An officer is repeatedly disciplined for not turning in his police reports on time. A mom goes to the police asking for help with her missing daughters. In the fifth episode of On Our Watch, we look at what can happen when police don't follow through on reports of victimization, and an accountability process that doesn't want to examine those failures.

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Worthy of a podcastThis reminds me of serial. Well done. Great story telling.Score: 5/5

Seriously?I’ve read some slanted reporting in my life & listened to some biased opinions but this just about takes the cake. NPR as a dedicated listener I’m ashamed of you..Score: 1/5

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Vocal fryLead narrator suffers from Kardashian affliction vocal fry. Do you podcasters ever try Toastmasters?.Score: 1/5

Important. Thank you.I hope this is the beginning of much more to come. Not just more episodes of this podcast in particular, but more podcasts on this topic..Score: 5/5

Expose All Bad Cops!Most cops are pretty awful and liars, expose them all..Score: 5/5

Stories of redemption please.I enjoy the deep dive that this show takes but I often come out of it down and mistrusting the police more than I already do. I would like to hear about stories of good officers or those that learned from their mistakes. Maybe even something about a bond formed with Black or Brown people. I think adding these types of stories would give your show more range and depth..Score: 4/5

An Important and Timely PodcastWe often anecdotally hear about the blue wall of silence, or references to it. This podcast breaks down that wall in an incredibly important way. Sadly, I doubt the people who need to listen to this podcast most actually will—but it is such an informative podcast! Please keep doing this amazing work and don’t get discouraged by ignorant comments/reviews!.Score: 5/5

A must listenPolice officers have so much power. It’s imperative that they be held to the highest standard. Which is not the case in America. This podcast does a great job describing the ways in which police power can have devastating impacts on people and communities..Score: 5/5

The stories that need to be toldI personally know some very good cops, so I am of the mind that there are good and bad cops. However, being in such a position leaves a lot of room for law enforcement to take advantage of their positions and to be protected doing so. These stories need to be told and the victims deserve a voice. Thank you for doing this podcast because even if it’s hard to hear, I think it’s a very important discussion..Score: 5/5

Great PodcastSome really good reporting here. Worth listening to..Score: 5/5

Great podcastThe negative reviews are sad to see. The reporting is fair and factual. Hope to see this kind of reporting done for each state..Score: 5/5

Informative, and Intriguing, but sadI just finished binge listening to all the episodes and was extremely surprised by the findings, and the extent many of the police departments will go to cover up police officer misconduct. Although I am a black man, and I haven’t experienced or witnessed what I would classify as blatant racist treatment from by any police officer, I have always been uncomfortable around police officers because of the racist reasons for the creation of police departments in the “United States”. If you are interested in knowing what I meant by the beforementioned statement, research the topic..Score: 5/5

Educational Training Tool but Biased ReportingI have listened to a couple episodes and as a LE professional, I find this podcast educational. I plan to play a few during training and encourage officers to listen. However, the reporter is intentionally selective with her vocabulary. In California, officers’ personnel files are, by law, confidential not “secret.” I am not naive to believe there are not some in our profession that should not be. However, the vast majority of men and women in this profession are doing an exceptional job..Score: 3/5

InsightfulExcellent podcast.Score: 5/5

Try Metet MaidIf so many of these police officers are “in fear for their lives”, perhaps they should find another line of work, one in which their “fear” doesn’t end up costing someone else THEIR life..Score: 5/5

Amazing!Absolutely amazing and illuminating. The people complaining and leaving bad reviews are those unwilling to face the reality of policing in America. We can’t improve anything if we are unwilling to be honest about our failures..Score: 5/5

Important Podcast and Reminder to Support Public NewsThis podcast is informative and well researched. Everyone and anyone interested in the criminal justice system, the law, justice, policing, and safety ought to listen. Oh, and anyone paying taxes, too!.Score: 5/5

Closer to the Norm Than White Folx ExpectI’m a 31yo blk/m, from NYC, working in higher ed admin. I grew up in fear of my life around police. I’ve had weapons drawn on me by police as I walked home as a 13yo; randomly searched in my own building; beat up; and called racial slurs…my tax dollars hard at work huh? This new cast has helped me further understand police protections, and why it’s so important for us to hold each and every single officer accountable. WE THE PEOPLE pay for these folx to protect and serve us. At no time should I feel my life is in danger in the presence of law enforcement, but the sad truth is that I do/it is. I could’ve been killed multiple times by law enforcement, for doing nothing but walking and being black, in a poor neighborhood. These stories are crucial to show that law enforcement knows they are incorrect, and will still stay on the bad side if that thin blue line. Change begins with a reckoning of wrongs of the past. Well done!.Score: 5/5

