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Baltimore Burns as Anger Boils Over

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chaos and violence broke out in the streets of Baltimore on Monday following the funeral service of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who was fatally injured while in police custody.

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Chicago to Pay Millions to Victims of Police Torture

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chicago's police department has a troubled past of violence, but a recent agreement surrounding a horrific torture case could be a step forward. 

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Baltimore Pushed to The Brink

Monday, April 27, 2015

This weekend in Baltimore, thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding answers from police over the death of Freddie Gray. 

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How Policing Changes When Everyone's Filming

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A quarter of police departments are already using body cameras or are starting to implement them, and that number is likely to grow. How do cameras change police-community relations? 

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5 Things to Know Before Recording the Police

Thursday, April 16, 2015

You have a right to record. The police can't delete your videos. But you can't break other laws, like trespassing. Here's what you need to know before taping a police encounter. 

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Today's Takeaways: Filming the Police, Jane Goodall's Lifelong Work, A Culinary Computer

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the state of technology and policing in America, Dr. Jane Goodall drops by to discuss her new film, and we cook up a recipe from IBM's supercomputer Watson.

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School Discipline: When Local Police Call the Shots

Friday, April 10, 2015

An investigation from the Center for Public Integrity finds that schools refer racial minorities and students with disabilities to police at rates much higher than their white peers.

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Today's Takeaways: School Discipline, Silencing Gun Research & Game of Thrones

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Takeaway looks at a new investigation into police in schools, we explore NRA lobbying efforts, and we prepare you for the return of the hit series "Game of Thrones."

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After Video Surfaces, Officer Charged in the Murder of Walter Scott

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

On Saturday in North Charleston, South Carolina, white police officer Michael Slager shot and killed a black man named Walter Scott, who was apparently unarmed and running away.

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WNYC News

Sex Offender Housing Restrictions Could be Counterproductive

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Restrictions on where registered sex offenders live after prison could make it harder for them to safely and successfully reenter society.

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Two Officers Shot Outside Ferguson Police Station

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The officers were within a crowd of protesters that had gathered outside the station after the city's police chief, Thomas Jackson, agreed to resign.

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DOJ Accuses Ferguson Police of Racial Bias

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Justice Department has formally accused the police of Ferguson, Missouri of racial bias this week. What can Ferguson learn from other cities previously monitored by the DOJ?

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Justice Department Taskforce Recommends Criminal Justice Reforms

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

On Monday, a Justice Department taskforce announced a series of recommendations to reform law enforcement nationwide.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Taking the NYPD Candidate Exam

Friday, January 30, 2015

WNYC's Stephen Nessen took the NYPD entrance exam to learn what it tests for. We put together a quiz of our own with sample questions from the test.

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The Takeaway

Back Off: A Police Warning

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department says that he believes those stopped by police have to take more responsibility to ensure that a simple stop doesn't turn into a tragedy. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: NYPD Revenge Killing, Saying Goodbye to Kabul, A Year of Reflection For the NFL

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Takeaway looks at the deaths of two NYPD officers, an NPR journalist explains why the news outlet is leaving Kabul, and a former player weighs in on the NFL's year of controversy.

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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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Today's Takeaways: Cross Examining Dick Cheney, Elizabeth Warren Takes on Dems, and The Best & Worst Words of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Takeaway hears from a Guantánamo Bay defense attorney, we find out why Sen. Warren is fighting with Democrats, and we get a vocabulary lesson on awful business jargon.

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Why the White House Isn't Fighting Police Militarization

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A closer look at the White House's apparent reluctance to revise a policy that puts military weapons into the hands of community police departments.

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Today's Takeaways: Democracy on Fire in Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Takeaway explores the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, and we also examine the implications of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's departure.