Reveal: Law and Disorder

(Rochester, NY) – Reveal, airing Sunday, May 3 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370, presents three special segments. In segement one, Reveal and Center for Public Integrity investigate why more minorities and kids with special needs are ending up with felony charges for acting out in school. Segement two traces how people are piecing together semi-automatic weapons from gun parts they buy on eBay. Segment three looks to uncover a toxic aspect of being a police officer.

More on the segments:

One: From Detention to Detainment in Virginia
Have you ever walked or driven by a school and seen a police officer stationed on campus? That’s probably a “school resource officer.” He or she is there to – ostensibly – keep the criminal element at bay (i.e., protect the students from drugs, guns and gangs). Increasingly, though, these officers are being brought in to deal with discipline issues. Some kids aren’t coming home just with suspensions, but also criminal charges. And a disproportionate number of students referred to cops and courts are minorities and special needs children. Susan Ferriss from The Center for Public Integrity heads to Lynchburg, Virginia, to speak with one family whose 11-year-old son, who has autism, was charged with disorderly conduct and felony assault based on incidents at school – one of which resulted in the boy being taken to the juvenile courthouse in handcuffs.

Two: DIY guns? There's a Site for That
Reveal reporter Matt Drange has been looking at how easy it’s been for sellers to list assault weapon parts on eBay and decided to see if he could get his hands on some using the site.

Three: Dirty Shooting Ranges Poison Police
As you’d expect, armed law enforcement officers are required to keep their sharp-shooting skills, well, sharp. This means they must spend time at firing ranges for routine training sessions. But while firearms training is meant to keep both the police and the public safe, it actually poses a hazard to the officers themselves.

For over a year, The Seattle Times has been investigating how people shooting at dirty gun ranges across the U.S. have suffered from lead poisoning. Sometimes, they’ve lost feeling in their hands and feet. Other times, they’ve been too tired to get out of bed. Police are especially at risk because they have to go to gun ranges to keep their jobs. We hear from a corrections officer who got sick, and we talk to the family of an officer who died after a weeklong training session. We also look at steps firing ranges can take to prevent lead exposure.

Pictured: Kayleb Moon-Robinson, who has autism, had barely started sixth grade in Lynchburg, Va., when he faced criminal charges for acting out in school.

Credit: Charlie Archambault/The Center for Public Integrity

 


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