Alec Ward is a law student at the University of Virginia studying policing law and a former Reason intern.
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The problem isn’t just that cops look like occupying soldiers, it’s that too many think and act like them.
And that means breaking through the "blue wall of silence."
What happened when Reason sent a 22-year-old non-lawyer to fight for transparency.
D.C.'s Cache of Seized Illegal Guns Has Antique Rifles and Paintball Guns, But Few Bump-Stock-Compatible Weapons
I sent a FOIA request to the lab that processes guns seized by police in the nation's capital. Here's what I found out.
Controversial Law Professor's Comments on Affirmative Action Get Her Banned From Teaching First-Year Classes
For months, Penn Law has resisted calls to punish Amy Wax for her public comments on race. Yesterday, they caved.
When it comes to this powerful legal tool, everyone's a hypocrite.
The USS Cole defense team came to believe their meetings with their client were being bugged.
Cops got probation even after internal tribunal found them guilty of excessive force, sexual harassment, and ticket-fixing
Indefinite detention carried the day in Jennings v. Rodriguez, but the ruling affirms an important principle that may eventually kill the practice.
Hey, big spenders, spend a little...less of our money on yourselves?
It's more about sending a message to Congress
A self-proclaimed "constitutional bounty hunter" is unlikely to be freed, but his case sets a significant precedent for criminal appeals.
Unless crafted carefully, the proposal could set up more standoffs between armed citizens and police.
The new district attorney's reform train keeps rolling.
Top public school officials will risk their careers to have school choice. Maybe they should let everyone else have it too.
Alex Van Der Zwaan's plea is latest criminal case to come out of Robert Mueller's investigation.
In Civilian Court, Terrorist Sentenced After 17 Months; At Guantanamo Tribunal, Still No Trials After 17 Years
And yet we supposedly need Gitmo because civilian courts aren't up to the task.
The trial of two Gun Trace Task Force members sheds light on a deeply dysfunctional department.
Cop tech can facilitate better policing, but it urgently needs more oversight.
Privacy law is eons behind surveillance technology
Libertarians should listen to the second season of NPR's legal podcast. But maybe get a pillow to scream into first.
The state uses a panel of partisan officials with absolute discretion to determine who gets to vote again
Mass surveillance is up and running on Britain's roads. Will ours be next?
Armed robbery, extortion...and keeping the money for themselves.
The Pentagon must give the ACLU an opportunity to contest any proposed transfer before it happens.
In scores of secret settlements, local governments have sought to hide cops' crimes and brutality.
If you hear "papers, please" on a Greyhound, thank the Supreme Court.
The government now says it will prosecute only those it can prove committed specific criminal acts.
Pentagon argues it does not need to provide a legal basis for deciding to transfer the unidentified detainee.
Officers could face charges for perjury, official misconduct
In his first days in office, the activist turned prosecutor has dismissed 31 career staff.
Justices hear challenge to Virginia court's expansion of warrantless vehicle searches.