No One Becomes a Cop Because It’s Safe

The shooting of a Georgia Tech student reminds us that police officers need to accept the risk that comes with showing restraint.

Aug. 25 2017 8:30 AMProfiling White Supremacists Won’t Stop White Supremacist TerrorismA former undercover FBI agent explains.
July 24 2017 9:52 PM“The Most Innocent Victim”What the response to a police shooting sounds like when a black cop kills a white woman.
July 11 2017 5:11 PMWhat Happens After a ShootingClai Lasher-Sommers’ stepfather shot her in the back 47 years ago. She still hasn’t healed.
Feb. 7 2017 5:55 AMJames Bailey Is a Liar. Is He a Murderer?A mysterious cache of documents could prove that a man serving a life sentence for homicide was framed by corrupt Alabama authorities—if the documents, and the man, can be believed.
Nov. 11 2016 4:02 PMCops Who Kill, on TrialIn Ohio and South Carolina, jurors are evaluating clear-cut cases of police violence that, legally speaking, are anything but.
Sept. 21 2016 1:45 PMLegally Justifiable Police Shootings Aren’t Always Morally Defensible. So Says Charlotte’s Top Cop.How will Police Chief Kerr Putney handle outrage over the killing of Keith Lamont Scott?
Aug. 16 2016 2:09 PMHow Bad Prosecutors Cause Bad PolicingProsecuting abusive cops is the least that district attorneys can do.
July 27 2016 2:52 PMNo Convictions for the Officers in the Freddie Gray CaseBut this isn’t necessarily a step back in the movement to make America’s police officers more conscientious and less violent. 
July 22 2016 3:09 PMA Texas Prosecutor Jailed a Rape VictimTo ensure she’d testify against her attacker, the prosecutor locked up an innocent woman in a notoriously hellish jail.
July 21 2016 7:18 PMNorth Miami Cop Defense: He Was Trying to Protect the Man He ShotSo says the head of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.
July 21 2016 11:18 AMCharles Kinsey Did Everything He Possibly Could Not to be Shot And the police shot him anyway.
July 10 2016 9:10 PMThe Bahamas Is Warning Its Citizens About the Dangers of the United StatesThe truth is Bahamians are safer abroad than at home.
July 7 2016 8:41 PMAre Black People at Risk When They Carry a Concealed Weapon?Here’s what three Minnesota gun instructors think.
June 29 2016 3:45 PMThe Oakland Police Department Mess, ExplainedThree chiefs out in eight days. A sex scandal. A mysterious suicide. What in the name of the Bay Bridge is going on?
June 14 2016 6:49 PMOmar Mateen Had a “Modern Sporting Rifle”The firearms industry doesn’t call the gun he used in Orlando an assault weapon. It prefers a less threatening name.
Aug. 10 2017 11:02 AMMMA Comes to the PDCan mixed martial arts training make police officers less dangerous?
July 24 2017 5:55 AMThe Killer NurseShe didn’t brag. She didn’t leave clues. She killed her patients, then went home to play computer games.
Feb. 13 2017 5:47 PMTough on CrimeSome of the country’s top cops are trying to convince Donald Trump that he’s wrong on criminal justice.
Nov. 21 2016 3:27 PMThe War on Drugs Is Coming BackAs attorney general, Jeff Sessions could embrace its worst features: confidential informants, harsh plea bargains, long sentences.
Sept. 27 2016 6:56 PMShould the Media Downplay the New Murder Spike?Depending on your politics, the FBI’s new stats can look scary or meaningless. Here’s a more honest reading.
Sept. 1 2016 10:00 AMThe Blurred Blue LineWhen police officers take off-duty jobs, do they work for the people, or are they guns for hire?
Aug. 3 2016 4:21 PMThe Unapologetic Political Machinations of William BrattonGhettoside author Jill Leovy on the departing commissioner.
July 27 2016 1:08 AMA Powerful and Pragmatic Approach to Criminal Justice at the DNCThe Clinton campaign acknowledged the work of police—and the suffering of mothers who’ve lost children to violence.
July 21 2016 11:03 PMDonald Trump Has Zero Ideas for How to Lower Crime RatesThat doesn’t mean he’s wrong about the troubling spike in violence in America’s cities.
July 21 2016 4:25 PMA Shocking Reminder of How Reliant Prosecutors Are on Plea Deals   A rogue lab technician in Massachusetts inadvertently shows how rare criminal trials are.
July 15 2016 12:35 PMWhat Is the Deal With Synthetic Marijuana?Everything you need to know about fake weed.
July 8 2016 12:10 PMA Police Department That’s Embraced ReformUnder Chief David Brown, the Dallas PD has made tremendous strides in curbing excessive force and reducing officer-involved shootings.
July 5 2016 5:49 AMWhatever Happened to Michael Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Crusade?It still exists—and it’s starting to work.
June 16 2016 10:38 AMThree Phone Calls a Father Receives After His Daughter’s Been ShotAt home with a grieving man who has lost a child to gun violence.
June 14 2016 10:17 AMA Better Way to Limit Mass Shooting CarnageIt’s not about the type of gun. It’s how many rounds it can fire without reloading.