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The Surprising Way Cops Responded To A Shoplifting Single Mom

Posted 08.05.2013 | Divorce

A woman who was caught shoplifting at a K-Mart in Charleston, West Virginia, last week was in for a surprise when police arrived at the scene. Inst...

Former Cops Speak Out About Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

Since my book on police militarization came out a few weeks ago, it's been interesting to see the reaction from law enforcement officials. As you ...

Misfiring on Whether Zimmerman Racially Profiled Martin

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The obvious point is that to call Zimmerman a serial racial profiler and that Martin was another victim of his penchant for profiling is crass race baiting. That's the wrong debate.

Meanwhile, In Denmark...

Posted 07.21.2013 | Comedy

Dear NYPD, here is one alternative to stop and frisking people, courtesy KRS-One. ...

Puerto Rico Police Will Be Reformed

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 07.17.2013 | Latino Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder pledged $10 million on Wednesday to the Puerto Rican government as it finalized a deal to r...

Attack on Trayvon Martin Is an Attack on America

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Leslie K. Stein

Voter suppression and "stand your ground" are attacks on America's 99 percent. Sound crazy? They are attacks on reasonableness. Voter suppression a...

South Sudan: Still a New Young Nation

Hilde Johnson | Posted 09.06.2013 | World
Hilde Johnson

South Sudan's initiation into the ranks of sovereign nation-states has at times been a baptism by fire. But the people of South Sudan will put aside setbacks on July 9 and celebrate the second anniversary of their hard-won independence.

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...

How Texas Senator Wendy Davis REALLY Won the Vote

Alexia Parks | Posted 08.27.2013 | Denver
Alexia Parks

The news media made Texas state Senator Wendy Davis an overnight hero by reporting on her 11-hour filibuster, and the surprise defeat of a restrictive...

The Wonderful American World of Informers and Agents Provocateurs

Todd Gitlin | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Todd Gitlin

Some intriguing bits about informers and agents provocateurs briefly made it into the public spotlight when Occupy Wall Street was riding high. But as always, dots need connecting.

Justice Department: Police Misconduct in Responding to Domestic and Sexual Violence Can Violate Survivors' Civil Rights

Sandra Park | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Sandra Park

Far too often, survivors of domestic and sexual violence face disbelief, victim-blaming and shaming, hostility, and a refusal to investigate, or even ...

Radley Balko

What Cop T-Shirts Tell Us About Police Culture

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics

Earlier this week, an anonymous public defender sent Gothamist this photo of an NYPD warrant squad officer wearing a t-shirt with a pretty disturbing ...

Young And Fighting Taboos In Turkey

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.20.2013 | World
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Olga Müstecaplıoğlu and her boyfriend in their protective gear at Gezi Park. Photo Credit: Olga Müstecaplıoğlu By: Robyn Gee "...

Man Heckles Father Of Gun Violence Victim, Gets Hit With Stun Gun

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

A gun rights supporter was hit with a stun gun on Tuesday after he heckled the father of a murdered gun violence victim at an anti-gun violence rally,...

Top 8 Things We Should Know About Our Miranda Rights

Seriously Skewed | Posted 08.18.2013 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

I still don't know who Miranda is or why she is associated with the right to remain silent but now that the Supreme Court has ruled that a suspect's s...

Got Needles? Why the Greatest Danger to Law Enforcement Isn't Guns

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Needle-stick injury, or being punctured by used syringes that could be contaminated with dangerous viruses such as HIV or hepatitis C, is a common occupational hazard for law enforcement.

Not Your Typical Father's Day Story

Al DeLuise | Posted 08.16.2013 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

"See this," I pointed to the ground, "this is the exact spot where I was arrested!" They must have wondered why I was smiling.

The War on Marijuana Has a Latino Data Problem

Lynda Garcia | Posted 08.14.2013 | Latino Voices
Lynda Garcia

The UCR's failure to track Latino arrests as a separate category also conceals the racially targeted policing that we suspect is at play in Latino communities, just as it is in black communities.

How Obama Played the Hip Hop Community

Erik Nielson | Posted 08.11.2013 | Black Voices
Erik Nielson

There was something remarkable about seeing rappers pledge their support to a mainstream presidential candidate, especially given the history of antipathy between national politicians and hip hop.

Police Launch New Push Into Taksim Square

Posted 06.11.2013 | World

Reuters) - Turkish riot police fired volleys of teargas canisters into Istanbul's Taksim Square, centre of protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdo...

Friday Talking Points -- Rest In Peace, Fourth Amendment

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We gather here today to mourn the passing of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although weakened and battered in the past, it seems that it has finally succumbed and will be heard of no more.

Taksim Square: The Destruction of Place and the Power of Preservation

Paul Gunther | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Paul Gunther

Like New York's joyously crowded Grand Central and the Arab world's historic squares, Taksim is a public space that in the minds of nascent autocrats risks not merely to accommodate unrest but actually to kindle it.

Underage Drinking Laws on Campus

Uloop | Posted 08.07.2013 | College
Uloop

It is no secret that alcohol use is prevalent on college campuses. According to the National Institute On Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 80 percent of college kids drink alcohol, and over 50 percent of them have partaken in binge drinking in the last two weeks alone.

A Broken System Perpetuates Itself

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

I live in a vital, racially and ethnically diverse Chicago neighborhood and I watch it happen -- racial profiling, the stop-and-frisk game. This is not making my neighborhood safer. It's wrecking lives at enormous public expense.

Raid Of The Day: Bruce Lavoie

Radley Balko | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

Note: The "Raid of the Day" features accounts of police raids I've found, researched, and reported while writing my forthcoming book Rise of the W...