Conducting hundreds of interviews during the course of over one year reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland; and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today.
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Three minutes in Middle America shook a nation to its foundation. To many, it shone a spotlight on the frequently violent, often deadly interactions between young men of color and police departments. It highlighted the racial disparity in policing techniques, in response to crime, and in how race relations are perceived in an America where many incorrectly pride the country on being "post-racial."
The Justice Department is pushing in the waning days of the Obama administration to cement major police reform agreements in Baltimore and Chicago, mindful that President-elect Donald Trump and his chosen attorney general are far less likely to impose change on local law enforcement when they take over.
"Elizabeth Warren Just Gave the Speech That Black Lives Matter Activists Have Been Waiting For" is from the September 29, 2015 Politics and Power section of The Washington Post. It was written by Wesley Lowery and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Police Group: Minn. Governor 'Exploited What Was Already a Horrible and Tragic Situation'" is from the July 09, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by T. Rees Shapiro, Lindsey Bever, Wesley Lowery and Michael E. Miller and narrated by Jill Melancon.
Police in Oklahoma released video footage Monday that shows a white Tulsa police officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man - footage that the city’s police chief called “very disturbing.”
In 2015, The Washington Post launched an unprecedented effort to account for every fatal shooting by an officer of the law. Their study has motivated the FBI to action, and changed the way we think of those who serve and protect. After a police officer shot and killed a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, the media began to pay greater attention to deadly interactions between black men and the law.
"The Chicago Shootings and Why so Many Police Calls Involving the Mentally Ill End in Death" is from the World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Peter Holley and Wesley Lowery and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Black Lives Matter Protesters Attempt to Interrupt Clinton Speech in Atlanta" is from the November 01, 2015 Politics and Power section of The Washington Post. It was written by Vanessa Williams and Wesley Lowery and narrated by Jill Melancon.
"Black Lives Matter Leader DeRay Mckesson Arrested in Baton Rouge on a Night of Tension and Protests" is from the July 10, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Fenit Nirappil, Wesley Lowery, Robert Samuels and T. Rees Shapiro and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Aren't More White People Than Black People Killed by Police? Yes, but No" is from the July 11, 2016 Politics section of The Washington Post. It was written by Wesley Lowery and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
"'My Demons Won Today': Ohio Activist's Suicide Spotlights Depression among Black Lives Matter Leaders" is from the U.S. section of The Washington Post. It was written by Wesley Lowery and Kevin Stankiewicz and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Justice Department Will Launch Investigation into Practices of Chicago Police" is from the Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sari Horwitz, Ellen Nakashima and Wesley Lowery and narrated by Sam Scholl.
The call went out in Portland on Thursday, summoning the people in the Rose City to the streets. “It’s now or never,” read the Facebook posting from a group, Portland’s Resistance, that was announcing a protest for that night. “We need to resist the Trump agenda!”
A confrontation involving an anti-Donald Trump protester in Portland ended in gunfire Saturday, sending the demonstrator to the hospital amid dozens of sometimes violent protests in the wake of Trump’s victory in the presidential election.