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Who Are the Real ‘Killer Clowns’ Terrorizing America? Insane Clown Posse weighs in on the most pressing issue in America today. (Autoplay audio)
posted by GuyZero on Oct 10, 2016 - 79 comments

Breaking the "Code of Silence"

In the Chicago Police Deparment, if the bosses say it didn't happen, it didn't happen. (Jamie Kalven, for The Intercept_.) [more inside]
posted by Bahro on Oct 6, 2016 - 14 comments

“That looks like a bad dude, too,” the second officer said.

The Shooting of an Unarmed Black Man in Oklahoma [The New York Times] The Police Department in Tulsa, Okla., released video [YouTube] [Graphic Content] on Monday of an encounter during which, the authorities said, a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man who could be seen raising his hands above his head. The department opened a criminal investigation into the shooting and said the Tulsa County district attorney, Steve Kunzweiler, would review its findings. The federal Justice Department opened a separate civil rights investigation. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Sep 20, 2016 - 286 comments

Control Not Justice

Every year, the vast majority of murders in Chicago go unsolved. The city's homicide-clearance rate of 26% (a case is cleared as soon as someone is charged) is less than half the national average. The rate for non-fatal shootings is 10%. Meaning, if you shoot someone in Chicago, you have a pretty good chance of getting away with it. Alex Kotlowitz writes here about how Chicago law enforcement's abysmal homicide-clearance rate may be contributing to violence in the city. (previously)
posted by AceRock on Sep 20, 2016 - 12 comments

This post is under 24 hour video surveillance

Brockville, Ontario is the newest place to add an Internet Purchase Exchange location to their municipality -- this one in a video surveilled section of the police parking lot. The idea seems to be relatively recent, but catching on, starting with one of the first in Mobile, Alabama and now with locations in Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Utah, and across Canada. With over 100 murders now linked to Craigslist, is this an idea whose time has come?
posted by Shepherd on Aug 24, 2016 - 25 comments

Going undercover against extremism

"A long-running undercover police operation in the Bedfordshire town of Luton, which has contributed evidence to two recent counter-terrorism trials, helped build up an incredibly detailed picture of the depths of loathing for Britain felt by the men at the heart of the investigation. Kamal switches on the recorder and speaks into the microphone, stating the date, the time and where he's about to go. And then he leaves the house, leaves his true self behind, and walks towards danger."
posted by marienbad on Aug 18, 2016 - 7 comments

Totall recall

The Detectives Who Never Forget a Face
London’s new squad of “super-recognizers” could inspire a revolution in policing.
[Super recognizers previously]
posted by Joe in Australia on Aug 15, 2016 - 38 comments

From the Kerner Commission to Milwaukee

In 1967, the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (known as the Kerner Commission) started with the mandate to answer three questions: What happened? Why did it happen? What can be done to prevent it from happening again?

Milwaukee resident Reggie Jackson explores those questions in light of systemic issues affecting Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the most segregated metropolitan area in the US, in light of the civil unrest following a police shooting on Saturday.
posted by larrybob on Aug 15, 2016 - 48 comments

"It has to stop. Enough. Enough is enough."

"Generations ago, legends like Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, John Carlos and Tommie Smith, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe and countless others, they set a model for what athletes should stand for. So we choose to follow in their footsteps." In the wake of the violence this week in St. Paul, Dallas, and Baton Rouge, a quartet of NBA stars (Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James) open the 2016 ESPYS with a call to action. (SLESPN)
posted by zebra on Jul 13, 2016 - 16 comments

Know your rights (filming the police edition)

"What do you say to a police officer who tells you to stop when you are legally and not obstructively filming their interactions?" [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jul 13, 2016 - 103 comments

The First Civil RIght

"We as a polity seem to think policing is the solution to every social problem." Political scientist Naomi Murakawa's book The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America tackles assumptions about how we got to today and what needs to change. In an interview at the Marshall Project, Murakawa argues "those being sentenced under punitive sentencing guidelines it doesn’t make a difference to them that Sen. Ted Kennedy was liberal and overall had a good voting record." [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi on Jul 12, 2016 - 46 comments


Police, Prosecutors, and Judges Rely on a Flawed $2 Drug Test That Puts Innocent People Behind Bars [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Jul 8, 2016 - 33 comments

Those Who Marriage Equality Left Behind

"I cannot reconcile the divide between two of the biggest civil-rights movements I've covered—marriage equality and Black Lives Matter. How can two such quintessentially American fights occur so near each other yet feel so disconnected? How were the revelers on the steps of the Supreme Court so far from the implosion of a major American city happening just up the street?"
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 26, 2016 - 45 comments

"Have you ever had a riot?"

