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Sheriff Wants To Make It Hard For Heroin Dealers To Sleep At Night In Bizarre Video

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 04.10.2017 | Crime

A tough-talking Florida sheriff’s blunt new video aimed at heroin dealers is causing a stir for its aggressive imagery and militant optics. “I hav...

Boston's Beloved Police Cat Moves Into Upscale New Home

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 02.15.2017 | Weird News

The cutest member of Boston’s police force is living in style. SWAT Cat, the unofficial feline mascot of the police Special Weapons and Tactics unit...

Man In Drug-Free Home Killed By SWAT Team On Drug Raid

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 10.08.2014 | Crime

Deputies shot and killed a man inside his Georgia home last month following an apparently bogus tip they received from a confessed meth addict and thi...

Do College Towns Really Need Tanks to Keep Them Safe?

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.13.2014 | Crime
Lev Raphael

The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).

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.

A Taxicab Confession For A Post-Ferguson America

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Dennis D. Parker

Black and brown people are not so much strangers in a strange land, you see. Far worse, we are strangers in our own homeland.

To Terrify and Occupy

Matthew Harwood | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Matthew Harwood

Welcome to a new era of American policing, where cops increasingly see themselves as soldiers occupying enemy territory, often with the help of Uncle Sam's armory, and where even nonviolent crimes are met with overwhelming force and brutality.

'Call Of Duty' Loser Plays Horrible Prank

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.23.2014 | Crime

A police SWAT team descended on a Long Island, N.Y., home Tuesday under the belief that a teen had shot and killed his mother and brother and was read...

David Lohr

Virginia Beach Police Officer Sues City For Gender-Based Discrimination | David Lohr | Posted 02.19.2014 | Crime

A Virginia police officer is suing the city of Virginia Beach and its police department for millions of dollars, claiming she suffered years of workpl...

The Voice Of Islam For The Next Generation

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.10.2013 | Religion

Malala Yousufzai was shot by the Taliban for standing up for the education of girls and has electrified the world with her determination and courage i...

Pentagon's Militarization of Our Main Streets and Municipal Police

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.

The Marketing Of Police Militarism

Radley Balko | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

Lenco, Inc., makes the Bearcat, an armored personnel carrier that's popping up in cities, towns, and counties across the country. Last year, Jim Masse...

Radley Balko

ACLU Launches Nationwide Investigation of Police Militarization | 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,...

Movie Review: The Sweeney

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Though Ray Winstone has been a TV star in Great Britain since the mid-1970s, a lot of Americans got their first sighting of the beefy British actor with Gary Oldman's 1997's Nil By Mouth or 2000's Sexy Beast.

Raid Of The Day: Sorry, Mr. Mayor (Again)

Radley Balko | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

In September 2005, police in Bel Aire, Kansas photographed what they thought were marijuana plants growing in a resident's backyard. They showed the p...

Myths and Misconceptions About Indiana's New Self-Defense Law

Radley Balko | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

Contrary to the impression one might get from some recent headlines, a new Indiana self-defense law does not authorize Hoosiers to wantonly open fire on police officers.

Tax Dodgers Beware: IRS Forms Elite 'SWAT Team'

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business

* Tax evasion by 'transfer pricing' a top target for agency * Talent coming in from Big Four audit, law, consulting firms ...

Elvis Impersonator Blames Bomb And Ricin Scare On Diabetes

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 02.29.2012 | Crime

You ain't nothin' but a diabetic bomb hoaxer, cryin' to the cops. Michael Conley, a 64-year-old Elvis impersonator, allegedly locked himself inside...

Two Cry Weapon Of Mass Destruction At Motel

Posted 02.29.2012 | Crime

Two Florida men were charged with serious felonies after they threatened cops with a weapon of mass destruction -- all because they didn't want to get...

All That Money, Too Few Terrorists

Norm Stamper | Posted 11.23.2011 | Crime
Norm Stamper

Police in a democracy belong to the people they serve. Yet one would be hard pressed to picture today's police departments even approximating the ideal of a "people's police."

Another 9/11? Call 911

Norm Stamper | Posted 07.14.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

The capture of bin Laden argues elegantly against high-priced, nation-building, mission-creeping war, and its inevitable collateral damage, in order to go after individuals who are, at bottom, criminals.

The Buddha Image...Out Of Uddiyana: A Conversation with Collector Nik Douglas, plus a Forward by Tibet House's President Robert Thurman

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.26.2011 | Arts
Mike Ragogna

The following is the "Foreword" from The Buddha Image: Out of Uddiyana show catalogue courtesy of Tibet House US. It was written by Robert Thurman, pr...

Inspector General Criticism Doesn't Faze FBI Raids on Midwestern Anti-war Activists

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

An FBI agent gains "stats" for serving subpoenas, national security letters, executing search warrants, contacting confidential sources, etc., whether or not any relevant evidence is obtained via this "work".

Compassion in Taliban Territory

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Akbar Ahmed

If you were a Swati and lived in that idyllic land and were suddenly forced to leave your home to seek shelter outside the district, and then saw the ...

Columbia, Missouri, SWAT kills family dog over misdemeanor marijuana possession (with video)

Russ Belville | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russ Belville

[Do you have a story of police killing your dog?  Do you want to tell your story on NORML SHOW LIVE?  You can remain anonymous and it only takes a t...