Radley Balko

Allowing ourselves to be gaslighted undermines everything from the evaluation of candidates to the functions of a county clerk to the safety of the public. We are at our best when we refuse to be stampeded into defending the privileged or scorning journalistic scrutiny or devaluing civil liberties.
The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.
A recently retired interim police chief in Seattle replied, "I'm not there yet" when asked by a local reporter whether he could support an end to drug prohibition. As these leaders continue to dither, we will continue to experience a steady stream of exasperating, heartbreaking incidents.
Matthew David Stewart played no part in the altercation, and he was asleep when it happened. But Gabriel told him about the
Last week, after the city approved $12.3 million in settlements with two men who say they were victims of police torture
Why are SWAT teams engaged in everyday policing? Why are suspects of nonviolent crime being shot? Radley Balko discusses his new book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces".
I worked hand-in-hand with SWAT and believe that its primary mission is to save lives, yet I also agree with Balko's demand for more transparency and accountability from law enforcement. It is this lack of transparency that contributes to the notion that law enforcement has run amok.
Watch Nashville's Matthew Perryman Jones (with Kate Tucker on backup) singing 'Can't Get It Right,' from Radley Balko's couch. Video and editing done by David Johnson. Sound recording and engineering done by M. Allen Parker.
Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, George Schulz of the Center for Investigative Reporting, and yours truly discuss
What happened to Michael Salman -- armed police raids of his property, repeated warnings against holding any form of Bible study at his home, and a court-ordered probation banning him from having any gatherings of more than 12 people at his home -- should never have happened in America.
Police in a democracy belong to the people they serve. Yet one would be hard pressed to picture today's police departments even approximating the ideal of a "people's police."
Cory Maye served 10 years in prison for killing a Mississippi police officer during a mistaken raid on his home. Maye, who
Maye shakes his head in the affirmative. It took a delicate dance of negotiation to get to this point. Maye's attorneys first
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What is America to do about the epidemic of cockfighting that might be undermining our liberties at home, maybe? Or at least
As long as this country remains addicted to current drug laws, the police will have to enforce those laws. But where is it written that they must show up in the dead of night, armed and armored, in order to do so?