I'm back from two weeks in Spain... but I'll spare you the details except to say there was hiking in the Alpujarras involved. And very sore feet. And lots of pork.
Meanwhile, I was just quoted in a widely read article (the AP is great for that) about dirty narcs in NYC. Though I don't condone it, I don't have a lot of sympathy for criminals when they get framed. But there really is nothing worse than framing an innocent man.
And an off-duty black NYPD officer, Omar Edwards, was killed by fellow police officers.
Do white officers ever get killed in similar circumstances? Rarely. I know of only one case, in Florida, when a white officer was shot and killed accidentally by police. He was undercover and busting a group of (gasp) underage college tailgaters.
Part of the problem is that as a police officer chasing a criminal, when you hear police shouting, you don't think they're shouting at you. You know you're police. You feel it. You're used to hearing commands to show your hands and drop the gun. You shout such commands. You're a cop. You don't drop your gun. But you can't see yourself and see you're out of uniform and holding a gun. I don't know what the answer is.
In other news, Nicholas Kristof wrote a powerful piece in the New York Times, Drugs Won the War. He mentions LEAP prominently.
And on Friday I'll be in Chicago for an interview on WGN's Milt Rosenberg show. 9 - 11 pm Chicago time. I'm very excited about that. You can listen here.