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Austin's Police Chief Won't Tolerate Violence in His Ranks

Chief Art Acevedo has lambasted top brass over high-profile incidents of violence in his department. We need more of this.  

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Bogotá's Mayor: Organized Crime 'Is Not Something You Can Change With Just Social Work'

Enrique Peñalosa defends his crackdown on the “Bronx,” one of his city’s most crime and drug-infested neighborhoods.

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In a Time of Crisis, We Need a New Language of Justice

Dr. Phillip A. Goff, the president and cofounder of the Center for Policing Equity, is developing a new vocabulary for racism and policing.

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Who Will Watch Trump's Vigilante Poll-Watchers?

Trump’s vague and reckless calls for supporters to “monitor” elections is voter intimidation, and it may be illegal under the Voting Rights Act.

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Racial Disparities in Police 'Stingray' Surveillance, Mapped

Cops are using secret cellphone trackers nationwide to collect cellphone data—especially in poor, black neighborhoods.

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An Arson Attack on a Parisian Homeless Shelter

Scheduled to open in November, the shelter has drawn controversy for its location.  

Ideas That Stick

Forget the Car Boot, Now There's a Car 'Barnacle'

It sucks onto the windshield and can’t be removed until drivers call to pay a fine.

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Even as Legal Weed Gains Acceptance, the 'War on Drugs' Continues

By the time you’ve finished reading this story, at least five people will have been arrested for simple drug possession.

Marty Lederhandler/AP

Donald Trump's Blaxploitation of 'Inner Cities'

The kind of thinking that equates black communities with “inner-city” crime has infected public policy and pop culture alike.

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What It Takes to Secure Clemency

Sentenced to life in prison for dealing drugs, Jason Hernandez wrote his way into a commutation from President Obama.

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Why 'Sanctuary Cities' Make Sense

A federal court rules that one type of collaboration between immigration authorities and local law enforcement is unlawful.


A New Film Explores Ties Between Slavery and Mass Incarceration

Selma director Ava DuVernay’s new film, 13th, lays bare the connections between America’s history of slavery and its broken prison system.

A Polite Word About Brussels' Obscene Street Art

Giant, explicit murals have started appearing on the city’s walls. But not everyone is upset about it.

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Oakland's Fruitvale Station Is Unofficially Renamed After a Police Shooting Victim

Somebody is “updating” BART maps with stickers honoring Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man killed by cops in Oakland.

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Giving Penn Station Its Glory Back: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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Life After 'The New Jim Crow'

A conversation with the civil rights law scholar Michelle Alexander on how to dismantle the mass incarceration crisis in the U.S.

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The Fight to Remove the Andrew Jackson Monument in New Orleans

Activists say they can’t wait for a court decision when it comes to the legacy of white supremacy.

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New Yorkers Are Publicly Shaming Cars in Bike Lanes

A map invites cyclists to photograph and report drivers behaving badly.

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Why Chicago Needs to Focus on Unsolved Murders: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.