Opinion journalist, Washington Post. Author of Rise of the Warrior Cop, and The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist. Honorary Duckmaster (3/24/18).

Nashville, TN
Joined August 2008
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Media training tip: When someone asks you how you feel about a genocide — any genocide, really — a good stock answer is, “I’m against it and it needs to stop.” It’s an answer that will pretty much always keep you on the right side of history.
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Police pull over a deaf woman at night. Her 2 children in the back seat. It's dark. Cops wearing masks. She has no idea what the cops are saying. They handcuff her. She can't communicate. Her children are crying and scared and forced to interpret for her.
things that could be hongjoong
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As Helen Suzman said of South Africa, it’s not the questions that are embarrassing, it’s the answers.
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I know it sounds crazy, but what if an ironing board didn't sound like the death scream of a alien when you opened and closed it?
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I’m just going to start a thread of accounts that don’t need to tweet today. If I share a quote tweet, it’s because I agree with the commentary.
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Got this DM from an NYPD cop “So I'm at work and speaking to young new officer from the bronx about movies. I asked if he saw Serpico and he goes is that the guy who ratted everybody out. Smh. I said no wtf are they teaching you at the academy” Is this 50 yrs of progress ?
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Everybody gets an extra slice of Nutraloaf tonight.
Honoring his legacy on this #MLKDay
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The "Libertarian" party calling for the state to punish people for views it doesn't like. Cool cool.
We will come together for the public trials.
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As I wrote last year, police are allowed to lie during interrogations because of the judiciary’s assumption, now proven incorrect, that people won’t falsely confess under pressure. That’s changing in some states reason.com/2021/08/16/states…
An investigation found that the Virginia Beach Police Department used forged documents with fake DNA evidence in interrogations in order to get confessions on at least five occasions. n.pr/3tsdA4A
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THREAD: This is a story about how police are frontline propagandists. It starts with a violent robbery at a men’s clothing store in Manhattan. It ends w/ NYPD responding, but refusing to investigate. Then lying that no one would face any consequences bc of “reform.” Read on:
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I can think of someone else who, despite his innocence, was prosecuted and convicted because he made a lot of people panic.
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Well it’s a good thing that VA has such high quality conviction integrity—
An investigation found that the Virginia Beach Police Department used forged documents with fake DNA evidence in interrogations in order to get confessions on at least five occasions. n.pr/3tsdA4A
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*Amazing* detailed data on 3rd shots and vaccines from Alberta. Essentially: “The hospitalization rate among 3x-vaccinated 80+ year olds is lower than the hospitalization rate among unvaccinated 12-29-year-olds.” Incredible. Wow. h/t @dylanhmorris alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-al…
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Question: Cleaning out or pantry. Not sure what do with oddball items we’ll never use: weird condiments, mistaken purchases by Instacart shoppers, gifts from others’ vacations, etc. Seems wasteful to toss. But don’t want to burden a food pantry w/ a giant jar of bacon mustard.
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I'm trying to think of a charitable reason you'd disband a unit that works to free innocent people from prison. I can't think of one. Virginia has seen 53 exonerations since 1989, including 18 wrongly convicted of murder.
Today, the incoming AG fired, among many others, the entire Conviction Integrity Unit. With no notice. I found out at 10am. Two of my colleagues found out at 4pm. I’m so sorry to all the people we didn’t get to help.
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There are certainly many more. But in 2019, the VA House of Delegates killed a bill that would allow those convicted with junk forensics to petition state courts. It was "too expensive." It would've cost $500K, or .00097% of the state budget. washingtonpost.com/opinions/…
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