In this October 6 2011, photograph, 2wo DEA agents post in police armor, while one holds an automatic weapon. (Flickr / Lwp Kommunikáció)
13 Nov 2015

Over $1 Trillion Spent Since Nixon Began The War On Drugs

Despite increasing state-level legalization, someone in the U.S. is arrested for marijuana possession about once every minute.

A fire escape leads up the brick facade of Chicago's Homan Square, alleged to be a police 'black site' where prisoners could be temporarily "disappeared" without access to legal counsel or other basic legal rights. (Shadowproof / Kevin Gosztola)
19 Oct 2015

Homan Square Lawsuit: Chicago Police Allegedly Abused & Framed Black Men for Drug Offenses

Three black men from Chicago sued police officers and the city of Chicago for detaining them at Homan Square and subsequently framing them for manufacturing and delivering heroin. The lawsuit, which the People’s Law Office filed on October 19 [PDF], is one of a handful of complaints brought against police

File: A gun-free zone sign in the Virginia Capitol. (Flickr / Michellse Ress)
17 Sep 2015

Breaking Our Gun Addiction: Laura Flanders, Marlon Peterson & Jeff Chang (VIDEO)

The Laura Flanders Show: “How do we break America’s addiction to guns and gun violence? We talk with a young man who served ten years in prison on a gun-related crime and hear from cultural critic Jeff Chang about the cultural changes that have and haven’t transformed America.”

The family of Rekia Boyd hold a banner which reads "I Am Rekia Boyd" at a rally demanding justice in her killing on April 7, 2015. Boyd was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago Police officer, Dante Servin, on  March 21, 2012 and Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority recently recommended that he lose his job. (Flickr / Bob Simpson)
16 Sep 2015

In Rare Act, Police Review Agency Recommends Chicago Police Fire Cop

Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority, setup to investigate complaints against police, has recommended the cop who killed 22-year-old Rekia Boyd be fired. In the history of the agency, it has only recommended two other officers have their job terminated. Both recommendations came this year.

Screenshot of NYPD Officer Adhyl Polanco speaking on Democracy Now (Nov 6, 2013).
05 Sep 2015

Lawsuit: NYPD Retaliated Against Whistleblower Cop For Exposing Illegal Quotas

Adhyl Polanco, an NYPD officer who spoke out publicly against the department’s use of illegal quotas for summonses and arrests, filed a lawsuit in federal court this week alleging his superiors discriminated and retaliated against him based on his race and speech. According to Polanco’s lawsuit, the NYPD was threatening officers with “termination and negative employment actions, such as low performance evaluations and punitive postings,” to force them to meet Stop & Frisk and arrest quotas.

File: A K-9 Unit police patrol car from Roseville, California. (Flickr / Matthew Fern)
04 Sep 2015

Police Dogs’ Lives Don’t Matter? 12 Police Dogs Died Of Heat Exhaustion In 2015

Despite years of awareness campaigns by animal rights activists, hundreds of dogs still die each year after being left in parked cars on hot summer days. Working dogs are not exempt, and heat exhaustion has claimed the lives of at least 12 police dogs so far this year.

Chicago Police Officer
16 Aug 2015

Podcast: Chicago Organizer Shares Outrage Over Stop And Frisk Deal

The ACLU of Illinois announced a “landmark” agreement with the Chicago Police Department and City of Chicago over stop and frisks earlier this month. However, soon after, there were multiple activist groups, which were upset with the ACLU because they believed the settlement undermined their efforts. In particular, local groups

File: A close up of the chain linking a pair of handcuffs. (Flickr / banspy)
04 Aug 2015

Kentucky Deputy Sheriff Sued For Handcuffing Disabled Children, Abusing Girl With ‘Pain Compliance’

A lawsuit filed yesterday in Kentucky challenges the handcuffing of schoolchildren, especially those with disabilities, as a way of dealing with behavioral problems. According to the ACLU suit, two children with Attention Deficit Disorder and other disabilities, were “unlawfully restrained and handcuffed at school with excessive force and without necessity.”

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Police Commissioner William Bratton speaks at an awards dinner January 29, 2014. (Wikimedia Commons / Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit)
03 Aug 2015

NYPD Chief Bill Bratton: ‘Minority Report’ Is Modern Fact, Not Fiction

In Philip K. Dick’s “Minority Report,” the authoritarian system in place to predict crime and catch individuals before they commit crimes is dystopian fantasy. In the mind of New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton, this story is part of today’s reality, one the NYPD is fueling through experiments with predictive policing.

Obama signs "Blue Alert" system bill
20 May 2015

Obama Signed Bill to Help Protect Police From Threats, However, Police Are Not Under Attack in America

President Barack Obama signed legislation that creates a “Blue Alert” system for law enforcement in the United States. It establishes a network for alerting police expeditiously when there are “active threats” against police. However, police are not under attack and have not been under attack in the US, despite recent