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Ferguson Settles Wrongful Death Suit With Michael Brown's Family

By Grant Suneson | June 23, 2017

Ferguson, Missouri, will settle the lawsuit over Michael Brown's shooting death for $1.5 million and will pay the court fees for Brown's family.

Thousands Protest Verdict Handed To Officer Who Shot Philando Castile

By Jake Jones | June 17, 2017

Roughly 2,000 protesters marched in St. Paul, Minnesota, after the officer who fatally shot Philando Castile was acquitted.

Cleveland Fires The Police Officer Who Shot And Killed Tamir Rice

By Grant Suneson | May 30, 2017

Officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed the 12-year-old in 2014, was fired for lying on his application.

Law That Tried To Stop Revenue-Motivated Policing Is Struck Down

By Ryan Biek | May 17, 2017

Missouri's Supreme Court ruled a law that treated Saint Louis County police agencies differently was unconstitutional.

Texas Officer Who Shot, Killed A 15-Year-Old Is Charged With Murder

By Grant Suneson | May 6, 2017

Officer Roy Oliver shot at a moving car and killed passenger Jordan Edwards, 15, who was leaving a party.

Department Of Justice Aims To Halt Baltimore Policing Overhaul

By Grant Suneson | April 6, 2017

The Department of Justice requested a 30-day hold on a consent decree overhauling Baltimore's police department.

Documents Show NYPD Infiltrated Black Lives Matter And Accessed Texts

By Jake Jones | April 4, 2017

According to documents obtained by The Guardian, the NYPD regularly sent undercover officers to monitor, follow and film BLM activists.

Is Policing Racially Biased?

By Lauren Stephenson | January 27, 2017

The shooting deaths of African-American men by police have been illuminated in the media over the past four years.

What Will Happen To Consent Decrees Under President Trump?

By Christian Bryant | January 18, 2017

How the Department of Justice uses consent decrees for reforming police departments could change under the incoming U.S. attorney general.

National Police Orgs Recommend De-Escalation Be Adopted Across The US

By Jamal Andress | January 17, 2017

Several organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police, contributed to a consensus policy on the use of force.

Many US States Are Passing Laws To Keep Body Cam Footage Private

By Jamal Andress | December 19, 2016

It's a highly debated point from sea to shining sea — how much access should the public have to police body camera footage?

Ex-Police Officer Charged In Shooting That Sparked Milwaukee Protests

By Jamal Andress | December 15, 2016

The former officer is accused of shooting a man twice, and prosecutors allege the second shot was fired when the man was unarmed.

Does Adding Police Reduce Crime? In Chicago, It's Complicated

By Jamal Andress | October 19, 2016

Professor Wesley Skogan has studied police in Chicago for over 30 years and says the department's "traditional culture" needs a change.

More Use-Of-Force Rules Could Keep Everyone Safer — Including Police

By Jamal Andress | September 22, 2016

A report by Campaign Zero found departments with four or more of these policies had the lowest rates of police-involved killings in the U.S.

Chicago PD Tries For Transparency, Less Use Of Force — Is It Working?

By Ryan Biek | August 28, 2016

The Chicago Tribune found shootings by the Chicago Police Department have decreased since 2010.

Korryn Gaines' Death Raises Questions Of Policing, Media Coverage

By Christian Bryant | August 2, 2016

The 23-year-old mother was shot and killed by Baltimore County Police after an hourslong standoff.

What You Can Do Right Now To Improve Policing In Your City

By Kate Grumke | July 13, 2016

How to turn protests into policy, according to an expert.

Why Bipartisan Support For Policing Reform May Be In Danger

By Sebastian Martinez | November 1, 2015

FBI Director James Comey contradicted President Obama's narrative on policing, which raised concerns that reform might be jeopardized.

Rikers Island Reform Could Target Use Of Force

By Steven Sparkman | June 18, 2015

Rikers Island, which has been back in headlines following a string of high-profile abuse cases, will reportedly soon be on the path to reform.

Cleveland Policing Reforms Could Be 'National Model'

By Kate Grumke | May 26, 2015

Cleveland's agreement for policing reforms could be a "road map" for police departments across the country.

Gerry Adams' Arrest Decried As 'Political Policing'

By Kristian Mundahl | May 3, 2014

With their leader Gerry Adams embroiled in a 40-year-old murder mystery, Sinn Fein party officials are calling his arrest politically motivated.

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