The Polite Force helps control traffic, block roads for parades, and make sure people don't get too freaked out by the real cops when they're too stoned to function.
We asked law enforcement experts how local cops might have handled things better in Baltimore last week.
Given my disappointing experience with the police in similar circumstances, I thought informing the guy's employer might be the only way to stop him from doing it to anyone else.
is there a systematic plot to conceal cops' crimes and allow them to escape justice? Are criminals and professional agitators conspiring to foment a race war?
After the announcement that the cops involved in Freddie Gray's death would be charged with crimes, protesters in the city were cautiously optimistic.
A day that started with the usual Marxist marching ended in a haze of tear gas.
"Courts are not supposed to shut down, especially when you're arresting hundreds of people in a moment of crisis," one legal expert told us.
Baltimore has a history of suppressing and shaming black victims of police brutality.
Local state's attorney Marilyn Mosby said there was no legal basis for the 25-year-old's arrest in the first place.
Nearly all of the presidential contenders agree that the criminal justice system needs to be reformed. But no one wants to talk about cops.
Los Angeles just became the largest city in the country to outfit its officers with cameras, but police reformers say that the department's policies still have a long way to go.
A witness statement in a police document obtained by the Washington Post contradicts some of what has been said about the incident.
"...even in the vernacular of what cops secretly think is fair, this is bullshit, this is a horror show."
"Some are laughing, some are bored, some are afraid. All are human."
The 23-year-old and his family have been harassed and arrested by NYPD officers—treatment they say is retaliation for Orta's documentation of their misconduct.
I met with a group preparing to cross the Cambodian border in an attempt to make it to the UN office in Phnom Penh.
Video of the incident shows the officer approach the woman as she tells him she feels unsafe before ripping the phone from her hands.
The city's stoners descended on Flagstaff Gardens yesterday to celebrate pot culture. We mostly went to ask some questions.
Jesse Willesse, the son of an Australian journalism great, was arrested after sparking up on the steps of Sydney's Town Hall.
VICE's crime editor talks to one of our UK writers about why the police carry guns and why so many Americans are afraid of them.
STIs are up in the capital of Scotland, since sex workers believe cops will use condoms as evidence against them.
Rescue Forensics claims it can scrape "massive quantities of data" from online escort ads and give that information to law enforcement, but advocates for sex workers say that such a service doesn't help anyone.
Police reformers aren't exactly thrilled about the idea after a year defined by brutality and protests.
Decades of brutality forced city officials' hands, but recent investigations suggest abuses by Chicago cops are far from over.