An Anonymous Cop Is Here to Answer All Your Questions About the Police

Police officers turn up a lot in Gawker stories, but unless they're a department commissioner giving a press conference or a union leader loudly berating a public official, it's rare that they actually have a voice. What does the average beat cop think about Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo? What is he looking for… » 3/17/15 11:00am 3/17/15 11:00am

How To Not Get Shot To Death By A Police Officer

If you're reading this, congrats! You're definitely alive, and you're probably not being stopped or shot to death by a police officer at this very moment. This is half the battle. Now the hard part: If you're alive, there's a chance you'll get stopped by a police officer before you die, and if you're stopped,… » 2/04/15 10:55am 2/04/15 10:55am

Police Use Tear Gas, Pepper Spray To Break Up OSU Celebrations

As soon as the Buckeyes finished off their championship, fans and students flooded the streets on and around Ohio State's campus. They were largely well-behaved, but it didn't matter: after about 90 minutes, authorities cleared out the area with mounted police, riot cops, liberal use of pepper spray, and even three… » 1/13/15 9:05am 1/13/15 9:05am

The Revolution Delayed After Newspaper Retracts Realest Cop Quote Ever

For a brief time earlier today, shit got very real when a Kentucky newspaper, The News-Enterprise, printed that "Hardin County Sheriff John Ward said those who go into law enforcement typically do it because they have a desire to shoot minorities." Seriously; it's right here. » 1/08/15 3:15pm 1/08/15 3:15pm

More Cops Should Smoke Weed

Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we're covering death, search firms, athlete porn, and more. » 1/06/15 3:01pm 1/06/15 3:01pm

Connecticut Cops Delivered Christmas Toys In This $250,000 War Machine

On Christmas Day the police department of Manchester, Connecticut roamed the streets in their eight-ton armored personnel carrier decked out in Christmas lights bearing gifts to needy kids. Cute community outreach initiative or subtle "scare 'em straight" operation? » 12/27/14 10:43am 12/27/14 10:43am

Charles Barkley Has Nothing To Say To America

Yesterday was a very bad day, in some small part because NBA legend and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley was on television, and Charles Barkley was talking about something that was not the NBA. » 12/04/14 5:17pm 12/04/14 5:17pm

The American Justice System Is Not Broken

In July, New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo choked unarmed black man Eric Garner to death, in broad daylight, while a bystander caught it on video. That is what American police do. Yesterday, despite the video, despite an NYPD prohibition of exactly the sort of chokehold Pantaleo used, and despite the New York… » 12/03/14 10:07pm 12/03/14 10:07pm

Killer Cop Who Choked Eric Garner Walks Free

Daniel Pantaleo, the Staten Island NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold in July, will not face charges for the killing, a grand jury reportedly decided today. Garner, who was asthmatic, pled with police about his inability to breathe several times during the struggle that led to his death. » 12/03/14 2:30pm 12/03/14 2:30pm

Cop Who Threatened Bengals Player With Taser During Traffic Stop Fired

Sam Montgomery, a defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, was caught for speeding in South Carolina back in June. R.S. Salter, the state trooper who pulled over Montgomery, threatened to use a taser on the cooperative NFL player before arresting him. Being an unnecessary prick cost Salter his job today. » 8/22/14 5:42pm 8/22/14 5:42pm

What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

A few days ago, Deadspin's Kyle Wagner began to compile a list of all police-involved shootings in the U.S. He's not the only one to undertake such a project: D. Brian Burghart, editor of the Reno News & Review, has been attempting a crowdsourced national database of deadly police violence. We asked Brian to write… » 8/22/14 1:25pm 8/22/14 1:25pm

Justin Blackmon Arrest Video Features Obnoxious Cop, Handcuffs

Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon, already on an indefinite suspension from the NFL under its substances of abuse policy, was arrested yesterday in Edmond, Okla., pulled over with two marijuana-filled blunts in his car. » 7/24/14 6:53pm 7/24/14 6:53pm

Dashcam Footage Shows NFLer Arrested For Speeding, Being An NFL Player

Bengals defensive end Sam Montgomery was pulled over early Wednesday morning when L.Cpl. R.S. Salter clocked him driving 89 mph in a 55 mph zone. Once Salter pulled him over, the South Carolina state trooper turned into a real asshole. Montgomery was berated, handcuffed, put in the back of a patrol car, and taken to… » 6/30/14 11:31pm 6/30/14 11:31pm

Cop Trips High School Kids Rushing Field To Celebrate State Title Win

At the eight second mark of this video, you can see a dude in pink shorts and a visor in the lower right corner go sprawling to the ground. He was clearly tripped and when he turned around he saw Georgetown police officer George Bermudez staring down at him. » 4/21/14 11:41pm 4/21/14 11:41pm

No, San Francisco Police Are Not Investigating Michael Crabtree To…

It would be ludicrous to suggest that the San Francisco police department is scheming to hurt the post-season chances of the its hometown football team, right? Right. And yet, the 49ers are still giving the side-eye to the SFPD for undertaking (and informing the media of) the Michael Crabtree sexual assault… » 1/20/13 1:05pm 1/20/13 1:05pm

Police Officer Suspended For Dunking His Head In A Bucket Of Urine At A…

Is your pride worth $450? That's how much one Browns fan earned from his friends for sticking his head into a bucket of human piss, before Cleveland's Week 6 game last month. He was none the worse for wear, and the Browns won, so it seemed like the man identified only as "Phil" wouldn't regret his decision. » 11/15/12 10:30am 11/15/12 10:30am

This Looks Like A Fortified Sniper's Nest At The Super Bowl

Some photos with no backstory are making the rounds, showing what appears to be an Indianapolis police sniper checking out his post in the rafters of Lucas Oil Stadium in the hours or days before the Super Bowl, a post that would be manned when the game began. Yes, we know there's nothing surprising about trained… » 2/07/12 7:35pm 2/07/12 7:35pm

Worst Getaway Attempt Ever

UFC champ-turned-whack-a-mole Quinton "Rampage" Jackson got himself into a bit of trouble on Tuesday, fleeing the scene of an accident, evading police, and then being arrested at gunpoint by Newport Beach police. Not only was our protagonist riding on rims at the end of the pursuit, but another sticking point in his… » 7/16/08 9:00am 7/16/08 9:00am