Crime

Whites Have Confidence in Ferguson Investigations. Blacks, Not So Much.

There's a clear racial divide on faith in official inquiries regarding Michael Brown's shooting.

For Anything to Change, Missouri Should Consolidate St. Louis

It's time for leaders in Missouri to start flexing muscle where it can make a difference: in the political structure of St. Louis.

A History of Police Uniforms—and Why They Matter

Uniforms have influenced interactions between cops and citizens since the start of American policing.

Even When Police Do Wear Cameras, Don't Count on Seeing the Footage

Police officers in San Diego have started wearing body cameras, but the department routinely denies requests for the video.

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The Nation Needs a Permanent Memorial for the Lost Lives of Black Men

Their communities won't forget—and the rest of the country shouldn't, either.

These Georgia Teens Created a Yelp to Rate the Police

Four "solution-focused" siblings are launching Five-O, an app to share and rate experiences with law enforcement. 

Justice Reform in the U.S. Should Start With Probation

As the Justice Department probes the police crisis in Ferguson, leaders must also look at racial biases in the probation system.

The Fergusons We Already Forgot

There's no shortage of examples of militarized U.S. policing gone wrong in recent years. 

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Across the U.S., a Moment of Silence for Ferguson

Hundreds of demonstrators in dozens of cities marched for the memory of Michael Brown and other young black men whose lives were cut short.

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Twitter Made an Amazing Map of Twitter Going Nuts Over Ferguson

Every geotagged tweet about #Ferguson, which shows the speed of global news today.

Two More Unarmed Young Black Men Have Been Shot by Police Since Michael Brown's Death

The names of African American men shot by police each week rarely make the news, but their ever-mounting numbers show how urgently reform is needed.

War Veterans Criticize the Tactics of Military-Armed Police in Ferguson

Vets are taking to social media to argue that police need military-level de-escalation training to go with all that war gear. 

Should Super-Weaponized Police Wear Cameras?

Journalists and citizens have a right to record law-enforcement officers. But should we require police to record themselves?

At This Point, Ferguson Is a City Under Siege

What's being described as a "riot" is looking a lot more like an occupation. 

The Bizarre History and Fiery End of Berlin's Iconic Abandoned Amusement Park

Communism, drug trafficking, arson—Spreepark saw it all. 

Paramilitary Police Are Changing Law Enforcement in the Suburbs

SWAT teams, riot gear, armored vehicles, and other super-sized police equipment and tactics are spreading into smaller spaces and conflicts.

The Little-Studied Link Between 'Murder Capitals' and Population Decline

Cities with high homicide rates share a major demographic trait. But we don't know nearly enough about how it works. 

Can Murals Change a Neighborhood?

In New York's Brownsville community, a large-scale art project aims to do more than just beautify. 

A Surprising Number of Bank Robbers Use Mass Transit for Their 'Getaway'

In the modern city, criminality meets multimodality.