New interpretation forever seals police investigative records

The Iowa Department of Public Safety has been using a controversial interpretation of a 45-year old law to deny public records requests, a Des Moines Register investigation found. The department says the law allows them to keep records collected as part of an investigation confidential forever. The interpretation, which is relatively new, has been used…

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New Jersey law enforcement frequently collect both salaries and pensions

NJ Spotlight found that more than three-fourths of New Jersey’s sheriffs are “double dipping” by taking advantage of a legal loophole that allows them to work county jobs—which can draw salaries over $100,000—while also receiving pensions as law enforcement retirees. So-called “double-dippers” are also employed by the county prosecutors, the state attorney general, the state…

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Scottsdale jail violated policies during the sentence of former police officer

KPNX in Phoenix, AZ found that the Scottsdale, AZ police department violated jail policies and procedures while a former Mesa police lieutenant was serving a three-day sentence in the Scottsdale City Jail.  Jail surveillance video shows the officer leaving secure areas, being brought lunch from area restaurants by other officers, and receiving visitors. Three staff members…

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Police departments stockpile personal information on millions of innocent Americans

In an investigation into the nation’s 50 largest police departments, The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina found that the personal information of millions of innocent Americans is being stockpiled in police databases around the country. The information is being compiled through field interviews, where police officers take notes from routine stops or conversations…

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Investigation looks into Arizona police lieutenant arrested for drunken driving

12 News (NBC-Phoenix) exposed a Mesa police lieutenant who thought he was above the law and tried to get away with extreme drunken driving. Police video footage of the traffic stop obtained by the station reveals the lieutenant belittled and berated the arresting officer – a rookie cop – and his field training officer and…

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Tampa Bay law enforcement agencies rarely equip cars with dashboard cameras

As calls for body-worn cameras on police officers increase, many law enforcement agencies are still holding out on the most traditional form of officer camera: the dashboard camera.  An investigation by 10News WTSP revealed that most local police departments and sheriff’s offices around West/Central Florida have dashcams on fewer than 6 percent of their cruisers,…

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After four women accused a Utah State University student of sex assaults, no charges and no apparent discipline

Four women in 2015 reported to police that they were sexually assaulted by the same Utah State University student. Three of those women were Utah State students and also reported the assaults to their school. But an investigation by The Salt Lake Tribune found that no charges were ever filed and it appears the university…

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Officers across the Bay Area and state are losing firearms at an astonishing rate

A six-month Bay Area News Group investigation into lost and stolen law enforcement guns in California found that cops often left weapons unsecured in vehicles, resulting in thefts. The news group’s analysis of six years of recent data showed that nearly 1,000 weapons are now unaccounted for on the streets. In some instances, weapons had…

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Data show Minnesota police kill disproportionate number of people with mental illness

The Minneapolis Star Tribune launched a three-part series yesterday, “A Cry for Help” based on a database they built of 147 people killed by police in Minnesota since 2000. The series focuses on the fact that 45% of those people were mentally ill or in the midst of a mental health crisis at the time.…

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Calls from Walmart inundate Tampa Bay police

An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times has found that police in Tampa Bay receive more calls from Walmart than any other local business — by far. The calls come twice an hour, every hour, every day, essentially turning public law enforcement services into Walmart’s own private security source. Taxpayers pay the bill.