I feel sorry for the copsI am totally behind BLM but I have to say that Kathryn Jenks sounds incredibly annoying. I might have shot her if I was one of the cops (just kidding). I sure hope the dog didn’t get in trouble. It seems to me that the probation cop was unfairly fired..Score: 5/5

Still love the content but the new changes are not goodBring claire malone back. Bring Perry back. I’ve been a long time listener (since 2015) but recently the show has been feeling a bit dry and rigid in structure. Have more fun and take more chances of going off on a tangent or using the polling numbers to help paint a picture of social changes. Don’t ask stupid questions about stupid polls. Get back to what you used to do!!.Score: 3/5

Important TopicGreat podcast, very informative and entertaining.Score: 5/5

Contributes to the false narrative that policing is a problemYour tax dollars at work folks. Cherry picked examples of incidents of policing, meant to further the false narrative that policing and police misconduct is a major problem in our society. Instead we should be focusing on the criminals themselves & the crimes they commit that put our valiant officers at risk. Shame on you NPR, shame..Score: 1/5

Superbly reportedA wonderful public service and excellent piece of journalism. The reporting is fair, full throated, and comprehensive. This is the top quality story telling that is so sorely missing in news media today. I highly recommend this podcast and support the journalists performing this great service. Thank you..Score: 5/5

White affluent male multiple bad police encountersGood police exist, but as an affluent white straight male I have still had multiple terrible interactions. Some people shouldn’t be police and making excuses for people bad at their job is nonsense. I have had more positive interactions than negative but I also have a lot of privilege and knowledge that helped. Transparency should be the norm when it comes to public positions. If you can’t live beyond reproach then work In the private sector..Score: 5/5

Good PodcastDeep dive into a very important topic. The host does a good job, but asks a lot of softball questions (especially in the episode on the fatal shooting of Pedie Perez). Why didn’t she ask the officer why he lied in his initial testimony about the incident? In this episode, Wally continues to buckle down on his misrepresentation of the incident and goes unchecked by the host. Listening to all the noises Wallace Jensen made while crying and whining for the entire 3rd episode was unbearable. I had to turn it off. Initially gave this podcast a 5-star review but edited to 4-stars after the 3rd episode..Score: 4/5

Fascinating and disturbingPolice misconduct gets very little scrutiny, in general, yet it is the most corrosive acid to public trust there is. Police are imbued with a total monopoly on violence and their authority goes mostly unquestioned. Not only does this harm the public on an individual level but it makes it impossible for a society have peace when there is immunity and secrecy doe the crimes of those tasked with keeping the peace. Now that we are finally seeing some small modicum of scrutiny of LEOs, the corruption and gangsterism of these institutions is revealed to be even worse than we imagined. So-called public servants who are protected by their departments for beatings, coercion, sexual harassment, drug trade, robbery, racketeering, cover-ups, spousal abuse, extortion, trafficking, stalking, rape, pedophilia, and murder. All with the tacit acquiesces of departments and their unions. If police were made to face the same justice system as civilians—particularly marginal citizens—how many would avoid jail for their crimes? Good and thorough reporting. Unsurprisingly the 1-star reviews can’t manage more than a single sentence of criticism..Score: 5/5

Not exactly an unbiased lookJust finished listening to the 2020 hindsight episode. The host seem to proceed with the standard bias of “ no matter how the suspect acts, until they shoot and kill the officer, the officer is always wrong”..Score: 2/5

The exposé that was needed!Mind blowing and eye opening. This is the podcast we all needed to hear, first-hand, the corruption that is so prevalent in law enforcement across the country. The lack of accountability for the featured officers is unbelievable. Thank you for exposing them and educating us..Score: 5/5

Excellent!The one star reviewers are not listening to this podcast and need to learn how to think critically..Score: 5/5

About timeIt is about time that we acknowledge what has been happening in our country. Our priority should be to protect our rights and safety. Protect our citizens first. Follow the code of conduct and laws of do no harm..Score: 5/5

