Tear down these walls

The following essay by Charles Lewis is excerpted from a new book, “Global Teamwork: The Rise of Collaboration in Investigative Journalism,” edited by Richard Sambrook and published by the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford. The future potential for increased collaborative research and journalism is enormous and exciting to imagine. And the dynamics driving …

Paper target

Shot and Killed by Police

Police fatally shot 987 people last year, or two dozen more than they killed in 2016, according to an ongoing Washington Post database project that tracks the fatal shootings. Since 2015, The Post has logged the details of 2,945 shooting deaths, culled from local news coverage, public records and social-media reports.

Police cars

Still on the Force

The New Orleans department has long been attempting to reform its ranks and shed a troubled past. In the past decade, the department has fired or otherwise pushed out at least 248 officers. Of those forced out, 53 have been hired by other police departments.

Gene Gibbons

When cops are fired

In August of 2017, The Washington Post reported that since 2006 police chiefs at 37 of the nation’s largest police departments have been forced to rehire more than 450 officers, or nearly a quarter of the officers they have fired for misconduct.

Kangaroos

The Kangaroo Hunt

The decades-old process of managing kangaroo populations through hunts and selling the meat and skins is controversial. Australia’s state governments set annual quotas to regulate how many kangaroos can be killed each year, but some ecologists and animal-advocacy organizations say the hunts are inhumane, not sustainable or necessary.

Opioids

The Opioid Epidemic

In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets. A Washington Post investigation.

Hand-drawn posters

The New Americans

More than 3,000 refugees resettled in San Diego County during federal fiscal 2016, leading some in the community to question whether area schools with limited resources could deliver on the refugee dream of a quality education for all in America.