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How Not to Shoot the Family Dog

Tricia Spencer | Posted 04.20.2014 | Crime
Tricia Spencer

Emotions are running high in the wake of yet another shooting of a family dog by a police officer. This time it happened in the small town of Filer, Idaho. It's not the first time such a thing has happened, and unless something changes, it surely won't be the last.

WATCH: Deputy Attacks Shackled Inmate In Courtroom

The Colorado Independent | Susan Greene | Posted 02.13.2014 | Crime

From The Colorado Independent's Susane Greene. DENVER — Denver’s safety department waited a year to discipline a sheriff’s deputy for grabbin...

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.

Brazil's Undeclared War on Young Black Men

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

Brazil is a vast, varied and amazing country of tremendous potential that is increasingly assuming a role on the international stage. But its potential will only be fully achieved when it ends the subtle and overt racism and the social exclusion behind the war on its young black men.

Military Pension Cuts Prove Hypocrisy of Republicans

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The question the Republicans who are fighting to restore the cuts to military pensions really need to answer is, what makes all of these other brave men and women who work for the government less deserving of good pay, great benefits and public adoration?

Is Pacification Increasing Violence Against Women in Rio's Favelas?

Juliana Schwartz | Posted 03.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Juliana Schwartz

It is unclear what is causing the increase in violence against women in Rio's favelas. But here is what I do know: Rio has one of the most blatant and fascinating systems of control when it comes to keeping poor people of color marginalized.

Our Ever-Expanding Three-Way Arms Race

Tom Harvey | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Tom Harvey

So the cycle goes on and gives us a greater and greater number of more and more deadly weapons. To restore some sort of sanity and reduce the carnage, it will be necessary to slow this process at each corner of the triangle.

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.