WAMU 88.5 News and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University documented and analyzed nearly 2,000 cases with charges of assaulting a police officer in Washington, D.C. The results raise concerns about the use or overuse of the charge.
In this episode of Reveal, we investigate why minorities and kids with special needs face criminal charges for acting out in school; we uncover how police are poisoned on the job, and trace how people are building assault weapons from parts they buy online; and we gain insight into an elusive character fighting the death penalty in the most high profile of ways.
An analysis by the Center for Public Integrity raises questions about what kind of incidents at school merit police or court intervention and provides fodder for a debate over whether children are getting pushed into a so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” unnecessarily and unjustly.
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U.S. Department of Education data shows that in most states, black, Latino and special-needs students get referred to police and courts disproportionately.
Data show that law enforcement deaths did rise from 2013 to 2014, but a closer analysis shows that 2013 may have been the aberration, with an unusually low number of police deaths.
A federal judge ruled that the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy was unconstitutional because it resulted in discriminatory practices and unreasonable searches. Alexis Karteron, senior staff attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union, discusses the ruling.