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Troy Davis

From Sacco and Vanzetti to Troy Davis, witnesses to crime scenes get it wrong too often. So why did the Supreme Court just make it harder to challenge such evidence in court?

Reporting on protests is no easy job—just ask the thirty-six reporters arrested while covering the Occupy movement. Do reporters have a right to gather the news?

The militarization of our police forces has turned a vital public-safety institution against its own people.

Brutality is an old problem, one that has worsened under the government of Luis Fortuño.

J. Edgar Hoover

Clint Eastwood's cinematic exploration of the FBI chief's rise to power is little more than a comforting myth.

Occupy Wall Street has exposed a system that regards people as disposable, but not usually so literally.

Around 175 people were arrested during a concerted action to shut down New York's financial district.

At least 175 people were arrested during a concerted action to shut down New York's financial district.

Riot police in Oakland, California

As Seattle police chief in 1999, my disastrous response to the WTO protests should have been a cautionary tale. Yet our police forces have only become more militarized.

Occupy Wall Street

The police occupation of the Wall Street area has been hardly less massive, sustained or impressive than the Zuccotti Park encampment.

Blogs

Early arrests can haunt American youths for the rest of their lives.

January 21, 2014

Mayor de Blasio inherits an intelligence apparatus that has spied on Muslims, infiltrated protest groups and created a huge electronic surveillance network.

January 17, 2014

Surveillance footage of Kelly Thomas’s death in 2011 sparked national outcry.

January 14, 2014

A new report shows that the unsolved homicide rate is far higher for black victims. The problem goes beyond the number of detectives in black neighborhoods.

January 10, 2014

Police violently dispersed a crowd of about 150 people in Durnham, North Carolina, during a vigil in which supporters demanded answers after the death of a teenager, who managed to shoot himself while handcuffed in police custody.

December 23, 2013

And maybe that's perfectly OK.

December 23, 2013

With his choice of William Bratton as the “new” police commissioner, mayor-elect Bill de Blasio sends a message: things are mostly fine the way they are. 

December 5, 2013

A new ACLU report shows the staggering number of prisoners serving life without parole. In Louisiana, more than 90 percent are black.

November 13, 2013

The largest public school police department in the nation targets children who are as young as six years old. 

November 8, 2013

A non-billionaire mayor, backed by labor with a budget of $72 billion to dispense? It’ll be worth watching. 

November 8, 2013