A decade after setting up a special unit to monitor the use of force by cops in Los Angeles, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is importing the idea to NYC.
The killing of a homeless man on Skid Row has raised new questions about one of America's most notorious police departments.
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Known alternately as "Africa" and "Cameroon," the victim of Sunday's LAPD shooting did drugs, but also maintained a deep spirituality and struggled with mental problems.
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.
Unlike the actual LAPD, Ryan Pollie's work is thoughtfully nuanced and slow, much of it about the fleeting security of love.
"You've got a sort of mini-genocide going on and it just doesn't penetrate because America's so racially divided."
A look back at deadly police violence in Los Angeles, where six unarmed men were killed by the cops.
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.
On December 7, 1959, sometime between midnight and dawn, Dr. Harold N. Perelson lost his mind. After beating his wife to death with a hammer he attacked his daughter—who survived—and then killed himself by drinking a glass of acid. No one lives in the hou…
Jill Ryther has an impressive activist résumé, but her main focus right now is to get the LAPD to admit that it shoots dogs too often and needs to train its officers on how to better handle pets.
California lawmakers just passed new limits on how police can use drones, but some argue that only legitimizes their use—and that police shouldn't have them at all.
People of color are getting so sick of police brutality that even some politicians now says it's time to stop being so obedient.
If nothing else, this summer from hell has put out-of-control policing front-and-center in the American conversation. But are body cameras really the answer?
On the night of March 11, a Twitter user stood at a window in downtown LA and took a photo of his rifle, the barrel aimed at what appeared to be a couple of pedestrians standing on a street corner in the distance.
In the grim light of Michael Brown's death and the ensuing protests in Ferguson and other cities across America, we're excerpting ADULT magazine's guide to sousveillance, or copwatching.
British police managed to subdue a mentally ill man armed with a machete—without even shooting him. That wouldn't happen in America.
All across the country, the police are under fire for killing unarmed people of color—and that's spurring people from all backgrounds to embrace new forms of resistance.
Since 2000, the police in LA have shot and killed more than 500 people. It's in the wake of that violence, disproportionately directed toward poor communities of color, that hundreds of people took to the streets of downtown LA to protest police brutality…
A few decades ago, nobody with money wanted to be in downtown Los Angeles, so it was pretty much abandoned to the poor. Now developers' interest has been rekindled—and the poor are being pushed out.
The projects of LAPD, a Los Angeles theater group, almost always come with a political agenda. The group collaborates with low-income communities on everything from plays on prison psychology to Skid Row versions of Fluxus happenings.
The revelations about America's most secretive intelligence agency keep coming: Today we found out that the NSA uses metadata and tracks the SIM cards of suspected terrorists' cellphones to locate targets for drone strikes.
Property seized in drug raids can help fund police operations, but now that marijuana is legal in Washington and Colorado there are going to be fewer drug raids, which means fewer seizures, which means less money for the cops. Good.
When the wrong person catches a bullet from a government-issued gun it's often assumed that such collateral damage is unavoidable.