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Sandra Bland didn’t do anything wrong

July 27, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus, Rule of Law

The case of Sandra Bland, who died under uncertain circumstances in her Texas jail cell, has sparked outrage across the country. TCF fellow Michael Cohen writes in the Boston Globe that regardless of whether Bland committed suicide or foul play was involved in her death, she never should have been in jail anyway:

Why not just step back? Bland hardly represented a threat. The reason, says Bueerman, is “a culture of policing that says we don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. We don’t want to be perceived as weak.”

That’s not always an unreasonable position. But the state affords police officers awesome power, including the right to take a human life. With that authority comes the responsibility not only to keep it together, but to act more responsibly than ordinary citizens. Even if Bland was surly and uncooperative, that’s her right. It’s the officer’s job to de-escalate the situation.

Cohen's full column is available here.

Tags: sandra bland, police, black lives matter

Patrick Radden Keefe Reports on “El Chapo”

TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe's reporting on the continuing saga of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel and its leader "El Chapo" has gained widespread recognition and acclaim.

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Apprenticeship Explainer: Why Politicians Are Pitching Them

Apprenticeships are gaining popularity in the U.S. and legislators are moving toward developing these programs as a way to lower the growing number of disconnected youth who are neither working, nor in school.

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El Chapo’s Escape

Last Saturday, the Mexican drug lord "El Chapo" escaped from a maximum-security facility in Mexico. TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe, who has reported on the story extensively, spoke with The New Yorker's Dorothy Wickenden on the magazine's Political Scene podcast:

Chapo Guzman was a guy who grew up on a farm in Sinaloa, the Western state in Mexico that is sometimes referred to as the "Sicily of Mexico"—it's a rural area that has long been a hotbed for the drug trade. He was only in school until about the third grade—from what we know, he's more or less illiterate, even today—but he rose to become a really major figure and ran the Sinaloa cartel, which is the biggest of the drug trafficking organizations in Mexico, an organization that has thousands and thousands of people working for it.

The full interview is available here.

Tags: el chapo

What India Can Learn from the World’s Largest Emitter

With China stepping up to the plate and pledging to reduce their carbon emissions, India is highly encouraged to follow suit and halt the expansion of their coal-based energy base.

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When Hacking Team Met Bart Gellman

July 15, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Sam Adler-Bell TOPICS: Additional Focus, Privacy & Surveillance

The recent hack of the spyware firm known as "Hacking Team" revealed email exchanges between TCF senior fellow Bart Gellman and the firm, as well as other disturbing revelations about orchestrated online attacks. 

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