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5 Terrifying Ways Police Can Legally Screw You Over

Cracked | Posted 04.16.2014 | Weird News

In America, the courts have again and again given the police all sorts of leeway to royally screw up your life for almost no reason at all. It's just ...

30 Years Later, Meet The Sole Survivor Of Terrible Tragedy And Cop Who Became Her Mom

New York Times | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact

The bodies were discovered throughout the first-floor railroad flat in Brooklyn, a bizarre still-life of death. Many of the victims remained seated in...

5 Terrible Things I Learned Working As A 911 Dispatcher

Cracked | Posted 03.31.2014 | Crime

I went into the job of 911 operator and police dispatcher with certain expectations: I'd hear crazy shit, I'd help people, and everyone involved would...

DOJ Trains Cops To Work With Transgender People

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department launched a program Thursday to train local police departments to better respond to transgender individuals,...

WATCH: Crime Fighter By Day, Yogi By Night

Posted 03.24.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Westport, Conn., cop Richard Failla never expected to fall in love with yoga, but after attending just one class with his next-door neighbor, he was h...

Tiger Mom vs. Golden Retriever Mom, Which One Are You?

Amy Koko | Posted 03.14.2014 | Women
Amy Koko

Did I over-love? Did I want their road to be so smooth, so flat and effortless that I ran ahead filling in the pot holes before they hit them? Am I in fact, Golden Retriever Mom? I want to run and play and lick you when you cry and growl at anyone who dares to cross you, whether you get an A+ or a C-, or worse.

The Meaning of Brian Tacadena

Sam Slovick | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Sam Slovick

Thirty-four years since Montoya's death, Tacadena's death raises the same questions and some new ones, like why is there is no national database and standardized reporting system for people killed by the police?

DOJ Agency Warns Of Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

In the monthly e-newsletter for the Justice Department's Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) program, Senior Policy Analyst Karl Bickel sounds t...

The L.A. Sheriff's Dept. Is Hiring Cops With Shady Pasts

Radley Balko | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

A whopper of an investigation from the L.A. Times over the weekend found that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department -- the largest sheriff's dep...

First Anal Probes, Now This. The Drug War Takes Another Horrifying, NSFW Turn In New Mexico.

Radley Balko | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

From the state that gave us stories of forced anal probes, enemas, and colonoscopies a few weeks ago, we now get this: A New Mexico woman clai...

White Woman Experiences 'Walking While Black'

Radley Balko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Over at the local D.C. blog PopVille, a resident writes about a recent interaction with Metro police: I think I had my first experience of bein...

Talking "Warrior Cops" With Bill Maher

Radley Balko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Last week, I flew out to Los Angeles to do an interview for HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. You can watch video of the interview below. I typically d...

Terrifying Drug War Story Of The Day: Man Receives Multiple Anal Probes After Traffic Stop

Radley Balko | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

New Mexico news station KOB is reporting on a traffic stop that quickly devolved into a nightmare. The incident began January 2, 2013 after Da...

When Did 'To Serve and Protect' Become 'To Seize and Profit'?

Jesse Lava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Jesse Lava

Under many civil asset forfeiture laws around the country, cops can take people's money and property without proving anyone guilty, or indeed without even making an arrest. The more they seize, the better off their departments are.

Kickstarter Campaign Seeks Funding For 'Puppycide' Documentary

Radley Balko | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

The indie production company Ozymandias Media is asking for help to fund a documentary looking at the issue of police killing dogs. They've just launc...

Is Banksy on the Run From the New York Cops?

Rob A.L. Brown | Posted 12.23.2013 | New York
Rob A.L. Brown

Graffiti artist Banksy is two thirds of the way through a "residency" on the streets of New York City but it seems that the project has run into a spot of bother in the last 24 hours.

But For Video: Philly Cop Dismissed For Being 'A Freaking A-Hole'

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Chalk another one up to the power of social media and personal technology. Officer Philip Nace . . . is perhaps the first Philly lawman to get ...

What I Did After Nearly Ending Up In Handcuffs In A Police Car...

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 12.18.2013 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

I'm going to tell you precisely how I invented... and then built an awesome 10' X 10' backyard / outdoor movie screen all by myself in about 15 minutes... for less than $50 dollars on Sunday October 13th, 2013 - with no formal plans and just a single trip to the hardware store.

Nana Has a Rap Sheet

Renee Fisher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

The cop was, of course, unaware that Judy's sense of direction was rivaled only by her memory. The court date passed unnoticed, while Judy went on with the less serious commitments of her life. Then the warrant for her arrest arrived in the mail.

WATCH: Dancing NYPD Cop Goes Off On Street Vendor

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.11.2013 | New York

In a perfect demonstration of the NYPD's "Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect," we give you this video, posted by The Street Vendor's Project, of a...

Marijuana Cops Having Fun In The Forests

Jeffrey Dean Schwartz | Posted 11.30.2013 | Crime
Jeffrey Dean Schwartz

t is ludicrous we waste so much time, energy, manpower and money on marijuana eradication as if it the money flows from a fountain while meth, heroin and child molestation destroy our children.

Barking up the Wrong Tree: Vet & Pet Industry Groups Betray Animals

Stephen Wells | Posted 11.23.2013 | Crime
Stephen Wells

When those who harm animals are held accountable for the full extent of the injuries they cause, it sends a clear message that our society and our legal system is starting to take the lives of animals seriously.

Don't Cops Have Better Things To Do Than This?

Reason | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

California suffers from one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation and the state is under court order to release 10,000 inmates, yet state ag...

Email From A Former Cop

Radley Balko | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

Here's another email from a retired police officer in response to my book, and an accompanying article I wrote here at HuffPost:Although I haven't rea...

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republican-on-Republican fear-mongering is such a treat to enjoy. In this case, establishment Republicans vs. the Tea Party.