Why Gaston cops lost their ‘eye in the sky’

Gaston County Police officers were ecstatic when they unveiled the department’s shiny drone aircraft to the public in 2006. Equipped with low-light and infrared cameras, the unmanned aerial vehicle known as the “CyberBug” was promised to deliver sweeping surveillance, tactical operational support during raids, extensive crime scene photography and a bird’s eye view of hidden […]

Lessons in Federalism

Imagine the local sheriff or police chief issuing an arrest warrant for the President of the United States. Imagine that the majority of the citizens in that local jurisdiction agree with the arrest warrant, and in fact take to the streets to support its issuance. Imagine that other local sheriffs and police chiefs band together to push […]

A Portrait of the Journalist as a Young Man

There is no more exciting adventure than questioning those in power. It’s an act I’ve been able to enjoy in different countries, cities, and languages. I’ve been able to interview small-town mayors, bigwig police chiefs, and was even awarded the chance to grill New Jersey Governor Chris Christie while he flirted with running for national […]

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