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Why D.C.'s New Marijuana Law Will Help Blacks

Debbie Hines | Posted 07.18.2014 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

While there are many more racial disparities that affect the number of blacks arrested and charged with various crimes, the new marijuana law is one step in the right direction.

Big Data Policing in the Big Apple

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Technology
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

What is predictive policing and how does it work? Predictive policing works by taking regularly recorded crime data -- location, time, and crime -- and inputting it all into sophisticated computer models that predict places of expected criminal activity.

Telling the Police to F*** Off: Risky First Amendment Business

Clay Calvert | Posted 07.10.2014 | Crime
Clay Calvert

Before you administer a little dose of "F You" to the man, you might think twice about whether you want to fight it out in court.

True Story: I Fell in Love With a Felon

Ravishly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Zangeif got in a work-release program. This meant that he was allowed to work while in jail. At every shift, I drove to his restaurant and had sneaky makeout sessions with him. I'd be lying if I said that his sentence provided no additional thrill -- defiance is hot.

007 Attends A Long Way Down Movie Screening In NYC

Tom Murro | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Murro

City Cinemas 123 in NYC hosted the VIP movie screening of the film A Long Way Down last Monday night starring Pierce Brosnan, Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots.

How to Help America's Vets and Heroes Right Now

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I figure, the least we can do is give back. These charities do some really innovative work to support vets, and other American heroes.

Mockery and Injury: The San Francisco Giants 'Celebrate' Native American Heritage

April Negrette | Posted 07.01.2014 | San Francisco
April Negrette

Native American Heritage Night at the Giants game last week seemed like an ideal time to attend a game with my little sister. That is, unless you consider watching non-Native people prance around in a costume headdress and getting slammed to the ground by your hair by police to be "ideal."

Crossed Paths for a Quart of Milk

Leslie Handler | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Handler

I went to the Wawa with my husband to pick up a quart of milk. As we parked the car, we noticed a young man passed out and lying in front of the store...

World Cup Photo Diary: Fan Fest!

Raul de Molina | Posted 06.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Raul de Molina

Fan Fest are official FIFA spaces where the public can watch games. The crowds were massive and while there was expected to be a large demonstration against the World Cup, it never materialized.

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

Bill Piper | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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.

Putting More Police Officers on the Street

Letitia James | Posted 06.12.2014 | New York
Letitia James

In the past decade, however, the number of uniformed police officers has remained more or less flat. Without a doubt, the most fiscally responsible way to increase the number of officers on our streets is to mobilize uniformed officers in administrative jobs and to use civilian employees to fill those jobs.

Astoria Characters: The Robbery Victims

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.10.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It is what the masked men did to her before they took the money that keeps Sajida Gulamrasool up at night.

The Disappearance of the Political Middle in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungary has long been divided between its liberal and cosmopolitan capital and the more conservative countryside. During the Communist era, a small de...

The Growing Epidemic of Police Violence: Is It Time to De-Militarize Police Forces?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.04.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

The epidemic of police violence continues to escalate while fear of the police increases and the police state, with all its surveillance gear and military weaponry, expands around us.

Beyond #MyNYPD: How Law Enforcement Should Use Social Media

Rafael Salazar | Posted 05.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Rafael Salazar

Whether the medium is Twitter or traditional press releases, community engagement should always be a bottom-up phenomenon. A hashtag will never repair the image citizens have of a police department, only actions on the ground will.

Cop Says He Was Penalized For Refusing To Profile Young Drivers For Traffic Stops

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

A veteran police officer in Mendham Township, New Jersey claims he was passed over for promotions and denied opportunities to earn overtime pay after ...

Surveillance Should Be Top Priority for New NYPD Inspector General

Michael Price | Posted 05.28.2014 | New York
Michael Price

During his first few months, the NYPD IG will face a number of challenges. Once staffed, the success of the office will likely depend on how it can balance its many obligations with the need to make progress on the urgent and persistent problems that led to its creation.

Embracing Technology Can Reduce False Convictions

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 05.28.2014 | New York
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

New York State should require recording of interrogations for two very simple reasons. First, it makes policing more accurate. Second, it is necessary because research indicates that false confessions are quite common.

The New 9/11 Museum and The Nature of Evil: Needs for Larger Contexts and Questions

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

My sister, Karen, died on 9/11, working at the World Trade Center; and hence, I visited the new Museum, which opened this week, with my family. A...

Border Agency Blocks Release of Independent Report on Use of Force

Andrew Becker | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
Andrew Becker

The Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington-based think tank and consultant, prepared the report last year following a spate of deadly shootings by Customs and Border Protection agents and officers. Overall, Customs and Border Protection agents and officers have killed nearly 30 people since 2010.

Police Officer Raises $100,000 After 'Heartbreaking' Tragedy

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 05.30.2014 | Good News

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — After 17 years on the force, San Jose Police officer Huan Nguyen had learned not to get emotionally involved in his work. Bu...

Catch Me If You Can: An Inside Look at Deception

Evan F. Moore | Posted 07.22.2014 | Chicago
Evan F. Moore

People lie. Often, they lie about who they are for no good reason. These people lie about being police officers, firefighters and military along with fraternities, sororities and Masonic organizations.

I Just Called the Cops On a Group of Young Black Boys

Rana Campbell | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices
Rana Campbell

I wasn't expecting my walk home to be like this at all. "I just called the cops on a group of young black boys. I feel horrible." I'd just entered m...

Artistic Photo Series Reminds Us That The True Superheroes Among Us Don't Wear Capes

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 05.23.2014 | Good News

One photographer is honoring the real heroes in our lives -- the ones who don't need capes to be super. Brandon Cawood, 30, is the photographer be...

Cal Ripken Jr. and His League of Extraordinary Givers

Kandice Ferrell | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
Kandice Ferrell

Knowing all too well that sporting events and having fun are secondary to survival for many youth, Cal Ripken Jr. and his family began the work of making a deeper impact in the lives of children on a national scale.