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Prosecutors question police shooting that killed 4, decline to file charges

An investigation by WTVJ-South Florida has raised questions about a botched police sting three years ago. Officers in 2011 shot and killed four men – including their own confidential informant – during the raid. No charges were filed against the officers. Now prosecutors say they’re not sure if they deaths were justified.

Watch the station’s thee-part series, which includes video of the shootings: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Memo details problems in the Omaha VA police department

A memo obtained by KETV-Omaha helped the station shed light on problems with the police department attached to the VA’s Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

The document accuses command staff of “unfair and unethical” hiring practices and describes a fight in the police squad room. The station also talked to officers with experience working in the Omaha VA police department.

Watch the story here.

Theme park employees caught in sex stings, child porn arrests

A six-month investigation by CNN reveals 35 employees from Florida’s Walt Disney World, five from Universal and two from SeaWorld have been arrested for sex crimes against children, trying to meet minors for sex, or for child pornography since 2006. CNN obtained police interrogation videos, police and court records and interviewed some of the men who were arrested, as well as law enforcement. The investigation has prompted proposed legislation that would allow businesses catering to children to polygraph employees.

Commissioner uses Tennessee state troopers as chauffeurs

Tennessee Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons is using state troopers as chauffeurs, according to a hidden-camera investigation by WTVF-Nashville.

State officials stand by the decision, saying that the commissioner’s time is valuable and that the drivers provide more time for him to answer emails.

Emails show that troopers drove Gibbons at least 31 times in a two-and-a-half year period.

Racing company pocketed money pledged to military-related charities

When Spartan Race, an international obstacle course-racing company, launched a “Special Ops”-themed race in Tampa, it promised donations to local non-profits as a method of marketing. But months later, WTSP-TV found the race, which cost between $70 and $100 to enter, donated less than 40 cents per person to non-profits in dire need.

The station found that "the primary beneficiary, the SOCOM Care Coalition, received a check for just $2,486. That's less than 47 cents for every one of the 5,312 runners who finished the race; less than 33 cents for every one of the 7 ...

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San Diego-area nonprofit falsifies board members on IRS form

A nonprofit providing parenting classes, food banks, graffiti removal and gang counseling to the South Bay was discovered to be falsifying their Form 990. An investigation by NBC7-San Diego found that three people listed as board members of "Turning the Hearts Center" had no knowledge they were listed on the documents. 

"After NBC7 Investigates began asking questions about the board, the organization’s co-founder and board chairman sent people previously listed on the 990’s amended copies of the IRS tax forms. He also provided NBC7 a copy of those amended forms."

Audit: Welfare benefits going to dead people

Two years after a series of hidden camera reports which documented widespread fraud in Washington’s welfare programs, KING 5 has been following up to see if fraud investigators have shut off the spigot of misspent public money.  Their report uncovered confidential documents showing that thousands of Washington welfare recipients don’t meet one basic requirement – they’re no longer alive.

Read KING 5's full investigation here.

Is an Arizona prison healthcare provider driving up its profits at the expense of taxpayers?

Arizona taxpayers pay $125 million a year to Corizon, a company contracted to provide healthcare to Arizona's inmate population. A KPNX-Phoenix investigation revealed there are questions about whether the company is driving up its profits at the expense of taxpayers.

What's more, billing records show the Department of Corrections is spending millions more to defend itself from a 2012 class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the Prison Law Office out of Berkeley, Calif. That filing accuses the department of not providing adequate medical care, mental health care and dental care to prisoners ...

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Public isn't told about state probes of police wrongdoing

The Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training Program, or POST, is in charge of reviewing allegations of misconduct by police officers to see whether they should retain their state licenses.  Because of the secretive nature of the process, three years later, we don't know if a POST review has or has not been held on the now-former Branson, Missouri officer.

KYTV-Branson has been investigating confidential settlements between police departments and citizens who have accused officers of wrongdoing. The station started looking at this issue after learning about two confidential settlements by the City of Branson.  Both settlements came after ...

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Despite law, vehicles often not impounded in repeat DUI cases

A KCRA-Sacramento investigation found that officials often don’t use a law that allows them to impound cars of repeat DUI drivers.

The station obtained statistics on impounds from local police departments throughout Northern California. They found that some law enforcement agencies haven’t impounded a single repeat offender’s car in four years.  By cross-referencing those numbers with arrested drunk drivers who fit the impound criteria, the station learned there were dozens of drivers who could have been towed but weren’t.