I've been writing this Bad Cop Blotter column for more than 18 months, and the pre-Ferguson, post-Ferguson divide is palpable—if only in a media-giving-a-shit kind of a way.
Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot after throwing rocks and cars, but the cops are unlikely to face charges over his death.
A Michigan woman wants to publicly name and shame people who mistreat kids, but there are always pitfalls to such schemes.
It's only natural to freak out when gunmen appear at your door at odd hours, and even if they announce themselves as police you might still be concerned enough to reach for your guns.
The federal agency is working "to create a centralized repository of all drivers' movements across the country" according to the ACLU.
Attorney General Eric Holder is axing a program called Equitable Sharing, dealing a brutal—if not fatal—blow to the system of formalized American police corruption that is civil asset forfeiture.
We should salute cops when they do their jobs, but law enforcement heroism can't be used to delay police reform.
On Tuesday, police in Dothan, Alabama, fatally shot a reported member of the loosely-defined "sovereign citizen" movement after he refused to show a government-issued ID to employees at an animal shelter.
Some of the more notable SWAT raids of the past decade have been precipitated by anonymous informants. Most of the time, their credibility is something known only to police—assuming they exist in the first place.
When cops or their supporters ask what an officer should do in a situation where someone appears to be armed, they should look at this confrontation in a Brooklyn synagogue.
It's fine for conservatives to use Garner's tragic death to decry the "nanny state," but they also shouldn't ignore the racial disparities that run through the US justice system.
The way to improve public perception of the police is to improve the police. Nothing else—certainly not shaming football players for protesting—will make much of a difference.
Even when officers have committed what appear to be egregious, obvious crimes, they rarely get punished.
Cops reportedly brandished handguns and even an AR-15 rifle during the exercise, which may have done more harm than good by traumatizing a bunch of kids.
The LAPD is trying to make its officers better drivers, but police departments around the country should also be monitoring the way cops interact with civilians.
Law enforcement agents can make you swipe a finger to unlock your cell phone, but old-school passwords still offer some measure of privacy.
At the very least, these invasions of privacy cannot be dismissed as legitimate police activity. At worst, they suggest cops can be just as creepy as the internet denizens behind the Fappening.
The officer lost his job, but he probably won't be facing charges for killing someone.
A month later, the death of John Crawford III at the hands of police continues to make no damn sense.
British police managed to subdue a mentally ill man armed with a machete—without even shooting him. That wouldn't happen in America.
After Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, the cops' reaction provided a neat snapshot of just about every dangerous aspect of policing in modern America.
It's not just young black males who suffer the brunt of police violence, but they sure seem to be among the most expendable in our society.
Despite its usefulness as fodder for television crime dramas, forensic science has glaring flaws, and the FBI's investigations spanning decades are looking flimsier than ever.
Throwing people in jail for not knowing the ins and outs of every state's gun control laws is pretty crazy, but it keeps happening across the US.