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Does 'Black Lives Matter' still matter?

The Conversation US | Posted 07.21.2016 | Black Voices
The Conversation US

Christopher Sebastian Parker, University of Washington Before the shooting in Dallas that took the lives of five police officers and the one in Baton...

What Cops Are Feeling Right Now

Chris Cognac | Posted 07.20.2016 | Crime
Chris Cognac

I reached out to my fellow police officers across the United States and asked them to tell me in their own words, what they wanted to say to Americans right now. This is what they said.

Police Give Free Hugs at Walmart

Caurie Putnam | Posted 07.18.2016 | Good News
Caurie Putnam

Shoppers at a Walmart outside Rochester, New York were greeted with an usual offer on July 16, 2016: the invitation to hug a cop.

'Coffee With A Cop' Helps Officers And Civilians Find Common Ground

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.15.2016 | Crime

Attempts to cool the tensions between police and the communities they serve have led some people to look for solutions in a hot cup of coffee. After ...

I Wanted To Quit, Until The Donuts Came

Chris Cognac | Posted 07.12.2016 | Crime
Chris Cognac

I have been a cop almost 25 years. I came home from a great day at work on Thursday evening, turned on the news and saw what was happening. It was like someone punched me in the stomach.

Rise Up America, Be Better. Our Humanity Requires It.

Laphonza Butler | Posted 07.21.2016 | Black Voices
Laphonza Butler

I wanted to speak out today because of what Dr. King called the "fierce urgency of now". I want to briefly talk to you as a daughter of a black man. As a mother of a black 2 year old daughter. As a woman of color. And as an American who loves this country deeply.

Why Is It So Hard To Improve American Policing?

The Conversation US | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

The use of lethal force by police officers in Minnesota and Baton Rouge has once again sparked protests over the violent dynamic between citizens and the police.

How the City of Albany is Advancing Smart Criminal Justice Reform

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 04.01.2016 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

Yesterday marked the launch of Albany's innovative Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, making New York's capital city the first jurisdiction on the East Coast, and only the third in the nation, to launch LEAD. Albany's reform approach highlights the growing role cities are playing in the growing national movement to end mass incarceration and the failed war on drugs.

Camera-Ready? Open Questions on Police Body Cams

Getzy Berger | Posted 02.01.2016 | Crime
Getzy Berger

Body cameras are not a panacea that will fix all our policing woes, but they can help. Still, sound rules to govern their use are absolutely necessary.

D.C. Cop Stiff-Arms Defender In Community Football Game

The Huffington Post | Erick Fernandez | Posted 01.24.2016 | Sports

When a winter storm hits and snow covers the ground, people often use that opportunity to play some good ol' tackle football. On Friday night, some D....

To Prevent Another San Bernardino, Muslims Could Partner with Police

David Schanzer | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
David Schanzer

We believe a promising way to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States is to build partnerships between police departments and communities whose members may be vulnerable to recruitment to violent extremism.

Law, Order and Social Suicide

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Want a ringside seat for the war on crime? Go to A few hours ago (as I write this), the site had listed 1,191 police killings in the U.S. this year. I just looked again. The total is up one.

As More Groups Acknowledge Need for Criminal Justice Reform, We Must Also Undo the Damages of the Past

Nick Malinowski | Posted 10.27.2015 | Crime
Nick Malinowski

Justice does not arrive simply by acknowledging mistakes and empowering the same people who implemented the corrupt system we are now bemoaning as the central agents of reform. We must also have reparations for those who have been harmed.

Global Police, Pre-Crime and the War on Domestic 'Extremists'

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Now connect the dots, from the 2009 Extremism reports to the NDAA and the UN's Strong Cities Network with its globalized police forces, the National Security Agency's far-reaching surveillance networks, and fusion centers that collect and share surveillance data between local, state and federal police agencies.

What Can U.S. Police Officers Learn From the Liberian National Police?

Sabrina Karim | Posted 10.16.2015 | Crime
Sabrina Karim

When it comes to community policing and de-escalating conflicts, the Liberian National Police have a lot they could share with U.S. police officers.

Minority Report Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule: The Fictional World Has Become Reality

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.29.2015 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

Seemingly taking its cue from science fiction, technology has moved so fast in the short time since Minority Report premiered in 2002 that what once seemed futuristic no longer occupies the realm of science fiction.

Police Surveillance and 'The Octopus'

Sally Lee | Posted 09.23.2015 | Black Voices
Sally Lee

I speak critically about policing with my young children not because I'm worried about them being singled out as black boys. I am free from not living with that particular terror, but terror is still there.

Ingroup/Outgroup Biases at Play in Police-Community Relations

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 09.01.2015 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

In the context of police-community relations, another criterion of group membership at play is place. Humans are territorial animals, and ingroup/outgroup biases may have evolved in tandem with this trait.

The Bill Bratton Rope-A-Dope: Community Policing and More People in Jail

Nick Malinowski | Posted 08.11.2015 | Crime
Nick Malinowski

While the rest of the country's political class frets about how to reduce the prison population, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton wants more people in jail, going back to the future with the 1990s-era super-predation myths.

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Courtney McKinney | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

In the past months, I've seriously considered how and when my attitude toward the police changed so dramatically. I left for college with the belief that police are there to protect me.

Julia Craven

It's Difficult To Hire Black Officers Since Too Many Black People Have Been Arrested, Says NYPD Commissioner | Julia Craven | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

The number of potential police officers of color who have criminal records is too damn high -- at least that seems to be New York police commissioner ...

Julia Craven

Why Black Cops Aren't Necessarily Better For Black Communities | Julia Craven | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

In 1971, Boston’s predominantly white police department created an all-black unit within its ranks. The initial goal of the “Soul Patrol” was to...

Pasco Police To Get Community Policing Training After Fatally Shooting Farmworker

Reuters | Eric M. Johnson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Latino Voices

SEATTLE, May 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department will provide training to police in a Washington city where officers shot dead a Mexican farmwo...

Zero Tolerance

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me." The speaker is testifying before the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He was a high school freshman at the time. Ah, school days!

Community Policing and Drug Overdose: Where You Live Doesn't Have to Determine Whether You Survive an Overdose

Michael Botticelli | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Michael Botticelli

The odds of surviving a drug overdose, much like the odds of surviving a heart attack, depend on how quickly the victim receives treatment. But access to naloxone -- which can reverse heroin and prescription drug overdoses -- varies greatly across the country.