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.
By now, you've probably heard something about the death of Eric Garner on Thursday in Staten Island, New York City. Turns out EMT workers didn't even try to help him in the minutes after he was choked.
Every time we take two steps toward finally ending the war on drugs, we take one step back—it's still far too easy to come across stories of horrific injustices.
The police chief of Lafayette, Indiana, wanted to get rid of Tom Davidson after the cop pushed over a 25-year-old man's wheelchair, but a review board said no dice.
An Arizona State University professor was thrown to the ground by a rookie cop after a routine interaction got out of hand—and it's the civilian getting charged with assault in the aftermath.
The city's authorities have fatally shot 26 people in the past four years and have responded to protests against their brutality by infiltrating and secretly recording them.
The killing of two Las Vegas police officers by an unhinged armed couple with an interest in extreme right-wing rhetoric was a shocking incident, but in truth it's safer to be a cop in America now than it's ever been.
Why are the authorities in Miami and elsewhere hassling drivers associated with ride-sharing companies like Lyft? Are there really no serious crimes they could be dealing with instead?
If you know someone who is mentally ill and might be planning an Elliot Rodger–esque shooting, your only option may be to report him to the cops—which creates another set of problems.
District Attorney David Eyster's "restitution" program is great if you're rich, but not so great if you can't afford to buy yourself a get-out-of-jail-free card.