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Radley Balko

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

'I'm Not There Yet'

Norm Stamper | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Norm Stamper

A recently retired interim police chief in Seattle replied, "I'm not there yet" when asked by a local reporter whether he could support an end to drug prohibition. As these leaders continue to dither, we will continue to experience a steady stream of exasperating, heartbreaking incidents.

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...

Joseph Erbentraut

Can Chicago's 'Code Of Silence' Be Cracked?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.20.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Decades have passed since Chicago police commander Jon Burge was fired, but the stain of hundreds of allegations of police torture and grow...

Review: Radley Balko's Rise of the Warrior Cop

Diane Goldstein | Posted 09.08.2013 | Books
Diane Goldstein

I worked hand-in-hand with SWAT and believe that its primary mission is to save lives, yet I also agree with Balko's demand for more transparency and accountability from law enforcement. It is this lack of transparency that contributes to the notion that law enforcement has run amok.

Watch Me Talk Police Militarization

Radley Balko | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, George Schulz of the Center for Investigative Reporting, and yours truly discuss police militarization in Am...

The Overcriminalization of America: Are We All Criminals Now?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.06.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

What happened to Michael Salman -- armed police raids of his property, repeated warnings against holding any form of Bible study at his home, and a court-ordered probation banning him from having any gatherings of more than 12 people at his home -- should never have happened in America.

All That Money, Too Few Terrorists

Norm Stamper | Posted 11.23.2011 | Crime
Norm Stamper

Police in a democracy belong to the people they serve. Yet one would be hard pressed to picture today's police departments even approximating the ideal of a "people's police."

Cory Maye Chats With HuffPost Readers About His Release From Prison

Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics

Cory Maye served 10 years in prison for killing a Mississippi police officer during a mistaken raid on his home. Maye, who had no prior criminal recor...

Radley Balko

Ten Years In The Making: How Cory Maye Was Freed

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

MONTICELLO, Miss. -- It's Friday, July 1, 2011, a little past 8:15 a.m. when I arrive at the Lawrence County, Mississippi, courthouse. As I walk towar...

Cory Maye Freed, Reunited With Family: How You Can Help

Posted 08.31.2011 | Impact

Cory Maye of Mississippi was charged with capital murder after shooting a cop in his home in 2001. They mistook him for a drug dealer, and he mistook ...

Jason Linkins

Joe Arpaio And Steven Seagal Will Crush Your Cockfighting Ring With Tanks And Robots

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

What is America to do about the epidemic of cockfighting that might be undermining our liberties at home, maybe? Well, if you're wondering, Arizo...

SWAT and the Drug War: License to Kill

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

As long as this country remains addicted to current drug laws, the police will have to enforce those laws. But where is it written that they must show up in the dead of night, armed and armored, in order to do so?