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Law Enforcement

Police Officers, Sheriffs, Rangers, and Marshals: What's the Difference?

Quora | Posted 07.21.2015 | Crime

Police are usually general-purpose law enforcement officers. They are most often employed by a city government, but may be employed by a county, state, college, hospital, transit district, or other quasi-governmental organization with the power to create a law enforcement branch.

A Year Since Eric Garner's Death: Policing, Black Lives Matter, and Immigrant Rights

Steven Choi | Posted 07.17.2015 | New York
Steven Choi

The immigrant rights movement must stand with black communities facing violence, and recognize that black and immigrant lives are often one and the same.

11 Step-by-Step Procedures Taken After a Police Shooting

Quora | Posted 07.17.2015 | Crime

The procedures will vary from one agency to another.

The Heart Behind the Badge

Rose Tafoya | Posted 07.14.2015 | Good News
Rose Tafoya

For athletes and officers alike, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is a story of success, love, respect and commitment between law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes.

Elise Foley

Why Some Cities Don't Rush To Turn Over Undocumented Immigrants To The Feds | Elise Foley | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In March 2007, while Ron Teachman was serving as the chief of police in New Bedford, Massachusetts, immigration enforcement carried out ...

'Ruthless' Little Biker Gets 'Parking Ticket,' Reacts Appropriately

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.09.2015 | Good News

Parking tickets are the worst -- as this little offender can tell you. Declan Tramley, a 3-year-old from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was cruising around...

Does Naloxone Discourage People From Calling 911?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

One of the sharpest criticisms against making naloxone widely available to people at risk for drug overdose is this: If people have a medicine on hand that allows them to reverse a drug overdose themselves, won't they stop calling 911?

Moms of Black Teens and White Cops Have the Same Prayer

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 06.24.2015 | Crime
Elaine Ambrose

It's important to filter out all the noise and focus on solutions to the problems facing officers and citizens. Most city and county departments have programs that allow citizens to ride in patrol cars so qualified adults can join police officers and experience what they deal with on an hourly basis.

The Office Can Be as Hostile as the Hood

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received over 33,000 race discrimination claims nationwide in 2012 and again in 2013, an average of 92 claims a day. It is estimated that black Americans lose over $120 billion in wages each year do to labor market discrimination.

Want to Be an Ally in the Fight Against Racism? Two Teens Show How It's Done

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

One of the more difficult things to do, for many of us at least, is to react in the moment, when injustice is occurring right in front our eyes, but in a way that does not directly affect us. The "safe" thing to do is avoid the conflict, to get away and certainly not get involved. However, there are times when the safe thing to do is not the right thing to do.

The Big Issue Apple Needs to Address

S. Kumar | Posted 06.09.2015 | Technology
S. Kumar

There is one area in which Apple and Cook are being coy and its time for Americans to call the tech giant out on that.

How Are Amputees Handcuffed?

Quora | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime

This is always a tricky situation, and just something you have to work out with both pragmatism and diplomacy.

Is It Better to be Tasered or Pepper Sprayed?

Quora | Posted 05.28.2015 | Weird News

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 | 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 06.29.2015 | 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 06.29.2015 | 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.