Category: Police State/Civil Liberties

Desperate onlookers urged police to charge into the school where their children were trapped. Instead, police massed outside the building for 40 minutes and waited.

By  Julie Gerstein, Associated Press UVALDE, Texas — Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman’s rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre that lasted upward of 40 minutes and ended […]

No-Knock Raids Rip a Hole in the Fourth Amendment

“We’re all potential victims.”—Peter Christ, retired police officer Rubber-stamped, court-issued warrants for no-knock SWAT team raids have become the modern-day equivalent of colonial-era writs of assistance. [Click to Tweet] It’s the middle of the night. Your neighborhood is in darkness. Your household is asleep. Suddenly, you’re awakened by […]

Police to Ask Help from Landlords

By CHARLES CRUMPLEY Los Angeles Business Journal The Los Angeles Police Department is having such a difficult time attracting recruits that leaders plan to seek help from the business community. Specifically, L.A.’s landlords will be asked to voluntarily subsidize apartments for police recruits for two years. That way, […]

Making Mushrooms Legal

By Aída Chávez The Nation After 50 years of prohibition, some states are starting to challenge the federal government’s policy on psychedelic drugs. In November 2020, voters in Oregon passed a pair of historic drug policy ballot measures. The first was Measure 110, a proposal to decriminalize low-level […]

How the Drug War Dies

By Maia Szalavitz The Nation Just a few decades ago, the left and the right, politicians and the public, universally embraced the criminalization of drug use. But a new consensus has emerged. Annapolis Police Chief Ed Jackson was raised by a single mother in a Baltimore housing project. […]