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Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Study Finds Mass Shootings On The Rise, Often End Before Police Can Respond

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mass shooting incidents are generally on the rise in America, according to FBI officials who have studied the topic. These events are us...

Do College Towns Really Need Tanks to Keep Them Safe?

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.13.2014 | Crime
Lev Raphael

The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).

WATCH: Live Stream Captures SWAT Team Charging Into Gamer's Office

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.28.2014 | Crime

When YouTuber Jordan Mathewson began his live stream Wednesday, playing a first person-shooter video game, he wasn't expecting to end his session on t...

The Militarization of American Policing

Stephen Downing | Posted 08.28.2014 | Crime
Stephen Downing

The military mission is to confront and kill a defined enemy. The peace officer has no enemies. His or her mission is to protect the community and everyone within it. No matter what crime they may have committed, all are entitled to the protections of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and due process.

Too Many American Cops View Citizens as "The Enemy"--And Washington's to Blame

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Lev Raphael

A sea change has been taking place over the last decade that's been invisible to most Americans. Across the country, in big cities and small towns, police forces have been turning into armies. It's taken the events in Ferguson to blow things wide open.

Respect for Authority

Jonathan Richards | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.

What I Don't Like About Life in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I don't like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don't like being viewed as a consumer and bits of data. I don't like being spied on and treated as if I have no right to privacy, especially in my own home.

The Growing Epidemic of Police Violence: Is It Time to De-Militarize Police Forces?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.04.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

The epidemic of police violence continues to escalate while fear of the police increases and the police state, with all its surveillance gear and military weaponry, expands around us.

Is This How We Honor Our Military Veterans?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Just in time for Memorial Day, we're once again being treated to a generous serving of praise and grandstanding by politicians and corporations eager to go on record as being supportive of our veterans.

Cliven Bundy and the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Those tempted to write off the standoff at the Bundy Ranch as little more than a show of force by militia-minded citizens would do well to reconsider their easy dismissal of this brewing rebellion.

Vigilantes With a Badge: The War Against the American People

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Americans are now eight times more likely to die in a police confrontation than they are to be killed by a terrorist.

Paranoia, Surveillance and Military Tactics: Have We Become Enemies of the Government?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

While this hyper-militarization of the government is being sold to the public as a means of preventing terrorism and maintaining national security, it is little more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.

The End of Private Property in the Era of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

It's time for a second American Revolution. Not a revolution designed to kill people or tear down and physically destroy society, but a revolution of the minds and souls of human beings--a revolution promulgated to restore the freedoms for which our founders sacrificed their fortunes and their lives.

What We Should Not Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Mind you, if we do not push back against the growing menace of the police state now, future Thanksgivings may find us giving thanks for creature comforts that serve only to lessen the pain of having lost our most basic freedoms.

Drones, Tanks, and Grenade Launchers: Coming Soon to a Police Department Near You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

While recycling unused military equipment might sound thrifty and practical, the ramifications are proving to be far more dangerous and deadly.

Who's to Blame for Battlefield America? Is It Militarized Police or the Militarized Culture?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

It's hard to pinpoint what exactly is responsible for the growing spate of police shootings, brutality and overreach that have come to dominate the ne...

Radley Balko

An Occupy Activist Finds A New Cause To Champion

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

This article is the fourth in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 3 here. SALT LAKE CITY -- Two men with different ap...

Radley Balko

Meet The Activist Bringing Conservatives On Board The Police Reform Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

This article is the third in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 2 here. SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is one of the reddest...

Radley Balko

As The Drug War Escalates, SWAT Teams Become 'Bullies With Badges And Guns'

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

This article is the second in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 1 here. OGDEN, Utah -- Former Sheriff William "Dub"...

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...

Who Will Protect You From the Police?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

You brace for the confrontation, a shaky grip on your weapon. In the moments before you go down for the count, shot multiple times by the strangers who have invaded your home, you get a good look at your attackers. It's the police.

From NSA Spying and VIPR Sweeps to Domestic Drones: A Round-Up of the Police State Programs Not Affected by a Government Shutdown

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

When it comes right down to it, whether or not the shutdown takes place, it will remain business as usual in terms of the government's unceasing pursuit of greater powers and control.

New Orleans Cop Gets Four Years For Fatal Drug Raid Shooting Caught On Video

Radley Balko | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

A rare instance of accountability after a botched drug raid: As Natasha Allen walked away from the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse Friday, ...

Are Police in America Now a Military, Occupying Force?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.05.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Having watered down the Fourth Amendment's strong prohibitions intended to keep police in check and functioning as peacekeepers, we now find ourselves in the unenviable position of having militarized standing armies enforcing the law.