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Police Corruption

Our Judicial System: Ignoring Injustice or Colluding in It?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 01.18.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Prosecutors have the power to prevent almost all wrongful convictions by seeking the truth, not just a conviction. If the pursuit of justice were the only goal, innocent men and women would not find themselves collateral casualties.

When Officers of the Court Go Wrong

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 12.28.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

The same power dynamic seen in the Holtzclaw case allows police to coerce false testimony and secure wrongful convictions. At the end of the day, there are so many victims.

Meet the Prosecutor Fighting to Overturn Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Almost two years ago, Kenneth Thompson was running to become Brooklyn's District Attorney. Not only did Mr. Thompson promise to be hard on crime, he also promised to reexamine the cases of those who claimed to be innocent. Mr. Thompson eventually won, and, true to his word, his office has reviewed a large number of cases.

Conviction by Any Means Necessary: How Prosecutors Stole 19 Years of My Life

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

I had to make the hardest decision of my life. After meetings with my family, legal team and supporters, I chose to turn myself in and fight to prove my innocence once and for all.

Walter Scott and the Importance of Technology When a Black Man's Word Is Never Enough

Torraine Walker | Posted 06.13.2015 | Black Voices
Torraine Walker

The word of a Black person is disregarded by White America in a similar way. No matter how bad the injustice, no matter how compelling the testimony, there is always someone in a position of authority ready to ignore or disbelieve anything that comes out of a Black person's mouth.

Indicted Police Officers Allegedly Used Positions To Steal And Sell Drugs

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.09.2015 | Crime

Two Detroit police officers used their authority as law enforcement to arrange drug deals, orchestrate traffic stops, effect false arrests and coerce ...

Crooked Cop Let Woman Off In Exchange For Oral Sex: Police

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 10.14.2014 | Crime

A Florida sheriff's deputy faces felony charges after officials said he accepted oral sex from a woman in exchange for not arresting her. Ted Arbo...

Cop Who Oversaw The Torture Of 118 Black Men Freed After Less Than 4 Years In Jail

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.06.2014 | Crime

An ex-police commander who oversaw the torture of more than 100 black men in Chicago police custody walked out of federal prison Thursday, after servi...

REPORT: Police Seize Hundreds Of Millions From People Not Charged With Crimes

The Washington Post | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics

After the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the government called on police to become the eyes and ears of homeland security on America’s highways....

'Injustice Anywhere': A Philadelphia Story of Justice Denied

Will Bunch | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

This is America in 2014 -- a nation that has two separate and ridiculously unequal systems of justice. The wealthy and the well-connected are by now well aware that there are zero consequences for their insider trades and their financial chicanery, or their corrupt dealings, or, if they have enough juice, even for their rank crimes like ransacking a bodega or groping a cornered women.

FBI: Miami Cop Known As 'The Milk Man' Ran Drugs, Plotted Murders

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 04.15.2014 | Crime

MIAMI (AP) — In 22 years at the Miami-Dade Police Department, Lt. Ralph Mata broke up major gangs, supervised an airport canine unit that sniffed ou...

Convicts Say NYC Detective Framed Them

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 04.09.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of convicts who say they were framed by a corrupt New York City detective urged a New York City prosecutor Wednesday to spee...

Police Departments Across The Nation Fight Crime By.. Banning Tattoos?

Posted 11.02.2013 | Crime

Police departments all over the country are imposing tattoo bans of various scope on their officers, but it is unclear what difference these bans make...

Former Police Chief Was On Drug-Smuggling Cartel's Payroll

AP | Posted 11.26.2013 | Crime

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A former police chief in a New Mexico border town collected more than $2,000 a month from the Juarez Cartel in exchange for ...

Mississippi Sheriff Indicted On 31 Charges

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 08.31.2013 | Crime

JACKSON, Miss. -- A south Mississippi sheriff has been indicted on 31 counts, including charges accusing him of pushing an arrest in a murder case, ev...

How A Low-Level Cop Came To Control The Pakistani Underworld

AP | SEBASTIAN ABBOT and ADIL JAWAD | Posted 03.30.2013 | World

KARACHI, Pakistan -- A corrupt, low-level cop with a healthy dose of street smarts rises to control hundreds of illegal gambling dens in Pakistan's la...

S.C. Sheriff Indicted For Letting Favored Inmates Have Access To Drugs, Sex And Booze

AP | JEFFREY COLLINS | Posted 05.20.2013 | Crime

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An indictment charges a veteran South Carolina sheriff let some favored inmates sleep outside jail with access to television an...

Raid Of The Day: Richard Brown

Radley Balko | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

So as I've mentioned, I have a book on police militarization coming out in June. (Pre-order it here!) In anticipation of that, I'm starting a new "rai...

Un-Fair And Un-Balanced! Murdoch's UK Tabloid Denounced By Official UK Report For Its "Despicable Untruths"

Martin Lewis | Posted 11.12.2012 | Media
Martin Lewis

This article isn't to recount the story of the tragedy and the 23-year history of cover-up -- which is very ably documented elsewhere on the internet. But to flag the names of some of the most loathsome people in this dreadful saga. And to call for them to be belatedly held to account.

Red Bull Heir Arrested For Running Over Cop With Ferrari

AP | Posted 11.03.2012 | World

Associated Press BANGKOK -- A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink has been arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a police off...

Cop Pressures Woman Into Sex: 'You Don't Want To Go To Jail, Do You?'

AP | MARIA SUDEKUM | Posted 07.04.2012 | Crime

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City police officer has been charged with corruption after prosecutors accused him of having sex with two women in exchan...

Officer Copped A Deal For Sex, Prosecutors Say

Posted 07.03.2012 | Crime

A Missouri policeman is accused of having sex with two women in exchange for not arresting them. Officer Jeffrey Holmes, 47, allegedly visited a mo...

U.S. Indicts Former Colombian General

AP | LIBARDO CARDONA | Posted 08.18.2012 | World

BOGOTA, Colombia — A retired Colombian police general who was security chief for former President Alvaro Uribe from 2002 to 2005 betrayed intern...

Caught On Tape: Police Kidnaps Three Handcuffed Men In Underwear

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 08.14.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY -- There it was on video: Five heavily armed policemen barge into a hotel in western Mexico before dawn and march out with three handcuffe...

David Lohr

New York State Police Prostitution Scandal | David Lohr | Posted 04.30.2012 | Crime

Three state troopers in western New York have been suspended as part of a State Police investigation into allegations that at least one of the trooper...