no-knock raids

Bad Cop Blotter

How Can We Stop Unnecessary and Dangerous SWAT Raids?

A Georgia reform bill proposed in the wake of a police operation that put an 18-month-old in the hospital is a step in the right direction.
Lucy Steigerwald
1.26.15
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

The Dangers of Calling the Police on the Mentally Ill

Men with guns and badges aren't equipped to be psychiatrists.
Lucy Steigerwald
6.2.14
Bad Cop Blotter

Pennsylvania Police Charged a Man With Flag Desecration, Which Is Apparently Still a Thing

Don't listen to those cops though: You can do whatever you like to the flag in the name of political speech.
Lucy Steigerwald
5.19.14
Bad Cop Blotter

The Unknown Unknowns of the NSA

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.
Lucy Steigerwald
2.10.14
police brutality

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