Since the murder of George Floyd by police, there has been renewed attention to police misconduct and growing momentum for holding law enforcement accountable. But journalists struggle to get access to public records that could be used to reveal police conduct. The outcome of police discipline proceedings across the country are among our nation's best kept secrets.
The hour will feature tips from:
- WAMU reporter Martin Austermuhle
- Baltimore public defender Deborah Katz Levi
- Maryland State Sen. Will Smith
- Moderator: veteran reporter Miranda Spivack
Program participants will learn:
- How to find sources for records disclosure laws in your state, including understanding how to ensure that the law enforcement agencies you cover are complying with disclosure laws and regulations
- What to do if law enforcement agencies refuse to disclose anything, citing pending investigations
- How to find records involving police misconduct
- Story ideas for covering law enforcement
- How to get help when you are stonewalled
Journalists across the country will gain an understanding of the national trends and issues, how to localize stories, and what they can do to unearth these records across the country.
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