On Our Watch


On Our Watch


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You know the refrain. With each new scandal involving law enforcement, another horrific video of misconduct, evidence of assault, or act of fatal negligence, police officials tell the public: "We're investigating."But what really happens inside those internal investigations that promise accountability?For decades, the process for how police police themselves has been inconsistent, if not opaque. In some states, like California, these proceedings were completely hidden behind a wall of official secrecy. After a new police transparency law unsealed scores of internal affairs files, NPR and KQED reporters set out to examine these cases and the shadow world of...

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Score: 5

Jess Joho • Mashable Jun 19, 2021

"With essential and fearlessly rigorous reporting, the team goes beyond the more widely known forms of police brutality to reveal more endemic issues, ones that intersect with ableism and other types of violence such as sexual harassment and assault. It's as much a podcast highlighting injustice as it is a call for supporting the investigative (especially local) reporting that is usually our greatest (sometimes only) weapon to demand the truth. …"

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