from The Great Debate:

Scenes from Baltimore, the day – and night – after (Photos)

By Alan Chin
April 29, 2015


Volunteer medics bandage protester hit by police rubber bullet. ALAN CHIN

The fires, vandalism and hundreds of arrests in Baltimore on Monday night played dramatically on television screens across the nation as a major American city seemed out of control. But the day after, as thousands of people returned to protest at the intersection of Pennsylvania and West North Avenues in West Baltimore, peace and calm had returned -- and not only because thousands of National Guard soldiers were deployed to the streets.

from Data Dive:

More cops per person in Baltimore than most U.S. cities

April 28, 2015


As this Reuters graphic shows, in 2013 Baltimore had 2,829 police officers serving a community of 622,671 residents, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. That equals one police officer for every 220 people, a significantly higher ratio than the national average for cities of that size. Despite this, Baltimore saw 233 murders in 2013, and the rate of 37 murders per 100,000 residents was fifth-worst in the nation. Overall, crime in the city fell, mimicking the national trend.

from The Great Debate:

Baltimore’s truth in Freddie Gray’s life and death

By Christopher Corbett
April 28, 2015

I came to Baltimore 35 years ago from my native state of Maine, a world only about 600-miles and a solar system removed. Baltimore grows on you. But it’s not always an easy fit.

from The Great Debate:

Do Americans trust their cops to be fair and just? New poll contains surprises.

By Bill Schneider
January 15, 2015

A police officer gives a thumbs while arresting a demonstrator during a protest against police violence towards minorities at Grand Central Station in New York

A police officer gives a thumbs up while arresting a demonstrator during a protest against police violence towards minorities at Grand Central Station in New York January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

from Jim Gaines:

Waiting for the cold light of day in Missouri and the Middle East

August 26, 2014


Aside from the strange fact that both the Ferguson Police Department and the barbarians of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are using U.S. armor and weaponry, the shooting death of Michael Brown and the murder of James Foley would seem to have little in common, about as little as the Midwest and the Middle East.

from Photographers' Blog:

Covering the Ferguson unrest

August 19, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri
By Mario Anzuoni
At 6:30 a.m. on Monday, August 11 my phone rang.
I was told to pack my riot gear and head to Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis in Missouri, to cover unrest that had broken out there following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.

from The Great Debate:

Less than human: Do some police take a step beyond simple prejudice?

By David Dante Troutt
August 14, 2014

Riot police clear a street from demonstrators in Ferguson

When I tried to engage a friend in a conversation about the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, my friend wearily waved his hand for me to stop.

from Full Focus:

Protests in Missouri

August 14, 2014

Police fire tear gas, stun grenades, and smoke bombs during protests over the police shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

from MuniLand:

America’s police — the third rail

By Cate Long
April 3, 2014

For decades, conventional wisdom has said that federal entitlement programs are the third rail of national politics. Any politician advocating reductions would be penalized at the election booth.

from The Great Debate UK:

The Consumer Student

By Guest Contributor
April 2, 2014

--Priyamvada Gopal is a University Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of English and Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge. The opinions expressed are her own.--