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THIS Is How Cops Should Treat Homeless People

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact

Steve Wick doesn't just patrol people on the streets of Houston -- he befriends them, too. The sergeant helps run the city's Homeless Outreach Team...

Black Officers Torn Between Duty And Race

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND and KRISTIN J. BENDER | Posted 12.11.2014 | Black Voices

Jorge "Jinho" Ferreira feels the tension between being black and carrying a badge every day as a sheriff's deputy in Alameda County, California. "I f...

American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

What Happened to Protect and Serve? Cops, Civilians and Guns

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

If you'll excuse my descending into cliche, the issue that began in Ferguson, Mo. is moving beyond racism to the present-day penchant of police departments to apply military thinking to civilian life.This thinking leads cops to expect and insist on instant obedience in any interaction. If they don't get it, they escalate.

Here Is A Look At Police Killings Cited By Protesters

AP | Posted 12.06.2014 | Black Voices

Several recent killings of black men or boys by police officers across the nation and grand juries' decisions not to indict some of the officers have ...

Could Tasers and Cameras Have Saved the Life of Michael Brown?

Natalie Pace | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Natalie Pace

For an inside perspective, I turned to Rick Smith, the CEO and co-founder of Taser International - the leading provider of Tasers, cameras and evidence archival software for police departments.

Cops and Courage

Ann Medlock | Posted 12.02.2014 | Crime
Ann Medlock

What's going on when some police officers escalate violence instead of calming it? Why would a professionally trained cop panic and kill when he could disable the person he sees as threatening? How are law-enforcement officers recruited?

Black Men Don't Need a Guardian Angel. We Need Our Guardian Slave.

Trey Ellis | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices
Trey Ellis

From 12 to 50 it's assumed we're packing, assumed that like the Hulk or zombies we possess superhuman, virtually unstoppable destructive power. So where an average citizen may disagree, even argue and berate a police officer, treating them as the public servant that they indeed are, a black man, if he wishes to continue living, must channel his ancestors. His slave ancestors. Today, in a world of black presidents, electric cars and talking iPhones, it's so hard to convince young black men, like my 13-year-old son, that if a police officer merely perceives you are a lethal threat, he may shoot you dead. So what I have to drill into him, since I want him to continue to live, is to listen to his Guardian Slave and be preternaturally polite and respectful no matter how ugly and unreasonable the policeman's demand. Then at least he'll probably only be tased.

'Dozens Of Guns,' Police Gear Found In Cop Impersonator's House

AP | Mark Gillispie | Posted 10.24.2014 | Crime

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say they've seized dozens of guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition and police equipment including badges, silencers a...

Put Your Feet On the Street Wednesday, 10/22 -- A National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality

Jerry Ashton | Posted 12.22.2014 | Crime
Jerry Ashton

A "National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and Criminalization of an Entire Generation," will be arriving at major cities and towns across the U.S. in a nationwide call to action.

Things That Cops Know, But Most People Don't

Quora | Posted 11.30.2014 | Crime
Quora

There probably are teenagers who can handle alcohol responsibly outside the direct supervision of an adult. We never run into them, though.

When This Cop Tried to Shut Down the City's Worst Motel, He Ended Up Changing a Girl's Life

Chris Cognac | Posted 11.16.2014 | Good News
Chris Cognac

I knocked on door "K" and little did I know that the girl who answered the door, the skinny girl in pajamas, would be the person who gave me my soul back.

Ryan J. Reilly

Pentagon Official Doesn't Know Why Local Police Need The Bayonets Feds Gave Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department official who oversees the program that has sent billions of dollars' worth of military-style equipment to local p...

Ryan J. Reilly

Outside Chiefs Called To Help Ferguson Police 'Make Better Decisions'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- The head of the Justice Department's Community Oriented Policing Services is planning to return to St. Louis in the next few weeks wi...

'COPS' Crew Member Killed By Officer's Bullet

AP | By MARGERY A. BECK | Posted 10.27.2014 | Crime

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality tel...

'COPS' Crew Member Killed Filming Armed Robbery

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.28.2014 | Crime

A crew member for the TV show "COPS" who was injured while filming an officer-involved shooting in Nebraska on Tuesday has died. The reality show's...

Why I Fled St. Louis

Ace Robinson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Ace Robinson

I have many nephews and godsons who are growing up Black in cities that are notorious for the abuse of Black boys. I promise them that I will support them with anything that they dare to dream. But what I cannot promise them is safety from the police.

Should We All Get on a Bus to Missouri in the Morning?

Stacy Bare | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Stacy Bare

I want this to end. I want to wake up tomorrow and have this be an ugly dream. I want to think that what I was told I went to fight for, and what I was told the 'terrorists' hated, my American way of life and freedom and such, is really what I went to fight for, but this, this is outrage.

Today I Saw an Embalmed Corpse, How About You?

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Sidonie Sawyer

As part of a valuable experience I was seeking for a story, I worked part time for a week in a funeral home. You know, just to get a feel of what Six Feet Under was like. I have to admit that there is no monkey business to report after a few days, all is calm and regal.

James Brown Biopic: Should Life Stories Really Include Fabricated Incidents?

Charles Thomson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Thomson

It is surely irresponsible to insert significant, fictitious incidents into movies marketed as true stories. Besides which, James Brown's life story was about as dramatic as they come. If you can't turn that into a compelling movie without inventing non-existent shotgun fire, nobody's life story is safe.

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds: 75 Percent Of Newark Police Pedestrian Stops Unconstitutional

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A three-year federal investigation into the conduct of the Newark Police Department found that the vast majority of pedestrian stops con...

In Defense of Giving Naloxone to Cops

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

Naloxone programs represent a paradigm shift in law enforcement attitude toward drug users from a "lock'em up" mentality to an emphasis on the value of all human life.

Jameis Winston Cited For Stealing Crab Legs From Supermarket

BroBible | Posted 04.30.2014 | Crime

Crab legs from a Publix? How does one even go about stealing those? That’s about the least inconspicuous thing one could possibly steal. Since he wa...

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...