In partnership with Yahoo News
How a Standoff with the Black Panthers Fueled the Rise of SWAT
The percentage of SWAT teams serving towns with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 has increased from 13% in 1983 to more than 80% in 2007. (Source: Peter B. Kraska, “Militarization and Policing—Its Relevance to 21st Century Police,” 2007)
Peter B. Kraska, a criminologist at Eastern Kentucky University, estimates that 80 percent of SWAT deployments are for serving drug warrants. (Source: Peter B. Kraska, “Militarization and Policing—Its Relevance to 21st Century Police,” 2007)
More Like This
Space Law: The Next Generation
An international treaty laid out the basics of space law in 1967. But without a lot of case history to go on, lawyers today have looked to maritime law and Arctic exploration as they lay the groundwork for how space will be governed.
Migrant Children in Custody: The Long Battle for Protection
The number of immigrant children held in federally contracted shelters reached record levels last year, leading to lawsuits over the Trump administration’s treatment of minors.
The Roots of Evangelicals’ Political Fervor
White evangelical Christians are among President Trump’s most important supporters. But more than 40 years ago, they were on the margins of American politics.
Abortion Was Illegal. This Secret Group Defied the Law
We tell the story of a little known chapter in American history, before Roe v. Wade, when a clandestine group provided thousands of women with illegal abortions in Chicago.