While the Malheur operation showed in part how law enforcement has learned lessons from past tragedies, there are concerns about whether the death of one of the extremists Tuesday might have more lasting ramifications.
The short video stands in stark contrast to accurate but one-sided portraits of some police officers who show deep callousness – or poor judgment. The acts of kindness are also a part of that portrait.
To many Westerners, the armed protesters who took over the Malheur refuge are putting on political theater that undermines the approach favored by many who seek to reshape the region’s future without a revolution.
In the past, prosecutors often kept videos of police shootings under wraps until trial. But the release of a video in Chicago Thursday shows how public demands – and prosecutors' behavior – are changing.
The case of Ethan Couch, who was sentenced to parole after a drunk driving incident that killed four people, symbolized the extent to which class and race play a role in the justice system, some observers say.
The San Bernardino attack Wednesday marked the 355th mass shooting of 2015. The question, which divides experts, is whether such shootings are on the rise or whether the public is more acutely aware of them.