Martin Kaste

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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.


Gun Control Groups Aim Their Money At States — And The Ballot

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Borrowing tactics from campaigns to legalize same sex marriage and marijuana, gun control groups are shifting to a national strategy of tightening gun laws via state ballot initiatives.


After New York Shooting, Police Say Officials Are Prejudging Cops

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Police say elected officials have become too quick to blame cops involved in deadly shootings before all the facts are in. A recent incident in New York is their case in point.


What Went Wrong — A Police Video Deconstructed

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Body camera footage shows two police officers responding to a routine call about a possible burglary in North Carolina. The encounter comes to a bad end, but what's fascinating is how it gets there.


Police Searches Of Social Media Face Privacy Pushback

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Data analytics firms that analyze vast amounts of public social media are a tool for law enforcement. But there are signs that Twitter, Facebook and others are shutting off access to that data.


New Details Emerge On How Police Use Social Media

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Twitter and Facebook say they are cutting off bulk data access to a firm that scans vast amounts of public social media posts. Critics say the service enables police to conduct invasive surveillance.


Seattle Swings Between Hounding The Homeless And Leaving Them Alone

Thursday, September 29, 2016

As West Coast cities have seen a boom in homelessness, some have declared emergencies. But debates have broken out over how much tolerance should be shown to illegal camps in public spaces.


Protesters Demand Tape Of Police Shooting Of Black Man Be Released

Friday, September 23, 2016

In Charlotte, N.C., some demonstrators chanted "release the tapes" — a reference to police videos of the shooting, which have been shown to the victim's family, but have not been made public.


Police Reform Is Happening, But It's Hard To Track

Thursday, September 22, 2016

There have been calls for police reforms since 2014, but there are practical limits to how fast a willingness to change can translate into its actually happening.


Thanks To Sept. 11 Security 'Inertia,' Restrictions Still Shape Public Spaces

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fifteen years later, some of the places with heightened security restrictions following the terrorist attacks remain that way. Access to an outdoor sculpture in Seattle, for example, is still tight.


Groups Worry About Impact Of Police Moves To Block Social Media

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

As police find themselves in encounters that are posted live — including video — they sometimes want to pull the social media plug. Activists say this threatens to censor an electronic witness.


2 Sheriff's Deputies Won't Be Prosecuted In Idaho Rancher's Death

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

The attorney general declined to prosecute 2 deputies for shooting and killing a rancher last fall. The case is a rallying point for those who say excessive police force is a problem outside cities.


Crime Dropped In New York Under William Bratton's Tenure

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, one of the most prominent figures in American policing, is stepping down. Crime declined in the city after Bratton's early enthusiasm for the broken windows policy.


Seattle's Bertha Tunnel Project Plagued By Financial Woes

Friday, July 22, 2016

More than $200 million in cost overruns, lawsuits and delays continue to haunt Seattle's big dig project. The world's largest tunneling machine, nicknamed "Bertha," is now working again, but the complicated fix of an underground breakdown in 2013 has created a huge fight over blame and who pays the tab.


Will Dallas And Baton Rouge Set Back Police Reform Efforts?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Advocates of police reform say there's been real progress since the Ferguson, Mo., protests, but both sides worry about how to keep that process going after recent, deadly attacks targeting police.


Gun Carry Laws Can Complicate Police Interactions

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Legal guns are a reality for police, especially in states with open-carry or concealed-carry laws. But there's no consistent guidance for either gun owners or police on how to react to such weapons.


Are Police Being Taught To Pull The Trigger Too Fast?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Critics say training firms use ambush-style videos that make police paranoid and quick to react with force. But not exposing officers to such scenarios puts them at unnecessary risk, trainers say.


Ambush In Dallas Shakes The Movement For Police Reform

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Twelve police officers were shot — and five were killed — in a mass shooting in Dallas on Thursday. The killings have complicated efforts to reform policing around the country.