Latest from Radley Balko
  • Opinion

We need community after trauma like Nashville. The pandemic has made that impossible.

The Christmas Day bombing was the latest blow in what has been a rough stretch for Nashville.
  • Dec 28, 2020
  • Opinion

I’m burning a source. Here’s why.

I’d normally avoid writing about a source in this manner, even a hostile one.
  • Dec 11, 2020
  • Opinion

Correcting the misinformation about Breonna Taylor

Daniel Cameron’s press conference may have won praise from Trump, but what he said was misleading and irresponsible.
  • Sep 24, 2020
  • Opinion

Real police reform begins with Lafayette Square

If there’s no accountability for an abuse of power caught on video, in front of hundreds of witnesses, how can we expect accountability anywhere else?
  • Jul 23, 2020
  • Opinion

Both parties’ police reform bills are underwhelming. Here’s why.

As national support for police reform grows, Congress's bills lack teeth.
  • Jun 24, 2020
  • Opinion

California DA threatens whistleblower complaint against public defender over protest blog posts

The highest-ranking law enforcement official in a California county is using the law to seek retaliation against a lower-ranking county employee.
  • Jun 19, 2020
  • Opinion

An entire Florida SWAT team resigned last week. It’s for the best.

The Hallandale Beach SWAT team’s record includes violent drug raids, racial bias, terrorized residents and killing an unarmed man. Maybe it’s better if the town no longer has one.
  • Jun 17, 2020
  • Opinion

There’s overwhelming evidence that the criminal-justice system is racist. Here’s the proof.

Even controlling for crime rates, class and income, racial bias infects every nook and cranny of our courts, prisons, jails and police stations.
  • Jun 10, 2020

Opinion | The rot in policing has spread beyond just 'a few bad apples'

The police crackdown on largely peaceful protests has shown that bad cops are largely protected, covered for and shielded from liability, says Radley Balko.
  • Jun 5, 2020
  • Opinion

The no-knock warrant for Breonna Taylor was illegal

She's just the latest casualty of a judicial system that refuses to protect the Fourth Amendment.
  • Jun 3, 2020