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Wiretapping: Lawyers for detainees at Guantanamo Bay have filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of the recently enacted federal law allowing warrantless wiretapping of international calls to suspected terrorists. The San Francisco Chronicle story by Bob Egelko reports that the latest suit will be among 40 others from around the nation transferred to Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco.

Murder Victims: The U.S. Department of Justice released a report today indicating that while blacks make up only 13% of the nation's population they account for nearly half of all murder victims and are also disproportionately victims of violent crimes. A story in Breitbart.com indicates that with 93% of black victims and 85% of white victims, the murderer was the same race as the victim. So, when police focus on urban, mostly minority districts, are they racists, or are they going where most of the crime and crime victims are?

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So, when police focus on urban, mostly minority districts, are they racists, or are they going where most of the crime and crime victims are?

Wait a second there, that doesn't seem right to me. Sure, if you are going after murders, poor neighborhoods may see a larger proportion of them. But last I checked, the vast majority of convictions were drug-related. THAT is were the racist policies of criminal enforcement affect minority communities. For instance, although African Americans comprise only 12.2 percent of the population and 13 percent of drug users, they make up 38 percent of those arrested for drug offenses and 59 percent of those convicted of drug offenses. Whether or not this is intentional, it sounds a bit tilted to me. Anyway, it would be best not to go cutting down the strawman of murder rates to prove that law enforcement policy has no implicit racism. Instead, maybe you should urge police to stop banging down doors in public housing projects and start banging down bathroom stall doors in ritzy nightclubs. Sure, a bunch of high-priced lawyers might make some noise. But then we might see some real changes in law enforcement policy.

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