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  • Undue Force

    For six months reporter Mark Puente investigated how widespread police brutality was in Baltimore. He used court records and trial transcripts, but the heart of the reporting came from coaxing subjects to tell their stories. In addition, to the human toll, the investigation revealed that the city was paying millions in lawsuits involving police brutality and misconduct, shocking officials who said they were unaware of the scope of the problem. Puente's work resulted in a U.S. Justice Department review of the police department, local reforms and proposals for state legislation.

    Tags: brutality; court; lawsuits; misconduct

    By Mark Puente; Dave Rosenthal; Algerina Perna

    Baltimore Sun


  • State of Confusion

    Reporters Perla Trevizo and Carli Brosseau collected thousands of records documenting local law enforcement calls to Border Patrol to check a person’s immigration status. Their conclusion: Although the intent of Arizona's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law was to standarize local immigration enforcement, more than a year after its most controversial provision took effect, the state is left with a patchwork of policies and interpretations across jurisdictions. Data collection is so inconsistent and so incomplete that there’s no way to determine how police are implementing the law — or whether they are committing the systemic civil-rights violations opponents feared when SB 1070 was passed.

    Tags: border; patrol; arizona; civil rights; policy

    By Perla Trevizo; Carli Brosseau; Jill Jorden Spitz

    Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.)


  • How to Call 911 at the USPS

    Call 911 in the event of a medical emergency. It’s what we have been taught and it’s what we teach our kids. But producer Liz Wagner, reporter Vicky Nguyen and photographer Felipe Escamilla uncovered that at the United States Postal Service, the rules governing what to do in an emergency are very different. And those rules may have caused critical delays in life and death situations. Through interviews with sources, internal postal service documents and public records, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit exposed that USPS policy instructs employees to call their supervisors and then security in the event of a medical emergency—not 911.

    Tags: postal; service; emergency; delays; death

    By Liz Wagner; Vicky Nguyen; Felipe Escamilla

    NBC Bay Area


  • The Invisible Threat

    This series reveals a threat that seeps into every nook and cranny of the United States. The country's network of natural-gas distribution lines, which is distinct from interstate transmission lines, covers almost 1.3 million miles of pipeline, some of it dating to the 1800s, Accidents involving those lines have killed more than 120 people, injured more than 500 others and caused more than $775 million in damage since 2004, a Tribune-Review analysis of federal records shows. Yet the location, age and safety of more than a million miles of those pipelines remain shrouded in secrecy. Not even government regulators and emergency responders have pipeline maps.

    Tags: natural; gas; interstate; lines; injuries

    By Mike Wereschagin; Stephanie Strasburg; Andrew Russell; Bob Newell; Denise Shean; Jim Wilhelm

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


  • Fatal Encounters

    Fatal Encounters is a six-part series regarding issues surrounding officer-involved homicides in the United States that was published in the Reno News & Review. It was begun more than a year before the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and other similar incidents, but started publishing in February 2014. There were also integrated social media campaigns on Twitter and Facebook. Major findings are that government does not accurately collect statistics regarding officer-involved homicides, law enforcement agencies are often resistant to following public records laws regarding issues of officer-involved homicides, officers involved are almost invariably damaged psychologically, mental illness is a very large factor in who gets killed by police, and collecting substantial data is no longer solely the province of big media or the government.

    Tags: ferguson; homicide; law; enforcement; public records

    By D. Brian Burghart; Brian Breneman; Jonathan Buck; Dennis Myers; Brad Bynum; Sage Leehey

    Reno News & Review


  • Billion Dollar Judge

    In 2016, the Social Security Disability trust fund is scheduled to become the first Federal program to run out of money. As Congress and the President race to find a way to save the fund, CBS 21 discovered an outlying disability judge who has approved billions in disability benefits over the past decade. This judge has approve six times more than the average disability judge and more than twice as much as America’s second highest active judge. Three weeks after CBS 21 reported on his record, Judge Charles Bridges was subpoenaed to testify before the United State Congress where this entry was discussed under oath and is now in Congressional record.

    Tags: disability; corruption; money; bankrupt

    By Chris Papst; Bill Seiders




    CNN’s year-long investigation into delays in care at Veteran Affairs hospitals exposed a widespread national crisis within the United States Veterans Affairs healthcare system; eventually leading to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, the passage of federal legislation, and a fundamental change in how veterans’ medical appointments are made, recorded and reported. Today tens of thousands of veterans who were lost in the appointment system are already getting more timely care, because of the work of Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin and the CNN Investigations team.

    Tags: veterans; affairs; healthcare; system; resignation

    By Drew Griffin; Nelli Black; Scott Bronstein; Patricia DiCarlo; Curt Devine; Charlie Moore; Terence Burke



  • Crime In Punishment

    The story comes from a 1 1/2 year long investigation into Tennessee prisons, where WSMV found such corruption and outrageous behavior inside the state penal system that lawmakers, a district attorney, former employees and crime victims feel that crimes were committed during the punishment of criminals. The investigation led to the disciplinary actions on more than 70 inmates, a criminal investigation by the TBI, a criminal conviction of a guard and a legislative hearing. The investigation initially began by showing the outrageous behavior of criminals inside prison, and expanded to expose the state deleting records of assaults on guards and inmates and medical neglect of female inmates.

    Tags: inmates; tennessee; district attorney; punishment

    By Jeremy Finley; Brittany Freeman; Jason Finley

    WSMV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)


  • Tracking Troubled Brokers

    In a broad investigation, the Journal revealed that Wall Street’s own national watchdog doesn’t make public all the regulatory red flags it has about brokers. The Journal dug up and analyzed the employment and disciplinary history of more than 550,000 of the nation’s stockbrokers. Reporters found a wide array of regulatory breakdowns. The Journal revealed that more than 1,500 people had violated rules requiring them to disclose criminal charges or bankruptcies to investors. Reporters also found more than 50,000 brokers had failed a key entrance exam – sometimes as many as a dozen times – and that those who repeatedly failed had worse disciplinary records. And the Journal identified 16 “hot spots” across the country where large numbers of troubled brokers congregate, often near elderly and wealthy investors – and showed how state securities regulators do little to target resources on these problem areas.

    Tags: stockbrokers; entrance exam; discipline; failures

    By Jean Eaglesham; Rob Barry

    Wall Street Journal (New York)


  • Diplomatic Drivers

    Driving more than 100 mph. Hit and runs. Multiple DUIs. They were all considered classified state secrets until Tisha Thompson spent six years successfully fighting for diplomatic driving records never before released to the public. You can’t drive anywhere in Washington, DC without spotting the distinctive red and blue tags of foreign diplomats. In 2008, Thompson filed a FOIA with the US Department of State requesting driving records of any diplomat pulled over for violating our local traffic laws. Several years later, she was told her FOIA had become “one of the oldest, if not the oldest” in the agency’s system because it could be a potential diplomatic relations problem. Thompson used a combination of traditional and creative ways to get FOIA information not just from the federal government but also from a long list of local and state jurisdictions. And the results were stunning.

    Tags: diplomats; traffic; violations; us department of state

    By Tisha Thompson; Steve Jones; Rick Yarborough; Mike Goldrick

    WRC-TV NBC4 Washington