Martin Kaste

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FBI Director Connects Heightened Police Scrutiny To Violent Crime Spike

Monday, October 26, 2015

FBI Director James Comey told a meeting of police chiefs Monday that increased scrutiny is having an impact on law enforcement. He said he believes police have become more reluctant t...

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Have American Police Become More Cautious?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Earlier this month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said some police are holding back, afraid of ending up on a viral video. Friday, the FBI director seemed to echo that concern. It's beco...

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Justice Scalia: 'Wouldn't Surprise Me' If Supreme Court Strikes Down Death Penalty

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ohio joins the growing list of states that have put death sentences on hold because of problems getting execution drugs. Justice Antonin Scalia told an audience Tuesday he wouldn't be...

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'Great Pause' Among Prosecutors As DNA Proves Fallible

Friday, October 09, 2015

Experts say the field of forensic DNA is having a moment of truth about years of overstated claims, and it may tarnish its reputation as the "gold standard" of legal evidence.

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Gun Debate Divides Nation's Police Officers, Too

Friday, October 09, 2015

"Talking about firearms now is like talking about race" among officers, says a national law enforcement leader. In Milwaukee, for instance, a sheriff and police chief took vocal, opposing stances.

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An Ex-Lawman On A Lonely Mission: Bringing The Police To Justice

Sunday, October 04, 2015

At the heart of Peace Officer, a new documentary out this month, stands a man named William "Dub" Lawrence. A former sheriff, Lawrence comes off as a somber figure — a man capable of calmly reconstructing the death of his suicidal son-in-law, who was shot in a standoff with ...

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Measuring The Use Of Force May Help New York Police To Limit It

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The New York Police Department is rolling out a new policy to record officers' use of force. The strategy has already been implemented in L.A. and Seattle. Advocates say it's an effec...

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Russia's Strikes In Syria Muddle Efforts Slow Flow Of Refugees

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Europe is desperate to stop the flow of refugees from Syria, and that means countering ISIS and also ousting Bashar al-Assad. Russia's military action to prop up Assad is making things difficult.

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Is There A 'War On Police'? The Statistics Say No

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The ambush killing of a sheriff's deputy in Texas has intensified concern in some circles that criticism of police has led to an increase in officer deaths. But the data don't back up that fear.

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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 — except in Utah.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 — and the FBI is investigating.

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