Crime

Cincinnati's Long History of Police Brutality

April Martin spent nearly 10 years reporting on the 15 African Americans killed by police between 1995 and 2001 for her new documentary, Cincinnati Goddamn. Then another killing happened.  

Police Body Cameras: Coming Everywhere in 3 to 5 Years

The public largely sees body cams as a tool for police transparency and accountability, not a Big Brother nightmare. Still, there are many issues to consider as more departments adopt them.

How Mass Incarceration Takes a Toll on the Environment

Both prisoners and surrounding communities are affected by this under-studied issue.

Another Police-Involved Shooting Marks a Turning Point in the Debate on Body Cameras

The traffic-stop killing of Samuel DuBose shows the pressing need to adopt police body cams—despite some legitimate privacy concerns.

How Los Angeles County Furthered Racist 'Fair-Housing' Practices

A recent Justice Department complaint reveals the county colluded with two cities and the sheriff’s department to push black, Section 8 families out of certain neighborhoods.

How to Stop Jail Suicides

Sandra Bland’s death was preventable on multiple levels. A jail architect explains how design failed her nearly as badly as the police.

San Francisco Is Testing Pee-Repelling Walls

The city wants to curb public urination with paint that splashes back urine.

Maps

Mapping Chicago's 'Million Dollar Blocks'

The costs of incarceration are concentrated in low-income, predominantly black communities in the city.

Everyone Has the Right to Mouth Off to Cops

U.S. courts have made this clear again and again and again.

Videos

'I Was Almost Another Dead Black Male'

In a StoryCorps animation, Alex Landau recalls his harrowing experience being pulled over by Denver police.

The Dark 'Fugitive Slave' History of Rikers Island

Maybe New York's most infamous jail shouldn't bear the name of a 19th-century judge who sent free African Americans back into slavery.

Want Better Police Relations With the Community? Let Local Youth Train Them

In Baltimore, a social justice organization led by teens has begun training city police on how to better interact with the communities they serve.

Peeing Is Not a Crime

Don't waste money policing public urinators—invest in public restrooms instead.

Sandra Bland and the Long History of Racism in Waller County, Texas

The place where the young Chicago woman was found dead in a jail cell has seen more than a century of racial violence and oppression.

Why Police Can't Be Trusted to Decide If Video Should Be Public

The killing of an unarmed man in Gardena, California, and the weak rationale for suppressing dashboard cam footage of the encounter.

Now More Than Ever, It Sucks to Be Homeless in L.A.

Tough new ordinances seek to seize the property of homeless people across the city. And there's likely more to come.

The Vision Zero Message Is Finally Getting Through in New York

A robust turnout at a recent rally indicates progress in terms of public awareness and support.

Every Hideous Thing That Police Unions Have Said About Eric Garner

Including: “The fact that he states eleven times that he can’t breathe proves he was actually breathing.”

Police Violence, Continued

A recent Mississippi killing sounds a lot like Eric Garner’s.

When Your City's Longtime Mayor Gets Charged With 499 Criminal Counts of Thievery

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, nearly went bankrupt. As Stephen Reed is charged with theft, bribery, corruption, and more, residents may now find out why.