Crime

What Does It Mean When Police Unions Denounce Protestors as 'Lynch Mobs'?

Lynch mobs served as de jure law enforcement for decades in a South defined by its lack of due process for African Americans. The term speaks volumes about the current dynamic between police and a distrustful public.

The Mysterious Death of Freddie Gray

When the Baltimore man was arrested, he was alive and well. By the time he reached a police station, he couldn't breathe or talk. What happened?

What Are the Bounds of a Traffic Stop, According to the Supreme Court?

The nation's highest court has ruled that police officers can't draw out a stop for the sole reason of waiting for drug sniffing dogs.

Who Wants to Be a Police Officer?

How high-profile cases involving excessive force and racial bias are affecting U.S. law enforcement recruiting efforts.

How Livable Will Your Neighborhood Be as You Age?

The AARP's new “livability index” grades communities on seven resource areas that aging Americans will need.

A Marathon Through the Shadows

Despite the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial, Boston's annual race begins to resemble itself.

Videos

Meet East Africa's New Motorcycle Gangs

The film Boda Boda Thieves explores how the traditional motorbike taxis have become part of organized crime.

What Life Is Like on the Micronation of Sealand: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

The Murky Law on Free-Range Kids

Why location matters for parents who choose to let children explore neighborhoods on their own.

How Colorado Is Trying to Convince Marijuana Enthusiasts Not to Drive Stoned

Among the state's 420-related tactics: A special car that's filled with smoke.

When Police Brutality Goes Beyond a 'Bad Apple' Cop

Video footage documents rotten behavior by as many as 11 deputies in San Bernardino County, California.

The Legal Right to Videotape Police Isn't Actually All That Clear

And that includes in South Carolina.

Seattle's Radical Approach to Drug Crimes Is Working

New research shows the city's experimental Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, or LEAD, has helped dramatically reduce recidivism among participants.

What the Shootings in Ferguson and North Charleston Do and Don't Have in Common

A new report shows Ferguson is an outlier among U.S. cities with its predatory court fees—but the racial disparities between its police force and the public are not so different.

It's Always Been About the Death Penalty

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev already admitted to his role in planning and executing the Boston Marathon bombing. Today's guilty verdict is just a prelude to his sentencing trial.

The Courage of Bystanders Who Press 'Record'

Police-worn body cameras may be necessary, but we still need citizens who are brave enough to capture video of conflict.

Shot in the Back, 15 Feet Away

Video footage taken by a bystander played a key role in the arrest of a North Charleston police officer on murder charges Tuesday.

Indiana's Other Shame: A Reluctance to Authorize Needle Exchange Programs

As long as we're piling on Governor Mike Pence, let us not overlook a recent HIV outbreak in his state.

These Teens Found Family in a 'Gay Gang'

The upcoming film Check It follows three years in the lives of a crew of gay and transgender teens in Washington, D.C.

How Better Data on Bike Crashes Could Lead to Safer Streets for All

A new survey of collision reporting practices reveals a ton of room for improvement.