Martin Kaste

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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 โ€” 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.


Obama's Policing Task Force Begins With Public Hearing

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

In response to last year's Ferguson protests, President Obama created a blue-ribbon "Task Force on 21st Century Policing," to study the problems and recommend solutions. We hear some of the public's concerns from the task force's first public hearing in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.


When Morale Dips, Some Cops Walk The Beat โ€” But Do The Minimum

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Arrests and ticketing are way down in New York City. Many believe it's a way for officers to show frustration with the mayor. If so, it wouldn't be the first time cops have protested by slowing down.


Trial Of Polygraph Critic Renews Debate Over Tests' Accuracy

Friday, January 02, 2015

Doug Williams, one of the country's most vocal critics of the polygraph test, will go on trial in January. For decades, he has helped people "beat" the test by exploiting its shaky science.


2014 A Tumultuous Year For Police Officers

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Anger and protests against police have caused some officers to reflect on the jobs they do and the perception of them in their communities.


Transparency Vs. Privacy: What To Do With Police Camera Videos?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Police reformers say the cameras ensure transparency when it comes to officer conduct. But as departments are pressured to release vast stores of videos, privacy concerns are raised.


Why Police Departments Have A Hard Time Recruiting Blacks

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Since the Ferguson, Mo., shooting, there have been renewed calls for police departments to hire more blacks and other minorities. But recruiters say there's a shortage of candidates.