Posts tagged 'police'

Charge of assaulting an officer narrows in DC

Posted: Sept. 7, 2016 | Tags: police

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Photo by Jeff Watts, American University

Patrick Madden at work at WAMU-FM, a partner with the Workshop on "Assault on Justice" about the potential over-use of the charge in Washington, D.C.

When reporter Patrick Madden heard about the case of Dwight Harris being charged with assaulting a police officer from his motorized wheelchair, he knew something was amiss. He wanted to know how and just how often how often this happens. To find out, Madden and WAMU teamed with the Investigative Reporting Workshop and Reveal to launch an unprecedented examination of nearly 2,000 assault cases in the District ...

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An inside look at Fatal Force series

Posted: July 15, 2016 | Tags: police, social justice, Workshop news

Washington Post analysis by William Wan and Kimberly Kindy:

The hail of gunfire from one shooter and its latest casualties — three killed, three injured on Sunday in Baton Rouge — ratcheted up fears among law enforcement nationwide and brought the number of officers shot and killed in the line of duty to 30 this year, nearly double the toll at this time last year.

Our recently published “Fatal Force: Two years after Ferguson, police shootings up,” a project with The Washington Post, is an extension of the Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series illuminating officer-involved shootings in the United States during 2015 ...

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Madden wins Schorr prize

Posted: May 23, 2016 | Tags: police

Patrick Madden of NPR member station WAMU 88.5 is the winner of the annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, named for the respected NPR senior news analyst and veteran Washington journalist who died in 2010.  

The $5,000 Schorr award, sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner, recognizes a new generation of public radio journalists under the age of 35 seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium.

Madden was cited for “Assault on Justice,” a collaboration with WAMU, the Investigative Reporting Workshop and Reveal News. The radio documentary and written ...

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City Council member proposes law in response to investigation

Posted: April 6, 2016 | Tags: police

A D.C. lawmaker floated a bill Tuesday that would raise the standards police must meet to carry out search warrants and require the city to pay for property damage when officers raid the wrong houses.

D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large), the bill’s sponsor, said the measure was designed to prevent erroneous searches and give residents a clear course of action if police mistakenly raid their home.

Grosso said the bill was a response to a Washington Post investigation of 2,000 search warrants that found 284 cases in which D.C. police searched homes for ...

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New training shows officers how to 'calm things down'

Posted: Dec. 11, 2015 | Tags: police

In today’s Washington Post, reporter Kimberly Kindy examines a new kind of training for police recruits near Seattle, in which officials say they are determined to produce “guardians of democracy” who serve and protect — instead of “warriors” who conquer and control.

Ashley Balcerzak, a master’s student at AU, Workshop intern and in the practicum taught by John Sullivan at the Post, researched a section on how police weapons have changed. She also helped to fact-check the story and then wrote in more detail about what she learned in “How the police duty belt went from Officer Friendly to ...

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DC: Overuse of assault charge

Posted: May 9, 2015 | Tags: police

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, WAMU 88.5 News and Reveal collaborated on "Assault on Justice," a five-month project investigating the use and possible overuse of the charge of "assaulting a police officer" in the District of Columbia.

The Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at American University, and WAMU 88.5, the local NPR affiliate owned by American University, previously co-produced "Dollars & Deals," which looked at how DC City Council members, who vote on city contracts worth more than $1 million, are raking in campaign contributions from many of those same firms.

This is the first collaboration among all three ...

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