Martin Kaste

Martin Kaste appears in the following:

How Data Analysis Is Driving Policing

Monday, June 25, 2018

Police are getting better tools for mining data. They're supposed to make law enforcement more surgical, but some say it's a high-tech justification for targeting certain places and people.


When Police Punch

Saturday, June 09, 2018

A handful of recently-released videos of police using their fists on suspects raises the question, When is it OK for a cop to punch someone? We explain the rules and the pressure to change them.


Gun Studies: Permit Laws Reduce Murders; Red Flag Laws Cut Suicides

Monday, June 04, 2018

There's a new push to study the real-life effects of gun laws. "Red Flag" laws lower suicide rates; reductions in homicides are associated with tougher gun permit requirements.


Orlando Police Testing Amazon's Real-Time Facial Recognition

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

American police have been reluctant to use systems that can scan live video for the faces of "persons of interest." Amazon wants to change that with a cheaper, cloud-based version of the technology.


Despite Legalization, Marijuana Black Market Hides In Plain Sight

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Washington state legalized recreational pot in 2012, but the black market lives on. Pot grown legally leaks into illegal markets, while networks of illegal producers pretend they're licensed.


Real-Time Facial Recognition Is Available, But Will U.S. Police Buy It?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Instant facial recognition is ramping up in China and other places, but will U.S. law enforcement follow suit?


Why The Waffle House Shooting Suspect Had Access To Guns After His Were Seized

Monday, April 23, 2018

The suspected shooter in the Nashville Waffle House attack legally surrendered his guns in a previous incident. Many states seize guns from people who pose a danger. But how did he get them back?


After Stephon Clark Shooting, Questions Remain About Police Use Of Force

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

After Stephon Clark's death in Sacramento, many people are wondering whether anything has really changed in the way police use deadly force since Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo.


Policing Since Ferguson: What's Changed?

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Police shootings of black men are once again in the news, with the protests this weekend in Sacramento and the release on Friday of disturbing new videos of the 2016 shooting of Alton Sterling.


Sacramento Residents Concerned Over Video Showing Police Shooting Unarmed Man

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Video footage of police officers fatally shooting a Sacramento man in his grandparents' backyard is raising questions about whether police acted properly. Officers thought he had a gun, but it was a cell phone. The shooting is under investigation.


NRA Signals Openness To Gun Removal Laws — With Conditions

Monday, March 19, 2018

In a new video, the NRA says it supports state laws that allow temporary removal of guns from people deemed to be a threat. But gun control groups are skeptical: "The devil is in the details."


Despite Heightened Fear Of School Shootings, It's Not A Growing Epidemic

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Despite the real pain and anger over school shootings, the numbers show such incidents are not increasing. But statistics are cold comfort at a school where it's happened.


Years After Sept. 11, Critical Incidents Still Overload Emergency Radios

Monday, March 12, 2018

After the chaos of terrorist attacks, the U.S. spent billions to update first responder radio systems. But the newer gear can still be overwhelmed — as it was in the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.


Gun Violence Protective Orders See Renewed Interest After Florida Shooting

Friday, February 16, 2018

Wednesday's mass shooting at a high school in Florida has renewed interest in something called "gun violence protective orders." This is legislation that would allow authorities to take guns away from from people who are believed to be at risk for violent behavior and only a few states have them.


Who Should Warn The Public Of Nuclear War?

Monday, February 12, 2018

America's emergency alert system expects local authorities to warn the public in case of a ballistic missile attack. Some wish the feds would cut out the middle man.


What It Takes To Get Guns Out Of The Wrong Hands

Friday, January 26, 2018

Prosecutors and law enforcement in the Seattle area have embarked on a new anti-violence strategy: Make sure the people who've been ordered to give up their guns actually do so.


Nuclear Strike Drills Faded Away In The 1980s. It May Be Time To Dust Them Off

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Nuclear civil defense fell out of favor in the latter years of the Cold War. But, as North Korea builds its nuclear arsenal, local officials are reluctant to bring it back.


Weighing Doubts About How Drug-Sniffing Dogs Are Used

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

When a drug-sniffing dog alerts, it usually gives police the right to conduct a search. But how do you know a drug-sniffing dog actually detected the scent of something illegal?


Law Enforcement's Limits To Stopping Shooters

Friday, November 24, 2017

Recent mass shootings have shown how law enforcement can fail to prevent attacks by people who are known threats. The system is limited in what it can do, but there's also room for improvement.


Videos Reveal A Close, Gory View Of Police Dog Bites

Monday, November 20, 2017

Gory arrest scenes captured by smart phones and police body cameras are threatening the noble "Rin Tin Tin" image of police dogs.