Alleged to have threatened customers, John Crawford, 22, was talking on his phone while holding an unloaded BB gun
By allegedly focusing on poor black women with criminal records, Holtzclaw kept himself from being caught — until he met J.L., a black woman who was just passing through the neighborhood he patrolled. “Not only is this individual stopping women who fit a profile of members of our society who are confronted rightly or wrongly by police officers all the time,” said the prosecutor, Gieger. “He identifies a vulnerable society that without exception except one have an attitude for ‘What good is it gonna do? He’s a police officer. Who’s going to believe me?’”
Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes.
When Dr. Walter Stroup showed that Texas’ standardized testing regime is ﬂawed, the testing company—Pearson, Inc.—struck back.
Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance.
— Vaclav Havel