Martin Kaste appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Instant facial recognition is ramping up in China and other places, but will U.S. law enforcement follow suit?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.