Raheem is the independent service for reporting police in the United States.
We work to translate the lived experiences of people impacted by police violence into effective policy, officer accountability, and new narratives about how we keep our communities safe. Partners in our work include community-run oversight structures, public defenders, and advocacy organizations.
Brandon D. Anderson founded Raheem after he lost his life partner to police violence during a routine traffic stop. The officer had a history of being physically abusive, particularly during traffic stops, but no one had ever reported him.
Getting killed by police is the sixth leading cause of death for young Black men in America. Yet, we practically know nothing about how the 63 million police interactions every year shape our lives or the lives of our loved ones—until it's too late. There are 18,000 police departments in the country, each with its own unique, complicated process of reporting police misconduct. As a result, 95% of people do not report police violence and oversight boards miss the opportunity to have these experiences shape their policy agenda. We're working to change that.
We engage communities who’ve been directly impacted by policing to hear their stories about officer conduct that usually go unreported. Then we use this information to help local, independent investigators hold police officers accountable and support community-led oversight structures in advancing policies to end police violence.
Raheem uses data to identify places with the highest rates of police violence in the country. Then we partner with community oversight structures in these areas to collect firsthand reports of police conduct and help people file formal complaints that can lead to officers being held accountable. Our digital outreach and organizing strategy enables us to reach people who’ve been recently impacted by policing and connect them to oversight boards, organizations, and advocacy campaigns that can help them seek justice and accountability for police violence.