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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...

Miami Suburb Sued For Police Abuse, Racial Profiling

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2014 | Miami

(Adds detail on the city, home to shooting victim Trayvon Martin) MIAMI, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The mayor and police department of a predo...

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...

Today's Drug War Outrage: Man Dies In Jail Cell After Misdemeanor Pot Offense

Radley Balko | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Today's story is part drug war, part police indifference and callousness, part police cover-up. It comes by way of a lawsuit filed by the family of Mi...

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...

Lawyer: Illegal Strip-Search Accuser Wasn't Only Woman Victimized

Posted 10.08.2013 | Chicago

Dana Holmes was not the only woman to be forcibly, illegally stripped by LaSalle County deputies, a lawyer for Holmes said in an Illinois court Monday...

Woman Sues Over Likely Illegal Strip-Search After DUI Arrest

Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago

A 32-year-old Illinois woman filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that LaSalle County officers illegally strip-searched her and left her nude in a jail cel...

Anna Almendrala

Smile, You're On Candid Camera

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.26.2013 | Los Angeles

One of the largest law enforcement departments in the United States wants to give body-worn cameras to all of its officers, but the specter of constan...

New Orleans Cop Gets Four Years For Fatal Drug Raid Shooting Caught On Video

Radley Balko | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

A rare instance of accountability after a botched drug raid: As Natasha Allen walked away from the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse Friday, ...

Radley Balko

Drawing Down: How To Roll Back Police Militarization In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

When the FBI finally located Whitey Bulger in 2010 after searching for 16 years, the reputed mobster was suspected of involvement in 19 murders in the...

We Need A Whistleblower Prize

Radley Balko | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

This Washington Post piece looking at what has happened to several notable government whistleblowers is sobering. The former high-ranking Natio...

Vegas Cop Gets House Arrest for Sexually Intimidating Women

AP | KEN RITTER | Posted 08.08.2013 | Crime

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas judge set bail at $16,000 and placed a suspended police officer on house arrest Thursday pending a Jan. 14 preliminary hearin...

Police Abuse Controversial Tactic To Confiscate Innocents' Property

The New Yorker | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics

Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re ...

If You Have Nothing To Hide, Don't Have A Stroke In The State Of Florida

Radley Balko | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics

A truly awful incident in Florida: Allen Daniel Hicks Sr., 51, was found stopped in his car on the side of Interstate 275 by a sheriff's deputy...

Questions For Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

Radley Balko | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics

Elizabeth Daly's terrifying ordeal has gone viral. In April, the 20-year-old college student and her friends were jumped by a team of undercover agent...

Why I'm Standing with Amnesty International to Demand an End to Appalling Police Violence in Turkey

Amnesty International | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Amnesty International

By Susan Sarandon, Actress and Activist Freedom of expression is a right we have to value and protect, which is why I'm joining Amnesty to demand jus...

Raid Of The Day: Cheryl Lynn Noel

Radley Balko | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

In January 2005, police in Baltimore County conducted a 4:50 a.m. raid on the home of Cheryl Lynn Noel and her husband Charles. The target of the ...

Cops Allegedly Shoot And Kill Dog After Entering Wrong Home

Posted 01.18.2013 | Denver

Jeff Fisher, an Adams County, Colorado resident, says he watched as Adams County deputies entered his property by mistake and one of the deputies shot...

Sex Scandal Rocks The LAPD

Posted 01.06.2013 | Los Angeles

Two veterans of the Los Angeles Police Department are being investigated over accusations that the pair demanded sex from women by threatening them wi...

Mayor Rahm: Just Another Brick In Chicago's Blue Wall

Radley Balko | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

You'd be hard-pressed to find a city whose police culture has a stronger devotion to the blue code of silence than Chicago. There were a couple more e...

SCOTUS Inaction A Win For Cop Watchers

The Huffington Post | Radley Balko | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocking the enforcement of an Illinois eaves...

Radley Balko

Our Broken Criminal Justice System: The Issues No One Is Talking About

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

Our broken criminal justice system wasn't discussed in the first two 2012 debates, and it's unlikely it will be addressed in the two that remain. In f...

Caught On Tape: LAPD Officers Body-Slam Unarmed Nurse

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.25.2012 | Los Angeles

Two LAPD police officers are under investigation after they were caught on camera repeatedly body-slamming a woman during a routine traffic stop in Tu...

Rodney King: An Imperfect Victim Who Died a Perfect Hero

Janice Harper | Posted 08.18.2012 | Black Voices
Janice Harper

Too often when considering injustice, we want perfect victims -- the victim who did nothing to provoke others, whose moral code remains unblemished. But if justice were the privilege of the perfect, there wouldn't be much need for it.

Breaking The Silence: My Abuses Under Argentina's Junta Militar

Alex Warden | Posted 05.06.2012 | Latino Voices
Alex Warden

Unfortunately, my story is not unique. Many who have lived under dictatorial regimes know this sort of fear, the dread of a police force used as a tool of intimidation, rather than as a means of protection.