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

A cop car keeps playing the “Imperial March” and the NYPD is unamused

You know what seems like a bad idea? Blaring Star Wars' famous "Imperial March" theme from your New York City police car, while patrolling at night. This is probably why the NYPD is less than thrilled that a New York City police car keeps blaring the "Imperial March" during its night patrols. » 7/12/13 11:30am 7/12/13 11:30am

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