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
Do Whistleblower Protections Work? Ask This One.
A case from almost a decade ago reveals the peril faced by whistleblowers seeking to expose wrongdoing.
Trump’s Immigration Rhetoric Echoes a Bitter Fight from the 90s
Today's immigration policies echo an anti-immigration movement 25 years ago in California.
A New Housing Program to Fight Poverty has an Unexpected History
Some cities are trying to help poor children succeed by having their families move to middle-income, so-called "opportunity areas" -- an idea that was once politically impossible.
Lingering Peril From Lead Paint
About half a million children have dangerously high lead levels in their blood, mostly from exposure to peeling paint and contaminated dust. The fight over who should clean it up has lasted for decades.