Crime And Law Enforcement
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Saturday, August 02, 2014
The Rev. Al Sharpton joined the family of a Staten Island man killed while being detained by the NYPD in calling for legal action. Garner's widow said prosecutors should "do the right thing and give me justice for my husband."
Monday, July 21, 2014
WNYC criminal justice reporter Kathleen Horan talks with listeners about the death of Eric Garner during an arrest on Staten Island, during which the NYPD apparently used the banned "chokehold."
Thursday, May 01, 2014
One Congresswoman thinks so—she’s pushing for U.S. News & World Report to incorporate assault data into its ranking methodology.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Towns in North Dakota's oil-rich Bakken region are exploding with people looking to make money off of the energy boom-- and law enforcement can't keep up. We look at the surging crime rate in these modern “boom towns” with Sheriff Scott Busching of Williams County, North Dakota.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Nate Anderson, deputy editor of Ars Technica and the author of The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed (W.W. Norton & Co., 2013), looks at specific cases of online crime and what they demonstrate about the contradictions of easier access to anonymity and surveillance.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Journalist Paul Lieberman chronicles the true story of the secretive police unit that waged war to drive Mickey Cohen and other gangsters from Los Angeles after WWII. Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles tells the story of the LAPD’s real-life Gangster Squad—eight men who met covertly to combat what city fathers saw as an “invasion of undesirables.”
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Richard Zacks describes the lewd underbelly of 1890s New York and the efforts of Theodore Roosevelt, then police commissioner, to clean it up. In Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York, tells how young Roosevelt’s crackdown succeeded, even too well.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
There are over 300 registered superheroes in the United States. Coming from all walks of life, they patrol the streets, stop crimes, and do community outreach in homemade costumes. While each real life superhero has a different reason for taking up the cause, the one thing that's certain about this eccentric bunch of concerned citizens is that their ranks are growing: The New York Initiative, a New York City-based collective of superheroes, has gone from four members to 12 in 2011.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Monday, December 05, 2011
Public health scholar and Soros Justice Fellow Ernest Drucker argues that imprisonment has become an epidemic in this country, a destabilizing force that undermines families and communities, damaging the very social structures that prevent crime. Drucker spent 20 years treating drug addiction and another 20 studying AIDS in some of the poorest neighborhoods of the South Bronx and the world, and he uses the public health and epidemiological concepts in his book A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Journalist Ioan Grillo, who has spent a decade in Mexico reporting on the drug wars from the front lines, draws a portrait of Mexico's drug cartels and how they have radically transformed in the last decade. His book El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency includes testimonies from inside the cartels, firsthand dispatches, and analysis.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Former FBI profiler and expert on psychopathy and criminal behavior Mary Ellen O’Toole explains that our gut instincts and a sense of fear alone can’t protect us from danger. In Dangerous Instincts, she outlines how to protect yourself and your family from harm, and what to look for when you hire someone to work inside your home or with your children, and what signals to evaluate when hiring a new employee in your office.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Since 9/11 the FBI has made counterterrorism its number one priority, and its efforts have spawned a wide network of informants who are mostly tasked with spying on Muslim Americans. Mother Jones reporter Trevor Aaronson writes about how the Agency is infiltrating communities and in some cases, provoking people to plan terrorist attacks. He's the author of "Terrorists for the FBI," in the latest issue of Mother Jones.
Monday, August 08, 2011
Jeffrey Robinson and Special Agent Rooney Viola and discuss Viola and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie Klapper's efforts to dismantle a Colombian cartel responsible for 60 percent of all the cocaine coming into the United States. In The Takedown: A Suburban Mom, A Coal Miner's Son, and the Unlikely Demise of Columbia's Brutal Norte Valle Cartel, Jeffrey Robinson tells the story of trying to take down a gang of traffickers and murderers 2500 miles away from Klapper's tiny office in Hauppauge, Long Island.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
In 2000, Michael Calce, known as Mafiaboy, brought down the websites of Amazon, CNN, Dell, E-TRADE, eBay, and Yahoo!, inciting panic from Silicon Valley to the White House. He served eight months in open custody for the 56 charges on which he was convicted. In Mafiaboy: A Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man, written with Craig Silverman, he gives a tour of the fast-evolving 21st-century world of hacking—from disruptions caused by teens like Calce, to organized crime and other efforts with potentially catastrophic results—and explains how to protect yourself online.