Marshall Project Originals
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."
Your Zoom Interrogation Is About To Start
COVID-19 is changing how police question suspects and witnesses—for the better, some argue.
What Are Cops Really Thinking When Routine Arrests Turn Violent?
“You have to use a lot of force, or you are going to die.”
Which States Are Taking on Police Reform After George Floyd?
Lawmakers in 16 states have introduced bills to improve police oversight and accountability.
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.
Support For Defunding The Police Department Is Growing. Here’s Why It’s Not A Silver Bullet.
Past budget cuts have had unintended consequences. Now, proponents say it’s time to fundamentally reimagine the role of the police.
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.
Masks On, Fists Up: Scenes from New York City’s Protests Against Police Violence
Some of the city’s most famous streets, emptied by the pandemic, fill with demonstrators and police in riot gear.
One Way To Deal With Cops Who Lie? Blacklist Them, Some DAs Say
Newly elected prosecutors won’t take cases from unreliable officers—but are these no-call lists fair?
Why Police Should Embrace Communities—Not Shut Them Out
A former police chief on why the job should be more than “runnin’ and gunnin’.”
Chicago Cop Jason Van Dyke's Record Was a Warning Sign
Can the conviction of Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke finally force policing into the 21st century?
Police Recruiters Have a Few Questions
Have you ever run away from home? What’s your most unusual sex act?
The Video Doesn’t Lie — Even If the Officer Did
A retired police officer reflects on the Jason Van Dyke verdict.
The Real BlacKkKlansman - And Other KKK Infiltrators
Spike Lee’s Hero is Not the First Black Person to Breach the Klan — Or the Most Effective.
Corey Williams About to Walk Free in Louisiana
A sudden plea deal ends a decades-long fight in a capital murder case.
Policing a City in Crisis
In ‘Flint Town’, a new documentary series on Netflix, cops wrestle with broken bonds with their community.
Taking Police Reform to Trump Country
Meet Sheriff Michael Chitwood, a Yankee cop in good-ol’-boy territory.
How Bad Apples Spoil the Whole Bunch
When a ‘hot cop’ proves himself a bad apple, police should hold him accountable, not close ranks.
White America’s Unshakeable Confidence in the Police
A new poll says whites are as confident in the police as ever. How?
After Creating Danger, Can Cops Use Force with Impunity?
A recent Supreme Court decision left open that possibility. That’s bad for the public, and for police.
Chicago’s Ousted Top Cop Talks to Common About Race, Guns and Mistrust
A new docu-series, ‘America Divided,’ explores inequality, issue by issue.
Chicago’s Civilian Review Board: Will the New One Be Better?
Advocates seek more independence from police involvement.
Dallas’s Deputy Chief on Race, Despair, and Learning from Police Shootings
“My life has to matter, too.”
Should Hard-line Prosecutors Be Nervous?
After voters oust two prosecutors for failing to hold police accountable, maybe.
How Much Do You Remember About the Rodney King Beating and Riots?
Twenty-five years ago, the first viral video captured police brutality and shook the nation.
Fixing the Jail Where Kalief Browder was Held
Former corrections chief Martin Horn has some ideas for Rikers Island.
‘People Forget that We Are Human Beings.’
A New York City cop of over 20 years on the media’s ignorance, the benefits of stop-and-frisk, and why he wishes he could live in New Jersey.