Crime

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The NYPD's Biggest Problem Might Actually Be an Overreliance on Numbers

A recent survey of retired New York City police officers suggests the department's culture has shifted toward data manipulation.

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Paris, Locked Down

With a manhunt still underway, the city's usual bustle has been replaced with a sense of shock and heightened security.

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The NYPD's Insubordination—and Why the Right Should Oppose It

The virtual work stoppage unfolding in New York City illustrates one of several ways that powerful police unions can threaten public safety as they seek political leverage.

New Orleans Residents Post Homemade Signs Warning Pedestrians Not to Walk Alone

A perceived uptick in violent crime has the French Quarter begging for more police.

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How Many Cops Die in the Line of Duty Each Year?

A new report shows that the number of annual shooting deaths of American police officers has increased.

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2014's Biggest Winner Was Marijuana

This year saw support for medical and recreational weed grow all over the country. The smoke is still clearing on what it all means.

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Two Architects of Broken Windows Policing Go On the Defensive

William Bratton and George Kelling say the critics just don't understand.

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The NYC Police Union Has a Long History of Bullying City Hall

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association have attacked and often slandered every recent mayor, even those who prided themselves on being crime fighters.

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The Holiday Spike in Domestic Abuse

It's not new, and it's getting worse this year.

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Inside the High-Stakes Effort to Stop Murder in New Orleans

Three years ago, the violence-stricken city bet big on a data-focused approach funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. When will we know if it's working?

Hernan Cazares

Welcome to the Startup Tijuana

With the violence of the drug war behind it, the border city is experiencing a boom of arts and startup activity, spurred by the group Reactivando Espacios.  

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Tourism to Antarctica Could Be Making Penguins Sick

One group of researchers found 20 different pathogens on 15 pairs of travelers' boots.

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The Cops vs. the Mayor: Bill de Blasio's Big Headache

Can the liberal NYC mayor mend fences with increasingly hostile police leadership just as he needs the force to handle protests against bad policing?

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When Chicago Tortured

The Second City is still grappling with a long history of police brutality.

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Why It's Time for South Africa to Take Down Its Walls

High security walls surround many middle-class homes in the country's suburbs, but they may actually increase violent crime.

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Can Undercover Officers De-Escalate Tensions at Protests?

That's not what happened in Oakland Wednesday, when an outed officer drew his gun on demonstrators and press.

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Some Law-Enforcement Agencies Are Handling Protests Right

In two cities, police have treated #BlackLivesMatter protesters as citizens to be protected, not threats to be confronted. We should demand the same all over.

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Even Spider-Man Finds Cairo Exhausting

A civic engagement project wants working-class Cairenes to know that the superhero understands life in their city can be tough.

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The Myth That Mass Transit Attracts Crime Is Alive in Atlanta

Fears that new buses and trains will bring "unsavory people" persist, despite evidence to the contrary.