One of New York's Dirtiest Cops Ever Weighs In on Today's NYPD

A handful of New York City cops have contended for the dubious crown of most corrupt ever in the 170-year history of the NYPD. There was Charles H. Becker, who met the electric chair in 1915 after he successfully ordered a hit on a gambler who had threatened to expose him as crooked. Or Louis Eppolito and Stephen… » 5/15/15 2:35pm 5/15/15 2:35pm

An Anonymous Cop Is Here to Answer All Your Questions About the Police

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Police officers turn up a lot in Gawker stories, but unless they’re a department commissioner giving a press conference or a union leader loudly berating a public official, it’s rare that they actually have a voice. What does the average beat cop think about Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo? What is he looking for… » 3/17/15 11:57am 3/17/15 11:57am

We Don't Know How Many Americans Are Killed Each Year By The Police

The recent fatal shooting of a black teenager by a police officer in Missouri has prompted media inquiries into the number of people killed by police each year. The FBI says there are around 400 "justifiable police homicides" annually. But a statistical analysis says that figure is likely understated. » 8/20/14 7:40am 8/20/14 7:40am

In the future, cops may use a breathalyzer to find out where you were…

Every breath of air you breathe is swarming with untold numbers of tiny molecular compounds. By the time you're ready to exhale, many of these compounds will have swapped places with molecules in your body via your lungs. Through this exchange, these molecules wind up telling a story of where we've been and the sorts… » 9/28/11 1:40pm 9/28/11 1:40pm

Australian police want aerial surveillance drones to track license…

With hackers, DIYers and the military using them for years, domestic police forces the world over are apparently itching to get some surveillance drones of their own. Now Australian authorities have discussed using drones alongside a new license plate recognition system, autonomously tracking vehicles of interest. » 9/24/11 10:00am 9/24/11 10:00am

Social media and biometric software could make future undercover…

Social media can be problematic for professionals who don't want their bosses to see unflattering college party photos. But it's even worse for people whose livelihood literally depends on anonymity, like undercover cops. What happens if the gang you've infiltrated finds your grinning mug in Facebook photos from the… » 8/27/11 3:20pm 8/27/11 3:20pm