Policing and Protests
Reporting and commentary on the Black Lives Matter protests and reforming law enforcement.
News Desk
How to Defund the Police
Community groups operating in New York City and across the country have reduced violence and present an alternative vision of safety.
By Alexis OkeowoJune 26, 2020
Cultural Comment
The Bicycle as a Vehicle of Protest
Bicycles are powerful things—inexpensive, versatile tools that can be used by dissenters to sneak up and speed off, to organize and mobilize and elude.
By Jody RosenJune 10, 2020
Annals of Activism
Where Bail Funds Go from Here
Bail funds have been deluged with donations since the recent wave of protests began. But organizers hope these funds won’t have to exist in their current form for much longer.
By Jia TolentinoJune 23, 2020
Our Local Correspondents
Eric Adams Wants to CompStat New York City
As a cop, he spoke out against police abuse. As a mayoral front-runner, he’s speaking up for the police.
By Eric LachMay 22, 2021
Our Local Correspondents
Policing Politics Takes Over the New York City Mayoral Race
With the spectre of crime suddenly top of mind for many voters, the language of “defund the police” has been deemed a political liability.
By Eric LachMay 15, 2021
Q. & A.
The Law Professor Who Trained with the D.C. Police
In a new book, Rosa Brooks describes how cops are taught to anticipate violence.
By Isaac ChotinerFebruary 13, 2021
Cultural Comment
The Empty Facts of the Breonna Taylor Decision
There’s a lot that is just god-awful wrong here, but let’s consider what Kentucky’s attorney general didn’t say.
By ZZ PackerSeptember 27, 2020
Our Columnists
The Players’ Revolt Against Racism, Inequality, and Police Terror
A group of athletes across various American professional sports have communicated the fear, frustration, and anger of most of Black America.
By Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorSeptember 9, 2020
Our Columnists
We Should Still Defund the Police
Cuts to public services that might mitigate poverty and promote social mobility have become a perpetual excuse for more policing.
By Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorAugust 14, 2020
Annals of Activism
Can Minneapolis Dismantle Its Police Department?
After George Floyd’s killing, the city council pledged to “end policing as we know it.” Its members were far less certain about how they would do it.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsAugust 8, 2020
Q. & A.
Trump’s Dangerous Attempt to Create a Federal Police
Carrie Cordero, a specialist in homeland-security law, on the shaky legal basis of the President’s deployment of the Department of Homeland Security against protesters.
By Isaac ChotinerJuly 26, 2020
Our Columnists
Homeland Security Was Destined to Become a Secret Police Force
This is a government agency built on fear and intended to engender fear.
By Masha GessenJuly 25, 2020
Daily Comment
Is It Time to Defund the Department of Homeland Security?
In recent years, the department’s enforcement agenda—including the recent incursion in Portland—has fallen into the direct service of President Trump’s reëlection efforts.
By Jonathan BlitzerJuly 24, 2020
Trump’s Fake Solution to the Fake Crisis in Portland
Federal agents dressed as soldiers have only energized demonstrations for Black lives.
By James Ross GardnerJuly 23, 2020
Personal History
Breonna Taylor Can’t Tell Her Story of Police Abuse, but I’m Here to Tell Mine
I can’t remember exactly how many seconds passed before I saw the other police officer, crouched on the stairway, with an assault rifle pointed directly at my chest.
By Sanderia FayeJuly 22, 2020
CommentJuly 27, 2020 Issue
John Lewis’s Legacy and America’s Redemption
The civil-rights leader, who died Friday, acknowledged the darkest chapters of the country’s history, yet insisted that change was always possible.
By David RemnickJuly 18, 2020
A Critic at LargeJuly 20, 2020 Issue
The Invention of the Police
Why did American policing get so big, so fast? The answer, mainly, is slavery.
By Jill LeporeJuly 13, 2020
CommentJuly 20, 2020 Issue
The Halted Progress of Criminal-Justice Reform
Prosecutors are charging protesters with federal crimes, exposing them to long prison sentences, in another example of the Justice Department’s grotesque overreach under Attorney General William Barr.
By Jeffrey ToobinJuly 12, 2020
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