A police officer in Lagos, Nigeria, Nov. 3.
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The story of Nigeria’s #EndSARS movement shows just how durable law enforcement institutions are – and why the road to reform goes straight uphill.
An activist is arrested after his van was stopped by Kenosha police Aug. 27, days after police shot a Kenosha man, Jacob Blake, seven times in the back, leaving him paralyzed.
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New research on Wisconsin’s changing demographics suggests that racial integration and political polarization were a combustible combination in Kenosha, where violence erupted in August.
In spite of its resources, poverty is rampant in Nigeria.
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Given its natural resources and people, Nigeria should be a prosperous nation, but after 60 years of self governance, the country now ranks as the world poverty capital.
Sending in the feds to quell unrest often increases conflict on the ground, as it did this summer in Portland, Ore.
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Kenosha is the latest US city to see federal agents patrolling its protests. History suggests that supplanting the local police with a militarized national force rarely works out well.
Protesters in front of Boston Police Headquarters during a United Against Racist Police Terror Rally on June 7, 2020.
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Across the United States, police are shielded from both public and departmental accountability by multiple layers of contractual and legislative protections.
Actors Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits on the set of ‘NYPD Blue.’
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For decades, there’s been a concerted effort by law enforcement to ensure their perspectives – and not those of people being policed – dominate prime-time television.
Police work to keep demonstrators back during a protest in Lafayette Square Park on May 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
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Many law enforcement agencies fail to adequately investigate misconduct allegations and rarely sustain citizen complaints. Disciplinary sanctions are few and reserved for the most egregious cases.
Police keeping a safe distance from patients awaiting COVID-19 tests at a New York hospital.
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With officers being hit by illness, arrests have dropped during the coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile crime rates have remained static, or even fallen. Is it time to rethink policing?
There are few guarantees that the facial recognition system is secure or even that it is accurate.
James Gargasoulas was convicted of six murders using a vehicle in Melbourne’s CBD in 2017.
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In three years, 173 people died from 17 ramming vehicle attacks worldwide. This week, Victoria police announced a policy supporting officers to shoot drivers of weaponised cars.
An institution’s culture can affect the behavior of individual participants.
A sociologist spent time as a volunteer firefighter – and learned more about how institutional culture can shape a person’s behavior.
A range of laws allow Australian agencies such as local governments to peer over security agencies’ shoulder at your personal data.
Under controversial national security laws, parts of your mobile phone data is accessible by federal police and counterterrorism agencies. But in reality dozens of other organisations can access it too.
Festival goers bring their phones. So why not use them to receive tweets about high-dose drugs in circulation, as the UK is doing?
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There are many ways to reduce harm from drugs at music festivals beyond the much publicised pill testing. Here’s what else we can do.
United Kingdom officials suggest that messaging apps should build in law enforcement access to encrypted text, raising concerns about user privacy.
A recent proposal by the United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters agency suggests building in law enforcement access to encrypted communications. This has implications for users’ digital rights and privacy.
Poaching of African elephants has fallen, but the species is still at risk. Law enforcement and ivory bans help, but tackling poverty is key to stopping poaching at the source.
A flag is flown during the annual marijuana 420 gathering in Toronto.
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Canada’s federal government is running out of time before the summer session to pass a bill that would pardon those convicted of minor cannabis possession.
In the Boston bombing case, police used CCTV footage to help identify the suspects.
These days surveillance isn’t just CCTV. Police now have access to body cams, drones and facial recognition systems – and it’s helping police not only solve crime, but prevent it too.
The New York district attorney dropped a financial fraud investigation of Ivanka Trump, left, and her brother, Donald Jr., right.
The investigations into the financial dealings of Donald Trump and his associates join a growing body of evidence pointing to lax enforcement of certain high-level financial crime.
Searches and arrests across Europe in December 2018.
Working abroad can be a profitable option for members of criminal groups.
Gavin McInnes speaks on stage with members of the Proud Boys.
Law enforcement’s historical tendency to treat crimes committed by white power groups as isolated incidents has allowed them to flourish.