Law and Order

A water drop and ripples

Remember when it was the height of bigotry to worry about biological men in women’s private spaces?

By Justin Katz | October 20, 2021 |

The most infamous and egregious case, of course, is the reported rape by a boy in a skirt of a 15-year-old girl in the girls’ bathroom in a Loudon County, Virginia, school.  The school department lied about the case and tried to bury it, and the case wouldn’t be nearly as infamous if the news…

A water drop and ripples

We’re in a dangerous spot when seeing your children is conditional on your being vaccinated.

By Justin Katz | October 18, 2021 |

In New York City, a judge has suspended a father’s visitation rights to his daughter “unless he submits COVID-19 tests on a weekly basis or gets vaccinated.”  He’s had the virus before, as well. The key, though, is the judge’s reasoning, which is (let’s say) pretty far from the actual science: “Here, in-person parental access…

A water drop and ripples

Add child abuse to the toll of lockdowns.

By Justin Katz | October 14, 2021 |

Reading these results from a Pennsylvania report, it would be fair to say that government overreach during COVID has been child abuse: A recently released annual child abuse report from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services showed that in 2020, the state registered a 43 percent increase in child abuse deaths compared to 2019. That…

Logos for the RI Democratic Party and Democratic Women's Caucus

The RI Democratic Party relies on a probably-unconstitutional law to silence Democratic women.

By Justin Katz | October 14, 2021 |

Controversial Rhode Island Democratic Party Senior Advisor Kate Coyne-McCoy sent a letter to the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus advising the group that it is using the word “democratic” in its name illegally, reports Steve Ahlquist on UpriseRI. In a surprisingly sloppy letter full of misspelled words, Coyne-McCoy refers generally to Rhode Island General Law Chapter…

Dan McKee cuts a ribbon

Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Flustering McKee

By Justin Katz | October 12, 2021 |

John and Justin discuss ways in which the controversies of the day illustrate a surprising (and disappointing) tendency of the McKee administration.

Policeman

A fundamental point must be made about low police recruitment in RI.

By Justin Katz | October 11, 2021 |

Laura Damon provides some of the reasons, in a Newport Daily News article, why police departments on Aquidneck Island may be having a hard time finding police officers: This year, calls for applications to join the Newport Police Department yielded a significantly lower turnout than years past. … “First of all, we have a lot of highly…

Arrest of Tyler Bonin

The State Police disparate treatment of anti-mandate protesters; out-of-uniform officer prompts conflict.

By Justin Katz | October 9, 2021 |

From the very beginning of John DePetro’s coverage of last night’s protest at Democrat Governor Dan McKee’s house, it was clear the treatment of healthcare professionals who are protesting the governor’s vaccination mandate was going to be very different from what we’ve witnessed for Black Lives Matter and other progressive groups. Remember when Black Lives…

A water drop and ripples

Democrats are bringing back the bad old days in Providence (for a start).

By Justin Katz | October 6, 2021 |

I started college in 1993, and I remember people older than me who had gone to urban campuses talking about the dangerousness of the cities — muggings, assaults, break-ins.  Those things can always happen as random events, but by the mid-’90s, it kind of seemed like they were largely a thing of the past.  Unfortunately,…

Silhouette of a stickup

The “mystery” of violent crime hides the probable cause in Rhode Island.

By Justin Katz | September 30, 2021 |

The mainstream media — represented for this post by Brian Amaral of the Boston Globe — may not know what is to blame for the increase in violent crime across the country, but they sure know who: In 2019, a Rhode Island man released from a life crack-dealing sentence under the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform…

Image of Police Line tape.

What genre should a writer choose for the tale of Police Chief Ronald Landry?

By Justin Katz | September 24, 2021 |

It’s difficult to know whether to read this Lauren Clem story in the Valley Breeze as a comedy or outrage-driven drama. Ronald Landry worked his way up to the rank of captain in the Woonsocket police department, retiring in 2007.  At that point, presumably, he took his pension along with a promotion of chief just across…

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