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Community Policing: The Importance of Trust

Ben Jealous | Posted 09.26.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

In Ferguson, Former Chief Brooks sees an opportunity for an effective community-policing program to emerge from the chaos and violence of the past few weeks. "Now, there is a chance for police and the community to hear each other," she said.

A Continued Call for Caution in the Aftermath of Ferguson

Dr. Michael J. Jenkins | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Dr. Michael J. Jenkins

The balance of individual liberty and public safety that is at the heart of all police-related issues is one that we must consider as new data and other changes are introduced to the profession.

Ferguson's Easy Answers

Ekow N. Yankah | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Ekow N. Yankah

We will all mourn Michael Brown's death and wait to know more about what happened that night. What is clear, however, is that platitudes about "starting a conversation" will not do.

Ferguson And The Case For Creating A Special Prosecutor's Office For The Police

James Meyerson | Posted 08.22.2014 | Crime
James Meyerson

It is not surprising that a local prosecutor would believe that a local police officer was "entitled" to "the benefit of the doubt."

Ferguson and Painful Truths

Lynette Mae | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Lynette Mae

Police officers are not all good or bad. We are products of our environment, just like the citizens we serve. Are some cops racist? Undoubtedly. But so are those who decide that just because the officer was white, he's a murderer, and we have to have the courage to acknowledge both opposing beliefs.

A Network Dedicated to Ending Gun Violence in Our Communities

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 09.23.2014 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

It is time we work together to solve this pervasive national problem, and develop ways every city in our country can effectively combat gun violence.

The Policeman and the Journalist: A Mid-East Policy Dilemma

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.24.2014 | Media
Joseph Braude

The January 2010 assassination in Dubai of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a cofounder of the military wing of Hamas, briefly drew international attention to the man who went on to investigate it: Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai's long-serving chief of police.

Bronx Schools Reduce Policing and Suspensions With Support From Parents

Dinu Ahmed | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York
Dinu Ahmed

On Saturday, November 16th, members of the Bronx School Justice coalition held a public report back on a year's worth of work to reduce punitive disciplinary measures in Bronx public schools.

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...

Radley Balko

Is This The Best Police Chief In America?

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

This article is the sixth in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 5 here. In November 2011, a homeless man estimated t...

Radley Balko

An Unexpected Reformer Fights To Hold Police Accountable

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

This article is the fifth in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 4 here. "I wouldn't call what I've been doing reform...

Now That's Something

Spencer Wolff | Posted 10.26.2013 | New York
Spencer Wolff

A long and bitter fight ended Thursday with the override of the mayoral veto and the passage of the Community Safety Act.

Shut Up or Get Out: PA City Punishes Domestic Violence Victims Who Call the Police

Sandra Park | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Sandra Park

Last year in Norristown, Pa., Lakisha Briggs' boyfriend physically assaulted her, and the police arrested him. But in a cruel turn of events, a police officer then told Ms. Briggs, "You are on three strikes. We're gonna have your landlord evict you."

How an Arab Police Force Mends Its Ways

Joseph Braude | Posted 12.29.2012 | World
Joseph Braude

Like other Arab states over the past two years, Morocco has seen demonstrations by young people demanding political reform -- yet in contrast to neighboring countries, calls for the toppling of the king are relatively rare.

The Power of WE

Paul Boden | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Paul Boden

Why wouldn't our government want the people being governed to be educated, healthy, well-housed and able to freely be in nature? Is it wrong to think that government should want these things for all people?

New Study Shows Violence Costing America Over $460 Billion

Michael Shank | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

The U.S. Peace Index is based on analysis of homicide, violent crime, policing, incarceration rates and availability of small arms data. With improvements in all five of these indicators from the 2011 to the 2012 USPI, the U.S. was found to be more peaceful than at any time since 1991.

Bringing Florida to Justice, Not Just George Zimmerman

Michael Shank | Posted 05.25.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank

A bigger question that must also be asked is "Who is Florida?" We could ask a question about the direction America is headed on race and violence but let's stick to Florida for a moment.

No Fooling, National Day of Action for the Right to Exist: April 1st

Paul Boden | Posted 03.28.2012 | Impact
Paul Boden

We are building a movement to reclaim our communities for all members: not just those who set the rents. We must make clear the myriad of ways in which our community members are treated as though they are less than human.

Who Should Police the Police?

Hector Villagra | Posted 12.18.2011 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

Without an external and independent body overseeing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, how can people be sure that it handles deputy misconduct properly? They can't.

Berkeley Merchants Plot a Police Clampdown on Youth

Paul Boden | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Paul Boden

Across the nation, cities are responding to poverty and homelessness not by creating programs to enable people to survive these harsh times, but by persecuting the victims of an economic downturn of historic dimensions.

A Modest Proposal to Eliminate the Public Option From Our Policing System

Alan Krinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Krinsky

For too long in our nation, we have maintained a universal, single-payer policing system. As a freedom-loving citizen, I want to see policing return...