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Media Roundtable: USA Today investigation finds widespread retaliation against police whistleblowers

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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we discuss a USA Today investigation about law enforcement agencies around the country that threaten and retaliate against internal whistleblowers who expose misconduct by their fellow officers.

The investigation, Behind the Blue Wall of Silence, documents how law enforcement agencies respond when one of their own exposes police corruption, brutality or other misconduct. Reporters found systemic, unchecked retaliation at departments large and small across the country.


Gina Barton, award winning investigative reporter for USA TODAY covering criminal justice

Web Resources:

USA Today: Behind the Blue Wall of Silence

USA Today: Dead rats, death threats, destroyed careers. How law enforcement punishes its whistleblowers

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.