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In the Wake of the Shooting Death of Ezell Ford, the Elephant Has Outgrown the Room: It's Time to Re-Imagine Law Enforcement

Julie Bergman Sender | Posted 08.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Julie Bergman Sender

The similarities between Ford's death and Michael Brown's death beg not just for answers as to why this continues to be a common occurrence, but also demand swift and permanent change.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Why Do Cops So Often Shoot To Kill?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- The fatal shooting of a man by police on Tuesday near St. Louis kept the spotlight on law enforcement's use of deadly force, as protests...

Crisis Management 101: A Wakeup Call for Law Enforcement Organizations Everywhere

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 08.19.2014 | Crime
Ian I. Mitroff

To say the least, the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri raises highly disturbing and troubling issues for law enforcement agencies everywhere.

Ferguson: We Are All Missourians

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

 In the America that I want to live in, it's not all right for police to intimidate entire communities with automatic weapons, riot gear and armored vehicles.

An Exit Strategy for Ferguson

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

It's pretty basic. Belief in the supremacy of civilian control over the armed forces is the cornerstone of American democracy. The institutional failure evident in Ferguson, MO is a sign of civilian dereliction.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Michael Brown Killing Reignites Debate Over Deadly Force

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has reopened the debate over law enforcement protocol and the use of deadly force. ...

What Our Laws Say About Dogs in Hot Cars

Stephen Wells | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Stephen Wells

Just a few minutes in a hot vehicle can harm or kill your pet. Too often, a neglectful dog owner goes into a store "just for a minute" only to find his dog dead in the car upon his return -- and such neglect carries serious legal consequences

Parallel Construction: Unconstitutional NSA Searches Deny Due Process

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A lot of attention Post-Snowden has been paid to what the NSA does-- vacuum up emails, listen in on Skype chats and so forth. Too little attention has been devoted to what is done with the information NSA collects.

Why We Should Appreciate Those Who Keep Us Safe

Miguel Guadalupe | Posted 07.21.2014 | Crime
Miguel Guadalupe

That local politicians, other police forces, and more importantly, the surrounding communities can band together in the face of danger insures that we as citizens can depend upon the general safety and security necessary to carry on with our own lives.

Thousands of Rapists Are Not Behind Bars Because Cops Focus on Marijuana Users

Bill Piper | Posted 08.17.2014 | Crime
Bill Piper

A piece in the Washington Post highlights the growing backlog of untested rape test kits that are sitting in police storage units while rapists run free and victims suffer. Missing from the story, however, is one of the biggest contributors to this backlog.

Court Revives Case Against SFO Police for Terrorizing Driver

Larry Bodine | Posted 07.29.2014 | Crime
Larry Bodine

Denise Green, a 47-year-old African-American woman with no criminal record, was driving her Lexus on Mission Street in San Francisco at 11:15 p.m. one night, when she passed a police "camera car" with an automatic license-plate reader.

Sex Sells: How Nevada is Confusing the Hell Out of Little Girls

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.08.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking! A few weeks ago, we told you about the insane things going on in Mississipp...

WATCH: How The Criminal Justice System Profiles LGBT People

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.08.2014 | Gay Voices

The United States' criminal justice system has a habit of discriminating against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and peopl...

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.

Holly Smith, Author of Walking Prey and Sex Trafficking Survivor, Shares Advice and Her Story

Jane Mosbacher Morris | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Jane Mosbacher Morris

Holly is indisputably courageous for sharing her personal story, which helps to illuminate that children (and adults) from all walks of life, can be the target of traffickers.

I Have Nothing to Hide: Government Surveillance Does Not Concern Me

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.09.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

By Irasema Garza, J.D., Policy Advisor, NCLR Policy Analysis Center The old adage that nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes is no lo...

'Drug Endangered Children' Laws Will Do More Harm Than Good

Diane Goldstein | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Diane Goldstein

We have seen significant damage done to families through laws that replace common sense and an evaluation of individual circumstances with zero-tolerance laws that foster injustice.

Top Seven Crazy Myths About Drug Overdose Antidote, Naloxone

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

With fatalities from heroin and prescription drugs still on the rise, naloxone, an opiate reversal medication, has become an increasingly popular meth...

Confessions of a Former Muslim Students Association Board Member

Atif Choudhury | Posted 05.25.2014 | College
Atif Choudhury

Categorically bugging all mosques and "infiltrating" MSAs might be the quick and easy option for our government to show us that it is "doing something" to combat terror, but is it really the most optimal method for serious law enforcement?

Hawaii Cops Can Have Sex With Prostitutes

AP | SAM EIFLING | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers on Friday vowed to restore a line in a bill that would make it illegal for police to have sex with prostitutes. Cu...

I Work in Law Enforcement and Can't Afford My Student Loans

Steve Rhode | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, I just read your article and am hoping you can assist me. I'm already on a loan forgiveness plan, I ...

After a Decade of War Abroad, a More Militarized Police Force at Home

Andrew Woodman | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Andrew Woodman

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have winded down, police have actively recruited military personnel and equipment, turning domestic police departments into small battalions more suited for Kabul than Peoria.

Modern Policing vs. The IACP

Diane Goldstein | Posted 04.13.2014 | Crime
Diane Goldstein

We are now in a moment where both opportunity and a path for law enforcement leaders exists to negotiate an honorable truce and develop an exit strategy to America's longest war through the adoption of harm reduction policies.

They Should Name A Building For Him

Max Allan Collins | Posted 03.25.2014 | DC
Max Allan Collins

Recently U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed naming the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Eliot Ness, leader of the famed "Untouchables."

State of the Union of My Brain and Mental Health Policy

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 03.22.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

Overall, I am heartened by the improvements in recent years that I have seen in public policy and media coverage of mental illness. But there is still a great deal of stigma against the mentally ill.