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Tips From Former Police Officers on How to Avoid Getting That Traffic Ticket

Quora | Posted 09.18.2014 | Crime
Quora

If you were reasonable, and the infraction was not reckless or dangerous to others, you'd usually get a break from me. Once. I had a long memory.

Police Officers Posted Heroin User's Arrest on Twitter and Vine

Dieter Holger | Posted 09.16.2014 | Crime
Dieter Holger

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The Red Flag Flies High Again on Prosecution in Brown Slaying

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.14.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The reason for Robert McCullough's foot drag on or outright refusal to prosecute Darren Wilson strikes to the heart of why he and other prosecutors either won't prosecute officers or invariably blow the case against them the rare times they do.

Police Forum Report Says Syringe Exchange Encourages Drug Treatment, Lowers Injury and Disease

Tessie Castillo | Posted 09.12.2014 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

Just when it seems like law enforcement will never buy into the idea of syringe exchange as a tool to reduce disease and prevent needle-stick injury...

How One Town Hopes To Mend Police Relationship With The Community

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

The city of Rochester, New York will kick off a program on Saturday aimed at improving relations between community members and law enforcement -- and ...

Police Mistakes in Ferguson Involve Gender as Well as Race: The Forgotten Lessons of Los Angeles' Christopher Commission

Mary Anne Case | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Mary Anne Case

We would do well to remember the lessons that the 1991 Christopher Commission drew from its investigation into the police practices that led to Rodney King's beating at the hands of the LAPD and the riots that followed.

Fast-Draw Morality

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

In actuality, our only hope is embracing a larger story: that all humanity, and all of life, is connected. Finding that connection is often what requires courage. What if policing, for instance, were more about finding that connection than exerting authority?

Brazil's Killing Fields

Robert Muggah | Posted 09.10.2014 | Crime
Robert Muggah

Brazil is the world's murder capital. Its grisly toll cannot be put down to a so-called culture of violence. To the contrary: These preventable deaths are a result of policy failures. Brazil's violent crime wave can be reversed.

Abusive Authority; Power & Police: An American Tale

Aurora Barnes | Posted 09.09.2014 | New York
Aurora Barnes

While I was always opposed to New York City's stop-and-frisk policy, and in general, to the NYPD's racist regime, I had never been so directly affected by it.

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...

Another Alleged NYPD Beating Caught On Video

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 09.08.2014 | Crime

The New York City Police Department's Internal Affairs division is investigating an incident in which a number of officers were caught on tape apparen...

The Underreported Story of the Past 20 Years

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 09.04.2014 | Crime
Mark Yzaguirre

I'm not suggesting that crime isn't a problem in the United States. It is a problem, particularly with regard to violent crimes involving firearms, but it is a problem that has diminished over recent decades.

A Taxicab Confession For A Post-Ferguson America

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Dennis D. Parker

Black and brown people are not so much strangers in a strange land, you see. Far worse, we are strangers in our own homeland.

A Future That Values Everyone

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"I think if we had a gun we would have been shot immediately." This is as good a place to start as any, at the logical limits of violent self-defense. The speaker is Andres Gutierrez of Nonviolent Peaceforce, a nonprofit organization that has engaged in peacekeeping work in troubled regions of the world for the last decade.

How It's Easier to Become a St. Louis Police Officer Than a Barber

Nikolas Katsimpras | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Katsimpras

Barbers and hairdressers, like Dionne Flowers of St. Louis, are an integral part of the society. The inconceivable, unknown detail in this story is that Dionne had more training for her license as a hairdresser, than the officers who pulled the trigger on Kajieme Powel had for their licenses.

It's Not Just Ferguson... Is It?

Isa Freeling | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Isa Freeling

The call to pay close attention to race at this moment is a hot button issue with long simmering resentments now bubbling up to the surface and at a boil. The new awareness that sometime, while we were sleeping, police departments suited up like a military force, has awakened people to a perception of threat.

What Would MLK Say About Ferguson?

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

It is unfortunate that the media overplays "looting and rioting" much more than it covers the thousands who peacefully protest everyday for justice.

Fear and Lynching in California

Sam Slovick | Posted 09.03.2014 | Los Angeles
Sam Slovick

Whatever Murrieta was before July 2014, it no longer is. What City Manager Rick Dudley characterized as "a black eye" is actually an indelible stain.

How Does Wilson Fire Six Shots, While Getting Beaten, Without Gunshot Residue On Michael Brown?

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

What if Brown was pretending to charge after taunting verbally, in an arrogant act of defiance, with the intent of pulling back? What if Brown was running, but quickly turned back to surrender, and Wilson mistook that for charging, what then?

Ryan J. Reilly

Ferguson Protesters Hope To Transform Anger Into Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.01.2014 | Black Voices

This article was made possible by HuffPost readers through their support of the Ferguson Fellowship. Here's how you can back more reporting like this ...

Congress Needs to Rein in the Security State the Way We Have in Maine

Shenna Bellows | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Shenna Bellows

When it comes to weighing the importance of civil liberties against fear of a terrorist attack (or everyday criminal activity), the Beltway is trapped in 2005.

One Bad Apple and the Soils of Injustice

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Institutional racism is about a system the makes and has made it possible for "bad apple" after "bad apple" after "bad apple" to be recruited, trained and deployed -- again, and again, and again. Yes, individuals must be held accountable for their actions, but so do the systems that empower them.

The Courage to Disarm

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

One of the deeper, darker questions concealed in the maelstrom of rage and grief of Ferguson is this one: What if Officer Darren Wilson had not been armed when he told the two teenagers to get out of the street?

What Does It Feel Like to Be Racially Profiled?

Quora | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Quora

I am an American of Indian (sub-continental) descent, and I have been racially profiled. I can understand why this happens, but it can be frustrating at times, and occasionally humorous.

The Militarization of American Policing

Stephen Downing | Posted 08.28.2014 | Crime
Stephen Downing

The military mission is to confront and kill a defined enemy. The peace officer has no enemies. His or her mission is to protect the community and everyone within it. No matter what crime they may have committed, all are entitled to the protections of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and due process.