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Robert Lewis

Reporter, WNYC News

Robert Lewis is a reporter for WNYC. He joined the station in December 2012 after a decade as an ink-stained wretch, working for newspapers across the country. He was previously on the investigations team at Newsday where he reported on prescription drug abuse, problems at a local housing authority and the Long Island Power Authority.

Before coming to New York, he spent three years at The Sacramento Bee where he started as a county government reporter and then moved to the business desk to cover real estate and development. He was a finalist for a 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for an investigation of hard money lending in northern California. In addition, his work has appeared on ProPublica, Salon and ABC’s 20/20.

In 2008, he received a master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

 

Robert Lewis appears in the following:

Crunching the Data on Resisting Arrest

Friday, December 12, 2014

The WNYC data news team looks to the numbers to tell us more on race and the risk of being charged with resisting arrest.

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Resisting Arrest in Black and White

Friday, December 12, 2014

WNYC
Records show police are far more likely to file resisting arrest charges against blacks than whites — another sign of the troubled relationship between communities of color and the NYPD.

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A Window Into Secretive Police Misconduct Investigations

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reporter Robert Lewis examines what one Civilian Complaint Review Board case file shows about how the agency functions and why its investigations rarely result in disciplinary action.

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Why It's So Hard to Discipline a Police Officer

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WNYC's Robert Lewis managed to get the story about one complaint against an NYPD last year, and it sheds new light on why disciplining police is so difficult.  

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Cops, Complaints and One Ugly Altercation Caught on Tape

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WNYC
When the NYPD beat up Nafeesah Hines’ boyfriend in her driveway, the Queens couple complained to the CCRB. Hear the cops testify — and the evidence Hines herself recorded. 

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Why Abusive Cops Linger in the NYPD's Ranks

Friday, December 05, 2014

The New York Police Department pioneered the use of computer statistics for spotting crime trends. A WNYC investigation found the NYPD has a tougher time identifying problem cops.

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Can the NYPD Spot the Abusive Cop?

Friday, December 05, 2014

WNYC
The police department pioneered the use of computer statistics to identify crime trends. But it doesn't have a system to identify problem-prone officers.

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Protests Begin After Grand Jury Declines To Indict NYPD Officer

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Demonstrations were mostly peaceful in New York Wednesday. Eric Garner died after he was held in a chokehold by Daniel Pantaleo, who was trying to arrest him for apparent illegal cigarette sales.

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NYPD Officers On The Ground in Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WNYC
When it comes to gathering intelligence, NYPD detectives don't just go overseas to monitor terrorism. Some are watching protests closer to home.

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Behind Razor Wire, Learning To Be A Dad

Friday, November 07, 2014

WNYC
A class at Sing Sing teaches parenting skills to convicts, including some who might not be going home for a long time.

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London Police Commissioner Talks Terror in NYC

Thursday, November 06, 2014

WNYC
Law enforcement and intelligence officials from around the world are meeting this week at NYPD headquarters to compare notes on the latest threats.

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Appeals Court Ruling Clears Way for Stop-and-Frisk Reforms

Friday, October 31, 2014

WNYC
The long-lasting court battle over the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk appears to finally be over.

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Bratton Pledges To Fight for Controversial Policing Strategy

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WNYC
Some advocates call the "Broken Windows" approach to policing racist, but the NYPD commissioner said there'd be no change. 

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Communities Suffer When Deadly Force Is Used In Pursuit Of Low-Level Crimes

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Events in Ferguson, Mo, and New York reopened the debate on police tactics. In New York, a suspect accused of selling cigarettes, a violation of tax law, was killed in part because of a chokehold.

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Dueling Views of Eric Garner's Autopsy

Friday, September 19, 2014

WNYC
What's the difference between "neck compression" and a "chokehold"? Ask the police union, which is dismissing another report on the death of Eric Garner.

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Hate Crimes Up Heading Into Jewish High Holy Days

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WNYC
With continued unrest in the Middle East, the NYPD is beefing up security in advance of the Jewish High Holy Days and the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

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Deadly Force for Broken Windows

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WNYC investigative reporter Robert Lewis discusses his examination of the record of the police officer who put the chokehold on Eric Garner.

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This Is the Face of Broken Windows

Monday, September 15, 2014

WNYC
Far from a rogue cop, the officer who applied the fatal chokehold to Eric Garner was the personification of the NYPD strategy of making low-level arrests to prevent more serious crime.

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Parks Dept. Should Take Better Care of Trees Outside Parks: Comptroller

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Yorkers on average file a claim a day for injuries or property damage caused by falling tree limbs and it's costing the city as much as $14 million a year.

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DOJ Should Investigate Garner Death, Broken Windows Say NY Pols

Thursday, August 14, 2014

WNYC

Congress members say it's time for the feds to step in and handle Eric Garner inquiry.

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