My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 23, 2016 - 62 comments

Utah v. Strieff

The Supreme Court has issued its opinion in Utah v. Strieff (pdf actual opinion), holding essentially that an active warrant remedies an unconstitutional stop. [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Jun 20, 2016 - 82 comments

...the need for a hard look at the cultures within police departments.

Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager [East Bay Express] According to a stunning set of allegations, a teenage human trafficking victim in the Bay Area was coerced into sex by at least 22 officers over a six month period. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jun 18, 2016 - 109 comments

Police: 50 killed in Florida nightclub terror attack.

Fifty people were killed and at least fifty-three more were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. According to ABC news, "The shooter has been identified by officials as Omar Mateen of St. Lucie County, Florida, an American-born citizen with Afghani parents." Mateen had previously been considered a person of interest by the FBI in 2013 and 2014. Mateen was shot and killed by police. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Jun 12, 2016 - 1239 comments

America's War On Teens Out At Night

Between truancy and curfew laws teens can only legally be outside a few hours a day. In the US, the only country with teen curfew laws, millions have been arrested since the 90s for simply walking outside at night, with no strong evidence pointing to a reduction in crime.
posted by blankdawn on May 29, 2016 - 54 comments

Crime scene corvid

A winged thief tries to make off with evidence
posted by sardonyx on May 26, 2016 - 21 comments

The pinnacle of home entertainment: Cop Rock DVD set released

Your long wait is over. Public service announcement: as of Tuesday, you can finally own Cop Rock on a triple DVD box. NYT: Sometimes “worst” is a misnomer for “ahead of its time.” On Tuesday Shout! Factory releases “Cop Rock: The Complete Series,” a three-disc package that provides a chance to revisit this TV curiosity. Watching the 11 episodes — the original 16-episode order was truncated when the show didn’t generate ratings — is fascinating, and not always in a train wreck way. When “Cop Rock” worked, though that was only intermittently, it worked quite well. Previously.
posted by porn in the woods on May 19, 2016 - 23 comments

And he'll still grow up to be an asshole.

Mother goose leads officers to her entangled baby.
posted by Meatbomb on May 13, 2016 - 23 comments

A taxpayer-paid private security source for Walmart

The Tampa Bay Times compared police visits to the number of calls at nearby Target stores, and even to an entire mall. There were four times as many calls to Walmart, on average, compared to Target. When it comes to calling the cops, Walmart is such an outlier compared with its competitors that experts criticized the corporate giant for shifting too much of its security burden onto taxpayers. “Law enforcement becomes in effect a taxpayer-paid private security source for Walmart,” said New York-based leading retail analyst Burt Flickinger. (via)
posted by cynical pinnacle on May 12, 2016 - 47 comments

Chicken Police?

Bad bun, bad bun, whatchoo gonna do?
posted by ApathyGirl on May 4, 2016 - 10 comments

Bike Batman

Meet “Bike Batman,” Seattle’s vigilante reuniting stolen bikes with their owners. [more inside]
posted by mbrubeck on Apr 29, 2016 - 10 comments

“I truly love keeping the wolf from the lambs.”

