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National & Civic Issues: Police in the Community

Central Research Question: Should the police be monitered?

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Articles with Reading Levels: 7.0-7.9
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Articles with Reading Levels: 8.0-8.9

Article Name: New Film Focuses on Problems of Police Violence and Racism in Society
Source: Agence France-Presse via Newsela (Newsela staff version 900)
Author: Michel Comte
Date Published: September 21, 2018 
Guiding Question: What are some potential impacts of a police shooting on a community?
Grade Level: 7.1

Article Name: Police Department to Get More Body Cameras Following Shooting
Source: Washington Post via Newsela (Newsela staff version 1040)
Author: Wesley Lowery and Elahe Izadi
Date Published: April 10, 2015
Guiding Question: Will body cameras make a difference in the number of police shootings?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: Ferguson’s Police and Courts Targeted African-Americans, Report Says
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Newsela (Newsela staff version 1010)
Author: Stephen Deere and Chuck Raasch
Date Published: March 5, 2015
Guiding Question: Did the Ferguson police department unfairly target its black community?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: Obama Calls for More “Fair and Just Law Enforcement”
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Newsela staff version 1070)
Author: Nedra Picker and Eric Tucker
Date Published: March 4, 2015
Guiding Question: What steps can police take to rebuild trust in their communities?
Grade Level: 7.0

Article Name: Arizona Police Officer is No Match for Unflinching 12-year Old Journalist
Source: Washington Post via Newsela (Newsela staff version 950)
Author: Antonia Noori Farzen
Date Published: March 6, 2019 
Guiding Question: What are some rights you have when interacting with police officers in your community? 
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: LAPD Helicopters Let Criminals Know the Skies Have Eyes
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Newsela staff version 1100)
Author: Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Date Published: March 15, 2015
Guiding Question: Does using helicopters to fight crime increase safety, or just invade privacy?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: In Wake of Lethal Confrontations, Police and Young Black Men Try Talking
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Newsela staff version 1140)
Author: David Zucchino
Date Published: February 8, 2015
Guiding Question: Can proactive dialogue between police and black men save lives?
Grade Level: 8.0

Article Name: Bracing for a New Civil Rights Movement
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Newsela staff version 1110)
Author: Tina Susman
Date Published: December 8, 2014
Guiding Question: Are the “black lives matter” protests the beginning of a new civil rights movement?
Grade Level: 8.0

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Article Name: Police Killing of Unarmed Black Man Sparks Protests, Investigation
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Newsela staff version 600)
Author: Victoria Kim
Date Published: March 29, 2018 
Guiding Question: How have body cameras impacted how police interact with the community? 
Grade Level: 5.2

Article Name: Many Agree Police Body Cameras are a Good Idea, but the Cost Is a Struggle
Source: via Newsela (Newsela staff version 940)
Author: Jake Grovum
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Guiding Question: Should the police be monitored?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: Working in Secret, This Federal Unit Helps Communities Solve Conflict
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Newsela (Newsela staff version 950)
Author: David Hunn
Date Published: October 16, 2014
Guiding Question: Can government mediators bring peace to places like Ferguson?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: Some Police Departments Say Body Cameras are a Big Success
Source: McClatchy-Tribune via Newsela (Newsela staff version 790)
Author: Richard A. Serrano and Joel Rubin
Date Published: September 3, 2014
Guiding Question: Should the police be monitored?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: Police Body Cameras: Top 3 Pros and Cons
Author: N/A
Date Published: May 25, 2018
Guiding Question: Should the police wear body cameras?
Grade Level: 11.7

Article Name: The Pros and Cons of Police Body Cameras
Source: ABC 15
Author: Joe Bartels
Date Published: August 5, 2015
Guiding Question: Should the police be monitored?
Grade Level: 10.7

Article Name: Of All U.S. Police Shootings, One-Quarter Reportedly Involve the Mentally Ill
Source: National Public Radio
Author: Eric Westervelt
Date Published: July 4, 2015
Guiding Question: Why are mentally ill people so often the victims of police violence?
Grade Level: 11.0

Article Name: LA Police Unit Intervenes to Get Mentally Ill Treatment, Not Jail Time
Source: National Public Radio
Author: Stephanie O'Neill
Date Published: July 4, 2015
Guiding Question: Is sending mentally ill people to treatment instead of to jail working?
Grade Level: 10.8

Article Name: Nationwide Crime Spike has Law Enforcement Retooling Its Approach
Source: National Public Radio
Author: Martin Kaste
Date Published: July 1, 2015
Guiding Question: In trying to prevent violence, is the LAPD being too aggressive?
Grade Level: 11.0