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St. Louis County police forces often don't reflect communities | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

No known agency tracks the racial makeup of police departments, so the Post-Dispatch contacted 36 St. Louis County police departments in cities where at least 10 percent of the population is African-American. In 30 of the 31 communities that responded, the percentage of black residents is higher than the proportion of black officers.


Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities | The Washington Post

The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch.

That was three years ago. One of the officers who worked in that department, and lost his job along with everyone else, was a young man named Darren Wilson.


N.Y.'s fastest drivers rarely face toughest penalties | Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghampton, NY)

An analysis for this report of state data on 6 million traffic citation convictions from 2010 to 2013 shows the state's most dangerous speeders are usually allowed to plead to lesser charges. In the process, they avoid the harsh penalties set aside for the state's most reckless speeders.


Immigrant Families Released to Slum Shelter | KNSD – San Diego

As federal officials grapple with a crisis-level influx of Central Americans who are showing up at U.S. borders, NBC 7 Investigates found at least three immigrant families released to a Santee shelter kept in deplorable conditions.


Medicare Star Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System | The New York Times

An examination of the rating system by The New York Times has found that Rosewood and many other top-ranked nursing homes have been given a seal of approval that is based on incomplete information and that can seriously mislead consumers, investors and others about conditions at the homes.


Review: Lakeland used antipsychotic on 11-year-old | The News-Leader (Springfield, MO)

A new review of the way children are treated at Lakeland, a residential psychiatric facility for children and young adults, found what inspectors call additional problems with the use of antipsychotic drugs and how long children are kept there.


We’re continuing to update our roundup on police militarization stories. Recent additions include The Tennessean and The Virginian-Pilot.

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