Police thinking of themselves as warriors can lead to distrust and aggression towards minority groups.
Video footage of the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols may be key to any criminal trial.
City of Memphis via AP
Jurors can perceive events in a video in different ways – one of which depends on how the evidence is presented in court, a media scholar explains.
President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address.
Jacquelyn Martin, Pool/AP
President Biden outlined his achievements in key policy areas and sketched out his plans for the rest of his term in office.
Dwindling numbers means more inexperienced officers.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
Police departments have faced recruitment and retention problems since the 2020 George Floyd protests. It has meant some agencies have had to lower standards to attract new officers.
The fatal beating of Tyre Nichols started after he was pulled over by cops.
City of Memphis via AP
The case of Tyre Nichols highlights how traffic stops can turn deadly. Traffic stops are also prone to racial bias, can break down community trust in police and yield few results, research shows.
Members of Memphis’ SCORPION unit were behind the brutal beating of a suspect.
City of Memphis via AP
The officers charged in the murder of a Black man in Memphis, Tenn., were part of the elite SCORPION squad. Such units have an ugly history.
People attend a candlelight vigil in memory of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 26, 2023.
Scott Olson/Getty Images
The death of a Black motorist after a beating by five Black Memphis police officers has triggered national outrage over police brutality and systemic racism with the U.S. criminal justice system.
Evidence confirms that minimum-force policing is safer and more effective than the style of policing so colourfully depicted in US crime shows and movies like Die Hard.
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mehmet Oz has talked a lot about the crime rate during his campaign in Pennsylvania.
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
Whether crime is up or down depends on what kind of crime, what the comparison is to, and where you’re counting crimes.
Participants in ‘violence prevention’ programs seek to deescalate conflicts before they turn deadly.
Andre Chung for The Washington Post via Getty Images
A burst of federal funding is letting Indianapolis expand existing efforts and try promising new approaches that other cities have developed.
Minneapolis police force entry moments before shooting Amir Locke.
Minneapolis Police Department via AP
The death of a 22-year-old man in a ‘no-knock’ raid in Minneapolis has sparked fresh concern over the associated risk to the public and police alike.
Debris at the site where an SUV plowed into a Christmas parade.
Jim Vondruska/Getty Images
At least five people were killed and many more were injured after an SUV crashed into a Christmas parade. A terrorism expert explains how vehicles have been weaponized.
Police officers wear body cameras in Oakland, California, on Dec. 4, 2014.
Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
Police body-worn cameras increase disciplinary action against officers and reduce racial bias against citizen complainants, according to a recent study.
What role did the pandemic play in the hike in murders in 2020?
Mark Makela/Getty Images
FBI statistics recorded a 30% rise in homicides in 2020. A criminologist helps break down what was behind the spike.
Another door closes on federal police reform.
Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Months of bipartisan talks in Congress aimed at reaching consensus over policing reforms have ended with no agreement. Two policing scholars argue that federal efforts are better placed focusing on supporting local measures.
Police see some difficult scenes; body cameras can record those and make them public.
Tony Webster via Flickr
Police body cameras have the potential to make private details about people’s lives, including some of the most stressful experiences of their lives, public and easily accessible online
When local law enforcement agencies get military surplus equipment, like armored vehicles, local sheriffs are more likely to get reelected.
AP Photo/David Goldman
Sheriffs in less populated counties got bigger boosts from military surplus than sheriffs in more populated counties.
Seattle police officers deploy pepper spray as they clash with protesters in Seattle, Washington, on July 25, 2020.
Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images
New research confirms that unfair police treatment is psychologically damaging and that the consequences are decidedly worse for certain racial and ethnic groups.
Body camera footage shows a Virginia police officer pepper-spraying a Black U.S. Army officer during a traffic stop in December 2020.
Windsor Police via AP
Police officers who kill, injure or violate the rights of citizens are often not held accountable, even in civil court – because in most cases, they can’t be sued for official acts.
Getting police and community on board with reforms is crucial for success.
Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
Attempts to reform US police departments fail when they are unable to get community support. Perhaps it is time to take a different tack, argue two criminal justice scholars – one a former cop.