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Bearing The Full Force Of Our Anguish -- Learning From Veterans And Grieving Mothers

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

If the skillfully employed force of the beloved community helps veterans of war, their families and children, and their providers to heal, it can similarly help survivors of violent loss in our neighborhoods. And law enforcement personnel whose stress levels are off the chart.

Support The Police And Address Police Violence: The True 'Law and Order'

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

By demonizing a movement, law-and-order hard-liners ignore both the human tragedy of black lives lost, as well as the operational problem of police violence.

Chicago Police Settlements Cost Taxpayers $210 Million Plus Interest

The Huffington Post | Mercy Yang | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics

As the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling at the hands of police officers stir up national debate on law enforcement practices, a new datab...

Drug Court v. LEAD: What Is the Difference?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.29.2016 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

Embed from Getty Images The time is ripe for conversations about criminal justice reform, especially when it comes to drug use. It can no longer be ...

White America, Wake The F*ck Up. The Deaths Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile ARE Your Problem.

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

As a self-proclaimed "woke" white dude, it's sometimes difficult to know how to participate in conversations about race that matter deeply to me. The last thing I want to do is suck up oxygen from the voices that need to be heard.

War On Weed's End In Sight

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The end of the federal government's War On Weed is approaching fast. No matter how the details work out, that much seems pretty clear at this point.

Policing Takes A Toll On Officers, Too

The Conversation US | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

There are many facets of police work of which the general population is not aware. It is hard for non-officers to understand what officers experience on a daily basis and what the outcomes of these experiences might be.

Here's What's Wrong With #BlueLivesMatter

Jonathan Russell | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Russell

It is profoundly misrepresentative and disrespectful to develop an analogous hashtag as if blue lives have an analogous experience of social life in America as black lives have.

In San Francisco and Beyond, Homeless Crisis Should Not Derail Progress on Mental Illness

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

By Richard Cho & Dr. Fred Osher The San Francisco Chronicle's recent series of stories this week -- "Beyond Homelessness" -- highlights various aspec...

Why Don't Cops Fight For Gun Legislation?

Lynette Mae | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Lynette Mae

Reasonable restrictions are permitted. I'd argue reasonable restrictions are necessary. Cops deal with the heartbreaking realities of senseless gun violence and are put in ever increasing danger because of the proliferation of guns everywhere.

What Does A Responder Do When She No Longer Wears The Blue?

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 06.23.2016 | Impact
Lillie Leonardi

"This world of ours, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect." ~...

But Pogo, We're Also the Answer

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.20.2016 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

We have seen the enemy, and he is us. - Pogo Like millions of people in America and around the world, I read about the Orlando tragedy with a heav...

5 Things to Do If You Are Pulled Over For a DUI

Victoria Yore | Posted 06.13.2016 | College
Victoria Yore

Let's get one thing straight. People: Don't drink and drive. Just don't to it. It is dangerous for you, it is illegal, and most importantly, it is dan...

For Illegal Ivory or the Criminals Who Traffick It, There's Nowhere to Hide

Dan Ashe | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Dan Ashe

Given the unparalleled and escalating threats to African elephants, a near-complete ban on commercial trade in elephant ivory is the best way to ensure U.S. domestic markets do not contribute to the decline of this species in the wild.

Racial Disparities Continue Under California's Marijuana Enforcement

Amanda Reiman | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

The subjectivity of "possession", vs. "possession with intent to distribute" enables police to use "evidence" such as an empty baggie or a certain amount of cash to take a non-arrest able offense and flip it to a potential felony.

What Is Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.25.2016 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

Seattle police officers got a surprise the day a woman approached with cocaine rocks in her hand and asked to be arrested. "I want to be enrolled in the LEAD program," she said, referring to a new initiative aimed at diverting people who are frequently arrested into social services and treatment.

For Dallas Mental Health Officer, issue hits close to home

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 05.17.2016 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

In 2004, my department asked me to take over the agency's mental health training. I didn't know much about mental health, so I went to many training p...

Sweet Photo Of Cop Comforting Toddler In Hospital Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.16.2016 | Good News

For this cop, making sure a boy felt comforted was all part of wearing the badge. A photo that recently went viral on Facebook features Officer James...

Dynamic Mother-Son Duo Join Police Force Together In Flint, Michigan

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.05.2016 | Good News

The apple really doesn't fall far from the tree. After going through weeks of training together, Maria Reed and her son Dion were both recently sworn...

Policing the 'Tranny Whoosh': A Trans Citizen's Open Letter to the Governor of North Carolina About HB2

Anastasia Walker | Posted 05.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Anastasia Walker

It also inspires me to follow your example and submit to the findings of rigorous scientific inquiry, even if those findings run contrary to my own prejudices. I look forward, then, to the appearance of this groundbreaking research, surely imminent, and to its vetting by the greater scientific community.

Yet Another Man Loses His Life to Police Brutality, Yet Another Man Uncounted for

Harold Stark | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Harold Stark

Yet another dimwitted police officer who snapped, yet another innocent man who lost his life to meaningless police brutality. Nothing new there. Ever ...

Boston Judge Orders Apple To Help Law Enforcement Examine iPhone

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

BOSTON, April 8 (Reuters) - A U.S. magistrate judge in Boston in February ordered Apple Inc to assist law enforcement officers in examining the iPhone...

Firewood Is Not Innocent

Suwanna Gauntlett | Posted 04.05.2016 | World
Suwanna Gauntlett

I would like to share with you a big problem that I am fighting in my forest protection job. A powerful illegal logging ring is wiping out the protected forest on the northeast. It is similar to guerrilla warfare: our rangers are hiding in the forest to catch the loggers in the act.

Great Challenges Raised in Entrusting Data with Ethical Questions

Mariya Yefremova | Posted 04.04.2016 | Technology
Mariya Yefremova

Can we see data as essential, even vital, to human rights protections? How informed is data and how informed can data-informed policing truly be? Can ...

Teen's Touching Napkin Note Helps Cops Through Dark Days

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 04.02.2016 | Good News

A teenager left a lasting impression on two police officers after passing them a heartwarming message on a napkin. The girl casually laid the note dow...