Case Cleared: How Rape Goes Unpunished in America

Newsy, ProPublica and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that dozens of law enforcement agencies nationwide are using a little-known case designation that inflates the number of rape cases the departments appear to have solved.  Based on data from 60 police agencies across the country, the newsrooms found that police are clearing rape…

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Troopers Collect Huge Vacation and Sick Time Payouts While Under OT Investigation

Within the Massachusetts State Police, troopers who retire while under investigation for criminal charges are collecting thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds, NBC10 Boston Investigators found. Several veteran law enforcement officers retired earlier this year after a widespread overtime scandal. They cashed in on unused vacation and sick time from throughout their careers to collectively…

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When rape is reported and nothing happens

The Star Tribune reviewed more than 1,000 police reports of rapes and sexual assaults in Minnesota and built a database, documenting how the police handled the case, the outcomes and more. They found that chronic failures mean that too often victims don’t get justice. Nearly one-quarter of the cases were never assigned to an investigator.…

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Cops use job to rape, then silence and jail their accusers

It’s been going on for years and despite recent movements, it is still mostly unnoticed: Police officers, uniformed, armed, and on the job, using their authority to pressure and even rape women who call in for help. In an ongoing investigation, KSDK-TV, St. Louis has even discovered cases where victims have been criminally charged and…

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Crime guns sold by law enforcement end up in new crimes

A year-long Associated Press investigation found that Washington state law enforcement agencies sold almost 6,000 firearms that were confiscated during criminal investigations, and more than a dozen of those guns ended up in new crimes. The AP analysis, using multiple databases created from hundreds of public records to find matching serial numbers, tracked for the…

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Prison officer shared video of her attack so no one would die. Now three have.

Officer Rosie Anderson was alone in a prison block when an inmate brutally attacked her. She hoped that showing the video of that assault would help make North Carolina’s prisons safer. But since then, three employees have died. In prisons across North Carolina, severe staff shortages endanger officers and inmates, a Charlotte Observer investigation found. 

Police officers convicted of serious crimes still on the job

The Star Tribune found more than 500 Minnesota police officers, including 143 who are still on the job, with criminal convictions. Less than one-quarter were disciplined by the state’s licensing board.   The paper matched names and dates of birth of licensed police officers against the state’s conviction database, requested hundreds of pages of police and…

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74 Seconds: The shooting of Philando Castile and trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez

MPR News produced a podcast that followed the fatal shooting of motorist Philando Castile in suburban Minnesota and the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez. The podcast, 74 Seconds, was named after the amount of time it took for Officer Yanez to pull Castile over and fire seven shots into his car. Castile’s girlfriend, who was…

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