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Bad Cop Blotter

Everyone Supports Medical Marijuana, So Stop Prosecuting People for Growing and Smoking

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.
Lucy Steigerwald
7.14.14
Bad Cop Blotter

You Should Be Able to Talk Back to the Police Without Getting Assaulted

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.
Lucy Steigerwald
6.30.14
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The Police Are Cracking Down on Ride-Sharing Services That Make Cab Rides Cheaper

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?
Lucy Steigerwald
6.9.14
Bad Cop Blotter

Should Police Officers Be Fired After They Kill Dogs?

A sheriff's deputy in Texas got canned after he killed a family pet, but does the punishment fit the crime?
Lucy Steigerwald
4.28.14
Bad Cop Blotter

Is Obama Finally About to Use His Pardon Powers to Correct the War on Drug's Injustices?

It's about time.
Lucy Steigerwald
4.21.14
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An Aggressive Police Raid in Texas Led to the Death of a Sheriff's Deputy

"No-knock" raids, where cops bust down doors without announcing themselves first, are more dangerous for both the officers and the suspect.
Lucy Steigerwald
1.7.14
Bad Cop Blotter

An Aggressive Police Raid in Texas Led to the Death of a Sheriff's Deputy

"No-knock" raids, where cops can bust down doors without announcing themselves first, are increasingly common but are more dangerous for both the officers and the suspect—and they're doubly stupid when the raid is over some marijuana.
Lucy Steigerwald
1.6.14
Bad Cop Blotter

We'll Need to See Some ID, Officer

When a group of strangers ran at Elizabeth Daly, a 20-year-old college student, waving guns and yelling, she didn't know they were cops, so she tried to get away. Cases of mistaken identity like that are far too common, and can result in someone...
Lucy Steigerwald
7.1.13