Why Cops Don't Get Charged with Crimes When They Lie
Even when police cross the "blue wall of silence" and tell on fellow officers who beat suspects and lie about it, some prosecutors don't know or don't care.
Two Years After Ferguson, Missouri Cops Are Accused of Shaking Down the Poor
"I don't want to be a Michael Brown," one plaintiff in a new class-action lawsuit told us.
Heroin, Murder, and the New Front in the War on Drugs
When heroin users die from an overdose, some prosecutors pursue full-fledged murder charges against the dealers or friends who provided the drugs. Possible sentences include life without parole.
Is Vahid Brown an Agent of the State, or Are Portland Anarchists on a Witch Hunt?
A link was posted on my Facebook wall a few weeks back warning that a man I knew from Reed College was "an agent of the state." According to the dossier posted on the website of the Committee Against Political Repression, an anarchist group in...
Detroit's Bankruptcy Highlights the Cruelty of American Capitalism
Detroit makes for a vivid tableau of urban decline: revived prairie, burnt-out homes, and empty high rises. Detroit, more than a mere metaphor, is a striking and large-scale instance of something that has become pervasively wrong in America. And make...
The Secret History of the Vietnam War
If you thought you knew all there was to know about the Vietnam War, you were wrong. For example: ever heard of the "Mere Gook Rule," a code of conduct the US military came up with in order for soldiers to murder Vietnamese civilians without feeling...
Silent But Deadly: School Cops Arrest Students for Talking Too Loudly, Graffiti, and… Farting
More than a third of American sheriffs' departments and nearly half of all police departments have officers assigned to local schools, according to the Department of Justice. Students today are arrested in school for offenses that include talking back...
Every Politician Lies—but Not as Much as Mitt Romney
Romney's easy comfort with making chameleon-like changes in response to short-term political opportunities makes him almost as dangerous as a true-believing right-wing nut.
'Detropia': Prelude and Prophecy
In the opening scene of 'Detropia,' a new documentary by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, a house is demolished with an excavator, the bucket crashing through a roof that once provided a family's shelter. A television news correspondent out front...
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