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Is It Better to be Tasered or Pepper Sprayed?

Quora | Posted 05.28.2015 | Weird News
Quora

Now, both are awful -- I wouldn't recommend either for a leisurely afternoon. However, the difference is in how they're bad.

President's Task Force a Springboard for Policing Reforms

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

While the Task Force's final report, released this week, does include some smart recommendations that could improve the criminal justice system, they missed two key opportunities to reform police practices.

Time to Kill the Term "Officer-Involved Shooting"

Craig Martin | Posted 05.26.2015 | Media
Craig Martin

This term serves to utterly obscure the role of the police officer, his or centrality to the incident, and indeed who is doing the shooting at all.

School Violence Prevention - It Really Does Take a Village!

Jonathan J. Doll, PhD | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Jonathan J. Doll, PhD

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Post University, about 58 leaders and educational change agents from the great state of Connecticut met at the first annual conference series aimed at preventing tragic events of lethal school violence.

Real Criminal Justice Reform Requires Listening to Those Most Commonly Impacted by Crime

Lenore Anderson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Lenore Anderson

Growing political unity on the Left and Right on the need for criminal justice reform is an important development. But if bipartisanship fails to incorporate the experiences and voices of those previously ignored, it won't lead to the breakthrough we need.

Do Stand Your Ground Laws Make ANY Sense?

David Pakman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

I recently interviewed Robert Spitzer, a professor at SUNY Cortland who has researched and written extensively about so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws, which eliminate the duty to retreat when safe and feasible within self-defense doctrine.

Piling on Criminal Fees

Ronald Wright | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Ronald Wright

We need to address the historically central role of fee-generation in U.S. criminal justice systems, a tendency that became even more pronounced as a result of the recent fiscal crisis.

Is the Fourth Amendment Irrelevant to Law Enforcement? Three Ways Courts Can Make It Matter

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

What can be done to ensure that police officers are held accountable for Fourth Amendment violations? The only way to ensure police officers are appropriately sanctioned for violating people's rights and victims are made whole is consistent judicial engagement.

Cop Spotted Playing Football With Kids: 'We Need To Earn Back Respect From The Community'

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.18.2015 | Good News

For this cop, serving the community means making a meaningful connection with its residents. C.J. Mullinax, a police officer in Bennettsville, Sou...

The Greek Tragedy at the Heart of the Indonesian Executions

Olivia Wilson | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Olivia Wilson

As the bodies of the eight executed men return to the their families, we in Australia and elsewhere, are left reeling by the life and death drama of the last few days.

Igor Bobic

Ted Cruz: Obama To Blame For Baltimore Riots Because He 'Inflamed' Racial Tensions

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday blamed President Barack Obama for the racial tensions and unrest unrolling across the U.S., includi...

Why Do We March? For Equal Protection and Absolute Justice

Tamika D. Mallory | Posted 04.29.2015 | DC
Tamika D. Mallory

Over the course of a week we limped and ran, marching through rain or shine, and found ourselves approached with both solidarity and vitriol by the cars who passed our caravan on the highways.

Above the Law: New DPA Report Finds 'Policing for Profit' Gone Wild

Jag Davies | Posted 04.29.2015 | Crime
Jag Davies

Did you know police are allowed to seize and keep your cash, cars, real estate, and any other property -- even if you're never convicted or even charged with a crime? It's called civil asset forfeiture -- and if it sounds like legalized burglary, that's because it is.

Take A Look At The Law Enforcement Officers' Bill Of Rights

The Marshall Project | Eli Hager | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

This article was originally published by The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focused on the US criminal justice system. You can sign-u...

How the War on Drugs Contributes to the '1.5 Million Missing Black Men'

Tony Newman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

On Monday, the New York Times published a deeply upsetting piece titled, "1.5 Million Missing Black Men." The numbers are shocking and offensive.

Supreme Court to Justice Department: No, the Fourth Amendment Is Not a 'Useless Piece of Paper'

Evan Bernick | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Monday's decision, with its insistence upon individualized suspicion, is a welcome return to first principles. Public officials are our servants, not our masters, and they must be held accountable for the responsible exercise of the limited authority delegated to them.

How Law Enforcement Should Treat Victims of Sexual Assault

Katie Koestner | Posted 04.17.2015 | Women
Katie Koestner

I am not writing to critique law enforcement. I am writing to explain how it is to tell anyone the story of your rape, assault, or abuse. This is how hard it is to describe what happened, because your brain has barely let the facts into your head.

'Buy-a-Badge' Programs Are a Recipe for Disaster, and Eric Harris Paid the Price

Ryan Kiesel | Posted 04.16.2015 | Crime
Ryan Kiesel

Citizens deserve police departments in which high-risk frontline positions are staffed by professionals who are held accountable to the public, not a sheriff's personal friends playing cop.

Methadone and Buprenorphine 101: A Guide for Law Enforcement

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Lately, with all the talk about rising rates of opioid use and addiction, we are hearing more about opioid treatment programs (OTPs). OTPs provide o...

The Redemption of Bernard B. Kerik

Robert J. Feldman | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books
Robert J. Feldman

This insanity in incarcerating non-violent offenders for long periods of time must stop. From Jailer to Jailed is not only a riveting read but a unique and insightful rallying cry to forestall what the author dubs "the erosion of the very fabric of our society."

Walter Scott's Killing Is a Direct Result of the State of Policing in America Today

Ezekiel Edwards | Posted 04.09.2015 | Crime
Ezekiel Edwards

Video or no video, prompt investigation and appropriate action following a police shooting -- just as with any possible crime -- should be the rule nationwide, not the exception. But these incidents are more than just bad-apple cops: The problem of unjustified lethal force is endemic.

It's Time to Get Tough(er) on Dog Fighting

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Even if you've never heard about a dog fight, that doesn't mean they're not happening nearby. We also can't relax simply because animal fighting is illegal. I've witnessed enough horrific crime scenes to know that animal fights can take place anywhere, and that they represent the absolute worst of human nature.

Can You Fight Off a Police Dog?

Quora | Posted 04.06.2015 | Crime
Quora

I was a police canine handler for 8 years. My dog Bach was as gentle as a puppy unless he was provoked or he detected a threat against me. I had absolutely no problem bringing him into preschools and letting the children pet him and play with him. He was a part of our family, and with 4 sons, the house was always full of kids.

Over 100 People Were Killed by Police in March. How Many More Will It Take?

Kanya Bennett | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Kanya Bennett

It's been 31 days since the release of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, but the number of fatal police encounters is already over 100 and counting. That's an average of more than three people killed each day in March by police in America.

Deputy Spots Pit Bull On The Loose, Ends Up Befriending Goofy Pup

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.31.2015 | Good News

One policeman made a pretty unlikely pal while on the job. Deputy Mark Elsaid of the Lee County Sheriff's Office in Florida was on patrol earlier ...