Reading Time: 6 minutes Advocates say civilians, not cops, should respond to many calls.
Reading Time: 9 minutes For students of color, do officers in school do more harm than good?
Reading Time: 20 minutes A police lieutenant with more than 30 years on the force, who is the president of his Black Police Officers Association, gives a personal and inside look at policing.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Despite occasional abuses and scandals, Americans traditionally respected and supported local police. But now, approval is waning, and it’s hard to imagine it ever coming back.
Reading Time: 3 minutes We need to find a way to stop racists from using 911 to call the cops on people of color before somebody gets hurt.
Reading Time: 3 minutes In the major moral crisis growing out of Charlottesville, a lot of attention has been paid to Trump’s lack of leadership.But the whole nation has a stake in a related matter, the inaction of the local police.The Charlottesville Police Department was not caught unawares. It had anticipated a crowd of from 2,000 to 6,000 people, Read More
Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post-trial discussion with radio host Peter B. Collins, WhoWhatWhy Editor in Chief Russ Baker discusses the amazing and consequential elements of this terror mystery that never got aired in court.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Is President Obama’s recently announced order seeking to reverse the dramatic over-arming of police forces nationwide too little, too late? We all saw—in Baltimore, in Ferguson, in Boston—how civilian law enforcement has turned into a virtual sixth branch of the military. Where is this going? Our guest, author of a new book on the topic, shares his research.
Reading Time: 4 minutes On May 18, 2015, President Obama made a surprising announcement: he ordered the federal government to reverse its standing practice of providing American police departments with surplus weapons and vehicles from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Given declining confidence in police after a seemingly constant recent stream of fatalities involving black suspects, this newfound caution with heavy provisioning is understandable. But questions about the wisdom of militarizing police are not new. WhoWhatWhy first wrote about the issue in February, 2014.
Reading Time: < 1 minute While covering the Baltimore riots, journalist Shawn Carrie was shot in the head by a police pepperball and held without being charged. These, however, are just two of the very many violations of civil liberties taking place in the wake of civil unrest.