Embedded Player The Docket is a new ongoing series from The NPR Politics Podcast where we examine the backstory of the laws that impact our daily life.

Traffic stops are a routine police practice, but with the rise in body cams and cell phone footage, people have begun to witness how they can escalate to violence and even death. We examine how the law itself may contribute to that escalation. Warning: this episode contains graphic audio.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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