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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.

Where the War on Drugs Is Actually Like a War Zone

A new report from the ACLU shows how U.S. law-enforcement agencies are prosecuting an increasingly militarized War on Drugs, especially in majority-minority communities.

How D.C. Finally Stopped Punishing Sex Workers for Carrying Condoms

Police in the nation's capital have an ugly history with the transgender and sex worker communities, but there are signs that's changing. 

How Urban Design Could Help Reduce Rape in India

Delhi's avoidance of mixed-use development patterns isn't helping matters. 

Uruguay's Hot New Crime App Is a Bit of a Hot Mess

Anyone can report an incident on CityCop, but it's not at all clear what that means. 

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Where Bicycles Are Stolen in San Francisco

And these are only the ones that get reported. 

New York's Big Step Toward Safer Streets for All

A package of legislation passed late last week, including "Cooper's Law," shows the city is finally getting serious about reducing traffic fatalities. 

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Brazil's Ugly Pre-World Cup Sex-Worker Crackdown

While concerns about sex tourists dominate the headlines, the bigger threat for Rio's sex workers may be the local police force.

The City Where Blacks Suffer Under 'Stop and Frisk on Steroids'

Police abuses in Miami Gardens, Florida, are staggering, but few Americans seem to care. 

Rahm Emanuel Proposes Videotaping All Gun Purchases

The Chicago mayor is introducing the proposal today at a city council meeting.