I Cover Cops as an Investigative Reporter. Here Are Five Ways You Can Start Holding Your Department Accountable.
Police culture can be insular and tough to penetrate, but the public can hold law enforcement accountable.
Here are important methods and context you need to know.
by Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press
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This article was produced in partnership with the Asbury Park Press, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network
The death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis has drawn historic levels of interest in police misconduct and drawn condemnation from law enforcement leaders nationwide.
As a reporter covering law enforcement for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, and now in partnership with ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, I use investigative reporting techniques to strengthen police accountability. Other journalists do the same. But, in truth, any citizen can apply the same methods to ensure the law enforcement system they’re funding is serving them well.
Police culture can be insular and tough to penetrate. But I’ve been surprised by how often it’s possible, though time consuming, to expose ...