Tackling ‘The Thin Blue Lie’

Police officers have a responsibility to report what happens when interactions with civilians involve the use of deadly force. However, what they document and what they leave out, accidentally or purposely, is often ignored as a contributing factor to the loss of trust with communities.

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Does Expanding Gun Access Threaten US Stability?

A collection of 13 essays published by the Brennan Center at NYU School of Law probes the relationship between guns and race, policing, domestic violence, and democracy. Three of the authors spoke recently with The Crime Report about their conclusions.


Are Virtual Courtrooms Here to Stay?

Facing a monumental case backlog, attorneys say virtual proceedings might ease the accumulation of civil cases. But the convenient and cost-saving appeal of remote appearances can’t replicate key aspects of the courtroom, others say. 


Can U.S. Policing Be Saved?

There’s a new and impatient tone to the debate over the future of American policing. The Crime Report interviewed academics, police chiefs and activists  and found some encouraging signs of agreement, but also deep uncertainty about whether current law enforcement structures can meet the challenges of a deeply polarized society.

Hard-to-Enforce Mask Mandates Turn Transit Workers into Targets

On Jan. 21, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order mandating masks on all forms of transit. But there’s little muscle behind the change, putting transit employees who report violators at physical risk. Other countries are faring no better, as reports of violence against transit workers increase.


The Invisible Color Line in U.S. Policing

Commentators argue that African Americans in law enforcement can play a primary role in tackling the historic legacy of police racism. But first they have to get in the door. In interviews with The Crime Report, senior Black officers say police recruitment practices are riddled with both overt and implicit bias.