No-knock warrants exist for a reason and it is a good reason. Much of American law was based on English Common Law and in that knock-and-announce was the standard for warrants. Exceptions came about due to Supreme Court Rulings. A warrant must be issued as a no-knock warrant and a reason must be articulated. For example that destruction of evidence is likely. I think that anyone can see that this...
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Idea: Defund the Police – Good Idea? 

No police - how about thoughts and prayers
"Minneapolis is not the only city asking the question. Across the country, calls to defund, downsize or abolish police departments are gaining new traction after national unrest..." I have already talked at length on George Floyd but think the second part of the above paragraph is worth a quick note as it relates to the topic of defunding the police. It concludes, "...following the death of Geo...
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Racism Exists Because People Won’t Let it Die

A girl holds up a sign saying justice for floyd with his face on it
I had a conversation about racism the other day that was quite eye opening for me. I will get to that, and another story, in a moment. Systematic or institutional racism does not exist. A conclusion like this should be logical. It certainly isn't the first time it has been put forth but like so many things that become "true" people cling to the idea. When people try to explain their objections t...
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Curfews – Safety or Insanity?

Platypus and Curfews
You pick up your best gal on a Saturday night only to be met at the door by her father - a big hulking man with a gun - "have her home by 8pm!" he orders. "Yes, sir" and with that, your plans are ruined. You might expect this behavior as a 16 year old picking up your prom date but it produces a bit of a shock when it comes from your government. Still hulking, still with a gun, but yo...
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