The retired cops investigating unsolved murders in one of America’s most violent cities. by Christopher Pomorski [The Guardian] A former murder capital of the US, Camden, New Jersey has created its first cold case squad. Can solving old killings help restore an embattled community’s trust in law and order? [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Apr 24, 2016 - 4 comments

A riot unfolding

An extraordinary piece (MarylandMorning) on the detailed unfolding of the Baltimore riots from one year ago, with police radio interspersed with interviews of students.
posted by spbmp on Apr 22, 2016 - 4 comments

“Slavery has always been a legal institution. And it never ended.”

prisoners are the slaves of today, and that slavery affects our society economically, morally and politically.” (pdf)
posted by jeffburdges on Apr 5, 2016 - 42 comments

film criticism 101

Police Body Cameras: What Do You See? An interactive simulated piece about the usefulness of bodycams in discerning the facts of a given situation. (SLNYT)
posted by likeatoaster on Apr 1, 2016 - 17 comments


How Aerial Surveillance Has Changed Policing — and Crime — in Los Angeles Geoff Manaugh rides along with the LAPD's Air Support Division.
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 28, 2016 - 16 comments

Bangor Maine Police Department Facebook Page

"Disorderly conduct is a mistress that tends to show up with her own six pack"
posted by Confess, Fletch on Mar 5, 2016 - 22 comments

The precogs were right

St. Louis turns to predictive policing software: "At a time when communities are crying out for justice," Crockford told me, "I never heard anyone in one of these communities say, ‘I think police need to use more computers!’"
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 3, 2016 - 25 comments

Dinosaurs vs. Robots - What could possibly go wrong?

Dutch National police are training eagles to take down drones.
posted by Mitheral on Feb 1, 2016 - 37 comments

The "Guilty Mind" principle eliminates a lot of "crimes"

Everyone commits crimes. There are so many laws out there making what's relatively banal behavior criminal if looked at in that light. Apparently a longstanding legal principle tho has been the idea of a "guilty mind," which has gotten somewhat lost recently. The idea is that if you can't write a law where it's possible for a person to commit a crime without meaning to commit a crime. More in the link.
posted by BradyDale on Jan 30, 2016 - 43 comments

Investigating Policies Defining When And How Police Use Force

The Police Use of Force Project investigates the ways in which police use of force policies help to enable police violence in our communities. (Proposed policy solutions from Campaign Zero) [more inside]
posted by jillithd on Jan 21, 2016 - 26 comments

'...follow the law or you’re no better than the crook.'

Inside the Snitch Tank. After his arrest for the worst mass shooting in Orange County, CA history, Scott Dekraai poured out his feelings to a jailhouse informant. But instead of nailing down a death-penalty conviction against a confessed killer who was arrested with murder weapons in his car, the bugging of Dekraai’s cell touched off a legal storm over prosecutorial misconduct and the misuse of jailhouse informants which has delayed justice and drawn national attention. The Orange County Register has set up an extensive website to accompany their ongoing investigation and report.
posted by zarq on Jan 13, 2016 - 17 comments

"You’re a survivor now, not a victim."

Most American rapes go unreported and unpunished. In part because ideas about what constitutes a ‘‘real rape’’ still hinder investigations and prosecutions, and many police officers continue to read vulnerability as complicity. But there is another unacknowledged side to the investigation of sexual assault: the huge numbers of victims who are children or teenagers. New Haven, CT detectives estimate that more than 80 percent of their cases involve minors — a number only slightly higher than national statistics. Such cases are rarely reported immediately, which means that there is rarely any physical evidence to investigate. "To Catch a Rapist:" How New Haven's special-victims unit fights a hidden epidemic of sexual assault that is disturbingly difficult to investigate. (Some may find the descriptions and topics in this article disturbing or triggering.)
posted by zarq on Jan 8, 2016 - 24 comments

Run, Hide, Tell

BBC: "[UK] Police have released a video telling people to "run, hide, tell" if they are caught up in a terrorist gun attack. The four-minute video advises on how to evacuate a building, where to hide, and what information to tell police. The video says people's first reaction if they hear gunshots should be to run - as long as it will not put them in greater danger - and not to let others' indecision "slow you down"."
posted by marienbad on Dec 18, 2015 - 85 comments

How To Predict Bad Cops In Chicago

The extensive catalog of complaints against officers appears to bear out the theory of a few bad apples: Among the 7,758 police officers who received a complaint during that time period, more than half received less than one per year (officers with zero complaints do not appear in the database). Meanwhile, the bad apples seem to be the ones racking up the grievances.
posted by veedubya on Dec 17, 2015 - 64 comments

