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Raid Of The Day: Daniel Castillo, 17, Killed In A 2007 Early Morning Bust

Radley Balko | Posted 03.25.2013 | 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...

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ACLU Launches Nationwide Investigation of Police Militarization

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a nationwide campaign to assess police militarization in the United States. Starting Wednesday,...

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...

Raid Of The Day: Stephen Shively And Officer Tony Patterson

Radley Balko | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics

October 12, 1995: At around 3 am, college student Stephen Shively woke up to the sound of police battering down the door to his apartment in Topek...

Raid Of The Day: Leland Elder And Mary Schultz

Radley Balko | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

In September 1991, 85 agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Forest Service, and the N...

Raid Of The Day: Florida Cops Raid Cathy Jordan, Medical Marijuana Activist Who Suffers From Lou Gehrig's Disease

Radley Balko | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics

On Monday, the Miami Herald posted an article about rising support for legalized medical marijuana in the state of Florida. The article mentioned an p...

Raid Of The Day: Robin Pratt, Shot And Killed In Front Of Her Daughter

Radley Balko | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

In March 1992, police in Snohomish County, Washington conducted six simultaneous raids on members of the same extended family. An informant had im...

Raid Of The Day: James Hoskins

Radley Balko | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics

In February 2004, police from three departments raided the Middletown, Pennsylvania home of James Hoskins looking for his brother on suspicion of ...

Raid Of The Day: Cheryl Lynn Noel

Radley Balko | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

In January 2005, police in Baltimore County conducted a 4:50 a.m. raid on the home of Cheryl Lynn Noel and her husband Charles. The target of the ...

Raid Of The Day: Annie Rae Dixon

Radley Balko | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

In January 1992, a Gregg County, Texas narcotics team conducted a 2 am raid on the home of 84-year-old Annie Rae Dixon. According to police, an in...

Police Sent To Chris Brown's Home In Latest 'Swatting' Prank

AP | Posted 03.23.2013 | Celebrity

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have responded to Chris Brown's home after they received a call about a domestic violence situation that turned out to be ...

Why The Government Is Ramping Up The Use Of Force

Radley Balko | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
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Outraged by the Occupy crackdowns, some are now calling for a national discussion on the use of force. That's a welcome development, but it's helpful to review how we got here in order to have an honest discussion.

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Have Police Departments Become More Militarized Since 9/11?

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 11.12.2011 | Crime

New York magazine reported some telling figures last month on how delayed-notice search warrants -- also known as "sneak-and-peek" warrants -- have be...

Cory Maye Chats With HuffPost Readers About His Release From Prison

Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics

Cory Maye served 10 years in prison for killing a Mississippi police officer during a mistaken raid on his home. Maye, who had no prior criminal recor...

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Ten Years In The Making: How Cory Maye Was Freed

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

MONTICELLO, Miss. -- It's Friday, July 1, 2011, a little past 8:15 a.m. when I arrive at the Lawrence County, Mississippi, courthouse. As I walk towar...

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From Death Row To Home: Man Who Killed Cop During Botched Drug Raid Freed After 10 Years in Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

MONTICELLO, Miss. -- After 10 years of incarceration, and seven years after a jury sentenced him to die, 30-year-old Cory Maye will soon be going home...