Stories by Aaron Cantú

Aaron Cantú is an investigator for the Marijuana Arrest Research Project and an independent journalist based in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter @aaronmiguel_ subscribe to Aaron Cantú's feed

Posted on: May 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

From throwing Tootsie Rolls to burping, small children have been arrested for totally normal misbehavior.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet

In many states, exonerated inmates face an uphill (or impossible) battle when seeking compensation.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It's not surprising that some cops who interact with the narco-world decide to go crooked.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Some protesters were mocked by groups of drunken white hecklers in Santa outfits.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Long range acoustic devices (LRADs) have been previously implemented by police at protests throughout the world.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Police have militarized from boots to brainstem.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Where housing booms for ultra rich meet rising homelessness.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Minorities who commit minor offenses are more likely than whites to be targeted for summonses.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Can digital media help put a stop to NYPD's broken-windows policing?

Posted on: Jul 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The numbers are shocking.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Why do even small towns now deploy paramilitary forces?

Posted on: Jun 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Asset forfeiture provides insidious incentives for police to apprehend people. Here are 4 states with some of the greediest police forces.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Undocumented migrants have become easy cash cows for private prison companies.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Police use the number of low-level drug arrests to sustain critical law enforcement funding from the federal government.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson will no longer prosecute low-level marijuana arrests.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A major cause of the industry’s staying power is how deeply it has entrenched itself in public institutions and channels.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

For-profit companies like Geo-Group are buying up any politician they can find to expand their share of the "market."

Posted on: Apr 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The majority of municipal prosecutors in the state want to nix marijuana prohibition.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Because woolly mammoths were "created on the sixth day with the beasts of the field," of course.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Clapper finally admits to senators that the NSA performed warrantless searches.