The Police Accountability Report

The Police Accountability Report

PAR is a weekly show that seeks to hold one of the most powerful institutions in this country accountable, policing. To do so we will take a critical look at all facets of American policing, exploring both the systemic and political imperatives that often puts law enforcement at odds with the communities they purport to serve.... Show More

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February 22, 2021 18 min
While the nation suffers a opioid addiction crisis fueled by profit-hungry pharmaceutical companies, police in a small Pennsylvania town arrested a woman for taking a widely prescribed treatment for opiate addiction while driving.

In this week's PAR, Stephen Janis and Taya Graham examine the case of Dawn Williams. We explore what this case reveals about the ongoing war on drugs and how law enforcement continues to criminalize fa...
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A single dad goes camping with his kids and ends up in handcuffs; Then, PAR talks with Otto the Watchdog, a cop watcher who says he has been targeted for harassment for his First Amendment activities.

PAR continues its ongoing reporting on an often-overlooked phenomenon: the growth of overpolicing and mass incarceration in rural communities. In this episode, we examine in detail the arrest of a Texas cop watcher who was charged for ...
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Nick Pettit was assaulted by Columbus, Ohio, police for filming a botched raid. We investigated on his behalf, and now evidence gathered by PAR is part of an ACLU lawsuit against the police department that violated his constitutional rights.

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Known for his role in the Occupy Denver movement and his controversial, even profane, manner of exercising his First Amendment rights, Eric Brandt has been arrested roughly 200 times while protesting police brutality and advocating for reform. But he's also quietly racked up key victories in court.

Brandt is a well-known, albeit controversial, figure in the cop watching community and beyond. His tactics may be abrasive, but have...
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In this episode of the Police Accountability Report, we tell the story of Kelvin Sewell, the first Black police chief of Pocomoke City, a small town on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore. When Sewell tried to fight back against a notorious drug unit that was raiding his town and wreaking havoc in the Black community, both he and the people he served faced devastating consequences.

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In the small town of Talking Rock, Georgia, a man was supposedly stopped for avoiding a roadblock, had his car searched without consent, and was arrested for having balding tires. But residents say the story of gross overpolicing in their area goes much deeper.

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Documents obtained by PAR reveal that medical waivers allowing police to administer Ketamine to arrest subjects are based upon questionable medical diagnoses.

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The arrest and prosecution of Texas resident Randal Thompson for drugs found in a car he bought at a police auction renew allegations of police profiteering and entrapment.

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Disabled free speech activist Blind Justice has been held in solitary confinement for a failure to appear charge, while George Floyd's alleged murderer Derek Chauvin was released from prison.

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The latest charges against a Baltimore police officer for assault and misconduct highlight the inability of police to police themselves. And we analyze the exceptional privileges afforded to officers by a special set of laws: the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill Of Rights.

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Retired cardiac surgeon Dr. David Allen discusses being targeted for asset forfeiture because he supports legal marijuana and medical research into cannabis.

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Police Accountability Report Podcast - Episode 1

Colorado Councilwoman Anita Springsteen speaks out against the use of Ketamine to subdue her partner during an arrest and leads a crusade to put a moratorium on Ketamine usage across the state.

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Police Accountability Report Podcast - Episode 1
The limits of the First Amendment are put to the test by veteran Eric Brandt, a cop watcher and member of the Occupy Denver Movement. PAR investigates how a FOX News affiliate may have worked on behalf of prosecutors charging Brandt.
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