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Capitalism and Militarized Policing: A Perfect Match

Militarized Policing and Corruption: A Perfect Match

March 19, 2019

A recent string of police scandals reveals how heavy-handed policing and monetized misery work in tandem to exacerbate the country’s entrenched social ills

Could a National Legal Pot Law Finally Happen?

Could a National Legal Pot Law Finally Happen?

March 4, 2019

With Cory Booker’s proposal to legalize marijuana on a federal level, TRNN looks at the current politics surrounding legalization in the nation’s capital and statehouses across the country to see if the time has finally come for a federal law to decriminalize pot

How Profit Makes Policing Immune to Reform

How Profit Makes Policing Immune to Reform

March 1, 2019

TRNN takes a closer look at recent efforts to reform one of the most corrupt police departments in the country, and how even the dysfunction fuels profit for law enforcement in general

Police Investigating Themselves Leads to Predictable Results

Police Investigating Themselves Leads to Predictable Results

February 27, 2019

A deeper look at how police influence investigations into in-custody deaths, and what activists are trying to do to reform it. A discussion between Jacqueline Luqman, Stephen Janis, and Taya Graham

Are the Deaths of These Black Men in Police Custody Really Accidents?

Are the Deaths of These Black Men in Police Custody Really Accidents?

February 20, 2019

A TRNN investigation looks at several cases of African-American men who died in police custody that were ruled accidents or due to natural causes, but outside experts argued were in fact the result of an aggressive police tactic

City Gave 8 Cops License to Terrorize Residents, Now Officials Say They're Not Responsible

City Gave 8 Cops License to Terrorize Residents, Now Officials Say They’re Not Responsible

February 19, 2019

As fall-out from the Gun Trace Task Force continues to unfold in Baltimore, top city officials are saying the officers were acting outside the scope of their employment and cannot be held liable for robbing and falsely arresting hundreds of residents

Pressure Mounts on Prosecutor to Drop Controversial Case Against Black Police Chief

Pressure Mounts on Prosecutor to Drop Controversial Case Against Black Police Chief

February 4, 2019

After the Maryland Court of Special Appeals overturned the misconduct conviction of Pocomoke’s first black police chief Kelvin Sewell, the ACLU of Maryland submitted a petition urging Special Prosecutor Emmitt Davitt not to retry the case

Surveillance Video, Independent Forensic Expert Raise Fresh Questions about Anton Black's Death in Police Custody?

Surveillance Video, Independent Forensic Expert Raise Fresh Questions about Anton Black’s Death in Police Custody?

January 31, 2019

The video, along with a independent analysis of the autopsy report by an outside forensic pathologist, reveal a different depiction of events that lead to the death of 19-year-old Anton Black in police custody

Women Say Unity, Not Strife, Define 2019 March

Women Say Unity, Not Strife, Define 2019 March

January 20, 2019

As women gathered across the country to march in protest for the third straight year, participants say fighting for equality and inclusiveness transcends the mainstream media’s obsession with internal squabbles

A Mother Watched Her Son Die in Police Custody, Now She Says the Town is Covering it up

A Mother Watched Her Son Die in Police Custody, Now She Says the Town is Covering it up

January 17, 2019

Anton Black died after he was tasered and placed in a chokehold just outside his home, 4 months ago. Police have released little information to the family or the community about why his encounter with a controversial officer they fought to keep off the force ended with his death.