Crime

Mike Blake/Reuters

Cellphone Spy Tools Have Flooded Local Police Departments

Major cities throughout the U.S. have spent millions on mobile surveillance tools—but there are still few rules about what happens to the information they capture.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

For L.A. Street Vendors, a Step Toward Legality

Decriminalization gives vendors a measure of safety from a potential crackdown on immigrants. But advocates say there’s still work to be done.

Mahesh Kumar A/ AP

Inauguration Protesters Targeted for Facebook Searches

Law enforcement is seeking social media info from least two D.C. protest arrestees.

West Midlands Police

London Police Will Pose as Cyclists to Catch Unsafe Drivers

Watch out, that cyclist you’re cutting off could be a cop.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Sanctuary Cities Are Safer and More Productive

New research contradicts President Trump’s claim that these areas do "immeasurable harm" to their residents.

Next America
Jim Young/Reuters

What's Causing Chicago’s Homicide Spike?

President Trump is vowing to “send in the Feds,” but researchers aren’t convinced they understand the rise, or how to stop it.

James Lawler Dugga/Reuters

Are Police Searching Inauguration Protesters' Phones?

A lawyer for several protesters arrested in inauguration protests on Friday claims that police appear to be mining information from mobile phones taken after they were detained.

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Chicago Cops, Unaccountable by Design

The U.S. Justice Department’s recently released findings of its investigation into the Chicago Police Department shows how one city obstructed its own paths to law enforcement accountability.

Maps
Auut Studio

A Comprehensive Map of American Lynchings

The practice wasn’t limited to the South, as this new visualization of racial violence in the Jim Crow era proves.

Maps
Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Mapping the Drone War Over Pakistan

The controversial campaign of U.S. drone strikes has been intensely focused on small northern Pakistani communities near the Afghan border.

Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

The Fading Dream of a Borderless Europe

Six states in Europe’s normally passport-free Schengen Area have brought back passport controls. So what’s coming next?

L.A. Metro

The L.A. Metro Gets a First-of-Its-Kind Sexual Harassment Hotline

The 24/7 call center, staffed by professional counselors, is meant for riders who’ve experienced groping, fondling, and indecent exposure.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

How Clearing Criminal Records Puts People to Work

About 70 million Americans have criminal records, and some of them struggle to find jobs decades after their offense. Advocates of expungement say it levels the playing field—and boosts the economy.

Gregory Bull/AP

Will Law Enforcement Support Trump's Immigration Plans?

The president-elect has pledged to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, but his proposals would require the cooperation of state and local authorities.

Carlos Osorio/AP

The Best Cityreads of 2016

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in the past 365 days.

Year in Review
Spencer Selvidge/Reuters

U.S. Law Enforcement Fatalities Increased in 2016

But officer deaths remain lower than the average annual fatalities over the past decade.

Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

For London, 2017 Could Be the Year That Makes or Breaks the City's Future

The U.K. capital debates the impact of Brexit—and much more.

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Celebrating the Vehicular Graffiti of Urban Bike Life

Filmmaker Jeremy Meek showcases the human side of D.C.’s controversial dirt-bike scene.