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No Country for 'Black Teens'

Benjamin Todd Jealous | Posted 06.05.2013 | Black Voices
Benjamin Todd Jealous

The belief that male "black teens" are inherently more likely to be criminals is ingrained in our society. It has seeped into our institutions in the form of racial profiling, and too often it poisons the judgment of those who are supposed to protect us.

Millbrook v. U.S.: Holding the Government Accountable for Misconduct by Law Enforcement Officials

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.02.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

At a time when the courts are increasingly giving deference to the police and prioritizing security over civil liberties, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Millbrook v. United States is a glimmer of hope in a sea of gloom.

Police Search For Man Who Fell From Plane

AP | Posted 05.29.2013 | Crime

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Authorities in southeastern Tennessee are searching for a man who was thrown from an experimental aircraft while he was learning...

Huffington This Week: The Lion in Winter

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Jon Ward puts the spotlight on John McCain and finds the longtime senator both pursuing new fights with characteristic grit and reflecting on his legacy. And Radley Balko writes about the increasing militarization of our police forces, as the American Civil Liberties Union is now looking into the ways police are using weapons that were once used only for war.

Discriminatory discipline: Feds and Mississippi school district reach agreement on changes

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.25.2013 | Black Voices
The Center for Public Integrity

By Susan FerrissThe Center for Public IntegrityA Mississippi school district under scrutiny for excessive punishment of black students has reached a...

Unfairly Treated: Gun Owners and People With Mental Health Concerns

Paul Heroux | Posted 03.22.2013 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Ever since the awful shootings in Newtown, Conn., two groups have been treated unfairly. The first group is the law-abiding gun owners. The second gro...

Ugly Facebook Post From The Police Union In Columbia, Missouri

Radley Balko | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m. -- A spokesperson from the Columbia Police Officers' Association wrote to say that the post was satire, rather than a suggestion. T...

'Some Police Officers Can't Even Tie Their Shoes'

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.18.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Notorious bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman and his wife, Beth, are back with a new TV series, "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt." On Monday, the couple sat ...

A View of the Drug War: Stop Blaming Police and Start Emphasizing Personal Responsibility

John Bruhns | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
John Bruhns

Law enforcement is not blame for the actions of law-breaking addicts who are not receptive to drug treatment. You can only fault law enforcement for their inaction in protecting the public from this element.

Florida v. Harris: Turning Police Dogs Into Search Warrants on a Leash

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.27.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

"The unspoken power dynamics in a police/civilian encounter will generally favor the police, unless the civilian is a local sports hero, the mayor, or...

New Hopes From Rabat

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Joseph Braude

By effectively designating the homicide a matter of "state security," the army only stoked conspiracy theories that further fueled distrust of the government. Shining a light on the truth of the matter would have been better for the family, and better for the kingdom itself.

'Historic' Lack Of Transparency, Accountability In Police Oversight

Civil Beat | Posted 02.28.2013 | Crime

On a Wednesday just before Christmas, Chief Louis Kealoha addressed the Honolulu Police Commission. ...

Police Union 'Outguns' Students

Honolulu Civil Beat | Posted 02.27.2013 | Crime

Even before Hawaii Circuit Court Judge John Lim unequivocally championed the public interest in police disciplinary actions and ruled against the Stat...

WIPE OUT: Honolulu Police's Battle To Keep Misconduct Allegations Secret

www.civilbeat.com | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

On March 29, 1994, nearly 500 police officers staged a show of force at the state courthouse in downtown Honolulu the likes of which hadn't been seen ...

2 California Police Officers Shot And Killed

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 04.28.2013 | San Francisco

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Two police detectives were shot and killed while investigating a sexual assault complaint, and a suspect was also fatally s...

What The Public Isn't Being Told About Police Misconduct

Honolulu Civil Beat | Posted 02.26.2013 | Crime

In 1997, Honolulu police officer Russell Won went to federal prison for his involvement in beating an inmate at the Pearl City police station....

How Not to Police a Society

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.28.2013 | Crime
Tom Engelhardt

It was, in a sense, so expectable, so leave-no-child-behind. I'm talking about the arming of American schools. Think of it as the next step in the militarization of this country, which follows all-too-logically from developments since September 11, 2001.

Raid Of The Day: Isaac Singletary

Radley Balko | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics

Known around the neighborhood as "Pops," 80-year-old Isaac Singletary moved into his high-crime Jacksonville, Florida neighborhood in 1987 to care...

Bless the Children, Not the Sinner

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

To equate the killer in California with the best our civil rights leaders stand for is to stain the cause we continue to strive for.

That Is Why They Call Them Heroes

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 04.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian Levin, J.D.

America's laws lie at the heart of all the freedoms we enjoy and often take for granted, and more than anyone, it is the police who valiantly protect the citizens, institutions and processes of our exceptional vibrant democracy from the cancer of chaos and unrepentant violence.

Raid Of The Day: Sorry, Mr. Mayor

Radley Balko | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics

On the night of June 3, 1992, the Venice, Illinois SWAT team conducted a raid on a suspected crack house. Part of the team used a battering ram to...

There Is Nothing More to Say About This Story Except Just to Tell It

Tanya M. Acker | Posted 02.07.2013 | Los Angeles
Tanya M. Acker

I was in the middle of dinner with a friend recently when he realized he'd left his wallet in the car and went to the valet to retrieve it. He returne...

Raid(s) Of The Day: The Capital Area Drug Task Force Edition

Radley Balko | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

In 2003, Time magazine ran an article on a federally-funded anti-narcotics unit in Texas called the Capital Area Drug Task Force. Made up of cops ...

Raid Of The Day: Annie Rae Dixon

Radley Balko | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

In January 1992, a Gregg County, Texas narcotics team conducted a 2 am raid on the home of 84-year-old Annie Rae Dixon. According to police, an in...

Raid Of The Day: Andrew Leonard

Radley Balko | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

February 25, 2009: After taking down his door with a battering ram during a no-knock raid, police in Baltimore ransacked the home of 33-year-old ...