One rotten apple spoils the bunchWe all know the one star reviews are by the cops who need to be purged from the force!.Score: 5/5

Excellent & long overdueMore like this. Please. It’s so incredible how systemic racism continues to live strong. Expose every bit of it. Thank you..Score: 5/5

5 StarsCops are very often bullies. Bullies are always cowards. Therefore cops are cowards..Score: 5/5

To protect and serveEach other and citizens, civilians to them, when it’s not inconvenient. They have the god like power of life and death over all of us and the bar is set so low it depends on nothing more than they “feared for their lives “. It is baffling to me why police believe their lives are more important than unarmed citizens. The bar should be that it is beyond question someone’s life is in grave danger and if that means more police get shot or killed that should be acceptable because the reverse side of the coin would mean fewer innocent citizens killed. When these men chose to be police they knew that this is a dangerous profession and they were choosing to put themselves in harms way for citizens and whether or not they were were afraid is irrelevant. I suspect all the dead unarmed citizens they killed were terrified..Score: 5/5

Incredible reportingIf law enforcement really wants to protect and serve, they need to open themselves up to scrutiny. This podcast serves to shed light on how poorly police actually police themselves. This is one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to... I couldn’t stop..Score: 5/5

Very well DoneGives great, sometimes terrifying insight into our nations policing..Score: 5/5

Important subject matter, and well executedI am so glad that I found this podcast. These are stories that the public needs to know.Score: 5/5

Another show that makes you think about something in policingAfter listening to the first episode, I am so proud that my local station, KQED, is part of this project. In the past year, my eyes have been further opened to police shootings of young black men. This episode opens my mind about internal investigations. Even though the victim of the abusive treatment by police was an older white woman, and the police chief of Rio Vista did everything possible to make sure the investigation was fair by hiring an expert outside of the organization, the officer who was clearly abusive still retained her job. The police chief retired because of the campaign waged by the union. The only reason her fellow officer could be fired was that he was on probation as a new officer..Score: 5/5

Press PlayI heard about this podcast while listening to Up First during my morning commute to work! I’m glad I decided to check it out! Within a few days I was all caught about! Learning about SB 1421 and how much truth this policy has helped unfold is a big eye opener! Give it a listen!.Score: 5/5

Using Police transparency law to tell stories......might chill your bones. First- thxx to Gov Newsom for having the b*lls to sign this law. Second: thxx to KQED for funding long form news reporting. Third: fair & diligent reporting with an even tone..Score: 5/5

Compelling ListeningI just spent four hours of my weekend listening to all the episodes of this podcast, and I’m quite impressed with it. Frankly, I believe the actions of LEOs needs constant public scrutiny since current society and law entrust them with so much power. It’s quite revealing to get a glimpse at how officer misconduct is handled and not handled, and so far, this program has presented both sides of that misconduct with factual support and balance, giving both sides the opportunity to contribute as good reporting should. I hope the creators of this show continue their excellent work and bring more of these disciplinary cases for us to hear while the opportunity lasts, and I say that because given the embarrassment the details of these cases can bring on departments, politicians, and city governments, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this window slammed shut at some point. It would be great to see other states follow California’s lead on this, but I’m quite sure that won’t happen in my lifetime..Score: 5/5

Cops enjoy great power and abuse itCops lie, cheat, plant evidence and provide false testimony..Score: 5/5

Compelling!!A very timely and compelling conversation! Given the extensive coverage of excessive policing in the media, I frankly thought this podcast would be more of the same. To the contrary, it was presented as a story; a well written dramatic story! Excellent podcast, indeed! Keep up the good work 👍👍.Score: 5/5

Great reportingVery informative and well researched. It is sad, but necessary, to hear..Score: 5/5

What Really HappensI am a 75 y o Caucasian male with an honorable discharge from the Army. These stories call to mind the advice one of my oldest friends gave to his daughters as they entered their teen age years. He told them that in the event one of them was ever arrested they were not to answer any questions or engage in any discussions with the police until he and an attorney were present. He explained that police were often not honest and were not to be trusted. A sheriff close to retirement once told me that the biggest problem he faced throughout his long career was trying to discern who would be a good deputy from those who would abuse their power. Your program offers very good insight into what really happens doing what often begin as routine encounters with law enforcement officers. The nation would benefit from a study stream of such programs to highlight the frequent abuses by law enforcement and subsequent cover ups of these abuses. Urge you to keep up with these investigations..Score: 5/5

