• Jun 9, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Tadar Muhammad (right) and Jeremy Brustein (left) demonstrate in support of Tamir Rice outside of Quicken Loans Arena prior to game three of the NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports - RTX1FV2B
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    Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said Monday that a grand jury would not file charges in the killing of Tamir Rice by a Cleveland police officer last year. Continue reading

  • Texas state trooper Brian Encinia points a Taser as he orders Sandra Bland out of her vehicle, in this still image captured from the police dash camera video from the traffic stop of Bland's vehicle in Prairie View, Texas, July 10, 2015. A Texas lawmaker who met with the family of a black woman found dead in her jail cell after her arrest following a routine traffic stop said on July 21, 2015 she should never have been in police custody in the first place. Democratic State Senator Royce West told a news conference there would be no cover-up in the investigation of the death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, three days after she was arrested in Prairie View, Texas, northwest of Houston.  REUTERS/The Texas Department of Public Safety/Handout via Reuters  

    December 22, 2015  

    A grand jury in Texas has decided to not indict anyone yet in connection with the death of Sandra Bland while in police custody, effectively clearing officials and jail employees of criminal wrongdoing. Jeffrey Brown discusses the case with Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the Los Angeles Times, then Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute and Brittany Packnett of Campaign Zero offer reactions. Continue reading

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    December 17, 2015  

    A woman reports she was raped at knifepoint in her apartment, but days later, after police question her about inconsistencies, she says she made the whole thing up. In “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” a project from the Marshall Project and ProPublica, reporters explore how two different police departments treated the investigation. Ken Armstrong of the Marshall Project joins Hari Sreenivasan. Continue reading

  • Lone activist Jonathan Brown, of Baltimore, stands outside of the courthouse in Baltimore, December 15, 2015.  Protestors and media gathered awaiting the verdict in the trial of Officer William Porter, one of six officer charged connection with the death of Freddie Gray.  REUTERS/Bryan Woolston - RTX1YSKX
    December 15, 2015  

    The jury in the first trial on the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray returned after two days of deliberations to say they are deadlocked. Gray’s fatal injuries while in Baltimore police custody exposed deep cracks in the city’s criminal justice system and sparked protests. Gwen Ifill speaks to Juliet Linderman of the Associated Press about the charges against Officer William Porter. Continue reading

  • Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy (R) returns a salute to an unnamed recruit during a recruitment graduation ceremony in Chicago, Illinois on April 21, 2014. Chicago's police chief was ousted on December 1, 2015 following days of unrest over video footage showing the shooting of a black teenager and the filing of murder charges against a white police officer in the young man's death. Picture taken on April 21, 2014.    REUTERS/Jim Young - RTX1WPLG
    December 7, 2015  

    The Justice Department will launch a civil rights investigation into how the Chicago police force uses force and whether there are racial or ethnic disparities. Meanwhile, a video released Monday showed another fatal police shooting that occurred last year. William Brangham learns more about the probe from Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta from the Department of Justice. Continue reading

  • A protester walks past a line of police officers standing guard in front of the District 1 police headquarters in Chicago, Illinois November 24, 2015. Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago policeman who fatally shot Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, was charged with murder on Tuesday, hours before authorities released a long-awaited video that shows the youth walking away from officers as he is slain by a volley of 16 gunshots. The graphic footage of last year's shooting, taken from a camera mounted on the dashboard of a police car and made public under orders from a judge, sparked mostly peaceful street demonstrations in Chicago on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Frank Polich - RTX1VPMX

    CHICAGO — The Justice Department will investigate patterns of racial disparity in the use of force by Chicago police officers as part of a wide-ranging probe that could lead to calls for sweeping changes at one of the country’s largest police departments, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Monday. Continue reading

  • Baltimore Police officer William Porter (R) approaches the court House in Baltimore, Maryland, November 30, 2015. Porter is one of six Baltimore City police officer charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. REUTERS/Rob Carr/Pool - RTX1WIWV
    December 2, 2015  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency reports that the Iranians did work on nuclear weapons prior to 2009, despite denials. The activities were reportedly limited to planning and testing basic components. Also, the first of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray got his initial day in court. Continue reading

  • Mourners, believed to be family members, embrace as they gather for the burial of six-year old Jeremy Mardis at a cemetery in Beaumont, Mississippi, November 9, 2015. Mardis, who was autistic, was buckled into the front passenger seat of his father Chris Few's car last week when two Louisiana deputy marshals fired 18 times at the vehicle after chasing it in central Louisiana, state police said.  REUTERS/Lee Celano - RTS680C
    November 9, 2015  

    In our news wrap Monday, a judge in Louisiana has set a $1 million bail for two police officers accused of murdering an autistic boy. Also, two Americans, a South African and two Jordanians were gunned down by a police captain in Amman, Jordan. Continue reading

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    November 7, 2015  

    For decades, the Memphis Police Department has pioneered a model to better serve people experiencing a mental health crisis. The “Memphis Model,” which aims to keep both officers and citizens safe and send fewer people to jail, has spread to almost 3,000 law enforcement agencies across the country. NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports. Continue reading

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    October 28, 2015  

    Yet another viral video has reignited the national conversation on the interaction between police and people of color, specifically within school. A South Carolina sheriff’s deputy was fired after manhandling a teenager in a high school classroom. Gwen Ifill discusses police as disciplinarians with Susan Ferriss of the Center For Public Integrity and Shaun Harper of the University of Pennsylvania. Continue reading