Mike Riggs

Tommy Wells for Mayor

Why D.C.'s Police Union Endorsed a Marijuana Reformer

Cops want to get paid, too. 


The Microwave As a Murder Weapon: A Brief History

From 1982 to True Detective.


How to Measure Heroin Use When No One Will Admit to Using Heroin

And why we may soon not be able to measure it at all. 


The Real Reason New York Police Unions Are Waffling on Stop-and-Frisk

And why they're not likely to get everything they want. 

Colorado DOT

Colorado PSAs Highlight the One Thing You Can't Do While Stoned

You can do a lot of things while high, but driving shouldn't be one of them. 


The Apartment Dweller's Honest Guide to Noisy Neighbors

Learn it, live it. 


D.C. Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana. What Happens Next?

How do you legalize drugs in the nation's capital?


And Now, a Late-Winter Reminder to Watch Out for Snow Plows

A GIF to remember the endless snow of 2014. 


How Worried Should We Be About Minors and Legal Pot?

In states with newly relaxed marijuana laws, it's difficult to see teen use not going up at least a little bit.


How Driver's License Suspensions Make Poverty Worse

And what Florida is planning to do about it. 


Yes, Police Can Arrest You for Failing to Identify Yourself

You've heard of stop-and-frisk. Now meet stop-and-identify. 


The LAPD Made a Meaningful Change to the Rules Governing Deadly Force

A subtle, but crucial policy tweak recognizes the importance of officer behavior pre-shooting. 


A Plan to Fix Baltimore's Speed Cameras By Reversing the Incentives

A lesson in bad government contracting.


Mexico City Could Be Home to the Most Important Marijuana Decriminalization Effort Yet

Roughly 60 percent of Mexico's federal prison population is serving time for drug crimes.


Bill de Blasio and the NYPD Are Off to a Rocky Start

A harbinger of things to come? 


Street Lights and Crime: A Seemingly Endless Debate

What if extra lights don't make us as safe as they make us feel?


How CVS's Decision to Stop Selling Cigarettes Helps Small Businesses

Liquor stores and other independent retailers are set to profit off of the chain's move.


The Sochi Threat Matrix, Deconstructed

Russia has 40,000 police and military staff on the ground for the Olympics. Will it be enough?


How Long Can a Cop Keep You After a Traffic Stop? No One's Sure

One of the murkiest areas in Fourth Amendment law.