"An Unbelievable Story of Rape"

An incredible story by ProPublica and The Marshall Project. What happens when police believe rape victims? What happens when they don't?
posted by trillian on Dec 16, 2015 - 42 comments

Clowns Vs. Firefighters, Toronto Edition

If one year during the Toronto International Film Festival you’re engaging a Hollywood producer in conversation and have only a few seconds to pitch your action script before the bouncers drag you out from under the door of her bathroom stall, just fire off a three-word description of the two unlikely antagonists. Hollywood loves oddball enemies even more than unlikely buddy cops: cowboys versus aliens, mercenaries versus dinosaurs, Predators versus future governors of American states. Yet, inexplicably, no movie has been made of Toronto’s contribution to the genre: clowns versus firefighters.
posted by jason's_planet on Dec 13, 2015 - 8 comments

“What kind of police do you call on the police?”

An all-white jury convicted Daniel Holtzclaw of rape. It's almost enough. [The Guardian]
It took 45 hours over the course of four days for an all-white jury in Oklahoma City to decide whether or not they should convict former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw of sexual assault on the word of 13 black women. On Thursday night, the jury opted to believe (most of) them. There is perhaps no bigger test of how blind justice could possibly be than asking any American jury – especially one that is all white and includes eight men – to believe 13 black women over a former police officer and supposed hero football player. It’s easy enough to point to cases where the police were acquitted. And yet, against all expectations this time, justice was blind.
[more inside] posted by Fizz on Dec 12, 2015 - 81 comments

vers le bas avec Tor!

The French government mulls laws to block Tor and public WiFi. Is this what happens when police ask Santa for presents ("liste au Père Noël", according to Le Monde)?. (via)
posted by doctornemo on Dec 7, 2015 - 30 comments

Bang Bang you're dead

The County: the story of America's deadliest police. First in a five part series by the Guardian. Here is some data which has been posted before [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on Dec 1, 2015 - 17 comments

Laquan McDonald

For the first time in 35 years, an Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality, in this case, that of 17 year old Laquan McDonald. Last night, the city of Chicago released the dash-cam footage that had been kept out of the public eye for more than a year, showing Mr. McDonald being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer. A second video, which was taken by a security camera at a nearby Burger King, was allegedly deleted by the police. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 25, 2015 - 317 comments

Good job, internet.

In preparation for police raids tonight in Brussels, Belgian authorities asked journalists not to tweet using #brusselslockdown. The response has been a hundred thousand photos of cats.
posted by nickrussell on Nov 22, 2015 - 115 comments

Tweeting from a protest subjects you to enrollment in a police database

Your Social Media Posts Are Fueling the Future of Police Surveillance - Any posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other location-tagged social media uploaded in [an] area will appear on a display at police headquarters. An uploaded Vine from one block away could show someone running away, and give the cops a starting point for their investigation. How long until that hypothetical situation is a reality? “We’re 100 percent there,” says Lee Guthman, head of business development at Geofeedia, a location-based social media monitoring site.
posted by nevercalm on Nov 22, 2015 - 46 comments


Fabio Wibmer escapes from the police - SLYT
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Nov 17, 2015 - 23 comments

Taser, body cameras, money and politics

Whichever cameras are used, it’s increasingly clear police will control the footage. In a recent survey of 25 departments with body camera programs, only two made the footage available to individuals filing complaints against the department, and only four had systems to prevent tampering or unauthorized access. - Who controls the cop cam?
posted by Artw on Nov 16, 2015 - 43 comments

Police using their power to sexually abuse and rape

The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault. Warning: the link contains descriptions of some of these events.
posted by nolnacs on Nov 1, 2015 - 52 comments

The Super Recogniser

Friends call Constable Collins Rain Man or Yoda or simply The Oracle. But to Scotland Yard, London’s metropolitan police force, he is known as a “super recognizer.” He has a special gift of facial recall powers that enables him to match even low-quality and partial imagery to a face he has seen before, on the street or in a database and possibly years earlier.[slNYT]
posted by ellieBOA on Oct 30, 2015 - 31 comments

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