Study: Military Equipment Makes Police Forces More Violent

Researchers from Stanford and the University of Cincinnati have produced a new study that concludes that police departments are more likely to use violence after receiving surplus military equipment from the federal government, something the Obama administration restricted but Trump and Sessions are now building back up. … [Read more...]

Castile Shooter Acquittal Shocking, Totally Expected

The acquittal of a Minnesota police officer who killed Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop last year was simultaneously shocking and completely predictable and expected. It is a sad reminder that we allow cops to get away with murder routinely in this society. … [Read more...]

Republican Bill Would Virtually Eliminate Accountability for Police

Old friend of Dispatches Radley Balko is still doing the best reporting in the country on police misconduct and brutality and he writes about a new bill Republicans want to pass in Congress that would make it virtually impossible to sue police officers for their illegal actions. … [Read more...]

Georgia Cops Actually Fired for Police Brutality

In a rare outcome, two cops in Gwinnett County, Georgia have been fired after video showed them beating a defenseless suspect during a traffic stop. And it happened almost immediately, not after weeks or months of paid leave or anything like that. … [Read more...]

Cop Smashes Head of Suspect in Handcuffs on the Ground

An police officer from Columbus, Ohio was caught on video stomping the head of a suspect who was handcuffed and on the ground with another officer on top of him. The police department has taken him off the streets, but he's probably still being paid. … [Read more...]

Judge Approves Baltimore PD Consent Decree

While Jeff Sessions is in the process of reviewing all of the agreements the DOJ made with local police departments to keep them in compliance with the law, a federal judge has approved the consent decree with the Baltimore PD that may finally rein in the horrible record of police brutality and misconduct there. … [Read more...]

Arpaio’s Tent City to Shut Down. He Blames Soros, of Course.

Fascist former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's infamous tent city jail is being shut down by his successor after a commission recommended that it be closed. Arpaio, of course, blames it all on George Soros, presumably because Saul Alinsky is dead and Karl Marx isn't returning his calls. … [Read more...]

Sessions May Reverse Obama Era Policing Agreements

With a serious problem of civil rights violations and police brutality, particularly aimed at African-Americans and other minority groups, the Obama administration entered into agreements with many police departments requiring them to improve their procedures. The Trump administration may well cancel some of those agreements. … [Read more...]

Sessions Dismisses Police Misconduct Reports Without Reading Them

Attorney General Jeff Sessions surprised no one today in suggesting that he may pull out of deals struck by the Obama DOJ with police departments with a history of misconduct and abuse. But as my friend Radley Balko points out, he didn't bother reading any of the reports that led to those actions. … [Read more...]

Miami Cops Fired for Joking About Using Blacks for Target Practice

So this is apparently what it takes to get fired as a police officer. Three cops in Miami have been fired after they exchanged messages about looking for a shooting range and suggesting that predominately black neighborhoods should work because they have "moving targets and they don’t charge." … [Read more...]

Yes, Humanists Should Partner with Black Lives Matter

When I was on my Texas speaking tour in October, I got to meet Sean Omar Rivera, the leader of the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He impressed the hell out of me. This tireless activist makes the case for why secular humanists should align with Black Lives Matter and similar movements. … [Read more...]

Just Say No to Giuliani as Attorney General

With Rudy Giuliani up for either attorney general, secretary of state or DHS secretary in Trump's cabinet, with the former being more likely, old friend Radley Balko reviews his appalling history on civil liberties. He basically doesn't believe privacy exists and would happily sell out every freedom for the illusion of security. … [Read more...]