I’M SO GLAD!I’m so glad guys like you exist. These situations are so rampant it’s unbelievable. I find it so ironic that these cops are so “SORRY” after they’re caught..Score: 5/5

TB WOODLANDBest reporting on the issues regarding the police and society that I have ever listened to. Incredibly balanced and thoroughly and meticulously researched..Score: 5/5

WOWI cannot say enough about this podcast. I am so happy that these things are being brought to the surface. Policing has been a problem for far too long and to hear just what happens behind the scenes is gut wrenching. I have to pause frequently because I get angry and upset but these stories are worth the listen.Score: 5/5

Finally an NPR show like thisBlue lives matter trolls are lighting up the ratings - pay no heed. Positive bias media about the cops infuses ALL corners of news and pop culture TV already. It’s telling that Blue Lives folks light up when that propaganda line isn’t followed. This sort of analytical critical look infuses some pods but nothing as “mainstream” as NPR. Please NPR, continue funding this type of reporting..Score: 5/5

Well doneWell researched and not biased. Just showing what is happening..Score: 5/5

GreatOther people asking for stories of good cops are hilarious. This podcast made me hate police even more than I already do. Thats the point. The police should be defunded and wiped off of this earth..Score: 5/5

More Please!My only complaint is there aren’t more of these! I love the information and the way it’s done. Thank you.Score: 5/5

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ListenOn Our Watch is gripping journalism. This excellent podcast exposes the rotten state of US policing and the shocking lack of accountability for police killings and beatings. Listen!.Score: 5/5

Shameless biased propagandaShameless biased propaganda..Score: 1/5

Informative & Necessary.Thank you for creating this brilliant content. On Our Watch expertly sheds light on internal police processes that have been obfuscated and intentionally steeped in mystery for so long. Not only is the storytelling of the usual high caliber I’ve come to expect of NPR, but the exposing nature of this show is necessary listening for those who hold justice in high regard. Excellent stuff, and thanks for being my buddy through Melbourne lockdown!.Score: 5/5

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On Our Watch Podcast Episodes

Neglect of Duty

An officer is repeatedly disciplined for not turning in his police reports on time. A mom goes to the police asking for help with her missing daughters. In the fifth episode of On Our Watch, we look at what can happen when police don't follow through on reports of victimization, and an accountability process that doesn't want to examine those failures.

Perceived Threat

A 16-year-old Black kid walks into a gas station in Stockton, Calif. to buy gummy worms for his little sister. When the teen gets in an argument with the clerk over a damaged dollar bill, a white officer in plainclothes decides to intervene — with force. In the fourth episode of On Our Watch, we trace the ripple effects of this incident over the next 10 years in a department trying to address racism and bias. But can the chief's efforts at truth and reconciliation work when the accountability process seems to ignore the truth?

20-20 Hindsight

After his son is shot and killed by a Richmond, Calif. police officer, a father looking for answers becomes a police transparency advocate. When the files about his son's death are released, they show an accountability system that seems to hang on one question: did the officer fear for their life? And in a rare interview, we hear from the officer who pulled the trigger.

Conduct Unbecoming

One officer in Los Angeles used car inspections to hit on women. In the San Francisco Bay Area, another woman says an officer used police resources to harass and stalk her. The California Highway Patrol quietly fired both of them for sexual harassment, but never looked into whether their misconduct was criminal. The second episode of On Our Watch examines the system of accountability for officers who abuse their power for sex and exposes where that system falls short.

In Good Faith

In the small Northern California town of Rio Vista, a woman named Katheryn Jenks calls 911 for help. But after the police arrive, she ends up injured and inside a jail cell, facing serious charges. That same day, California Governor Jerry Brown signs a new law, State Senate Bill 1421, that opens up long hidden records of police misconduct, including files that might change the outcome of Jenks' case.

Introducing On Our Watch from NPR and KQED

What happens to police officers who use excessive force, tamper with evidence or sexually harass someone? In California, internal affairs investigations were kept secret from the public — until a recent transparency law unsealed thousands of files. On Our Watch is a limited-run podcast from NPR and KQED that brings you into the rooms where officers are interrogated and witnesses are questioned to find out who the system of police accountability really serves, and who it protects. New episodes drop weekly, starting Thursday, May 20.

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