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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.

Who's to Blame for Battlefield America? Is It Militarized Police or the Militarized Culture?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

It's hard to pinpoint what exactly is responsible for the growing spate of police shootings, brutality and overreach that have come to dominate the ne...

Anal Probes And the Drug War: An Ethical And Legal Primer

Radley Balko | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

Last week, news wires, blogs and pundits lit up with the horrifying story of David Eckert, a New Mexico man who last January was subjected to a series...

Unarmed Teen Shot Dead By Police On University Campus

Posted 11.08.2013 | Crime

On Monday, police in Iowa shot dead an unarmed teenager after a family dispute, and his relatives are now demanding answers. According to The Assoc...

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...

Kickstarter Campaign Seeks Funding For 'Puppycide' Documentary

Radley Balko | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

The indie production company Ozymandias Media is asking for help to fund a documentary looking at the issue of police killing dogs. They've just launc...

Radley Balko

An Occupy Activist Finds A New Cause To Champion

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

This article is the fourth in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 3 here. SALT LAKE CITY -- Two men with different ap...

Mojave Desert Shooting Spree Ends With Dead Suspect

AP | Posted 10.25.2013 | Crime

RIDGECREST, Calif. -- RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — A homicide suspect was killed by police on a Mojave Desert highway early Friday after a lengthy purs...

This Week In Innocence

Radley Balko | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

Two Washington state men will get $10.5 million after spending 17 years in prison for a rape they didn't commit. It's easy to dismiss these exonera...

Radley Balko

How A Drug Raid Gone Wrong Sparked A Call For Change In The Unlikeliest State In The Nation

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

This article is the first in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. OGDEN, Utah -- It's late summer, and the house at 3268 Jackson...

But For Video: Philly Cop Dismissed For Being 'A Freaking A-Hole'

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Chalk another one up to the power of social media and personal technology. Officer Philip Nace . . . is perhaps the first Philly lawman to get ...

10 Good Things That Happen During Mercury Retrograde

Larry Schwimmer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Larry Schwimmer

I have some great news! Here are some amazingly good things that could happen to you during Mercury retrograde.

Hillary Clinton and Ray Kelly Remember Sept. 11

Tom Murro | Posted 12.22.2013 | New York
Tom Murro

The 6th Annual Voices of September 11 "Always remember'' Gala was held at Gustavinos in NYC on October 16th. Voices is an organization that helps fa...

The Time I Was Questioned by Police for Knitting in a Starbucks

Gregory Patrick | Posted 12.22.2013 | Miami
Gregory Patrick

I'm sitting at Starbucks, which I rarely do. It's hard to knit there. I lot of people still find it weird for a man to be knitting in public. But, for us fellas that knit, it's nothing short of ordinary.

Who Will Protect You From the Police?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

You brace for the confrontation, a shaky grip on your weapon. In the moments before you go down for the count, shot multiple times by the strangers who have invaded your home, you get a good look at your attackers. It's the police.

Police Force Could Take Hit From NSA Leaks

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

By Chris Francescani PHILADELPHIA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Public disclosures about U.S. government surveillance threaten the ability of po...

What I Did After Nearly Ending Up In Handcuffs In A Police Car...

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 12.18.2013 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

I'm going to tell you precisely how I invented... and then built an awesome 10' X 10' backyard / outdoor movie screen all by myself in about 15 minutes... for less than $50 dollars on Sunday October 13th, 2013 - with no formal plans and just a single trip to the hardware store.

Global Brushes With Officer Krupke - Law & Order: Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 12.15.2013 | Travel
Mike Arkus

It's not nearly as bad as when I was much younger, when you might say I was rash, reckless and craving trouble. There was a time when I couldn't go fr...

WATCH: Dancing NYPD Cop Goes Off On Street Vendor

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.11.2013 | New York

In a perfect demonstration of the NYPD's "Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect," we give you this video, posted by The Street Vendor's Project, of a...

Utah Won't Disclose Records On Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

One of the main forces behind the mass militarization of America's police officers has been the Pentagon's 1033 and 1122 programs, which makes surplus...

Pentagon's Militarization of Our Main Streets and Municipal Police

Michael Shank | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.

House's 'SAFE' Act Threatens Support for Immigration Reform

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

True immigration reform cannot be achieved if creating this road comes at the cost of giving up or undermining our most cherished civil rights.

Police 'Ticket' Girl's Barbie Jeep

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.08.2013 | Parents

Throw out the old "good cop, bad cop" routine. With this story, it's pretty much all good cop. Unless, that is, you're 7-year-old Autumn, whose bright...