Virginia police have been involved in 100 fatal shootings in the past six years

Since 2010, 100 people have been killed by Virginia law enforcement officers, according to an investigation by The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk police have killed 12 of those people, which is twice as many as any other law enforcement agency in the state. So far this year, Norfolk is tied with three other cities nationwide for the most fatal…

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Secrecy and defense concerns surround cell phone trackers used by Maryland police

Police agencies across Maryland are using cell site simulators, a controversial intelligence device that allows them to track cell phones. Police agencies in seven counties closest to the Washington and Baltimore regions have spent at least $2.8 million on this type of equipment, according to an investigation by Capital News Service.  Records and documents show…

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Sheriff’s office responsible for warrantless searches, incidents of abuse

In a four-part series, The News & Observer looks into the actions of Harnett County deputies, primarily the actions of Deputy Nicholas Kehagias and a few other members of the sheriff’s office’s D squad patrol unit. The series details a few incidents, including the shooting and ultimate death of an innocent man, a homicide in…

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Clery Act data doesn’t provide a realistic picture of campus crime

The way that many officials in higher education and government agencies calculate crime around colleges and universities is not a definitive measure because of how the measurements are taken, according to an investigation by The Arizona Republic. The Republic investigated off-campus crimes near Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Michigan State University, in…

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A look inside the shady industry that profits on mugshot photos

A team of journalists at Fusion’s The Naked Truth found that people have long taken an interest in looking at mugshots, but that the gawking has taken a more commercialized, troubling turn since the late 1800s. That fascination then morphed into printed magazines of mugshots, usually only with a citywide or regional reach. Now, however,…

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For decades, some Tulsa police officers seeking promotions have paid superiors to retire early

An investigation into police promotion and retirement by The Frontier revealed that some officers at the Tulsa Police Department have been paying their superiors to retire early so that they can get promoted earlier. Payments to superior officers reportedly range from $20,000 to $50,000.  Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said he was aware of this and that…

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NYPD can kick people out of their homes, even if they haven’t committed a crime

The use of a nuisance abatement law established in the 1970s has expanded drastically in recent decades, forcing many New York City residents from their homes without warning. The law was intended to give officials the authority to shutter places it believes are being used for illegal activity. The New York Daily News, in partnership…

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Despite mandate, traffic-stop race data remain elusive in Vermont

Limited studies in Vermont have documented black and Hispanic drivers being stopped and searched by police at higher rates than whites. In an effort to measure the extent of racial profiling in this mostly white, ostensibly progressive state, lawmakers in 2014 required all police to record the race of drivers they pull over. An investigation…

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Chicago’s unarmed aviation police officers instructed to run and hide

Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports have nearly 300 sworn aviation police officers wearing uniforms and badges. One thing they don’t have – guns. A CNN investigation revealed that these sworn, unarmed officers have been instructed to run and hide in the case of an active shooter. CNN surveyed other major airports and found that most…

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