Terrell Hargraves, one of the subjects of the Reveal investigation.

Terrell Hargraves, one of the subjects of the Reveal investigation.

Is yelling at a police officer an assault? In D.C., the answer seems to be yes. A WAMU report, in partnership with the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and “Reveal” from the Center for Investigative Reporting, probes when and how D.C. cops charge people with assaulting a police officer–and why almost all of those charged are black. We ask what the prevalence of this assault charge says about police-community relations and look at new efforts to narrow the definition of assaulting an officer.


  • Patrick Madden Reporter, WAMU 88.5 News
  • Seema Sadanandan Policy and Advocacy Director, ACLU of the Nation's Capital
  • Ronald Hampton Retired D.C. Police Officer; Former Executive Director of the National Black Police Association
  • Christina Davidson Reporter, Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication

"Assault" Against Police Called Into Question After Video

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