Policing

The VICE Guide to Right Now

Finally, New York Will Stop Arresting Most People for Blazing in Public

It's major news in a state that seems to be inching ever closer to legalizing weed.
Drew Schwartz
6.19.18
crime

Alton Sterling and the Hollow Theater of Letting Killer Cops Go Free

The playback of the officer’s gunshots is still jarring—clapping against your eardrums never quite when expected.
Talmon Joseph Smith
3.29.18
Race

Did Racism Kill Erica Garner?

The 27-year-old activist whose father's killing sparked a national outcry did not die at the hands of police like him. But her death is still an outrage that speaks to systemic American hate.
Deborah Douglas
1.2.18
cops

New York City Has New Rules for Cops Who Want to Search You

The next time a cop stops you, they might legally have to hand over a business card.
John Surico
12.21.17
latin america

VICE Reporters Got Caught Up in Colombian Police Gunfire This Weekend

The government has apologized for the attack on international observers and journalists and put more than 100 National Police in the area on modified duty.
Tania Tapia and Santiago Valenzuela
10.11.17
immigration

How ICE Uses Secret Police Databases to Arrest Immigrants

Recent lawsuits claim the agency is targeting people for deportation based on spurious allegations of gang connections.
Christie Thompson
8.28.17
crime

America's Strange Array of Punishments for Small-Time Theft

You can go to prison in Florida for a $300 crime, but the threshold for felony theft is $2,500 in Wisconsin.
Marella Gayla
8.10.17
cops

Are Cops Posing as Uber Drivers Now?

At least one strange incident in Brooklyn suggests the answer is yes.
Allie Conti
7.28.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Minorities Are Still More Likely to Be Stopped by the NYPD

A new report found the city's stop-and-frisk rate has plummeted—but affects more people of color than whites.
Drew Schwartz
5.31.17
crime

The Long Struggle to Reform the System That Lets Cops Casually Seize Property and Cash

Politicians in both parties have been trying to overhaul the process by which police confiscate the cash and belongings they think have some vague connection to crime. Then Donald Trump happened.
Max Rivlin-Nadler
3.14.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

The Ex-Cop Who Killed Michael Brown Admitted to Using the N-Word

The revelation comes from documents in a civil suit over former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's killing of the unarmed teenager.
Allie Conti
3.14.17
immigration

Aggressive Immigration Raids Are Breaking Up Families and Scaring Longtime Residents

Lawyers, activists, and undocumented immigrants are already gearing up for the next wave of crackdowns.
Meredith Hoffman
2.17.17