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Joseph Darius Jaafari, Reporter

Joseph Darius Jaafari
Joseph Darius Jaafari is a staff writer for the PA Post. His work covering crime, the military and LGBTQ issues has been featured in The Marshall Project, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Atlantic and The New York Times. He is a graduate of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced for VICE and The New York Post. He is a native Arizonan and infamous for his love of tacos.

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Reading the fine print of police use-of-force policies

What citizens should know about how police are trained
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Police use of force and the public’s right to know

Too many Pa. police depts. won't publish use-of-force policies
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Some police departments say publicizing use-of-force policies builds trust. Others say the public can’t be trusted

Killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day heightens calls for transparency in how police in Pennsylvania are trained
By Joseph Darius Jaafari and Ed Mahon

Fear of flying in the summer of coronavirus

Fight the virus by wearing a mask!
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

What the ‘defund the police’ movement overlooks

It's not a simple calculation, esp. in Pa.'s smaller communities
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Disbanding local police is common in Pa. But it’s caused larger problems for State Police

Pennsylvania State Police provide coverage for municipalities across the state that don’t have their own departments. That makes any talk of defunding police more complicated.

By Joseph Darius Jaafari


What is Juneteenth and will Americans embrace it?

Is it enough to declare a holiday and move on?
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

What does Pride month have to do with police reform?

From Stonewall to 'defund the police'
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Why Gov. Tom Wolf’s big effort to grant coronavirus reprieves to Pa. inmates came up small

The Department of Corrections has defended its response, saying it was a cautious approach that included all relevant parties to represent the public interest.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari and Matt McKinney/Spotlight PA
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