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Congress Discusses 'What Went Wrong' In Boston

AP | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers are holding hearings in Washington to look at law enforcement and counterterrorism lessons learned from the Boston marathon bo...

Review: Radley Balko's Rise of the Warrior Cop

Diane Goldstein | Posted 09.08.2013 | Books
Diane Goldstein

I worked hand-in-hand with SWAT and believe that its primary mission is to save lives, yet I also agree with Balko's demand for more transparency and accountability from law enforcement. It is this lack of transparency that contributes to the notion that law enforcement has run amok.

Another Holiday Looms -- With Its Perilous Pitfalls

Saul Segan | Posted 08.25.2013 | Travel
Saul Segan

I wrote about DUI Checkpoints as Memorial Day Weekend approached and cautioned my readers about the additional presence of checkpoints

The NYPD Put Me Behind Bars for Riding My Bike on the Sidewalk, and You Could Be Next?

Daron Murphy | Posted 08.26.2013 | New York
Daron Murphy

If you're a longtime bike lover like me, you too will appreciate the ascendancy of your favorite two-wheeled vehicle as a new age of public transportation dawns upon our city. And if you do ride a bicycle in New York, hopefully you won't get thrown in jail like I did just a few months ago.

Got Needles? Why the Greatest Danger to Law Enforcement Isn't Guns

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Needle-stick injury, or being punctured by used syringes that could be contaminated with dangerous viruses such as HIV or hepatitis C, is a common occupational hazard for law enforcement.

Jim Crow in the North: Ending Stop and Frisk in NYC

Yousef Abukhdair | Posted 08.14.2013 | New York
Yousef Abukhdair

To say all police officers in New York City take advantage of their power and persecute people of color would be absurd, but to say that none of them do like Mayor Bloomberg suggested is equally absurd.

New Law Could Allow Cops To Seize Cell Phones

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

A New Jersey lawmaker wants to enable police to search a driver’s cell phone immediately after a crash to see if the phone contributed to the accide...

John Celock

New GOP Senator Won Dem Praise In 2012 | John Celock | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

New Jersey's first Republican U.S. senator in 30 years was praised by state Senate Democrats for not being political during his 2012 confirmation hear...

Why Don't Cops Pull Completely Off the Road When They Pull Over a Speeder?

Quora | Posted 08.03.2013 | Crime

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Tim Dees, Retired Police Officer There are several approaches to vehicle positioning on traf...

To Honor Fallen Officers, End the War on Drugs

Diane Goldstein | Posted 07.28.2013 | Crime
Diane Goldstein

Every year since my retirement I have gone to the National Law Enforcement Memorial website to review deaths in the line of duty over the past year. Each time there are too many peace officers listed who died because of the drug war.

How Two Miracles Saved My Mother's Day

Carole Sumner Krechman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Carole Sumner Krechman

Civil Society feels out of control and since terrorists are elusive we seem to see people as either friends or enemies, with no grey area at all.

Free Jimmy Haslam! Go After Terrorists!

Marty Robins | Posted 05.09.2013 | Crime
Marty Robins

One would not think that the Cleveland Browns football team has much to do with the Boston Marathon bombing, and it may not, but the connection is wor...

Pre-Trial Detention: Jailed With No Trial, Condemned to Illness and Death

Daniel Wolfe | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Daniel Wolfe

Condemning people to pain and illness while they wait for a trial isn't justice, it is cruelty. And it must stop.

How Did Violence Become an Epidemic?

Carole Sumner Krechman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Carole Sumner Krechman

How did violence in our country become an epidemic? Let's investigate what might have helped to trigger that escalation; first we need to review the d...

Lessons From Crowdsourcing the Boston Marathon Bombings Investigation

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 06.22.2013 | Media
Tarun Wadhwa

We now live in a world where information moves faster than we can assess its value... this is especially true in times of panic, disaster, and crisis.

Raid Of The Day: Brenda Van Zwieten

Radley Balko | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics

Note: The "Raid of the Day" features accounts of police raids I've found, researched, and reported while writing my forthcoming book Rise of the W...

Catherine New

Why Dunkin Donuts Gets To Stay Open In Boston | Catherine New | Posted 04.19.2013 | Small Business

On Friday afternoon, a handful of Dunkin' Donuts stores remained open in the Boston area to serve coffee and donuts, despite the widespread lockdown o...

Rescued on Facebook

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Hemanshu Nigam

Since 2005, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that social media played a key role in the recovery and conclusion efforts of 98.5 percent of cases through AMBER alerts, leading to 1,430 out of 1,451 children being found,

How Should the U.S. Stop Profit Shifting?

Martin Sullivan | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Martin Sullivan

I would say that lawmakers have not addressed the issue effectively because they are replacing one poor enforcement device with a poor enforcement standard that is difficult to enforce.

Right and Wrong Answers on School Safety

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Despite the loud voice of the National Rifle Association (NRA), scholars, experts on school safety, and teachers overwhelmingly disagree with turning schools into armed camps rather than places of nonviolent positive learning.

Forever Impression

Kim Goldman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Crime
Kim Goldman

Nothing says "Good Morning" like a discussion on murder, I think to myself as I look out into a sea of faces, just blankly staring back at me. Deep breaths, I can do this.

Embrace The Drone

Scott Vernick | Posted 06.02.2013 | Technology
Scott Vernick

In many ways, the seemingly furious debate over drones is yet another reaction to the pace at which technology washes over us. There is no doubt that drones raise legitimate legal issues, but it's just too easy to let our "privacy reflex" dominate and overwhelm the discussion.

Millbrook v. U.S.: Holding the Government Accountable for Misconduct by Law Enforcement Officials

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.02.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

At a time when the courts are increasingly giving deference to the police and prioritizing security over civil liberties, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Millbrook v. United States is a glimmer of hope in a sea of gloom.

Woman Among Those Under Consideration To Lead FBI

The Washington Post | Sari Horwitz | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration has begun to search for a replacement for FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, and for the first time one of the leading cont...

A View of the Drug War: Stop Blaming Police and Start Emphasizing Personal Responsibility

John Bruhns | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
John Bruhns

Law enforcement is not blame for the actions of law-breaking addicts who are not receptive to drug treatment. You can only fault law enforcement for their inaction in protecting the public from this element.