Morning links: DOJ announces broad review of police tactics

  • In Ferguson, Mo., more reports of police arresting and threatening journalists. Police harassment of journalists is especially troubling not because journalists have or deserve extra rights, but because it indicates that the authorities are trying to prevent information from getting to the public.
  • Police report notes that New Orleans officer “heard gunfire,” neglects to mention that gunfire in question was from her own gun.
  • Georgia police break down the wrong door in search for a rape suspect, then refuse to pay homeowner for the damages.
  • Electing public defenders is a terrible idea. Here’s why. 
  • The Justice Department announces a broad, national review of police tactics. President Obama has been pretty disappointing when it comes to civil liberties, but give credit where it’s due. The Holder Justice Department has been great about investigating and fighting police brutality.
Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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