Martin Kaste

Martin Kaste appears in the following:

Fact Check: Are Prosecutors Too Quick To Let The Police Off?

Thursday, May 04, 2017

The decision not to charge the officers involved in the death of Alton Sterling is being met with anger by activists who say prosecutors are too deferential to cops. Is it true?


Alton Sterling Case Raises Questions About Prosecution Of Police Officers

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The Justice Department's decision not to prosecute Baton Rouge police revives questions about whether cops are reliably prosecuted when they kill.


States Introduce New Legislation To Protect Internet Privacy

Monday, April 10, 2017

A recent move by Congress to strip the Federal Communications Commission of the power to protect Internet privacy has provoked outrage among some, and state legislatures may try to weigh in.


Bertha Finally Breaks Through In Seattle

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

After a two-year delay for repairs, the giant tunnel-boring machine has completed its mission far beneath the city's streets.


Police Warning Shots May Be In For A Comeback

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Police are trained to avoid warning shots for tactical and legal reasons. But this long-standing prohibition is being reconsidered under public pressure to reduce deadly shootings by police.


New Orleans' Police Use Of Body Cameras Brings Benefits And New Burdens

Friday, March 03, 2017

The technology has improved police conduct and led to a drop in certain types of cases. But the body cams have added many extra hours of work watching videos for police and public defenders.


New Orleans And The Hard Work Of Pushing Down The Murder Rate

Thursday, February 23, 2017

President Trump is promising to crack down on crime. But police crackdowns have already been tried in cities such as New Orleans, which is now enduring a resurgence in homicide.


The Call-In: Answering Your Questions About 'Sanctuary Cities'

Sunday, February 19, 2017

There's no legal definition for a "sanctuary city," but that doesn't stop people from using the term. We answer listeners' questions about what it means to be a sanctuary city.


Authorities Hope To Avoid Knee-Jerk Reaction To Crime Stats

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A group of current and retired police chiefs are hoping to talk the Trump administration out of a return to what they see as a "lock 'em up" approach to law enforcement.


As Trump Moves Forward On Immigration Plan, 'Sanctuary Cities' Push Back

Friday, January 27, 2017

President Donald Trump has vowed to withhold federal funds from "sanctuary cities" to compel local officials and police to help enforce federal immigration law. As cities push back, it's not clear if the plan is workable.


Trump Threatens 'Sanctuary' Cities With Loss Of Federal Funds

Thursday, January 26, 2017

It's unclear which jurisdictions would be covered by an executive order the president signed Thursday, or which funds would be withheld. Trump wants cities to cooperate with immigration enforcement.


Chicago Police Often Used Excessive Force, DOJ Report Finds

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Justice Department has released a scathing report that accuses the Chicago Police Department of systematic use of excessive force.


In Social Media Age, Young Cops Get Trained For Real-Life Conversation

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Some police officials say their millennial-aged recruits are so used to communicating using social media that they need training in talking with people face to face.


Police Officers Fear More For Their Safety, Pew Survey Finds

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Police officers say recent tensions in some communities have made their jobs more dangerous and have made some reluctant to do their jobs. The findings were part of a national survey by Pew Research.


At Confirmation Hearing, Sen. Sessions Links Police Morale To Crime Spike

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Police say protests have made them feel more threatened and less inclined to do their jobs. Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, echoed that sentiment in his testimony.


How The Perceived 'War On Cops' Plays Into Politics And Policing

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Many officers believe they're being targeted. But while more were killed in ambushes, statistically it is a small number. Still, as one former cop says, pulling up a spreadsheet doesn't help.


Police And Illegal Immigration: What Our Neighbors Do

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

In the U.S., local jurisdictions choose whether to help with federal immigration enforcement, but in Canada and Mexico, it's different. Cooperation is expected.


Military-Trained Police May Be Less Hasty To Shoot, But That Got This Vet Fired

Thursday, December 08, 2016

A Marine-turned-cop was fired after he did not shoot a man who had a gun. His Marine training led him to believe there wasn't clear hostile intent; his bosses say he risked other officers' lives.


Trump Vows To End 'Sanctuary Cities,' But No One Can Agree What That Label Means

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Donald Trump wants to punish local law enforcement that doesn't cooperate with immigration law, but the decisions to enforce are varied, and some worry it could lead to abuse.


What Trump's Election Means to Police — And Police Reform

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The election of Donald Trump is a balm to police around the country, who say they have felt under siege. But others in the law enforcement community expect reforms to departments' methods to continue.