Surprise, surprise. Michigan State University fended off media inquiries regarding Dr. Larry Nassar who criminally assaulted generations of US Olympic Team female gymnasts, many of them minors. A favored line of defense of institutions regarding major scandals, whether criminal or not, is the stonewall that reinforces “see, hear speak no evil” organizational cultures. This buys time, which may span decades, for predators like Dr. Nassar and Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky.
The potential for miscommunication, misread situations and fatal mistake goes through the roof when cops confront emotionally disturbed individuals. From the Eleanor Bumpurs case over 30 years ago to recurring tragedies with similar story lines, police still struggle to get it right. If not, officers may pay a stiff price, as may happen here.
Meek Mill’s fame as a rapper, combined with his 2017 imprisonment for probation violations, has made him a poster child for probation reform. The jockeying to influence the judge’s decision regarding Mill ‘s sentence did little to improve Pennsylvania’s dismal reputation for mixing politics and administration.
The print media (now enhanced by what digital editions allow) continues to be my go-to sources for the facts of the matter, such as an this New York Times inventory of disciplinary and legal actions against officers involved in high profile, race-involved shootings.
Plays, songs, a popular 21st century resurrection. What was the guy about? This PA Times article explains.