Extra Extra : Police

In diverse Texas, whites dominate police ranks

White officers dominate in communities across Texas, an investigation by University of Texas at Austin students found. Analyzing current demographic data reported to a state agency, they discovered that almost a third of the state’s police departments had no female officers. The Dallas suburbs had the largest concentration of demographic disparities, where, in most cases, the percentage of white officers was at least 40 percentage points higher than the percentage of white residents. Significant disparities  also were found in East Texas. The investigation was published in Reporting Texas, a UT online news site, and The Dallas Morning News.

Extra Extra: Salmonella outbreak, Cuban refugees, Oklahoma prisons

USDA repeatedly blinked when facing salmonella outbreaks involving foster farms | The Oregonian

Over the course of a decade, hundreds of people from Eugene to Baker City to Portland and Seattle were struck by bouts of food poisoning so severe they fled to their doctors or emergency rooms for treatment. They had no idea what made them sick. But federal regulators did. Oregon and Washington public health officials repeatedly told the U.S. Department of Agriculture they had linked salmonella outbreaks in 2004, 2009 and 2012 to Foster Farms chicken.


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Texas sends poor teens to adult jail for skipping school

Teenagers in Texas are being sent to adult jail over charges stemming from their truancy, according to a Buzzfeed news investigation.

More than 1,000 teens have done jail time in the last three years, the investigation found. The students are sentenced after failing to follow court orders associated with truancy charges, and often because their families can’t afford to pay the fines the charges bring.

Texas' truancy system is meant to keep students on the path to graduate, but often has the opposite effect – driving students out of school for good, the investigation found.

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Freddie Gray not the first to come out of Baltimore police van with serious injuries

Freddie Gray was not the first person to get seriously injured during a ride in a Baltimore police van.

Gray, 25, died from a spinal injury earlier this month after he was handcuffed and placed in a police van. The Baltimore Sun found that others have been injured during "rough rides," a term used to describe the unsanctioned technique of driving a police van to cause injury or pain to unbuckled and handcuffed detainees.

In 2005 a man was left a paraplegic after riding in a police van. His family won a $7.4 million verdict against the cops. Another ...

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Ignoring the terror within

While the number of domestic terror incidents increases, law enforcement agencies are doing less to catch domestic extremists, a year-long investigation by the Kansas City Star has found.

The investigation revealed that after Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement agencies turned their attention toward stopping foreign terrorism at a degree that deemphasized efforts to stop domestic terrorists. "Fusion centers" set up to stop terrorism after 9/11 have largely disrupted police efforts.

Domestic extremists have killed more than 50 people since 9/11.

For the full series, click here. For an interactive feature of mini-stories about specific attacks, click here.

Sources: Supervisors told to falsify reserve deputy's training records

Sources speaking on condition of anonymity told the Tulsa World that supervisors in the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to falsify training records for a reserve deputy charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris.

Supervisors gave Robert Bates credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should not have received. Three officials who would not agree to sign-off on the training were transferred, sources told the paper.

An attorney for the Sheriff’s Office denied the World’s request for records showing the names of supervisors who signed off on Bates ...

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Extra Extra Monday: Tracking charges for cops, undocumented overtime, police failure in Sharper case

A record of trouble | The Marshall Project

As California prepares to greatly expand its use of halfway houses for people leaving its overcrowded prisons, state officials have turned for help to a private halfway house operator that has been cited in other states for inadequate care, unchecked violence and repeated escapes at its facilities.

State DNR veterinarian says she was forced our over ‘on-the-record’ moose calf study objections | Timberjay

A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources veterinarian found herself the subject of an internal investigation within days of expressing “on-the-record” concerns about the inhumane treatment of moose calves during the first ...

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Extra Extra Monday: Buffett's mobile-home trap, Rolling Stone's UVA failures, women incarcerated

City doesn’t track return on incentives | Cincinnati Enquirer

When the Enquirer asked Cincinnati about $250 million in incentives granted to business and developers since 2008 and how return on that massive investment is tracked, city officials couldn't provide answers. The newspaper's reporters then created and scoured a database of seven years' worth of deals and determined the city gave tax breaks and other types of incentives more than 200 times since 2008, with beneficiaries ranging from Procter & Gamble to the owners of fraternity houses.


The mobile-home trap: How a Warren Buffett empire preys on the poor | The ...

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Extra Extra Monday: National Guard cronyism, forfeiture abuse, a web of lawyers

Racial bias, cronyism tearing apart N.J. National Guard, senior officers allege | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The New Jersey National Guard prides itself on rigor and readiness, and, from its sprawling base southeast of Trenton, its members became a beacon of help after Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy ravaged portions of the state. But internal records obtained by NJ Advance Media show the Guard now faces a storm of its own, with at least four senior officers, including two top minorities, alleging a "toxic command climate," fueled by racial discrimination and retaliatory actions.

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Municipal courts are well-oiled money machine

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigated the municipal court system and found a money-driven system favoring connections and cash over justice.

The report reveals the system is set up to operate in secret and to direct business to lawyers. It expands on the Department of Justice’s findings that Ferguson’s police department acted as a collection agency for a "constitutionally deficient" court.

To read the full story, click here.