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  • Opinion

Study finds cognitive bias in how medical examiners evaluate child deaths

It’s the first study to document cognitive bias in forensic determinations that often send people to prison.
  • Feb 20, 2021
  • Opinion

Trump spurred major shifts in public opinion on race, policing and protests — toward his opponents

The past four years saw historic shifts in public opinion on these issues.
  • Feb 3, 2021
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Meet the police chief turned yoga instructor prodding wealthy suburbanites to civil war

Hosting public mask burnings, MAGA rallies and "beach church" services, a former police chief, SWAT officer and infantryman preps the wealthy California suburbs for war.
  • Jan 27, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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