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Quiz: Spot the Illegal Police Stop
The stakes in a police stop can be high. What an officer discovers during a stop -- and how -- helps determine whether someone is allowed to carry on with their day, whether they’ll go to jail and even what type of evidence is used at trial.
June 28, 2016
Policing In America: 10 Questions With Jelani Cobb
He's one of the nation's foremost journalists on race and politics, but Jelani Cobb says he was surprised by what he saw while riding along with a police unit in Newark.
June 28, 2016
How States Are Moving to Police Bad Cops
With police departments under scrutiny in the wake of high-profile shootings, some states are tightening laws to keep problem officers off the streets.
April 8, 2016
How Newark’s Police Reform Deal Breaks with the Past
Newark's police reform deal is a new model. The question is whether it will work.
March 31, 2016
Why the San Francisco Police Review Won’t Force Reform
The federal review of San Francisco police will be different than the ones in Ferguson, Mo. and Chicago.
February 2, 2016
Your Questions About Police Reform, Answered
Senior Digital Reporter Sarah Childress answers your questions about police reform.
December 22, 2015
Inside 20 Years of Federal Police Probes
For two decades, the Justice Department has had the power to investigate law enforcement agencies nationwide. We're tracking each inquiry and the stories behind them.
December 14, 2015
What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
The Justice Department has intervened in troubled police departments for 20 years. Are reform efforts working?
November 13, 2015
Why the DOJ's Baltimore Police Investigation Could Be Different
The death of Freddie Gray from injuries sustained in police custody in Baltimore last month may now lead to structural overhaul of the city's police department.
May 8, 2015
What Does It Take for the Feds to Investigate a Police Department?
Representatives from several civil-rights groups in Boston have united to file a petition to the Justice Department, hoping to persuade the federal government to launch an investigation into the Boston Police Department.
May 4, 2015
How the DOJ Reforms a Police Department Like Ferguson
Ferguson's investigation stems from a law passed after the 1991 police beating of Rodney King, another unarmed black man.
March 4, 2015
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