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

No, Mr. Vice President, Today's Cops Are Not "Outgunned"

Radley Balko | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

I suppose it's no surprise that Vice President Joe Biden was put in charge of President Obama's gun control initiative. Biden has always been an innov...

Here's The Drill: Inside A School Lockdown

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.27.2013 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: BRETT MYERS/Youth Radio Twenty-one first graders pile into a bathroom during a lockdown drill. By: Robyn Gee As recently as a year ag...

We Must Reduce the Number of Crime Victims in Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 03.30.2013 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

I am concerned that there are not sufficient strategies in place to reduce the number of crime victims in Detroit and change the perception that Detroit is not a safe city. In my view, there are 10 strategies to achieve the goal.

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 | 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.