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Emily Zantow

Emily Zantow

Emily Zantow is the U.S. Department of Justice reporter for The Washington Times. She has worked for Courthouse News and The Bowling Green Daily News. A Wisconsin native, Zantow graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she received bachelor's degrees in journalism and Spanish. She can be reached at


Articles by Emily Zantow

Kevin Burton-Crow, upper-right, of the Thurston Co. Sheriff's Dept., handcuffs Naseem Coaxum, right, an actor playing the role of a person causing a disturbance at a convenience store, during a training class at the Washington state Criminal Justice Training Commission, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Burien, Wash., instructor Ken Westphal, second from left, an officer with the Lacey Police Dept., and LeAnne Cone, left, of the Vancouver Police Dept., look on. Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd's murder last year, with nearly a dozen new laws that took effect Sunday, July 25 but law enforcement officials remain uncertain about what they require in how officers might respond — or not respond — to certain situations, including active crime scenes and mental health crises. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) **FILE**

More cities adding mental health experts to 911 calls

Police departments across the country looking to dial down the potentially deadly stakes of encounters between officers and the public are adding unarmed mental health experts to 911 calls. Published August 31, 2021

Police use chemical irritants and crowd control munitions to disperse protesters during a demonstration in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) **FILE**

Portland police union urges city to fund law enforcement: ‘Do you feel safe?’

"Do you feel safe in Portland?" reads a billboard erected this month in Oregon's largest city. It's part of a police union campaign urging city leaders to roll back recent police department budget cuts as local shopkeepers, frustrated by rampant street crime and a 327% spike in homicides, are hiring private security guards to restore order. Published August 18, 2021

In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, tenants' rights advocates demonstrate in front of the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

DOJ urges state courts to slow evictions amid housing crisis

The Justice Department is urging state chief justices to find creative ways to curb a wave of tenant evictions as a national moratorium has expired and lawsuits are piling up against President Biden's order to keep a modified ban in effect. Published August 12, 2021