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Policing In America

Newsy examines the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

NYPD Releases Video Of Black Man Before Fatal Shooting

By Jake Jones | April 5, 2018

Saheed Vassell was known to both the Brooklyn community and police as being mentally ill; his father said he had bipolar disorder.

Private Autopsy Shows Stephon Clark Was Shot From Behind Several Times

By Jake Jones | March 30, 2018

The officers who fired shots at Clark said they thought a cellphone in his hand was a gun.

Despite Reforms Across US, Police Shootings Persist In High Numbers

By Jamal Andress | January 9, 2018

While police have faced increased scrutiny and undergone large investigations, the real-world results of all this reform so far is a mixed bag.

What The Police Did Wrong During The Charlottesville Rally

By Samantha Kummerer | December 1, 2017

A new report outlines how the city failed to protect free expression and public safety.

Body Cams Might Not Be Effective At Lowering Use Of Force By Police

By Ethan Weston | October 20, 2017

A new study suggests police body cams might not be effective at reducing excessive force or citizen complaints.

16 Shots And A Video: Uncovering The Laquan McDonald Shooting

By Jamal Andress | October 19, 2017

It was the dashcam video that changed Chicago. How the Laquan McDonald shooting video went public, according to the men who made it happen.

Long Before NFL Players Started Kneeling, Olympians Raised A Fist

By Jake Jones | October 18, 2017

Tommie Smith and John Carlos made history in October 1968 with their iconic bowed heads and raised fists during the national anthem.

Justice Department Won't Charge Officers In Freddie Gray's Death

By Jake Jones | September 12, 2017

The six officers faced state-level charges in the case; three were acquitted, and charges against the other three were dropped.

Illinois Sues Chicago To Force An Overhaul To Its Police Practices

By Grant Suneson | August 30, 2017

Illinois sued Chicago over reforming the city's often-maligned police department and called for independent oversight of the overhaul.

Trump Rolls Back Ban On Giving Military Gear To Local Law Enforcement

By Briana Koeneman | August 28, 2017

President Trump issued an executive order undoing an Obama-era directive that limited police access to surplus military gear.

Lawyer Behind Chicago Police Lawsuit Explains Need For Court Oversight

By Jamal Andress | August 24, 2017

Craig Futterman helped force the release of the video of Laquan McDonald's death. Now, he's taking the city back to court to push for police reform.

Baltimore Police Body Camera Scandal Leads To Dropped Charges

By Grant Suneson | August 3, 2017

Prosecutors will drop dozens of cases after footage appeared to show a Baltimore police officer planting drugs in an alley.

How Should Police Handle Children When Detaining Their Parents?

By Christian Bryant | June 29, 2017

A Justice Department report says police should ensure children don't experience trauma when their parents are detained or arrested.

Three Chicago Cops Indicted In Cover-Up Of Laquan McDonald Shooting

By Matt Picht | June 27, 2017

Police reports about the fatal shooting were eventually contradicted by a dashcam video released one year later.

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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