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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.

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.