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January 7, 2014 |

Mayor DeBlasio's New Top Cop Will Keep The Shine On The Big Apple

Maybe the new mayor won't be soft on crime.
August 16, 2013 | Reuters

Building Trust Between Police and Minority

A former police chief talks about the problems created by stop and frisk and mandatory sentencing policies.
April 30, 2012 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: The War on Drugs Itself Is Causing Most of the Damage

Prohibition causes the huge profits enriching crooked officials and violent criminals, and the government causes great harm when it puts millions of Americans in jail to protect them from themselves...
August 9, 2011 | Daily Beast

British Police Hobbled by Their Own Prejudice

Law enforcement in England could borrow from lessons learned by U.S. police during the civil-rights movement...
June 7, 2011 | Wall Street Journal

Letter: Mexico's Prosperity Masks Deep Rot

Regarding Bret Stephens's "The Mexican Paradox" (Global View, May 31): Felipe Calderón's declared war against drug cartels has resulted in more than 34,612 murders...
October 19, 2010 | USA Today

Opposing view on marijuana: 'Prohibition is a disaster'

Proposition 19 presents California voters with a simple choice...As former big-city police officials, we're saying yes to the rational approach that regulates marijuana like alcohol and cigarettes...
October 3, 2010 | San Diego Union-Tribune

Prop. 19: Legalization will improve public safety

Let’s face facts: Our laws criminalizing marijuana have been a huge failure. Proposition 19 on November’s ballot is the perfect opportunity for California to get things right...
September 10, 2010 | San Jose Mercury News

Legalizing marijuana will make Californians safer

By passing Proposition 19 this November, voters can help themselves and the police by instantly preventing between 40 million and 208 million crimes a year in California...
July 25, 2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

Legalize pot, former San Jose police chief says

California voters have a chance on this November's ballot to bring common sense to law enforcement by legalizing marijuana for adults...
May 18, 2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland chief seeks partners in fighting crime

The good news is that Oakland's dynamic new police Chief Anthony Batts "gets it..."

November 7, 2009 | San Jose Mercury News

San Jose police don't deserve Mercury News' unfair criticism

The Mercury News plays a crucial role in shaping radio and TV reporting and public opinion. . . .

April 3, 2009 | San Francisco Chronicle

Finding solutions for Oakland

On March 21, 26-year-old Lovelle Mixon, wanted for violating his parole after being released from a seven-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon, shot to death Oakland Police Sgt. Mark Dunakin and Officer John Hege, two veteran cops...

October 9, 2007 | San Francisco Chronicle

Letters to the Editor: Time to decriminalize

Mayor Gavin Newsom is right...

January 27, 2007 | Wall Street Journal

A Cop in Every Living Room?

California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber is going to introduce a bill to make it a misdemeanor to spank children who are four years of age or younger...

November 29, 2006 | Wall Street Journal

50 Shots

Around 4 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, several New York City police officers in plain clothes fired an estimated 50 shots at a car, wounding two black men and killing a third, 23-year-old Sean Bell...

March 9, 2005

Cops and Citizens

to be effective, cops and communities need frank discussions.

March 18, 2004

The Urine Police

Would we have unleashed the urine police, federal agents, prosecutors, and a grand jury if a jock had been suspected of taking drugs to enhance his eyesight or other physical characteristics possessed by great athletes?

February 18, 2002

Crime Statistics—the Only Game in Town

No official order was ever given to underreport or not report crimes that weren't cleared, but an officer following the rulebook would soon find out from his sergeant that he had an attitude.

May 29, 2000

Revisiting Ronald Reagan on the Drug War

What a pity that the man who did so much to end the totalitarian Soviet state and who spoke so persuasively in favor of individual freedom did not witness four plainclothes cops in the Bronx fire forty-one shots, killing twenty-year-old Amadou Diallo.


November 14, 2011 | Room for Debate (New York Times)

Not All Convicts Are Created Equal

My view is that the routine revocation of rights for those convicted of any felony is an ancient mistake. Today, with the incredible increase in felonies caused by political grandstanding instead of the public interest, the rule no longer makes sense...
May 5, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The Killing of Osama bin Laden

President Obama and our military fulfilled their duty relative to Osama bin Laden. Actions taken during the war on terrorism cannot be judged under the same standards we apply to police agencies...
April 9, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Police, Social Networking, and Regime Change

Somewhere in the mix of responses by the freer nations is the need to improve domestic police and political adaptability in dealing with mass protests...
March 3, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Police and Regime Change in Egypt

It would be folly to view recent events in Egypt as merely a failure of police crowd control. It is equally foolhardy to believe pundits and public officials across the political spectrum when they describe the eighteen-day overthrow of the Egyptian government as peaceful...
February 3, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Analyzing the Proposition 19 Election Results

Although Proposition 19 was narrowly defeated, three and a half million voters (47%) voted in favor of Legalizing, Taxing and Controlling Marijuana in last November’s California election...
October 25, 2010 | Calitics (Washington Post Political Blog Network)

Let's be honest: The war against marijuana has failed.

