Above: Cato podcast, interviewed by Caleb Brown.
The events in Ferguson, Mo. have vaulted police militarization to the top of the national news. I’ve spent a lot of the past 48 hours talking with the press, covering the issue on Twitter and other social media, and fielding reactions to my blog post (reprinted at the Cato blog), which has gotten considerable attention. Highlights:
- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a likely Republican candidate for president, wrote an extraordinary op-ed for Time that is destined to be widely talked about (how many Republican Senators — or Democrats for that matter — would have written, “Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them”?) Sen. Paul was kind enough to quote my post at length. Reactions: Dave Weigel/Slate, Olivia Nuzzi/Daily Beast; Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle editorial, and many others.
- CBS News’s formidable legal correspondent, Jan Crawford, interviewed me on the subject and the results have begun to air [CBS Evening News]
- I’m interviewed at length in print coverage by Mike Dorning at Bloomberg News and Business Week and by Brian Hughes at the Washington Examiner;
- After a particularly silly meme began to circulate on Twitter (and even in the Washington Post) about libertarians supposedly neglecting the Ferguson events, rebuttals were heard from Elizabeth Nolan Brown at Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish; Ilya Somin, Volokh Conspiracy; and Andrew Kirell, Mediaite.
- I’ve appeared on Ray Dunaway’s WTIC morning show in Hartford and Jack Riccardi’s midday show on KTSA in San Antonio. Friday: KSRO (Sonoma County, Calif.) with Melanie Morgan.
P.S. Finally some good news from Ferguson. Newly assigned cops from the Missouri Highway Patrol wear blue not camo, mingle and talk to protesters with respect — and suddenly there’s calm. And the Rand Paul piece is making news.