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More Thoughts on Protesting Police Brutality

More Thoughts on Protesting Police Brutality By Ken K. Gourdin Recently at Mormon Dialogue and Discussion [sic], regarding recent instances of police brutality and resulting protests (riots?), I wrote the following: Are there people who are protesting in good faith, … Continue reading

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Do Police Body Cams Have Any Downsides?

Do Police Body Cams Have Any Downsides? By Ken K. Gourdin Do police body cams have any downsides? They increase officers’ accountability to the public they serve, and they protect officers, their agencies, and their municipalities from liability based on … Continue reading

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Officers Take Turn as Santa

Boynton Beach, Fla. Officers Take a Turn as Santa By Ken K. Gourdin Wondering what to write about next to keep my streak of writing about the good that comes during the Christmas season alive, (and, while I’m at it, … Continue reading

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Law Enforcement & Deadly Force: A Few Random Thoughts on Recent Incidents

By Ken K. Gourdin Pondering the shootings by police of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.; of Danielle Willard in West Valley City, Utah; and of Darien Hunt in Saratoga Springs, Utah, I had the accompanying random thoughts. At the outset, … Continue reading

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More on criticism of law enforcement

Abducted Girl Missing for Months: Armchair Critics of Law Enforcement At It Again (After All, Everyone Knows That It’s Easy to Find Anyone, Even if He Is Determined to Not be Found)  By Ken K. Gourdin In response to Salt … Continue reading

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Civilian’s Guide to Police Use of Deadly Force

Officer’s Guide to the Use of Deadly Force as Written By a Civilian By An Anonymous Civilian, With Ken K. Gourdin This Guide was inspired by comments at SLTrib.com in response to a report that the Salt Lake County District … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Rockwell’s “Runaway”

A Reflection on Rockwell’s “Runaway” By Ken K. Gourdin With apologies to the incomparable, inimitable Robert Frost, who once said that writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down, this piece was inspired by the 1958 Norman … Continue reading

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Tales of RUI

Tales of Riding Under the Influence (RUI) By Ken K. Gourdin The on line edition of The Salt Lake Tribune of September 10, 2013 contains the story of a man who was arrested for, among other things, riding his horse … Continue reading

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Police Pursuits

Police and Pursuit: Damned if They Do, Damned if They Don’t?  By Ken K. Gourdin From the mid-to-late 1990s into the early 2000s, after several high-profile cases in which people were injured or killed during police vehicle pursuits, there was … Continue reading

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Stewart was a poor standard bearer for drug legalization

Stewart was a poor standard bearer for drug legalization  By Ken K. Gourdin Author’s Note: The following op-ed was submitted to, but declined for publication by, The Salt Lake Tribune.  It was written in response to the op-ed “Neither Stewart … Continue reading

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