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Marshall Project Originals
A Death in Dallas, and a Family’s Long Fight for Justice
Tony Timpa called police for help and died pinned to the ground. Seven years later, his family is still trying to hold officers accountable.
Closing Argument • 10.07.2023
Three Years After George Floyd’s Murder, Police Reforms Are Slow-Paced
There have been mostly modest changes following protests that galvanized the country in 2020.
Closing Argument • 06.03.2023
In an Effort to Diversify, Cleveland Police Look to HBCUs
Amid scrutiny over Cleveland police hiring practices, the department has been scouting Historically Black Colleges and Universities to help fix its image. Not everyone is on board.
Cleveland • 01.09.2023
Cleveland Police Hiring Practices Are ‘Alarming’ and ‘Disturbing,’ Feds Say
City leaders want oversight to end, but federal monitor says police are not compliant in “significant and critical areas.”
Cleveland • 09.23.2022
How Policing Has — and Hasn’t — Changed Since George Floyd
More than two years after millions took to the streets to protest police violence, the problem persists. That doesn’t mean nothing has changed.
Closing Argument • 08.06.2022
We Spent a Year Following a Troubled Police Force. Listen to the Entire Podcast Series
“Changing the Police,” a podcast from The Marshall Project and NPR’s Embedded, examines what one community wants from its cops.
Feature • 07.14.2022
Biden Struck Out on Police Reform. Is Trump’s Remaining Policy Enough?
With Biden halting a proposed policing order, Trump’s modest changes are the most significant federal policing moves since George Floyd’s murder.
News • 03.30.2022
Violent Encounters With Police Send Thousands of People to the ER Every Year
That's probably an undercount. But data from San Jose offers a glimpse of what the national scale of police violence might be.
Feature • 06.23.2021
Six Years After Tamir Rice, Cleveland Makes New Rules About Policing Kids
Critics say a new policy for police encounters with children doesn’t go far enough.
News • 03.04.2021
Colorado Tries New Way To Punish Rogue Cops
Individual officers can’t claim ‘qualified immunity’ in excessive force cases, but may not end up paying damages out of their own pockets.
News • 12.18.2020
The Future of Policing
What do advocates mean when they call for “defunding,” “abolishing” or “reimagining” the police?
The System • 10.23.2020
One Roadblock to Police Reform: Veteran Officers Who Train Recruits
Field trainers "are part of the old guard of the department. They teach the old way of doing things."
Feature • 07.22.2020
What Are Cops Really Thinking When Routine Arrests Turn Violent?
“You have to use a lot of force, or you are going to die.”
News • 06.26.2020
Which States Are Taking on Police Reform After George Floyd?
Lawmakers in 16 states have introduced bills to improve police oversight and accountability.
News • 06.18.2020
A Major Obstacle to Police Reform: The Whiteness of Their Union Bosses
Even in the 15 largest departments where the majority of officers are people of color, only one union leader is black, our analysis shows.
Analysis • 06.10.2020
The Short, Fraught History of the ‘Thin Blue Line’ American Flag
The controversial version of the U.S. flag has been hailed as a sign of police solidarity and criticized as a symbol of white supremacy.
News • 06.08.2020
From Michael Brown to George Floyd: What We’ve Learned About Policing
Stories from The Marshall Project’s archives that shine a light on police, violence and racial inequality in America
News • 06.03.2020
Why So Many Police Are Handling the Protests Wrong
Disproportionate use of force can turn a peaceful protest violent, research shows.
News • 06.01.2020
Taking Police Reform to Trump Country
Meet Sheriff Michael Chitwood, a Yankee cop in good-ol’-boy territory.
Feature • 01.23.2018
When Backing the Blue Backfires
The DOJ’s most recent attempt to appear pro-cop actually hurts law enforcement.
Commentary • 09.20.2017
White America’s Unshakeable Confidence in the Police
A new poll says whites are as confident in the police as ever. How?
Commentary • 07.19.2017
Why Jeff Sessions Should Police the Police
Consent decrees can improve law enforcement even in cities that aren’t investigated.
Commentary • 01.30.2017
These Prosecutors Campaigned for Less Jail Time — And Won
Reform-minded candidates unseat incumbents in some races.
Crime on the Ballot • 11.09.2016
New Strategy for Justice Reform: Vote Out the DA
A battle in Tampa reflects a shift across the country.
Crime on the Ballot • 10.18.2016
Ferguson Still Haunts Missouri — And Not The Way You Might Think
The city’s unrest emerges as a wedge issue in the governor’s race.
Crime on the Ballot • 10.16.2016
Chicago’s Civilian Review Board: Will the New One Be Better?
Advocates seek more independence from police involvement.
News • 08.16.2016
Fact-checking the Democrats
A closer look at crime rates and how people really feel about police.
Analysis • 07.29.2016
Dallas’s Deputy Chief on Race, Despair, and Learning from Police Shootings
“My life has to matter, too.”
Q&A • 07.15.2016
How a Police Detective Helps Inmates Prepare to Live on the Outside
A new documentary spotlights a program that reclaims lives through writing.
Q&A • 06.01.2016
Policing the Future
In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, St. Louis cops embrace crime-predicting software.
Feature • 02.03.2016
Another Police ‘Reformer’ Takes a Fall
Chicago’s chief became a political liability.
News • 12.02.2015
Radley, DeRay, and Piper on Obama’s Conversation with The Marshall Project
Other voices from the criminal justice community weigh in.
Commentary • 10.23.2015
Top Cops and Prosecutors Form Alliance to Battle Crime and Prison Crowding
New group backs bipartisan proposals to ease drug sentencing, solitary confinement.
News • 10.21.2015
America’s Rock Star Cops
Meet the elite chiefs who revolutionized policing nationwide, for better and for worse. Now they want to do it again.
Feature • 10.16.2015
Don’t End Broken Windows Policing, Fix It
Quality of life is not just for wealthy suburbanites.
Commentary • 09.09.2015
The Rise and Fall of Anthony Batts
He was more at home at Harvard than on the streets.
Analysis • 07.10.2015
Policing the Police
As the Justice Department pushes reform, some changes don't last.
Feature • 05.26.2015
The ‘Madison Model’
A shooting death spotlights Wisconsin’s legacy of police reform.
News • 05.14.2015
Baltimore’s Polite Police Reform
The softer side of Justice Department intervention.
News • 05.02.2015