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 11:10am 3/17/15 11:10am

L.A. Police Chase Results In Live, Televised Gunfight

A man police say is suspected of kidnapping led Los Angeles officers on a chase through south L.A. before stepping out of his car and firing a handgun at cops—before taking a barrage of return fire and seeking cover. All four Los Angeles major network affiliates covered the battle live—despite policies that recommend… » 3/13/15 8:50pm 3/13/15 8:50pm

Bets And Bullets: A Small-Time Gambler's Death By SWAT

It's been nine years since police in Fairfax County, Va., turned small-time bettor Sal Culosi into a bookie and then killed him, but Culosi's death has been forcibly dragged back into the news, and so has all the unaccountable power-drunkenness that led to it. His killers, we've been reminded, struck again. » 1/06/15 5:23pm 1/06/15 5:23pm

Police Chief's Perfect Response: Respect Protestors, Keep an Open Mind

When a pro-cop citizen wrote the Nashville Police to express his "frustration and outrage" at the city's peaceful handling of recent Ferguson protests, Chief Steve Anderson reminded the letter-writer of a simple fact: "The police are merely a representative of a government formed by the people for the people—for… » 12/28/14 4:00pm 12/28/14 4:00pm

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 10:54am 12/27/14 10:54am

Cleveland Cops Demand Apology, Call Activist Browns Players "Pathetic"

Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins wore a shirt demanding justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford before today's game against the Bengals, and the act so infuriated Cleveland cops that the city's police union president is now demanding the team apologize—calling Hawkins's statement (and one previously by Johnson Bademosi » 12/14/14 7:54pm 12/14/14 7:54pm

Santa Clara Police Attack Fan At Pac-12 Championship Game

Here is a good example of how to not to police people, as seen at Friday's Pac-12 championship game. According to the video uploader, this confrontation started when the man in white walked down the wrong pathway. The situation then quickly escalated, for no clear reason. A lieutenant from the Santa Clara Police… » 12/07/14 8:22pm 12/07/14 8:22pm

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 10:08pm 12/03/14 10:08pm

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 2:31pm 12/03/14 2:31pm

How To Fix The Police: A Former Chief Is Here To Take Your Questions

Norm Stamper is a retired Seattle police chief, columnist, advisory board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing. He is in the comments below and ready to take your questions about Ferguson, militarization of police… » 8/22/14 2:01pm 8/22/14 2:01pm