Three days after the election, Ernest Walker, a 47-year-old black U.S. Army veteran, said a Chili's restaurant manager in Texas took away the free meal he had been given in honor of Veterans Day, because an elderly white man in a Donald Trump T-shirt questioned Mr. Walker's service based on his race. Sounds vindictive, doesn't it? But if the past is any prologue, we are looking toward a new era of vindictiveness, spawned from the top down.
Prosecuting violent criminals on lesser charges is a time-tested strategy Baltimore should embrace, says Maryland's U.S. attorney. In 1929, gunmen working for Chicago mobster Al Capone attacked a rival gang in the infamous Valentine's Day Massacre. One victim was still alive when police arrived. Despite 14 bullet wounds, the bleeding gangster obstinately lied: "Nobody shot me." So Eliot Ness and his allies sent Capone to prison for a more readily provable crime — tax evasion.
Sen. Ben Cardin has joined a coalition of civil rights groups in pressing the Obama administration to finish a years-old review of its guidance on racial profiling, an effort supporters say should take priority given last month's upheaval in Ferguson, Mo.
WASHINGTON — A coalition of civil liberties and immigrant advocates led by Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland wants to strengthen a provision in the Senate's sweeping immigration bill that would prohibit law enforcement agencies from racial profiling.