Crime

Minneapolis Has Major Racial Disparities in Its Policing

A new ACLU report shows that arrests for low-level offenses in the city skew heavily toward blacks. Including arrests that don’t “fit any crime.”

When Boston Created an All-Black Police Unit

In 1971, the Boston Police Department created an exclusively African-American unit to police the city’s black neighborhoods. Would this work today?

How to Fix a Broken Police Department

Reforms were slow to take hold in Cincinnati, but when they did, they drove down crime while also reducing arrests.

2 Dire Predictions About the 2022 Qatar World Cup

After Wednesday’s FIFA arrests, probes continue into upcoming games. But we already know it’s unconscionable to hold the World Cup in Qatar.

What Incarceration Costs Cities

The full costs of jails extend far beyond brick-and-mortar expenses, and states don’t always pick up those tabs.

The World Is Either Becoming a Much More Peaceful Place … or It Isn’t

A scholarly debate over the risk of war.

Cleveland Joins the Growing List of U.S. Cities With Federal Oversight of Police

The city and the U.S. Department of Justice announced an ambitious law-enforcement consent decree agreement Tuesday.

When Using the Sidewalk Means Breaking the Law: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

A Grand Jury Returns Indictments Against 6 Officers in Freddie Gray's Death

On Thursday afternoon, the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City announced indictments against all six police officers involved in the April 12 arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.

What Urban Design Can Actually Do to Address Police Violence

Leaders in the field discuss what design can—and can’t—accomplish in the service of communities like Baltimore and Ferguson.

Navigator

How Urban Beekeepers Safeguard Their Hives

Across the country, the fuzzy flyers are dying off or being snatched. Apiarists share their tips for keeping hives alive.

Hybrid-Vehicle Batteries Are Disappearing in San Francisco

Inventive, no doubt muscular thieves have found a new target.

The Problem With the Police Response to the Waco Shootout

Why were the strategies used by police leading up to a biker-gang battle in Waco and the recent unrest in Baltimore so different?

Obama to Police: Less Call of Duty Weapons, More Call of Data

The White House is pushing police departments to share more information on officer behavior.

Apparently, Young People Are Moving to Brooklyn: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Videos

Why Oscar Grant's Mother Still Celebrates His Birthday

“The hardest part is Oscar not being here with us to see that, you know what, his life mattered.”

Dzokhar Tsarnaev Gets the Death Penalty

On Friday, a federal jury applied six of the 17 capital counts to the surviving Boston Marathon bomber.

It's Too Damn Hard to Convict Awful Cops

The latest outrageous acquittal, this time in Philadelphia.

This New York Woman Has 620 Roommates

They’re tiny turtles, confiscated in a warehouse raid.