A Mother’s Death, a Botched Inquiry and a Sheriff at War

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Rusty Rodgers did not fit everyone’s image of a law enforcement officer, particularly in deeply conservative northeast Florida.

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For NYC Firefighters Learning Mandarin, Service Starts With ‘Ni Hao’

On Thursday nights near the Brooklyn, N.Y., waterfront, an old firehouse turns into a schoolhouse, where the drills are in Chinese. The students are some of New York’s bravest.

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After Settlement, Florida State Shows Sympathy for Victim: Itself

John Thrasher, the president of Florida State University, is a former politician who once was chairman of the Rules Committee in the Florida Senate and served a stint as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. He knows how to spin, and how to play hardball.

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The ugliness I learned about Chicago police while reporting on gun violence

All year I’d been bracing for the police video that would come out of Chicago. Then the footage of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was hit with 16 bullets in 15 seconds, was released. And it wasn’t merely an officer-involved shooting. It looked like an execution.

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Austin Police tase black man as handcuffed white man runs away

Austin police were so preoccupied with ganging up on and tasing a black man that they allowed a white man in handcuffs to stand up and run away. The video, posted Thursday on Youtube, is quickly going viral and being decried as an obvious example of institutionalized racism.

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Where’s the Conservative Outcry on Ferguson Police Abuses?

The ideological movement needs a better response to governments that violate the Constitutional rights of U.S. citizens. Conservatives are typically eager to disparage politicians and bureaucrats who conspire to seize wealth.

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