Yasmeen Khan

Yasmeen Khan is a reporter covering crime and policing. 

Yasmeen Khan is an award-winning reporter in the WNYC newsroom focused on crime and policing. For years she covered youth and the New York City school system, producing in-depth stories on a college-bound student with autism; a transgender elementary school student; and a teenage girl determined to join the Boy Scouts. She closely covered the expansion of citywide pre-kindergarten programs, along with controversial school rezonings that illuminated the city’s segregated school system. She dove into municipal archives to tell the stories of a 1964 school boycott protesting segregation and of a 1960s attempt to desegregate a handful of city schools. One of her favorite reporting projects was a multi-platform series from Brownsville, Brooklyn, which included highlighting a group of Brownsville youth who painstakingly recreated their neighborhood in a virtual reality game.  

Yasmeen has also held jobs as a bartender, toll collector and dishwasher. She moved to New York City in 2010, but remains deeply devoted to Carolina basketball.

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What Police Reform Looks Like Six Years After Eric Garner's Killing

Friday, July 17, 2020

Six years ago Eric Garner was killed by an NYPD officer, who was later fired but never charged. Protesters are still taking to the streets. 


'We're There for Engagement': Anti-Violence Groups Address Rise In Shootings

Thursday, July 16, 2020

With shootings on the rise in New York City, anti-violence groups are working to address conflicts before they lead to shootings.


After Fatal Shooting Of 1-Year-Old In Bed Stuy, Community Leaders Say 'Enough'

Monday, July 13, 2020

The grief from a recent surge in gun violence hit a fevered pitch in Brooklyn, after a one-year-old boy in his stroller was shot and killed near a park on Sunday night.


Community Leaders and NYPD Out in Larger Numbers This Weekend to Quell Shootings

Friday, July 10, 2020

There will be increased police patrols in some parts of New York City this weekend, plus a concerted effort to get more community leaders out to de-escalate conflict.


June Gun Violence Spikes. Community Leaders Want to Create Safety from the Ground Up.

Friday, July 03, 2020

Recent shootings have hit communities of color especially hard — and in the middle of a citywide debate about policing, racial justice and community empowerment. 


First NYC Budget of the COVID Era Leaves Many Unsatisfied

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

After weeks of protests and back-and-forth between council members and the mayor, the City Council has voted to adopt Mayor de Blasio’s $88 billion dollar budget.


Union Representing Commanding Officers Calls for an End to CompStat

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Captains Endowment Association is calling for an end to CompStat, the NYPD's method for tracking crime and holding precinct leaders accountable for it. 


Longtime Police Reform Activists Capitalize on Massive Uprising

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Supported by masses in the streets, seasoned police reform activists were positioned to take the ball and run—with ideas, reports and legislation at the ready. 


City Council Passes Slate of Police Reform Bills

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The legislation includes a ban on chokeholds, originally introduced after Eric Garner died in 2014, and a bill requiring the NYPD to report on its surveillance technologies. 


NYC Will Make Police Disciplinary Records Available Through a Database

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Police officials say work is already underway to build the database, which will eventually house any disciplinary records for the 36,000 uniformed officers.


Is Dissolving Anti-Crime Units a Step Toward Reform? Police Watchdogs Are Skeptical

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Simply reassigning officers from the units could be nothing more than a cosmetic change, say police reform and legal advocates. 


NYPD Will Disband Nearly All Anti-Crime Units

Monday, June 15, 2020

The plainclothes officers assigned to the units will be reassigned. Only the transit anti-crime unit will continue. 


All The Ways The NYPD Is Under Investigation for Protest Tactics

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The state AG, the CCRB, mayoral appointees, and the NYPD's internal investigators are all looking into allegations of police violence during the protests. But what will come of it?


Two World Views On NYPD Behavior At Protests And the Deep Divide Between Them

Saturday, June 06, 2020

There's a huge chasm between how Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Shea characterize police tactics at the protests, and how many New Yorkers experience them in the street.


Long-Time Activist Against Police Brutality: 'We Got a Chance to Change"

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Bishop Herbert Daughtry has been leading marches against police brutality in New York City for decades. He says he hopes to see change in his lifetime.


Hundreds File Complaints About NYPD Misconduct From Weekend Protests

Monday, June 01, 2020

The Civilian Complaint Review Board said it had received 430 complaints by Monday morning under new guidelines that allow people other than eyewitnesses to file.


Analysis: Large Numbers of Social Distancing Complaints Came From Mostly White Neighborhoods

Thursday, May 21, 2020

An analysis by the Legal Aid Society showed 311 complaints of social distancing violations poured in from neighborhoods that were mostly white. But the NYPD issued few summonses there.


NYPD Will No Longer Issue Summonses for Failure to Wear Face Covering

Friday, May 15, 2020

Officers will now focus social distancing enforcement on large gatherings, not individuals. The change comes after data showed stark racial disparities in arrests and summonses.


A Bronx Health Center 'Hits the Gas Pedal' on Making Sure a Vulnerable Community Survives

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Union Community Health Center in the Bronx is working to make sure its vulnerable patients weather the COVID-19 crisis. It's been a big administrative, and emotional, lift.


Calls Increase For NYPD To Step Aside From Enforcing Social Distancing

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Both NYPD watchdogs and the union representing officers say it's untenable for police to enforce a public health issue.