Allie Gross

News

A New Video Shows a Detroit School Cop Manhandling a Teen Girl

"I truly did not expect anything like this to happen when I went to school," says the girl.
Allie Gross
5.20.16
News

How Cops Terrorize People Without Even Arresting Them

Anger at police brutality usually revolves around the shooting of unarmed people, but cops don't have to physically harm—or even arrest—to do lasting damage.
Allie Gross
3.24.16
News

Why Cops Broke Up a School Brawl with Chemical Spray

The aftermath of a nasty scene at a Detroit public high school raises fresh doubts about whether cops should be disciplining students.
Allie Gross
3.17.16
News

The Reindeer Farmer Congressman Who Thinks He Might Be Santa Claus

A look back on Congressman Santa Claus's short, but colorful, stint in public office.
Allie Gross
12.19.14
Travel

A Museum Is Preserving the Artifacts of Old Detroit and Turning Them into Art

As the Detroit Blight Task Force begins tearing down the city's crumbling buildings, the artists of the Seafoam Palace are trying to save the wreckage and transform it into something new.
Allie Gross
10.8.14
News

Detroit's New Policing Strategy Is Stop-And-Frisk on a Massive Scale

The Detroit Police Department has come a long way since the days when its cops were the deadliest in America. But the DPD's "broken windows" tactics are just excessive force in another form.
Allie Gross
9.18.14
News

You Can't Shoot Strangers Just Because You're Scared

We still don't know how or why 19-year-old Renisha McBride wound up on Theodore Wafer's suburban front porch last November. But we do know that Wafer responded by shooting her in the face through a screen door—and that that's murder.
Allie Gross
9.9.14
Longreads Or Whatever

Sad Strip Clubs, Sadder Art Shows: Touring Detroit Old and New with Jamaican Queens

Taking Stock of a Constantly Shifting City
Allie Gross
3.1.14