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NYPD Releases Video Of Black Man Before Fatal Shooting0:46
April 5, 2018
By Jake Jones

NYPD Releases Video Of Black Man Before Fatal Shooting

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 Times1:17
March 30, 2018
By Jake Jones

Private Autopsy Shows Stephon Clark Was Shot From Behind Several Times

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 Numbers2:04
January 9, 2018
By Jamal Andress

Despite Reforms Across US, Police Shootings Persist In High Numbers

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 Rally1:43
December 1, 2017
By Samantha Kummerer

What The Police Did Wrong During The Charlottesville Rally

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 Police1:13
October 20, 2017
By Ethan Weston

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

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 Shooting9:05
October 19, 2017
By Jamal Andress

16 Shots And A Video: Uncovering The Laquan McDonald Shooting

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 Fist1:30
October 18, 2017
By Jake Jones

Long Before NFL Players Started Kneeling, Olympians Raised A Fist

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 Death1:08
September 12, 2017
By Jake Jones

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

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 Practices1:30
August 30, 2017
By Grant Suneson

Illinois Sues Chicago To Force An Overhaul To Its Police Practices

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 Enforcement1:55
August 28, 2017
By Briana Koeneman

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

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 Oversight3:58
August 24, 2017
By Jamal Andress

Lawyer Behind Chicago Police Lawsuit Explains Need For Court Oversight

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 Charges1:36
August 3, 2017
By Grant Suneson

Baltimore Police Body Camera Scandal Leads To Dropped Charges

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?1:57
June 29, 2017
By Christian Bryant

How Should Police Handle Children When Detaining Their Parents?

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 Shooting0:41
June 27, 2017
By Matt Picht

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

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 Family0:38
June 23, 2017
By Grant Suneson

Ferguson Settles Wrongful Death Suit With Michael Brown's Family

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 Castile0:46
June 17, 2017
By Jake Jones

Thousands Protest Verdict Handed To Officer Who Shot Philando Castile

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 Rice1:01
May 30, 2017
By Grant Suneson

Cleveland Fires The Police Officer Who Shot And Killed Tamir Rice

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 Down0:57
May 17, 2017
By Ryan Biek

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

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 Murder0:28
May 6, 2017
By Grant Suneson

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

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 Overhaul1:04
April 6, 2017
By Grant Suneson

Department Of Justice Aims To Halt Baltimore Policing Overhaul

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 Texts1:18
April 4, 2017
By Jake Jones

Documents Show NYPD Infiltrated Black Lives Matter And Accessed Texts

According to documents obtained by The Guardian, the NYPD regularly sent undercover officers to monitor, follow and film BLM activists.
Is Policing Racially Biased?6:55
January 27, 2017
By Lauren Stephenson

Is Policing Racially Biased?

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?1:35
January 18, 2017
By Christian Bryant

What Will Happen To Consent Decrees Under President Trump?

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 US1:19
January 17, 2017
By Jamal Andress

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

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 Private2:06
December 19, 2016
By Jamal Andress

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

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 Protests1:02
December 15, 2016
By Jamal Andress

Ex-Police Officer Charged In Shooting That Sparked Milwaukee Protests

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 Complicated2:22
October 19, 2016
By Jamal Andress

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

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 Police1:56
September 22, 2016
By Jamal Andress

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

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?1:24
August 28, 2016
By Ryan Biek

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

The Chicago Tribune found shootings by the Chicago Police Department have decreased since 2010.
Korryn Gaines' Death Raises Questions Of Policing, Media Coverage1:11
August 2, 2016
By Christian Bryant

Korryn Gaines' Death Raises Questions Of Policing, Media Coverage

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 City2:27
July 13, 2016
By Kate Grumke

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

How to turn protests into policy, according to an expert.
Why Bipartisan Support For Policing Reform May Be In Danger1:54
November 1, 2015
By Sebastian Martinez

Why Bipartisan Support For Policing Reform May Be In Danger

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 Force1:55
June 18, 2015
By Steven Sparkman

Rikers Island Reform Could Target Use Of Force

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'2:03
May 26, 2015
By Kate Grumke

Cleveland Policing Reforms Could Be 'National Model'

Cleveland's agreement for policing reforms could be a "road map" for police departments across the country.
Gerry Adams' Arrest Decried As 'Political Policing'1:57
May 3, 2014
By Kristian Mundahl

Gerry Adams' Arrest Decried As 'Political Policing'

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