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Ryan J. Reilly

This Tiny Town Near St. Louis Is Making Minor-Crime Arrests At 100 Times The National Average

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- A study of policing in the St. Louis area released Monday, which criticized the profit-driven practices of many departments in St. Louis ...

Over-Policed and Underserved

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

Contrary to the myth we've been sold that more police, and more jails and prisons, are the best or only way to keep us safe, the real solutions to community safety lie in the things that make for thriving neighborhoods.

Numbers and Compassion Don't Mix

Lynette Mae | Posted 04.10.2015 | Crime
Lynette Mae

When citizens become numbers, they cease to be people. Compassion is eliminated. Then, it's a short jump to mistreatment or worse. For me, empathy and compassion are the two greatest traits of a good cop.

Walter Scott's Killing Is a Direct Result of the State of Policing in America Today

Ezekiel Edwards | Posted 04.09.2015 | Crime
Ezekiel Edwards

Video or no video, prompt investigation and appropriate action following a police shooting -- just as with any possible crime -- should be the rule nationwide, not the exception. But these incidents are more than just bad-apple cops: The problem of unjustified lethal force is endemic.

GOP Racial Woes and 2016

Ryan Campbell | Posted 03.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Within the GOP, there's been some ugly rhetoric on issues of race and authority, but that's quite frankly nothing new; what is new, however, is the magnitude of the problem they have been creating for themselves. What is this laundry list, and how will it be affected by the run to 2016?

Chicago's Stop-And-Frisk Rate Four Times NYC At Its Worst, ACLU Says

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 03.24.2015 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police officers initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City count...

Mariah Stewart

This Drunk White Guy In A Pickup Explains All You Need To Know About Race And Policing

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

FLORISSANT, Mo. -- My daughter deserved a treat. After all, she had just sat through hours of adult conversation as the only 6-year-old in the room. O...

You Are the Person Behind the Badge

Lynette Mae | Posted 05.02.2015 | Crime
Lynette Mae

The symbol of the badge requires more from an officer because no other individual is given so much authority and trust. What other profession has the ability to literally take away someone's freedom? In a country built upon individual freedom, this is no small thing.

Ryan J. Reilly

Policing Task Force Recommends Body Cams, Better Reporting, More Sleep For Officers

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A presidential task force on policing issues released an interim report on Monday, with recommendations that ranged from considering the...

Thinking About the Safety of Black Lives Beyond Policing

Marbre Stahly-Butts | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Marbre Stahly-Butts

Ultimately, safety for black communities requires a move away from mass criminalization, and not simply nicer but fewer police.

President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

James Gierach | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
James Gierach

Policing today is focused on enforcing moral behavior, which, regardless of one's opinions about legislating and enforcing personal behavior, has had devastating consequences.

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Director: 'Lazy' Racial Biases May Affect Law Enforcement

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The director of the FBI said on Thursday that law enforcement officers may develop a cynicism that can lead them to treat minorities unf...

We Speak for Ourselves: Black Digital Power in the 21st Century

Malkia A. Cyril | Posted 04.06.2015 | Black Voices
Malkia A. Cyril

This is the future of policing, and it should chill Black communities to the bone.

Mariah Stewart

Activists Seek To Improve Community-Police Relations In St. Louis Area

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. -- Amid broader discussions about improving police tactics across the country, a local Missouri group is working with a national ...

Slain Police and Shameless Rhetoric

Ryan Campbell | Posted 02.23.2015 | New York
Ryan Campbell

The communities that have been harmed by aggressive policing will not be satisfied, and trust in the police will not be restored, until the processes to hold police accountable within the criminal justice system are reformed.

After Deadly Disputes, Policing Can Never Be the Same

Diane Dimond | Posted 02.20.2015 | Crime
Diane Dimond

If you don't realize that a new day has dawned in law enforcement -- a day where a growing number of citizens automatically mistrust cops -- you might want to get back out on the street and walk a beat for a day or two.

The Faults of the American Criminal Justice System Run Deeper Than Race

Nathan Robinson | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Nathan Robinson

Race is the central fact of American criminal justice. But race is not the only fact. Understanding this system, and dismantling it, requires understanding that the existence of racism doesn't preclude the possibility of class domination.

Locked Behind Prejudice: Questions from a (Hopeful) Ally

Max Dorfman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Max Dorfman

One observation may be subjective -- often it's not completely -- but when millions speak, it's a greater truth, one no one can reasonably deny. No one wants to be treated poorly. We are all Americans. And more importantly, we are all human beings.

Will Body Cameras Prevent the Next Ferguson?

DebateOut | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
DebateOut

Many researchers and activists have begun to focus on efficient ways to monitor police-citizen interactions and lower instances of brutality. We thought this an appropriate time to shed light on the research covering the benefits and drawbacks of body camera technology.

Getting Beyond Ferguson

David M. Kennedy | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
David M. Kennedy

Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a groundbreaking initiative to take on one of the most damaging social problems facing the nation: the strained and often broken relationship between many communities and law enforcement. It is time, and past time.

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

Community Policing: The Importance of Trust

Ben Jealous | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

In Ferguson, Former Chief Brooks sees an opportunity for an effective community-policing program to emerge from the chaos and violence of the past few weeks. "Now, there is a chance for police and the community to hear each other," she said.

A Continued Call for Caution in the Aftermath of Ferguson

Dr. Michael J. Jenkins | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Dr. Michael J. Jenkins

The balance of individual liberty and public safety that is at the heart of all police-related issues is one that we must consider as new data and other changes are introduced to the profession.

Ferguson's Easy Answers

Ekow N. Yankah | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Ekow N. Yankah

We will all mourn Michael Brown's death and wait to know more about what happened that night. What is clear, however, is that platitudes about "starting a conversation" will not do.

Ferguson And The Case For Creating A Special Prosecutor's Office For The Police

James Meyerson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Crime
James Meyerson

It is not surprising that a local prosecutor would believe that a local police officer was "entitled" to "the benefit of the doubt."