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Nick Wing
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25 Numbers That Show Police Killings Are A Bigger Problem Than We Ever Knew

(179) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 1:58 PM

Two comprehensive reports published since Saturday provide new information about police killings in the United States, filling a void left by the lack of a national standard for reporting the use of deadly force.

The Washington Post on Saturday published an analysis of 2015 fatal police shootings through...

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We Pay A Shocking Amount For Police Misconduct, And Cops Want Us Just To Accept It. We Shouldn't.

(437) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 7:39 AM

In November 2012, Cleveland patrolman Michael Brelo joined more than 100 fellow officers in an armada of 62 police cruisers to pursue a 1979 light blue Chevy Malibu. After a 22-mile chase that reached upwards of 100 miles per hour, the vehicle came to a halt in East...

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Amtrak Passenger Claims DEA Agent Straight Up Stole $60 From His Wallet

(122) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 3:44 PM

When it comes to controversial DEA seizures of cash from innocent Amtrak passengers, there's legal theft -- and then there's apparently just plain old theft.

Earlier this month, the Drug Enforcement Administration seized a young man's entire life savings while he was traveling cross country by train to...

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This Music Festival Knows It Can't Stop People From Doing Drugs, So It's Trying To Keep Them Safe Instead

(75) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 5:01 PM

The upcoming Lightning in a Bottle Music Festival, which starts Thursday in Bradley, California, is a drug-free event. But rather than pretend this label and any effort to enforce it will create a drug-repellant force field around the festival, organizers say they're preparing for the inevitable: They know...

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Police In Mississippi Town Buy New Station, Cruisers With Funds From Aggressive Civil Forfeiture Program

(233) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 5:41 PM

The sign outside a new, $4.1 million law enforcement training facility in Richland, Mississippi, reads, "Richland Police Station tearfully donated by drug dealers." As reported on Monday, it's a proud declaration of the fact that funding for the building, as well as for a new fleet of...

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Why Are White Gang Members Destroying Their Own Community?

(3136) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 5:42 PM

Rival biker gangs clashed violently in Waco, Texas, on Sunday afternoon, in a brawl that ultimately left nine gang members dead and at least 18 others injured. As the fight spilled out of a local restaurant and into the parking lot, participants reportedly used fists, chains, knives and later firearms...

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What We Lose When Police Blame Victims For Their Own Deaths

(272) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 2:31 PM

On Tuesday afternoon, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne stood before a crowded press conference and announced that Madison, Wisconsin, police Officer Matt Kenny, who is white, would not face charges in the March 6 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson Jr., an unarmed biracial man.

With streams...

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Kentucky Sheriff On Suspect Shot By Deputy: 'We Are Glad That He Is White'

(347) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 5:58 PM

Police in Bardstown, Kentucky, shot a man named John Kennedy Fenwick on Sunday, following a long and destructive car chase that ended when a sheriff's deputy wrestled Fenwick out of the stolen truck he was driving. A scuffle ensued, in which authorities say Fenwick attempted to disarm the...

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Louisiana Republican Recalls Imaginary Time When Scientists Burned Heretics At The Stake

(476) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 6:38 PM

A Louisiana state senator recently offered a puzzling rationale for why schools in the state should be allowed to teach creationism.

Last month, Louisiana lawmakers considered a measure to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, a 2008 law that critics have characterized as a way of giving teachers latitude to...

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DEA Steals $16,000 In Cash From Young Black Man, Because He Must Be A Drug Dealer

(1277) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 4:43 PM

After scraping together enough money to produce a music video in Hollywood, 22-year-old Joseph Rivers set out last month on a train trip from Michigan to Los Angeles, hoping it was the start of something big.

Before he made it to California, however, Rivers fell victim to a legal...

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Montana Governor Signs Law To Protect Innocent People From Having Their Property Seized By Police

(61) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 2:37 PM

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed a bill Tuesday that will overhaul the state's civil asset forfeiture laws.

The set of reforms, which will go into effect in July, was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support in the state legislature last month. Bullock's signature came hours before the deadline for him...

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Police Wanted Us To Believe Freddie Gray Killed Himself. We've Heard Stories Like This Before.

(288) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 6:01 PM

Earlier this week, a source in the Baltimore Police Department leaked a document to The Washington Post that provided some insight into how they wanted the story about the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a fatal injury in police custody last month, to...

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Someone Isn't Telling The Truth About Freddie Gray's Death

(1020) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 8:16 PM

By now, everybody knows the injuries that contributed to Freddie Gray's death. Baltimore authorities and representatives for Gray’s family agree that the 25-year-old sustained fatal trauma to his neck and spine at some point while in police custody following his arrest on April 12. Although a full autopsy hasn't yet...

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The Best Commentary Out Of Baltimore Is Coming Straight From The Mouths Of Its Residents

(85) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 7:09 PM

Baltimore residents were out in force on Tuesday, cleaning up their city and contributing a new round of diplomatic discourse to a tense debate that had boiled over the night before in violent clashes, riots and looting.

While many television stations covered the turmoil breathlessly on Monday night...

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Protester Schools MSNBC Anchor About Media Coverage Of Baltimore Riots

(435) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 6:50 PM

A protester approached by MSNBC's Thomas Roberts on Tuesday offered pointed criticism of the way Roberts' network and other media have covered the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray this month.

After admitting that looting and rioting were not the best ways to represent the community and...

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Here's A Much-Needed Reminder About Civil Unrest In Light Of The Baltimore Riots

(76) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 2:14 PM

Groups of protesters violently clashed with police in Baltimore on Monday, before looting businesses and setting fire to cars and structures. At least 15 officers were injured in these confrontations, according to police. By the end of the night, almost 200 people had been arrested. Protesters...

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Police Throw Rocks Back At Protesters In Baltimore

(444) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 8:20 PM

Baltimore police officers targeted by rock-throwing protesters on Monday appeared to hurl projectiles toward crowds on at least two occasions.

One photo shows a projectile, possibly a rock or piece of concrete, leaving an officer's hand.

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(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Pennsylvania Lawmaker Wants To Make It Illegal To Taunt A Police Officer

(299) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 2:50 PM

In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, earlier this week, lawmakers, police officers and other supporters gathered at the state capitol to celebrate Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Amid praise for those who wear the badge, state Rep. Dom Costa (D), former chief of the Pittsburgh Police, suggested he would introduce legislation to protect police...

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Most Americans Still Have Faith In The Police, Poll Finds

(222) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Despite all the stories about police violence and bad behavior in federal law enforcement, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey shows that most Americans still trust the agencies tasked with upholding the nation's laws.

Majorities of the poll respondents said they have a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust...

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Informant Held Captive By DEA Gets Support From Agent Who Recruited Him: 'He's Paid His Dues'

(5) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 9:29 AM

Earlier this month, Carlos Toro revealed himself for the first time via The Huffington Post as a former Medellín cartel official who became an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration 27 years ago. Now 65 and ailing, Toro decided to go public, believing it might be the only...

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