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A quarter century before Chauvin, another cop was convicted of murder

The New York Times reported the conviction of that cop, Paolo Colecchia. I had forgotten his name. But I will never forget the name of the man he murdered: Levi Gaines. His full name was Nathaniel Levi Gaines, Jr. but … Continue reading

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Contemplating cruelty

I haven’t been able to watch much of the trial. After I saw a man weep on the witness stand, I turned the TV off. Chauvin’s icy sadism, indelibly recorded on that terrible video, twisted my insides. (As a former … Continue reading

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How do you transform a protest into a riot?

The New York Police Department gave us a vivid demonstration during the peaceful protests over the murder of George Floyd. Here’s how you do it: An Unprepared N.Y.P.D. Badly Mishandled Floyd Protests, Watchdog Says “I look back with remorse,” Mayor … Continue reading

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