Piper Vaughn
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Piper Vaughn is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder, majoring in journalism with a minor in English. She has been a staff writer for The Bold, a student-run publication, for three years and has been the editor of the arts and entertainment section for two years. Vaughn also has reported on multimedia journalism projects and specializes in broadcast journalism.

Police de-escalation training downsizes use of force

INDIANAPOLIS – As departments across the country implement de-escalation techniques into their training curriculums, researchers cite it as one of the most sought-after types of police reform. But activists say more must be done.

Paul Goodrich, a recruit with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, addresses field training officer Andrew Lamle during an exercise called Unknown Traffic Stop on Friday, July 8, 2022, while field training officer Joseph Dransfield looks on. It simulates real-life scenarios officers often encounter in the field. (Photo by Mikey Galo/News21)

‘Back the Blue’ laws protect police, expand qualified immunity from lawsuits

ALTOONA, Iowa – After the nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, states have enacted laws to protect police under hate crime law, cementing qualified immunity from lawsuits and, in Arizona, a limit on filming police that has drawn controversy.

Police Capt. Mike McKelvey walks to his police vehicle in Mason City, Iowa. He says he appreciates the state’s Back the Blue Act but thinks more attention should be paid to officer retention and salaries. (Photo by Sarah Emily Baum/News21)

Police unions play multiple roles in reform efforts

MADISON, Wisc. – The power dynamic with some police unions has shifted – whether by choice or force. Some union leaders have tried to lead change, others have made concessions and some are fighting to maintain their power.

Battle for police reform has been fought for decades

OAKLAND, Calif. – Activists are pushing for police reform, building on the struggles of the past to improve the future of policing in the U.S. To long-time activist Elaine Brown in Oakland, that means being willing to risk your job, to consistently confront the uncomfortable.

Marion Gray-Hopkins visits the resting place of her son, Gary Hopkins Jr,. at the Fort Lincoln Funeral Home & Cemetery in Brentwood, Maryland. The 19-year-old was shot and killed by a police officer in 1999. (Photo by Dianie Chavez/News21)