After reporting a few years ago on some troubling jail incidents, Steven Greenhut writes, I decided to tour various Southern California jails to glean some insight. One tour jumped out. It was at an alternative-style jail, where unarmed guards patrolled a facility reminiscent of a community college. The top jailer explained why his guards did not have riot gear and military-style equipment. As soon as an agency buys new "toys," he said, someone finds a reason to use them. Greenhut writes that this trend of police militarization recently hit new levels when the San Diego Unified School District acquired a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, and Los Angeles schools got grenade launchers.
It took a jury 26 minutes to decide that Jonathan Vanderhagen wasn't guilty.
A court ruled that officers did not have enough information to know whether or not stealing violates the Constitution.
This vote is "a hopeful sign that the harmful policies of marijuana prohibition will soon be a relic of the past."
Jonathan Vanderhagen believes a judge doomed his son to an early death. The judge says Vanderhagen's Facebook posts were intimidating.