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Police tape

How police across the country are using civil asset forfeiture to seize people’s houses, cars and cash to make money for their departments.

Michael Bloomberg and Ray Kelly

Mayor Bloomberg and Ray Kelly lost big: a federal court ruling and a new law ban the racial profiling that undergirds the discriminatory practice. 

Ramarley Graham

How the shooting death of the unarmed teenager sparked new activism against police violence in the Bronx.

How the New York City Council’s Community Safety Act stands the best chance of curtailing the NYPD’s most destructive racial profiling practices.

Carlos Riley Jr. protest

Activists in Durham, North Carolina, have come together in support of Carlos Riley Jr. and against the racial policing they believe has put him behind bars.

Judge Shira Scheindlin

The Bloomberg administration accuses a judge of bias for her rulings against the NYPD. But more judges should consider the human implications of police policies.

Ray Kelly

Obama sounds the notes of racial justice at key moments, while asserting unprecedented power to implement policies that are destructive, discriminatory—and embodied by the NYPD commissioner.

Robert Ethan Saylor

Ethan Saylor died because police responded with rapid and unnecessary force to his disability. I worry, not only for my son with Down Syndrome, but for all others who face similar tactics.

Trayvon Martin poster

With this example, what message are vigilantes like George Zimmerman supposed to take away?

Blogs

The Court went to surprising lengths to affirm the idea that technological change demands a reconsideration of legal precedent—an assertion that could have significant implications in other privacy cases.

June 25, 2014

The ACLU finds that SWAT teams spend more time kicking down suspected drug offenders’ doors than rescuing hostages or stopping gunmen.

June 24, 2014

US Customs and Border Protection revised its use-of-force guidelines to comply with recommendations from an independent report.

June 2, 2014

US border agents have killed forty-five people since 2005.

May 27, 2014

Police will continue to abuse the rights of the already marginalized because we, as American citizens, refuse to question the fundamental goals of policing.

May 13, 2014

The ease with which we criminalize and abuse black youth in this country would be astounding if it weren’t so routine.

May 1, 2014

All American patriots should have the right to bring their cows to the top of the Empire State Building.

April 23, 2014

Albuquerque police who use excessive force rarely face any form of accountability.

April 10, 2014

De Blasio distinguished himself from his electoral opponents by advocating an independent overseer of the NYPD—now he’s fulfilled that promise.

March 28, 2014

The death of James Boyd adds to a long list of questionable use-of-force incidents involving APD officers.

March 24, 2014