How problem cops stay on Michigan’s streets

A Detroit Free Press investigation found lax oversight of police officers in Michigan puts citizens at risk by allowing cops to slip from community to community, despite alarming conduct, criminal histories, and lawsuits that cost taxpayers millions. The problems uncovered by the Free Press extend from urban departments to the suburbs. 

How the Fort Lauderdale airport chaos unfolded

A Sun Sentinel investigation revealed that the chaos engulfing the Fort Lauderdale airport after the shooting in January — chaos that caused more than 50 injuries — was created by false reports of more gunfire and aggravated by authorities who struggled to manage the situation. The months-long investigation found, among other things, that TSA screeners…

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Kids are driving Pinellas County’s car-theft epidemic

In a data-driven explanatory series by the Tampa Bay Times, reporters found that more kids are arrested for juvenile car theft in sleepy, beachfront Pinellas County, Fla. than virtually anywhere else in America. Yet cops are powerless to stop this underestimated, dangerous crime. Kids are driving 100 miles per hour the wrong way down highways.…

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Police Pursuits: When Policy Isn’t Followed and People Die

NBC Miami reports that police in South Florida often pursue suspects of non-violent crimes in vehicle chases despite police policies that prohibit them from doing so.  Many of these pursuits end in crashes that kill innocent bystanders, police and suspects.  According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 196 people…

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Chicago’s unarmed airport police told to stay away from trouble at baggage claim

CNN obtained an email sent to Chicago’s unarmed aviation police officers informing them that they would not be dispatched to disturbances in the baggage claim area.  The email was sent on January 6, hours after the mass shooting which killed five people at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.  An aviation police officer who spoke to CNN…

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Police pursuits lead to a shocking number of deaths every year

In 2014, four police pursuits ended in four separate deaths: a 75-year-old Navy veteran, a 42-year-old nursing assistant, a grandmother, and a speeding motorcyclist. All four chases happened within four miles of one another. And all shared one other characteristic: Everyone killed was black. A first-of-its-kind investigation by USA TODAY revealed that, on average, 90…

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Baltimore felony conviction rates fall under State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby

After a new top prosecutor took office in Baltimore in January 2015, felony convictions dropped even as violent crime increased in the city. The Wall Street Journal examined all closed felony cases between 2011 and August 2016 and found that only about 53 percent of felony cases have ended in a conviction since Marilyn Mosby…

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Houston’s $8 million police body-camera program isn’t living up to its promises

A four-month investigation by KHOU into Houston’s police body-cameras found that the $8 million program isn’t delivering the transparency it promised.  The program has led to confusion and frustration between police and prosecutors, according to emails obtained by the station. Officials in Harris County, Texas found 729 criminal cases that lacked body camera footage –…

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Environmental Police officers swimming in overtime cash from pool perk

It is a lucrative job perk picked up by Massachusetts taxpayers. WBZ-TV discovered some Environmental Police officers are racking up hundreds of overtime hours, even doubling their salaries, by working at state-operated pools in the middle of their shifts.  Critics call the unusual “split shift” system a waste of resources. Over the two-month period the…

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Funds to update New Jersey 911 services are diverted to unrelated areas

Of the nearly $1.4 billion in taxes New Jersey residents have paid to fund a new 911 service since 2004, only about 15 percent of it has gone to the system, according to a report by NJ.com. The tax was meant to support current 911 operations, as well as fund the shift to NextGen 911,…

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