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Raid Of The Day: "This is what happens when your grandma sells crack."

Radley Balko | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics

From a lawsuit recently filed in federal court: Chicago police terrorized six children in the wrong apartment, demanding at gunpoint that an 11...

Zach Carter

Latest GOP Budget Plan Wouldn't Aid Poor, Students, Seniors ... | Zach Carter | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are proposing a short-term budget that would ease the impact of sequestration on defense, veterans, immigration and la...

The Rise of Vigilantism at Immigration and Customs Checkpoints

Kerry Patton | Posted 05.04.2013 | Crime
Kerry Patton

Sometimes in order to protect a nation, we must all learn to give a little. Let's stop the vigilante nonsense on the border and support, by giving a little more respect, to our law enforcement who attempt to detect and detain those who wish us harm.

Inequality, Capitalism and a Nation of Men

Bruce Judson | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Bruce Judson

John Adams famously sought to create "a government of laws and not of men." Sadly, I suspect John Adams would be disappointed in the nation today.

Dave Jamieson

Sequester Will Pave 'Road To A Lawless Society' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Advocates for everything from early education and law enforcement funding to workforce training and national park programs pleaded with ...

Do Lawyers Not Have a Social Responsibility?

Saul Segan | Posted 04.27.2013 | Crime
Saul Segan

I, myself, have become affected by stereotypes of the members of my profession, along with the rest of humanity. Being fortunate to have become one of those members of an often misunderstood group, there has been ample opportunity to compare the actualities with the fantasies.

The War on Drugs: A 2013 Prediction

The Amazing Kreskin | Posted 04.22.2013 | Crime
The Amazing Kreskin

I predict that there will be growing sentiment that the most realistic way to fight this serious war is by legalizing, with strict rules, the purchase of drugs -- but I predict that the effort to do such will be a failure.

"The Drones Are Coming - Page II"

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

"Mr. Speaker, the domestic use of drones is on the way. There will be more eyes in the sky looking over America." With those words, last week, Repres...

President Obama, Gun Violence and His Minnesota Visit

Eric Schwartz | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Eric Schwartz

President Obama brought his campaign to curb gun violence to Minnesota on Monday, and the North Star State offers valuable lessons for a nation in the midst of a critical public debate.

Forget the Guns -- Put Law Enforcement in Control of the Bullets

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.26.2013 | Crime
Sarah O'Leary

For "responsible" gun owners, ammunition control by law enforcement should be a welcome compromise. The argument has always been that control laws only affect responsible gun owners.

Mayor Rahm: Just Another Brick In Chicago's Blue Wall

Radley Balko | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

You'd be hard-pressed to find a city whose police culture has a stronger devotion to the blue code of silence than Chicago. There were a couple more e...

Why Are There No Good Data On Police Use Of Force?

Radley Balko | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently ran an editorial praising a new program by University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist David Klinger that will...

Should Police Need A Warrant To Search Your Cell Phone?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.27.2013 | Technology
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Marcellus Campos and Denise Tejada This Thursday, a Senate Committee will consider limited changes to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act o...

Morning Links: UN vs. Legal Pot, Georgia Can't Fire Bad Cops, Puppycide in Colorado

Radley Balko | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

-- In Kentucky, a year in jail for not believing in God. -- The United Nations wants the Obama administration to boot the boot down on Colorado and W...

How Innocent People Get Into Legal Trouble: It's Easier Than You Think

Saul Segan | Posted 01.20.2013 | Crime
Saul Segan

Sometimes trying to be noble and "take the heat" for a friend or family member will prove catastrophic.

Radley Balko

The Stop: Bad Cops, Drug Dogs and Trekkies Along I-70 | Radley Balko | Posted 12.15.2012 | Crime

(Photo by Billy Delfs) Last December, filmmaker Terrance Huff and his friend Jon Seaton were returning to Ohio after attending a "Star Trek" co...

The Justice System's Imprisonment of Innocent Citizens

Anthony Gregory | Posted 12.03.2012 | Crime
Anthony Gregory

It is almost a certainty that thousands of innocent Americans are behind bars, potentially subject to brutal conditions, violence, and very often rape. But this reality poses a major inconvenience for the dominant forms of modern political ideology.

What Is It Like To Be in a Police Chase?

Quora | Posted 11.23.2012 | Crime

This question originally appeared on Quora. Tim Dees is a retired police officer and freelance writer. He is a columnist at, a member...

Out of Pandora's Box: Taser Nation

Cheryl Mendelson | Posted 11.19.2012 | Crime
Cheryl Mendelson

The legal use of Tasers for pain compliance -- hurting people so badly that they are rendered submissive -- is common. This is legal torture. It doesn't stop being torture, and it doesn't stop being wrong, when inflicted to make someone obey police orders.

Yoga: How We Serve First Responders

Rob Schware | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Lisa Wimberger, who began serving first responders in 2007 teaching mindfulness Neurosculpting® trainings at national law enforcement agencies.

America's Most Stressful Jobs

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business

Labor Day is a great time to unwind and draw the summer to a close, especially if your job is one of the most stressful in the country. And what ki...

GOP Candidate's Use Of Deadly Force

Bedford Patch | Ryan O'Connor | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

In the face of criticism from both New Hampshire Democrats and high-ranking members of his own party, Republican candidate for Hillsborough County She...

Agency's Request For Huge Number Of Bullets Raises Some Eybrows

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.20.2012 | Business

Look out grandma. The people who cut your retirement check may be packing some heat. The Social Security Administration recently posted a purchase ...

Racial Profiling Reportedly 'Rampant' At Major Airport

AP | Posted 08.14.2012 | Travel

NEW YORK -- Transportation Security Administration officers at Boston's Logan International Airport are alleging that a program intended to help flag ...

Police Shootings Echo Nationwide

Stephan Salisbury | Posted 09.29.2012 | Crime
Stephan Salisbury

In contrast to the exhaustive coverage of the massacre that left 70-plus casualties, we know very little about Anaheim and the killing of Manuel Angel Diaz, shot in the back and in the head by that city's police just a few short hours after the awful Aurora murders.