Monthly Archives: April 2013

“We now return you to the regularly scheduled Coulda Woulda Shoulda segment of our programming”

Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda time is here. As it arrives in the natural process of every crisis, this will be C-W-S week/month/however long members of the US House and other ghoulish pinheads can milk it.  On the one hand, I know readers of … Continue reading

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What Did Ed Davis Teach Us?

The Boston Globe today features a richly deserved tribute to Commissioner Ed Davis, for what old friend Chuck Wexler called, summoning Hemingway’s definition of course, “grace under pressure.”  That is beyond any question.  Any time you need reassurance in the … Continue reading

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Dueling Ethos’ in Watertown

Even when police assault a position, they operate from a core value or ethos of protection.  Their opponents, on the other hand, operate from a core value of indifference to the safety of innocents, including the police.  Operating from the … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing, Core Values, Procedural Justice in Action

Our federal, state and local criminal justice and policing organizations and systems are looking very good in the fishbowl in which technology is requiring them to work. The whole country and indeed “the whole world’s watching,” as we said in … Continue reading

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Remembrance and Justice

Thoughts from two of Boston’s greatest figures in the enduring struggle for justice and liberty.  The first is a set of lines from John Boyle O’Reilly’s poem on the Boston Massacre of March, 1770.  He reminds us of the meaning … Continue reading

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Cowardly cowards cowardly commit acts of cowardice

I think that what we call the murders on Boylston Street in Boston on Patriots’ Day is important. The names we give to things are always important as everyone knows, of course, because they signify what we make of them. … Continue reading

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Our brains and the art of making consequential decisions

Police personnel make decisions all day long using faces as a frequent and often main source of data.  I think the piece from Dr. Eric Kandel in the NY Times below is very applicable to that experience.  In the following … Continue reading

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