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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.

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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.

    How to make sure you go home and not to jail—A civil rights attorney shares the ugly truth.

    How to make sure you go home and not to jail—A civil rights attorney shares the ugly truth.

    Read the transcript of this podcast: https://therealnews.com/how-to-make-sure-you-go-home-and-not-to-jail-a-civil-rights-attorney-shares-the-ugly-truth

    The small town of Loveland, Colorado, has found itself in the national spotlight due to the wanton brutality and corruption of its police department. In June 2020, Loveland police violently arrested Karen Garner, a 73-year-old woman with dementia. Garner suffered a broken arm and dislocated shoulder. Later, footage revealed Loveland officers laughing as they reviewed the video of Garner's arrest. This spring, another victim of the Loveland Police Department, Harris Elias, filed a lawsuit alleging he had been unlawfully arrested on DUI charges despite being "completely sober." These and other cases demonstrate a pattern of disturbing practices within the department that incentivize brutality and lawbreaking, including a monthly quota of DUI arrests that officers try to meet by any means necessary. In this special podcast edition of the Police Accountability Report, civil rights attorney Sarah Schielke joins Taya Graham to explore just how deep the corruption goes in Loveland and to discuss the ongoing fight to hold Loveland police accountable.

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    • 36 min
    A cop pulled them over for a minor infraction, then the encounter took a bizarre turn

    A cop pulled them over for a minor infraction, then the encounter took a bizarre turn

    The story of one Minnesota couple's ongoing problems with police provides a pointed example of the systematic overpolicing of rural communities across the country. In this episode of the Police Accountability Report, hosts Taya Graham and Stephen Janis describe the couple's most recent encounter with cops, then they provide updates on a number of previous investigations into police overreach that they are committed to following.

    Read the transcript of this episode: https://therealnews.com/a-cop-pulled-them-over-for-a-minor-infraction-then-the-encounter-took-a-bizarre-turn

    Pre-Production/Studio: Stephen Janis
    Post-Production: Adam Coley

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    • 11 min
    Cops stopped him from filming a traffic stop, but changed their tune when they went to court

    Cops stopped him from filming a traffic stop, but changed their tune when they went to court

    Qualified immunity is a legal precedent that has allowed cops to evade accountability for violating civil rights for decades. But recent arguments in front of the federal circuit appeals court by two cop watchers could bring that precedent to an end. The Police Accountability Report examines how the actions taken by police in Lakeland, Colorado, to prevent First Amendment activists Liberty Freak and Eric Brandt from filming a seemingly routine traffic stop could could lead to a legal showdown that might make it easier to hold police accountable.

    Read the transcript of this podcast: https://therealnews.com/cops-stopped-him-from-filming-a-traffic-stop-but-changed-their-tune-when-they-went-to-court

    Pre-Production/Studio: Stephen Janis
    Post-Production: Adam Coley

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    • 23 min
    Cops arrested him for filming in public, but the case took a bizarre turn in court

    Cops arrested him for filming in public, but the case took a bizarre turn in court

    The arrest of a Texas cop watcher for filming in public is the most recent chilling example of how law enforcement across the country is attempting to roll back auditors' First Amendment rights. Jack Miller, also known as Texas Sheepdog, was filming outside the Olmos Park, Texas, City Hall when police arrested and charged him with multiple crimes. The ensuing five-day trial and jury verdict reveal that citizens' ability to film in public is facing new obstacles and concerted pushback from the government.

    Read the transcript of this podcast: https://therealnews.com/cops-arrested-him-for-filming-in-public-but-things-took-a-bizarre-turn-when-the-case-went-to-court

    Pre-Production/Studio: Stephen Janis
    Post-Production: Adam Coley

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    • 25 min
    He called cops for help; they broke down his door and arrested him instead

    He called cops for help; they broke down his door and arrested him instead

    When a Minnesota couple called the police to intervene in a dispute with a neighbor they said was harassing them, they didn’t expect that they would be the ones to get raided and arrested. That’s precisely what happened, however, and the ordeal has left them questioning the motives of law enforcement in rural Minnesota; moreover, it has raised questions about how police in rural areas employ tactics that are not just difficult to explain, but often just as aggressive and dangerous as their urban counterparts. PAR breaks down the sequence of events that prompted police in this small rural town to conduct a swat-style raid on the people who called them for help.

    Read the transcript of this podcast: https://therealnews.com/he-called-cops-for-help-they-broke-down-his-door-and-arrested-him-instead

    Pre-Production/Studio: Stephen Janis
    Post-Production: Stephen Janis, Adam Coley

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    • 27 min
    Police Accountability Report: How a small-town police department in WV is fleecing its citizens

    Police Accountability Report: How a small-town police department in WV is fleecing its citizens

    In this special investigative livestream, Police Accountability Report hosts Stephen Janis and Taya Graham discuss some of their findings from their ongoing investigation into the town of Milton, West Virginia.

    Milton first came to our attention with the arrest of Cody Cecil, a Michigan man whose trailer was raided by Milton police while parked in a private campground. But a series of successive investigative reports have produced mounting evidence of overzealous ticket writing and exorbitant court fees that raised even more questions about the town. In this special livestream episode, Graham and Janis report on some of their latest findings about the city, its police department, and a questionable deal to build a luxury hotel with the help of taxpayers.

    Read the transcript of this podcast: https://therealnews.com/police-accountability-report-how-a-small-town-police-department-in-wv-is-fleecing-its-citizens

    Pre-Production/Studio: Cameron Granadino, Adam Coley

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