Broken Windows


Academics Confirm Major Predictive Policing Algorithm is Fundamentally Flawed

PredPol uses an algorithm based on earthquake prediction to “predict crime.” Academics say it’s simplistic and harmful.


This Predictive Policing Company Compares Its Software to ‘Broken Windows’ Policing

Crime-predicting software PredPol perpetuates discrimination, just like the discredited “broken windows” policing strategy, say digital rights advocates.


Interactive Portals Take Viewers Inside the 'Broken Windows' Theory

New media artist Elizabeth Mputu explores “police brutality, surveillance, and resistance,” in a series of multimedia portals.


On The Line: Avi Asher-Schapiro On Cop Watch

VICE News journalist Avi Asher-Schapiro joined On The Line to discuss his new piece on the people who police, the police, Cop Watch.


Walking the Beat With Copwatch, the People Who Police the Police

With public confidence in US law enforcement at a 22-year low, people all over the country are teaming up to patrol their streets and train cameras on police to make sure they obey the law too.


How Some Police Chiefs Are Like LeBron James — And Why That’s Bad for Cities

Top cops like New York’s Bill Bratton command hefty salaries when they move to new cities, but many communities are now clamoring for more control of their police departments.


A Tale of Two Cities: How Baltimore Reached Its Boiling Point

As one protester put it when describing the long-simmering tensions that led to violence in Baltimore, the city is divided between “haves” and “have-nots.”


The NYPD Makes 20,000 Misdemeanor Arrests Monthly — And It's Costing the City $400 Million a Year

Advocates and criminal justice experts describe the enormous number of misdemeanor arrests as part of the “broken windows” theory of policing, championed by NYPD Commissioner William Bratton.


Detroit's New Policing Strategy Is Stop-And-Frisk on a Massive Scale

Since 2003, Detroit's police department had been under the federal oversight of the US Department of Justice, and shaking its bad rap had been difficult.


Why Did Police Arrest This Man in Front of His Kids at Eric Garner’s Funeral?

The NYPD could have arrested Calvin Bryant any time—but they chose to do so at Eric Garner's funeral, after his death was ruled a homicide.