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The Sad Irony of Homicide Solvability

Dr. Michael J. Jenkins | Posted 03.12.2014 | Crime
Dr. Michael J. Jenkins

If witnesses are unwilling to talk to police, then no increase in the number of investigators will close these cases. The police responsibility, then, is to earn the respect and cooperation of citizens in the neighborhoods where these homicides occur.

Almost All Police Brutality Complaints Go Uninvestigated Here: Report

Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

A whopping 99 percent of all complaints regarding police brutality are left uninvestigated in central New Jersey, according to a Courier News and Home...

How to End Brazil's Homicide Epidemic

Robert Muggah | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Muggah

Homicidal violence is a barometer of the wider health of a society and the commitment of governments to guaranteeing its safety and well-being. By almost every measure, Brazil is a sickly patient and its public authorities are errant doctors.

Militarizing Santa Claus

Radley Balko | Posted 12.27.2013 | Politics

A couple years ago, I wrote a story about efforts by citizens in the town of Keane, New Hampshire, to block their city council from purchasing a DHS-f...

Major City's New Police Policy Aimed At Clamping Down On Leaks

Star Tribune | Matt MCKinney | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

In a move aimed at restoring public trust in police investigations, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau has ordered every member of the Police Depa...

Dire Civil Liberties Predictions for 2014

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

As we come to the end of a year that saw revelations about massive government spying programs, horrifying stories of police abuse, and brazen violatio...

In A Scene Straight Out Of 'Minority Report,' Police Are Now Getting Warrants Before Crimes Are Even Committed

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

In a scene straight out of "Minority Report," cops in one Texas county are now getting warrants before crimes are even committed. The Dallas Observ...

Man Sues After Bungled Sex Sting Operation

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Reason TV has the story of Charles Samuel Couch, the caretaker of a disabled boy who was embarrassed and humiliated during a ridiculous sex sting ...

2013 Likely To Be The Safest Year For Cops In Decades

Radley Balko | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

With only a couple weeks to go, 2013 is shaping up to be the safest year for police officers since the 1950s. According to the National Law Enforc...

Legalize It? Seriously?

Chris Baughman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Chris Baughman

Legalization does not benefit the people selling sex; nor does legalization produce female empowerment. What it does is serve the owners of brothels, pimps and the johns who frequent them.

Failings in Mental Health Care for Adults With Autism

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Neil S. Greenspan

One key problem repeatedly encountered with both psychiatrists and psychologists is the failure to adequately monitor clinical progress of patients with autism according to any objective standard.

The Death of Kelly Thomas Was No Anomaly

Diane Goldstein | Posted 02.08.2014 | Crime
Diane Goldstein

By continuing to not critically analyze the failure of our national drug policy and how it impacts the mentally ill and our homeless population, we invite other incidents such as this -- this is simply a more extreme example of what happens on the streets every day.

Stopping Al Qaeda One MRAP at a Time in Rural America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Sometimes a single story has a way of standing in for everything you need to know. In the case of the up-arming, up-armoring, and militarization of police forces across the country, there is such a story.

DOJ Agency Warns Of Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

In the monthly e-newsletter for the Justice Department's Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) program, Senior Policy Analyst Karl Bickel sounds t...

The Over-Policing of America

Chase Madar | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Chase Madar

American over-policing involves far more than the widely reported up-armoring of your local precinct. It's also the way police power has entered the DNA of social policy, turning just about every sphere of American life into a police matter.

Lawsuit: Cops Storm House, Beat Occupants, Kill Parakeet

Radley Balko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Your police outrage of the day comes courtesy of the NY Daily News: City cops barged into the home of a Staten Island mom without a warrant, be...

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...

Reflecting on George Harrison's Death: A Visit to Ground Zero During Thanksgiving 2001

Elan Barnehama | Posted 01.26.2014 | New York
Elan Barnehama

Since September 11, I have often turned to music to remind me of what is important. I am inspired by new bands that do their part to promote community and compassion over consumption.

First Anal Probes, Now This. The Drug War Takes Another Horrifying, NSFW Turn In New Mexico.

Radley Balko | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

From the state that gave us stories of forced anal probes, enemas, and colonoscopies a few weeks ago, we now get this: A New Mexico woman clai...

White Woman Experiences 'Walking While Black'

Radley Balko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Over at the local D.C. blog PopVille, a resident writes about a recent interaction with Metro police: I think I had my first experience of bein...

Next Stop On The Road To Surveillance State: License Plate Scanners

Radley Balko | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

Over at Popular Mechanics, Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds writes: We now know that federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are using a...

Talking "Warrior Cops" With Bill Maher

Radley Balko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Last week, I flew out to Los Angeles to do an interview for HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. You can watch video of the interview below. I typically d...

Mayor de Blasio and the Challenge of Police Reform

Robert Gangi | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Robert Gangi

Reforms are available to the de Blasio administration that can not only effectively correct police practices that victimize people unjustly but have the added appeal of being easy political lifts.

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Some insurance companies are canceling policies, so therefore our president must have lied. Nope. Not true. It is a handy talking point for the opposition, but it is in fact, just another logical fallacy. Once you start listening for them, you'll find them everywhere.

Justifiable Homicides by Police Resulting From Attacks by Allegedly Mentally Ill Rising

DJ Jaffe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
DJ Jaffe

Fortunately, law enforcement leaders around the country are starting to fight back in an attempt to return care and treatment of the seriously ill to mental health departments.