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A Police Woman Reveals What Made Her (Finally) Break Down

OWN | Posted 01.25.2013 | OWN

Yvette Gonzales works as a police officer in Dallas, where her daily challenges at work are recorded for the OWN Network's "Police Women of Dallas." A...

Raid Of The Day: Sylvia and Elsa Romero

Radley Balko | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

November 2, 1992: Fordham University student Sylvia Romero and her sister Elsa were relaxing in their apartment when they heard a loud knock at the...

The Big Eye Is Not in the Sky

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 03.25.2013 | New York
Amitai Etzioni

New York City is installing a system that will track people 24/7, using thousands of closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs), radiation and license plate readers, and other technologies. If it works as promised, Microsoft -- which is developing the software -- stands by to sell it to your city.

Raid Of The Day: Laquisha Turner

Radley Balko | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics

In 2008, FBI Agents raided the Richmond, California home of Artesia West as part of a drug and gang sweep. They were looking for West's son, who was w...

Raid Of The Day: Richard Brown

Radley Balko | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

So as I've mentioned, I have a book on police militarization coming out in June. (Pre-order it here!) In anticipation of that, I'm starting a new "rai...

Missouri v. McNeely: The Loss of Bodily Integrity in an Emerging Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.15.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

While the literal purpose of the amendment is to protect our property and our bodies from unwarranted government intrusion, the moral intention behind it is to protect our human dignity.

'Joking Is in My Blood'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 03.16.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

As a frequent blood donor and a proud member of the Gallon Club, which has nothing to do with my weekend beer consumption, I have often wondered if the people who get my blood suffer from terrible side effects like telling stupid jokes and growing a mustache.

Jason Cherkis

FBI Fails To Provide Key Occupy Wall Street Documents

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Connor Stevens was sentenced to eight years in prison in mid-November for taking part in a plot to blow up an Ohio bridge. The 20-year-o...

More Compassion, Less Police Force Against the Mentally Ill

Jason Silverstein | Posted 03.05.2013 | Crime
Jason Silverstein

Some will argue that compassion for others means risk for officers. That empathy for criminals, or even suspects, means an insensitivity to victims. That force makes us safe, so any question of force makes us vulnerable.

Pundits, Get Real! Not All Gun Crimes (and Solutions) Are the Same

Paul Heroux | Posted 03.02.2013 | Crime
Paul Heroux

There are different types of gun violence, just like there are different types of diseases. And just like difference types of diseases and illnesses, there are different approaches to reduce gun violence.

Folks, Your Tax Dollars At Work

Posted 12.30.2012 | Comedy

Make no mistake, finding an unknown package on your front doorstep is no laughing matter. Unless, of course, you paid money for it to be there. Then y...

Forget the Guns -- Put Law Enforcement in Control of the Bullets

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.26.2013 | Crime
Sarah O'Leary

For "responsible" gun owners, ammunition control by law enforcement should be a welcome compromise. The argument has always been that control laws only affect responsible gun owners.

Adrian Peterson on NFL Record, Arrest, Injury, Plans to Compete in Olympics, Expulsion From School, Tragic Deaths of Two Brothers

Graham Bensinger | Posted 02.26.2013 | Sports
Graham Bensinger

I recently sat down with the Vikings' Adrian Peterson at his Minnesota home. The interview is for a new episode of In Depth. The star running back discusses his difficult childhood, touching specifically on the tragic deaths of two of his brothers and the imprisonment of his father.

Alaska Student Arrested for Alleged School Shooting Threats

AlaskaDispatch.com | Posted 02.20.2013 | Crime
AlaskaDispatch.com

Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut on Dec. 14, Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew said that the most important thing that...

Oakland Buyback Nets 300 Guns

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 02.17.2013 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: JENNY BOLARIO/Youth Radio By: Denise Tejada Over 130 cars full of Oakland, Calif. residents lined up as early as 6 a.m. this past Sa...

The Police State Comes To Arkansas

Radley Balko | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

Unfortunately, not an exaggeration: "[Police are] going to be in SWAT gear and have AR-15s around their neck," Stovall said. "If you're out walking, ...

2 Police Officers Killed In Topeka; Gunman Still At Large

AP | Posted 02.15.2013 | Crime

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man with a history of theft and weapons convictions gunned down two police officers investigating possible drug activity in a ...

Mayor Rahm: Just Another Brick In Chicago's Blue Wall

Radley Balko | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

You'd be hard-pressed to find a city whose police culture has a stronger devotion to the blue code of silence than Chicago. There were a couple more e...

Stop On Green

Radley Balko | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

According to the driver's Facebook page, he was turning right at a green light when this Virginia state trooper pulled out in front of him, turning le...

Why Are There No Good Data On Police Use Of Force?

Radley Balko | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently ran an editorial praising a new program by University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist David Klinger that will...

A Sure Way to Improve Criminal Justice: Record Confessions

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The time has come for all law enforcement organizations to support mandatory state laws that require the use of electronic recording systems during custodial interviews. This is a simple, sensible and effective way to improve our nation's system of criminal justice.

The Terror-Fighting Boondoggle

Radley Balko | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

A new report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) finds that--no surprise--there's lots of waste and excess in homeland security spending. An armored pers...

Policing the Streets and Policing The Times

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.06.2013 | Crime
Arianna Huffington

In this week's Huffington, John Rudolf puts the spotlight on crime-ridden Camden, New Jersey, where instead of improving the police department, local leaders plan to replace it entirely. And Michelangelo Signorile looks back at an article he wrote 20 years ago about being gay at The New York Times, and how the paper rose to a new level of journalistic integrity by ending its silence on gay issues.

Scenes From Militarized America: Johnston, Rhode Island Edition

Radley Balko | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

(Credit: Providence Journal/Glenn Osmundson) Welcome to Johnston, Rhode Island, population 28,769 (as of 2010). The town hasn't seen a murder since...

Hero Cop Pursues Suspect After Being Shot In Chest, Promoted To Detective In Hospital

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.05.2012 | Impact

This story is part of an ongoing series, "American Heroes," which recognizes extraordinary actions beyond the call of duty by our military members, po...