The whole child separation travesty is pointless

(CNN)Over the course of this summer, the American people — across party lines — have shown that they reject the hate and dehumanization of immigrants that appears to have motivated last weekend’s mass shooting in El Paso. Many are outraged over the cruel neglect of children in custody along the border — child abuse as immigration policy — and this has spurred Congress to exercise some much-needed oversight. With senators and representatives home for the August recess, the American people have a pivotal opportunity to demand change now.

William Barr’s decision in Eric Garner’s case is a disgrace

(CNN)The Justice Department announced on Tuesday that it would not be pursuing federal charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner, who was approached by police for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. The decision was apparently made by Attorney General William Barr himself, after the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division favored an indictment while a competing faction in the New York office felt otherwise. Communities throughout the country continue to see black men brutalized at the hands of police — without consequence or recourse. This does nothing but further the racial divide and lead to ongoing mistrust between communities and law enforcement. The Justice Department’s decision makes this divide even deeper. No federal charges for NYPD officer …

The police overreaction to case of 4-year-old and Barbie doll isn’t just ‘unacceptable’ — it’s outrageous

(CNN)You have probably seen the video by now, just one in what has become a vast library of bystander smartphone videos recording encounters between police and members of the community — usually people of color. The video I’m talking about was shot on May 27 of this year in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Phoenix, Arizona. An officer, gun drawn, approaches a car that has just parked. As a former police officer, chief and director of public safety working in our democracy, were I asked to choose a single adjective, I would call the officer’s behavior and the following that ensued unthinkable. Its cumulative cost is the end of legitimate law enforcement, which is the end of …