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Roadside Strip Searches and Other Police State Indignities

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.26.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

In other words, despite our occasional bursts of outrage over abusive police practices, sporadic calls for government reform, and periodic bouts of awareness that all is not what it seems, the police state continues to march steadily onward.

How SCOTUS Made It Legal For Cops To Pull You Over For Just About Anything

The Marshall Project | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

Legal principles can be complicated, but in most courts, until eight months ago, there was a pretty simple one: Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Th...

Drivers, Beware: The Costly, Deadly Dangers of Traffic Stops in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.30.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

From the moment those lights start flashing and that siren goes off, we're all in the same boat: we must pull over. However, it's what happens after you've been pulled over that's critical.

Supreme Court Curbs Police Drug-Sniffing Dogs In Routine Traffic Stops

Reuters | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday placed a new limit on when police can use drug-s...

Supreme Court Upholds Auto Stop With No Traffic Violation

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The court, in Heien v. North Carolina, continued its steady erosion of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Indeed, since 2000, the court has decided 13 cases that significantly weaken the Fourth Amendment's guarantee.

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....

Cop Says He Was Penalized For Refusing To Profile Young Drivers For Traffic Stops

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

A veteran police officer in Mendham Township, New Jersey claims he was passed over for promotions and denied opportunities to earn overtime pay after ...

John Rudolf

Milwaukee Cops Charged With Felonies For Illegal Body Cavity Searches

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 10.11.2012 | Crime

Four Milwaukee police officers face multiple felony counts for allegedly performing numerous illegal body cavity searches on suspects over the past t...

Cristina Costantini

Rampant Racial Disparities In Traffic Stop Data Raise Questions

HuffingtonPost.com | Cristina Costantini | Posted 12.08.2011 | Latino Voices

Black drivers in Milwaukee were seven times more likely to be pulled over by police than their white counterparts, while Latinos were five times more ...

Will Guzzardi

New Data Shows Racial Bias Continues At State Police

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Guzzardi | Posted 09.12.2011 | Chicago

A new set of data from the University of Illinois at Chicago confirms a pattern of racial bias in traffic stops that has focused scrutiny on the Illin...

Will Guzzardi

State Police Accused Of 'Striking' Racial Bias In Traffic Stops

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois branch of the American Civil Liberties Union petitioned the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, asking the department to investigate t...

Joe Arpaio's Sheriff's Office Faces Possible Sanctions For Destroying Racial Profiling Records

AP | JACQUES BILLEAUD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

PHOENIX — A federal judge will decide whether to impose sanctions against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for its acknowledged destruction ...