°F Slightly cooler today with showers possible this afternoon. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

Martin Kaste

Martin Kaste appears in the following:

Why Utah Is The Only State Trying To Track And Limit SWAT-Style Tactics

Monday, August 31, 2015

For all the talk of police militarization, no reliable statistics exist on the number of raids by SWAT or other heavily armed tactical teams. There are no federal or state tallies โ€” except in Utah.


More Washington Drivers Use Pot And Drive; Effect On Safety Disputed

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Does legalization of marijuana mean more drivers will have the drug in their system? New data from Washington state says yes, but does that mean pot has caused more accidents? The answer is unclear.


Seattle Declares War On Hookah Lounges

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The legal justification for this crackdown is the state's ban on indoor smoking in public places, but the reasons go beyond smoking. The city says the lounges are also magnets for crime.


Many Colleges Have Armed Police Squads, But Are They Worth The Risk?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A University of Cincinnati officer faces murder charges for the traffic stop death of Samuel DuBose, and now critics are questioning the growing trend of giving campus cops weapons.


Maryland Governor To Close Baltimore City Jail Over Corruption

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the closure of the Baltimore City Men's Detention Center on Thursday. The jail, which is run by the state, has been plagued by corruption and deplorable conditions.


Cincinnati Shooting Reflects Reality Shift For Law Enforcement

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The arrest of a University of Cincinnati police officer for murder illustrates the new reality for cops: with public pressure and video evidence, they may no longer get the benefit of the doubt.


Waller County, Texas, Releases Sandra Bland Booking Video

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Waller County, Texas, released new jailhouse surveillance videos Tuesday, in part to counter online rumors that the 28-year-old African-American woman was already dead when she arrived at the jail.


The 'Shock Of Confinement': The Grim Reality Of Suicide In Jail

Monday, July 27, 2015

About 1,000 people die in American jails every year and about a third of those are suicides. Jails often house people who've never been in legal trouble before, and it can have a traumatic effect.


Sandra Bland Video Shows An Argument With Police Officer

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A police dash cam video has been released in the case of Sandra Bland, the woman who was later found dead in a Texas jail. The video shows tension quickly escalating between Bland and the trooper.


A Death In A Texas Jail Stirs Suspicion

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sandra Bland was found dead in a Texas jail last week. Her jailers say the African American woman committed suicide. But the case has triggered a wave of suspicion on social media.


A Suicide Or Something Else? Young Woman's Death In Jail Incites Suspicion

Friday, July 17, 2015

After Sandra Bland was discovered dead in her Texas jail cell this week, the county medical examiner ruled it a suicide. But her family is questioning that finding โ€” and the FBI is investigating.


Is It Possible To Let More People Out Of Prison, And Keep Crime Down?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

California is trying to do just that, though police and advocates for ex-offenders are at odds over whether it will work. The debate is playing out as President Obama is calling for nationwide change.


Nationwide Crime Spike Has Law Enforcement Retooling Its Approach

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Violent crime has ticked up in certain metro areas. Police are scrambling to hold the line while at the same time trying not to appear overzealous.


#NPRReads: Gun Laws And Mass Shootings

Friday, June 26, 2015

Also this week, the Charleston shooting and forgiveness, cause and effect, and female janitors and rape.


Scammers Turn To Caller ID 'Spoofing' To Pose As Police

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

There's a new kind of phone scam on the rise: fraudsters using fake numbers to pretend they're calling from the local police department. And there's little the real police can do about it.


Texas Police Officer Who Pulled Gun On Teenagers Suspended

Monday, June 08, 2015

Viral video of a white police officer in McKinney, Texas, holding down a black teenage girl is generating controversy and raising questions about how and when police use force.


As Police Body Cameras Increase, What About All That Video?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Police cams have suddenly become a big business. But the real money is in selling departments a way to store each day's video. Firms are offering easy uploads to the cloud but costs are bound to grow.


Questions Remain About How To Use Data From License Plate Scanners

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The scanners are standard equipment for police, but what's not settled is what happens to all the data collected. That data can link people to certain addresses and flag unusual activity.


Proposal Would Curb Police Department's Use Of Militarized Gear

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

President Obama announced restrictions on military-style hardware police may get from the federal government. Critics say the rules will have little impact on the trend toward military-style raids.


Police Rethink Tactics Amid New Technologies And Social Pressure

Thursday, May 14, 2015

One officer says relations with the public are "about as bad as I've seen," as a take-charge method of policing collides with a more skeptical citizenry that can record and disseminate video anywhere.