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Faisal Shahzad Arrest: John McCain Is Upset Times Square Bomber Was Mirandized | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

McCain doesn't seem to know that Mirandizing criminal suspects is something that we do here in America. Especially in instances where the goal is to make the suspect "face charges" that potentially result in a "death sentence."

Can You Find the Mexican Alien?

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

How difficult will it be to enforce Arizona's new anti-immigration law, which gives law enforcement the right to stop and detain anyone who is "reason...

Why My Friend Got Arrested During the G20 Summit

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Sarro

What made these police officers -- people we assume are in their ordinary lives and work generally rational people -- take leave of their senses and arrest people like Mark Donald?

Will Police Hate Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Law, Too?

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Arizona, under the guise of establishing law and order, has made its criminal justice system even more arbitrary, chaotic, and alienating to the communities who have come to see police as the real security threat.

Mexico's War on Impunity

David Perez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Perez

Mexico desperately needs a legal system that fosters economic development, protects the due process rights of criminal defendants, and functions more efficiently and transparently.

FCC Broadband Plan Calls For Next Generation 9-1-1

Lon S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Lon S. Cohen

In the Broadband Plan, the FCC says it is vital that a new 911 system with dramatically increased capabilities be deployed as a part of it's overall set of recommendations to upgrade and extend the country's broadband network.

Guest Blogger Ian Danley in Phoenix: 'I don't want my city to be the Birmingham or Selma in this drama'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

On Tuesday, a group of local faith and community leaders, along with Jim Wallis and Noel Castellanos, called on the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, t...

The Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary and Home-Grown Terrorism

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Are we as concerned about potential terrorists who are home-grown Americans with white skin as we are sometimes obsessed with darker-skinned suspects of Middle Eastern descent?

420: Put Down That Joint and Pick Up a Pen

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Given slavish governmental allegiance to the drug war (over the course of eight presidencies), skepticism is understandable. But unwarranted.

Justice Department Moves To Reform Notorious New Orleans Police Department

Talking Points Memo | Justin Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The federal criminal investigation of the police shootings of civilians on Danziger Bridge in post-Katrina New Orleans is just part of what the Justic...

Geek Detective in Hawaii Hangs Ten on the Web to Fight Crime

Lon S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Lon S. Cohen

Hawaii may be a sort of paradise, but its police are just as wary of adopting social media as any other place.

Solis Has Got It: Enforcing Workplace Rights for Undocumented Immigrants Protects American Citizens

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

When U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis unveiled the Labor Department's new wage and hour enforcement and awareness campaign last week, she emphasize...

Measuring SB 1070's Nationwide Detriment to Law and Order

Thomas A. Saenz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas A. Saenz

In a legislative journey full of contradictions, perhaps the greatest irony surrounding the enactment of Arizona's SB 1070 is that the law presents a serious threat to public safety, not just in Arizona, but nationwide.

Homeless in Columbia: When Winter Shelter Closes, No Place to Rest Your Head (VIDEO)

Paul Bowers | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Paul Bowers

Columbia's Winter Shelter closed for the spring Thursday morning, sending hundreds of the city's homeless back outside at nights. "250 people are headed nowhere," said Billy, a 56-year-old homeless man who'd been staying at the Winter Shelter.

Policing Immigration. A Job We Do Not Want

Chief Chris Burbank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chief Chris Burbank

Many in law enforcement are voicing their objection to a change in their jobs that would once again institutionalize racial profiling and biased policing -- while depriving the public of their safety.

Smile! You're On Social Media

Lon S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Lon S. Cohen

A bellwether of the increasing popularity of social media's usage in law enforcement is the fact that there's now a conference planned to address the theme -- an SXSW for 5-0 if you will.

Cops Bust Street Gangs With Social Media

Lon S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Lon S. Cohen

One thing you can say about the bad guys is that they're no slouches when it comes to adopting the latest and greatest in technology. Phishers and hac...

What Are We Going to Do About Gambling Addicts?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

My solution to gambling addiction would be same one that seems to be helping keep track of sexual predators: A national registry. If widely shared, such a list could prevent addicts from any legalized gambling.

Newark Murder-Free In March: Zero Homicides In Newark, New Jersey, For First Full Month Since 1944

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The city of Newark, New Jersey has achieved something that has eluded it for more than 40 years. Police logged zero homicides during the entire month ...

Broward County Sherriff's Office Solves Problem to Tweet or Not to Tweet?

Lon S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Lon S. Cohen

When Twitter didn't work for the Broward County Sheriff's Office due to the size and scope of the agency, PR manager Lynne Martzall created Cybervisor -- Twitter for law enforcement.

Get Your Government Hands Off My Marijuana

Kevin Armento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Armento

Every time a Tea Partier against big government and wasteful spending, the left should stand shoulder-to-shoulder and proclaim, "You betcha. Get your government hands off my marijuana."

Documents Posted By EFF Concerning Law Enforcement Use of Social Media

Lon S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Lon S. Cohen

The documents highlight a growing trend in law enforcement of utilizing available public data on the web from ever more popular websites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to assist in investigations.

The New Jim Crow

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

The ACLU plans to challenge the constitutionality of the law in court, believing it is state-sanctioned racial profiling. The law will only make the rampant racial profiling of Latinos in Arizona worse than ever.

To Fully Embrace Social Media, Cops Must Open The Thin Blue Line

Lon S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Lon S. Cohen

Police seem to have intentionally selective memory, a trait I must I share with them because it's something my wife accuses me of all the time. It's ...

Car Seizures At DUI Checkpoints Raise Money, Legal Questions

California Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Sobriety checkpoints in California are increasingly turning into profitable operations for local police departments that are far more likely to seize ...