Crime

The Baltimore Police Union's Problem With Anthony Batts Was That He Followed Best Practices

The Fraternal Order of Police’s scathing report, issued hours before the commissioner was fired, suggests that Batts was following guidelines from the White House’s 21st Century Policing Task Force.

The Scapegoating of Sanctuary Cities

San Francisco has become an anti-immigration punching bag in the wake of a grisly killing. But there’s little evidence that the city’s sanctuary law was to blame.

New York Wants Google Maps to Discourage Left Turns

The safety precaution would fit in with the city’s larger Vision Zero push.

Why This Iowa Town Is Raffling Off the Chance to Tase a Public Official

A police chief explains.

NYC Wants to Convert a Former Youth Jail into Housing

The city is looking for backers to convert a former roach-infested youth jail into a mixed-use affordable housing complex.

Why Black Churches Are at Risk (and Not Just From Arson)

The ATF says recent blazes at black churches are likely not hate crimes. But black churches still face serious existential problems.

How U.S. Schools Are Failing Immigrant Children

A 40-year-old Supreme Court decision obligates schools to assist English-language learners. San Francisco has just been ordered to figure out how.

Juárez to Tourists: It's Safe to Come Back Now

The Mexican border city’s murder rate is nowhere near where it once was. But Americans haven’t gotten the message.

An Artist Trolls London Into Painting a Wall Over and Over

A year-long experiment with the anti-graffiti squad.

Nearly a Third of Americans Own at Least One Gun

They’re predominantly “white, married men over the age of 55,” say researchers.

Confederate Flags Are Falling, But What Will That Change?

Southern cities are lowering the flags and considering bringing down Confederate memorials, too. But the character of a city is harder to transform.

Maps

A Global Geography of Peace (and Violence)

Will rapid urbanization in developing nations make their cities more violent?

The 'Great Migration' Was About Racial Terror, Not Jobs

“The North and the Congress basically gave up on equality for African Americans, and that set us on a course that we have not yet recovered from.”

How Can We Understand the Charleston Shootings? With This Syllabus

A group of professors have created the #Charlestonsyllabus to illustrate the histories of faith, race, and violence that collided in a mass murder.

America's Most Promising Pro-Jobs Policy

More than 100 U.S. cities and counties have now adopted some type of “ban the box” law, which prohibits employers from asking job candidates about criminal convictions before the first interview.

CityFixer

Seattle to Law-Abiding Drivers: Here's a Gift Card

As part of its Vision Zero plan, the city is rewarding everyday acts of safety.

Texas Built a Confederate Memorial on a Street Named for Martin Luther King Jr.

Short of removing existing Confederate symbols, maybe we could stop building new ones?

Did the Louisville Police Union Just Threaten City Residents?

An open letter reads: “To the sensationalists, liars and race-baiters—we are done with you.”

Black Charleston Residents Were Targeted Well Before the Tragic Shootings

“You have to go,” the alleged killer reportedly said to black church members. That’s not the first time they’ve heard that.