The endless cycle of outrage and reform over policing in America.

Police revert to entrenched practices when monitors move on, leadership changes and public scrutiny wanes.

The push to remake policing takes decades, only to begin again.
We examined three historic firsts in policing reforms:

• The effort to stop racial profiling by troopers in N.J.

• The deployment of early-warning technology to identify troubled deputies in L.A.

• The use of federal intervention in Pittsburgh
The legacies of these firsts reveal the difficulty of remaking law enforcement.

At each agency, the attempts have been stifled by entrenched cultures, systemic dysfunction, shifts in leadership and swings in public mood.
What do you want to know about police reform?

The Post’s investigative team will discuss their reporting on past efforts to reform police departments on Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

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