Martin Kaste

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Cop Shooting Victim's Family Calls For Calm In South Carolina

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Walter Scott was laid to rest Saturday, as the Charleston community wrestles with his shooting death. Activists want reform, but others warn against letting the situation become "another Ferguson."


As Scott Family Reels From Police Shooting, Hundreds Turn Out For Funeral

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A funeral was held Saturday in North Charleston, S.C., for Walter Scott, the man shot and killed while fleeing a police officer. That officer, Michael Slager, has been fired and charged with murder.


Charleston Civil Rights Leaders Point To Gentrification In Racial Justice Debate

Friday, April 10, 2015

Longtime civil rights campaigners in Charleston, S.C., say the current public outcry over police racism isn't rooted in racist laws as much as it is in gentrification and a shifting population.


S.C. Shooting: Isolated Incident Or Symptom Of Bigger Problems?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Authorities in North Charleston, S.C., released the dashcam video of the traffic stop that led to the shooting death of Walter Scott. The video doesn't explain why the officer shot Scott.


S.C. Police Officer Charged With Murder After Shooting Man In Back

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A white police officer who shot and killed a black man after a weekend traffic stop was charged with murder in North Charleston, S.C., Tuesday. Officials said a video played a role in the decision.


Police Officers Debate Effectiveness Of Anti-Bias Training

Monday, April 06, 2015

Police departments around the country are instituting anti-bias training for their officers. The Justice Department encourages it, but for many cops the training doesn't seem effective or necessary.


More African-Americans Support Carrying Legal Guns For Self-Defense

Thursday, April 02, 2015

African-Americans are changing their minds about guns, and Detroit's black police chief supports responsible concealed-carry. Still, some remain convinced that having a gun will lead to problems.


Front-End Of Tunnel-Boring Machine Freed From Seattle Pit

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Engineers have removed the cutter head from the enormous tunneling machine nicknamed Bertha. The malfunctioning part had been stuck for more than a year in a highway project under the city's downtown.


To Catch Up On Unsolved Murders, Detroit Detectives Mine Cold Cases

Monday, March 30, 2015

Criminologists say the country's poor homicide clearance rate could be improved if police departments put more effort into solving murders.


How Many Crimes Do Your Police 'Clear'? Now You Can Find Out

Monday, March 30, 2015

Police say a crime is "cleared" when they make an arrest or identify a suspect. Clearance rates vary widely by city, but you can use our tool to look up how the police are faring where you live.


Open Cases: Why One-Third Of Murders In America Go Unresolved

Monday, March 30, 2015

Police today are identifying fewer murder suspects than they did a generation ago. One criminologist says that may be because departments are more focused on preventing crimes than on making arrests.


States Scramble To Deal With Shortages Of Execution Drugs

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Texas is almost out of one of the drugs it uses for executions and the state says it is exploring all options to deal with the shortage. Manufacturers have stopped selling a number of drugs states use in capital punishment.


System For Reporting Police Killings Unreliable, Study Finds

Friday, March 06, 2015

A new Bureau of Justice Statistics study confirms that the annual count of people killed by police in America is low. Analysis shows that the true number is probably twice as high as officially reported, but there's still no reliable system to keep track of it.


Awash In Social Media, Cops Still Need The Public To Detect Threats

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's hard to know when to take violent language seriously online. But when Jonathan Hutson saw an anonymous threat to an unnamed school on Twitter, he couldn't let it go.


Police Are Learning To Accept Civilian Oversight, But Distrust Lingers

Saturday, February 21, 2015

More than 200 civilian review boards investigate police misconduct in cities across the United States. Reformers say they're essential. But officers tend to be wary of them.


Police-Involved Shooting In Washington Sparks Protest

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A police shooting of a homeless man in Pasco, Wash., is under investigation. Officers shot the man at a busy intersection after he was reportedly throwing rocks at cars. It was the town's fourth fatal police shooting in the past six months.


Family Confirms Death Of American Hostage Held By ISIS Militants

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The family of Kayla Mueller released a statement on Tuesday confirming her death while being held hostage by ISIS militants. Mueller's death raises questions about whether U.S. policies made it more difficult to save her.


American Hostage's Parents Say They Hope She Is Alive

Saturday, February 07, 2015

ISIS claims American hostage Kayla Mueller is dead. The U.S. government says that's unconfirmed. Still, her family is acknowledging for the first time that it is their daughter who's been held.


Arrested For Resisting Arrest — Yes, It's Possible

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Resisting arrest is usually a secondary charge against someone already being arrested for something else, but not always.


Police Departments Issuing Body Cameras Discover Drawbacks

Thursday, January 22, 2015

They are being hailed as a technological solution to bad police-community relationships, but research on the cameras' impact is thin, and some departments are dealing with unintended consequences.