Policing In America
Newsy examines the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.
NYPD Releases Video Of Black Man Before Fatal ShootingBy 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 TimesBy 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 NumbersBy 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 RallyBy 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 PoliceBy 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 ShootingBy 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 FistBy 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 DeathBy 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 PracticesBy 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 EnforcementBy 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 OversightBy 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 ChargesBy 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 ShootingBy 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 FamilyBy 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 CastileBy 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 RiceBy 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 DownBy 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 MurderBy 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 OverhaulBy 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 TextsBy 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 USBy 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 PrivateBy 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 ProtestsBy 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 ComplicatedBy 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 PoliceBy 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 CoverageBy 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 CityBy Kate Grumke | July 13, 2016
How to turn protests into policy, according to an expert.
Why Bipartisan Support For Policing Reform May Be In DangerBy 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 ForceBy 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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