Trump’s incorrect tweet on General John Pershing

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about President Donald Trump’s false representations of General John Pershing. He says for Trump’s base, truth, doesn’t necessarily matter. “Whether or not the story’s true, what Trump is really saying is I’m willing to go beyond politically correct limits to protect…

In light of white nationalism and counter-protests, we revisit the First Amendment

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the legal limits of protesting hate speech. So what are the legal limits of protesting hate speech? Is violence ever justifiable and in what situations? What are the strategic and legal approaches to fighting movements that protesters view as morally reprehensible? Listen to the…

A glance at the alarming rise of hate in the US

Fox News LA quoted Jody Armour of USC Gould School of Law in an article which states hate crime statistics are up. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says the 2016 numbers show a 34% spike nationally and a 21% increase here in California. ADL expects that to increase in 2017. University of Southern California Law Professor,…

Why Bill Cosby’s case has race, gender and celebrity echoes of the O.J. Simpson trial

After 52 hours of deliberation, the jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case failed to reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared. Cosby could face a new trial as soon as October. His defense team says he is vindicated. But prosecutors are calling for more women to step forward. KCRW-FM interviewed Jody Armour of…

How People Are Talking About the Police Killing of Jordan Edwards Completely Misses the Point

ATTN: quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on the racial undertones in the public discourse that equate the death of an honor roll student as more tragic than other police shootings of black youth. “This is very much what the Black Lives Matter movement was cautioning against,” Armour told ATTN:. “The ‘politics of…

‘It’s Not Your Grandfather’s LAPD’ — and that’s a good thing

NPR reported on the evolution of LAPD police chiefs and where it stands today.  Jody David Armour, who teaches and writes about the nexus of race and the criminal justice system at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, says it’s hard to conceive exactly how devastating the Rampart scandal was to the…

Bonus- Cop in the Hood (part 2)

In part 2 of our discussion of Cop in the Hood by Peter Moskos, we discuss the notion of discretion in the legal system – by police all the way to prosecutors & parole/probation boards. We think about discrimination in enforcement made possible by discretion. We think about conflicts of interest in investigations of police misconduct – especially in relation to the war on drugs. How should we move forward?