United States

'They rely on you being intimidated': Local elected officials in the US describe how police unions bully them

Current and former municipal office holders say they've met a unique kind of resistance when negotiating with law enforcement representatives.

How the rise of anti-crime politics caused lasting harm to Black Americans

Law professor James Forman Jr. discusses the dangers of overreacting to an uptick in violent crime.

How America became over-policed and under-policed at the same time

"Residential segregation is central to all this," the author Jill Leovy says.

The reality of US city budgets: Police funding eclipses most other agencies

And the link between funding and crime rates isn't clear.

Why you shouldn't confuse 2020 for 1968

Author and historian Rick Perlstein discusses the current limits on law-and-order politics.

This week's protests have already led several US cities to remove racist monuments

It's happened in Philadelphia, Alexandria and Birmingham.

The pandemic economy could revive one of America’s ugliest fights over local control

Professor Kim Phillips-Fein explains today's parallels with New York City’s financial disaster in 1975.

A very American form of essential work: Gun-violence prevention

There's another epidemic in American cities, and it's only gotten harder to address.

An economic crash opens a 'window for hope' on universal basic income

A researcher explains how cash assistance fits into governments' response to coronavirus.

Post-pandemic, the risk to public transport is that it might never be the same

Unpacking the financial reality of mass transit's uncertain future.