February 2 roundup

  • “Louisiana Police Chief: Resisting Arrest is Now a Hate Crime Under State Law” [C.J. Ciamarella, earlier on so-called Blue Lives Matter laws here, here, etc.]
  • Agency interpretive letters are the wrong way to enact new federal law [Ilya Shapiro and David McDonald on Cato amicus in school bathroom case, Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.]
  • “Thousands of business threatened by ADA lawsuits” [Justin Boggs, Scripps/NBC26]
  • “Reforming The Administrative State — And Reining It In” Hoover Institution panel with Adam White, Oren Cass, and Kevin Kosar, moderated by Yuval Levin [video, related Adam White paper, “Reforming Administrative Law to Reflect Administrative Reality”].
  • New Hampshire: “Wal-Mart told to pay pharmacist $16 million for gender bias” [Reuters]
  • Congress seldom has acted as if it believed strongly in D.C. home rule and it’s unlikely to start now [Ryan McDermott, Washington Times, thanks for quotes]


  • Re: resisting arrest as a hate crime. “Resisting arrest” is a catch all term police use for arrests where they may have had no lawful reason to arrest the person. It is also used when the person is merely uncooperative (perhaps rightly so) or questioning why they have been stopped. For example, claiming (correctly) that this is in fact one’s own car or that one is lawfully sitting on one’s own porch have gotten people arrested for “resisting arrest”. There is quite a difference between such actions and jumping the officer and trying to kill him, but the category lumps them together.

  • For the future:
    Discard any charge of “resisting arrest” unless the incident is clearly recorded on a body-cam or other surveillance device.