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Paranoia Is As American As Apple Pie

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Alex Cacioppo

Peter Bergen wants everyone to chill out about terrorism. As he soberly explained at Civic Hall for the New America Foundation, of which he is a direc...

'Ham on the Lam' Social Media Saga Brings NC Police, Community Together

Kelly Phillips | Posted 02.04.2016 | Good News
Kelly Phillips

The police department in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina not only schooled us all on how to use social media with impact but scored huge points with residents all over the state by posting reports about the "Ham on the Lam" to the department Facebook Page.

Drones, the Robot Revolution and a Star Wars Society

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 12.28.2015 | Technology
Amy Dardashtian

Our strictly controlled airspace will soon become a society in the sky. Much like Star Wars, there is already a battle between the good and the evil, as the feds and the states try to police and regulate drones.

Santa Claus Shot and Killed in Home Invasion

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.29.2015 | Comedy
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though no weapon was found at the scene, tossed near the bullet-riddled body was a large canvas bag filled with brightly colored wrapped packages. Police department evidence officials later discovered that the boxes were filled with children's toys.

White Transit Riders Get Warnings, Black People Get Tickets

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Black adults are 26 percent more likely than whites to get a ticket instead of a warning the first time they're caught not paying publi...

Returning the Favor

Curtis Rogers | Posted 12.21.2015 | Parents
Curtis Rogers

I didn't like Mike Hutchinson much when I first met him. He was loud, assertive to the point of aggression and supremely confident in both word and m...

The Logic of the Police State

Matthew Harwood | Posted 12.20.2015 | Politics
Matthew Harwood

What this "debate" has revealed, in fact, is a mainstream policing mindset ready to manufacture fear without evidence and promote the belief that American civil rights and liberties are actually an impediment to public safety.

Bad (Prostitution) Laws Lead to Bad Cops: Just Look at What Happened in Oklahoma

Alison Bass | Posted 12.17.2015 | Crime
Alison Bass

In a rare case of justice being served, a police officer was convicted last week of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault on black women who live...

Law Enforcement Lead West Virginia Efforts to Implement Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.12.2016 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

Some people were surprised when West Virginia became one of the first Southern states to operate an above-ground syringe exchange program. But for Jim Johnson, now retired Chief of Police for Huntington, West Virginia, syringe exchange was a common sense solution to an increasingly complex problem.

The Holtzclaw Verdict: Vindication for Women Who Did Not Report

Legal Momentum | Posted 12.14.2015 | Women
Legal Momentum

By Lisalyn R. Jacobs For over a year, since the Ray Rice domestic violence case captured the headlines, we have been asking--or invited to ask--some ...

Here's What Cities Need To Do When Mass Killers Are On The Loose

The Huffington Post | Nick Baumann | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics

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Never Forget and Never Again

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Lillie Leonardi

If we are to cease the threat that perpetrates our world, we must devise a strategy that permits the salvation of the innocent while eliminating those who threaten our very way of life. We must move forward in unity, with one clear message: "Never forget and never again."

What It's Really Like To Be A Cop

Quora | Posted 11.12.2015 | Crime
Quora

Police work usually involves lots of different things happening during the shift. Depending on the jurisdiction and level of calls, officers might be working call-to-call throughout the shift, or they might have to keep themselves occupied through their shift.

Misbehaving Cops & Pols: It's Easier in the Dark

Rick Horowitz | Posted 10.31.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Scrutiny? Who needs it?

Protect Our Black Children

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Who can we count on to protect our children if the police and their teachers believe it is justifiable to treat them like animals?

Obama On Racial Profiling: I've Been Pulled Over For No Reason, Too

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

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'Depraved Heart,' A Conversation With Patricia Cornwell

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.27.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Patricia Cornwell is known to millions of readers worldwide. She has won nearly every literary award for popular fiction and has authored 29 New York Times bestsellers.

Why Would Anyone Want to Be a Cop?

Sandy Malone | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Sandy Malone

It scares the hell out of me that we will not have another generation of good cops coming onto police departments because of the hatred and political environment. I don't want any of our family members or friends to join the police department, but I also don't want to live in a country where the people who should have been the cops don't want to be anymore.

FBI Director Says Hashtags Are Worsening The Citizen-Police Divide

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO -- FBI Director James Comey told a gathering of police chiefs Monday that he believes officers are changing their behavior because they fear b...

Sex Trafficking Victims Return To Children of the Night After 36 Years

Dr. Lois Lee | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Dr. Lois Lee

Today, these successful women work in various fields including banking, firefighting, teaching, drug counseling and domestic violence advocacy. Juli works as an advocate for a Police Department and is headed for law school. Lynne is retired Homeland Security.

Observations From Below: Parking Wars

Bryan Dooley | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

I'm encouraged because this has been a hot button issue in the disability community, since the creation of accessible parking spots. There is a lot of abuse, but there are many misconceptions. My friend is not alone in believing that in order to qualify for a placard; you have to have a visible need.

Georgia Man on the Road to Recovery After Four Decades

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

Before my recovery, I was all of those horrible, scary things that you hear about regarding mental illness and addiction. I was that in spades, not only on the outside, but on the inside as well.

Let's Assume the Kids (and Ahmed) Are Alright, Not Criminals

Terri Burke | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Terri Burke

Islamophobia, and probably racism, certainly played a role in Ahmed's ordeal, but the fact is overzealous administrators, zero-tolerance policies, and law enforcement officers ill-equipped to deal with schoolchildren have compromised educational environments throughout the country.

Comcast To Pay $33 Million Over Privacy Breach

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.18.2015 | Technology

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Cable operator Comcast has settled with California authorities and agreed to pay $33 million for accidentally publishing the name...

To Improve Police-Community Relations, End the War on Drugs

James Gierach | Posted 09.01.2015 | Crime
James Gierach

President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, charged with improving police-community relations and reducing crime, has largely overlooked one of the elements most essential to accomplishing this goal: the need to reform drug policy.