Proposition 19 will take marijuana out of the hands of criminals and put it into the hands of licensed vendors. That way, it will be easier to keep it away from our children. That's why I am asking you to join me and many others in law enforcement by voting YES on Proposition 19...
October 19, 2009 | New York Times

A New Course on Medical Marijuana?

The Justice Department announced on Monday that federal drug agents will no longer arrest or prosecute people who are legally using, selling or supplying medical marijuana in the states that allow it...


August 23, 2012 | KGO News

Joseph McNamara on KGO 810AM (at 6:54)

May 21, 2012 | Jason Lewis Show

Joseph McNamara on the Jason Lewis Show

[Interview begins around 01:05]...
May 1, 2012 | Jim Bohannon Show

Joseph McNamara on the Jim Bohannon Show

The War on Drugs, under that name, has been going on since the term was coined during the Nixon administration in 1971...We'll discuss that this evening with Joseph McNamara, a 35-year law enforcement professional who is now a research fellow with the Hoover Institution...
April 11, 2012 | KQED

Police, Chancellor at Fault in Pepper-Spray Incident

The pepper-spraying of UC Davis student protesters by campus police "should and could have been prevented...
November 21, 2011 | Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)

UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident

UC Davis announced today that it has placed university police chief Annette Spicuzza on leave after her officers used pepper spray to move seated Occupy UC Davis protesters on Friday...
August 13, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Joe McNamara on John Batchelor

Joe McNamara discusses the riots in England...
October 18, 2010 | KGO News

Gil Gross

Gil spoke with Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman who thinks crime will increase if it passes and he spoke with Joe McNamara, former Police Chief of San Jose and current fellow at Hoover Institute, who believes crime would be drastically reduced...
October 15, 2010 | KGO-TV (San Francisco)

Feds oppose Calif.'s move to legalize marijuana

The war of words is heating up over the state ballot proposition to legalize the possession and growing of marijuana...
October 12, 2010 | KGO-TV (San Francisco)

Calif. debates legalizing marijuana with Prop 19

California was the first state in the nation to make medical marijuana legal; 14 states have followed. Now California may become the first to legalize pot for recreational use...
October 10, 2010 | CBS News

Calif.'s Pot Proposition

Next month, California will decide on Proposition 19, which would allow adults 21 and older to grow and use marijuana recreationally...
September 30, 2010 | Stanford Magazine

Should California Legalize Marijuana?

A former police chief and a former White House drug policy adviser weed out the arguments on Prop 19...
September 29, 2010 | Your Call (KUSP)

Should marijuana be legalized in California?

On the next Your Call, we'll continue our special California election series with a debate about Proposition 19, known as the "Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010..."
September 16, 2010 | Fox and Friends (Fox News)

Saying 'Yes' to Marijuana?

Going to Pot: Battle over legalization of pot escalates...
September 15, 2010 | KMJ (Fresno)

KMJ Morning News

Former San Jose PD Chief is part of law enforcement group that supports marijuana legalization...
September 14, 2010 | Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)

Prop. 19

Proposition 19 on the November ballot would make California the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. We hear from a proponent and an opponent of the proposition, known as the "Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010..."
August 12, 2010 | Opinion Shop (San Francisco Chronicle)

Opinion Shop

Two police chiefs -- former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara and Pleasant Hill Police Chief Pete Dunbar -- faced off over legalizing marijuana in California in a Thursday webinar...
July 29, 2010 | WWL 105.3 FM (New Orleans)

First News with Bob and Monica

Research Fellow Joseph D. McNamara discusses California’s Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana...
July 28, 2010 | NPR

SF Police Chief Backs Plan to Hire Civilian Investigators

San Francisco's police chief is endorsing a program to hire 15 civilian investigators to do police work...
November 3, 2009 | KQED

San Jose Police Under Scrutiny

According to an ongoing San Jose Mercury News investigation, San Jose area police charge people for resisting arrest at much higher rates than police in other major California cities...

Other Media

October 5, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

You Say You Want a Revolution

First the Arab Spring, now the American autumn. What next...?