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  • COPSHOOT

    A Journal analysis of the latest data from 105 of the country’s largest police agencies found more than 550 police killings between 2007 and 2012 were missing from records kept by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or in a few dozen cases, not attributed to the agency involved in the killing. The Journal’s tally showed at least 1,800 police killings in those departments, about 45% more than the FBI’s tally for justifiable homicides in those jurisdictions. The Journal’s reporting shows that the full national scope of the underreporting of justifiable homicides wasn’t being quantified, as more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies are asked to provide such stats to the FBI.
  • Police Power: A Culture of Corruption

    This special investigative show highlights KGTV’s relentless reporting into the San Diego Police Department’s culture and conduct, revealing a culture of cronyism that tolerated corrupt officers, allowed crimes to be covered up and crippled the SDPD’s ability to retain public trust and police San Diego. This reporting led to the criminal conviction of one officer, the appointment of a new police chief, a dual criminal and administrative investigation into the department by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (ongoing at the time of this submission), and several policy changes by San Diego police. Former officer Christopher Hays pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in jail and probation in relation to charges he sexual abused women in his custody. The case prompted San Diego Police to establish a new policy requiring two officers to accompany any female in custody.
  • Hundreds of Police Killings Are Uncounted in Federal Statistics

    A Journal analysis of the latest data from 105 of the country’s largest police agencies found more than 550 police killings between 2007 and 2012 were missing from records kept by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or in a few dozen cases, not attributed to the agency involved in the killing. The Journal’s tally showed at least 1,800 police killings in those departments, about 45% more than the FBI’s tally for justifiable homicides in those jurisdictions. The Journal’s reporting shows that the full national scope of the underreporting of justifiable homicides wasn’t being quantified, as more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies are asked to provide such stats to the FBI.
  • Dark Markets

    The Wall Street Journal’s coverage of financial markets in 2012 performed a rare and extraordinary service: It exposed evidence of hidden manipulation by corporate executives and professional traders that the markets’ official government watchdogs were utterly unaware of. Reflecting potential widespread harm to millions of ordinary investors, federal prosecutors and securities regulators raced to follow the Journal stories with major investigations. A team of reporters spent six months creating a database examining how more than 20,000 corporate executives traded their own companies’ stocks over the course of eight years. What the team found was disturbing: More than 1,000 executives had generated big profits, or avoided big losses, by trading their company stock in the days ahead of corporate news announcements that led to big moves in the shares. The Journal also exposed a regulatory loophole that had helped the executives take advantage of inside knowledge ahead of other investors. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office and the Securities and Exchange Commission all launched investigations the day the Journal article appeared.
  • Sabotaging the System

    This story includes the “first confirmed account of a successful cyber attack against an electric utility company, resulting in major blackouts that lasted for days”. The electric grid not only supplies electricity but also keeps water, telephones, trains, and air traffic control up and running. Also in the U.S., government agencies, defense contractors, and banks are hacked everyday by foreign spy agencies.
  • Dallas Crime Stats

    “Dallas had the highest reported crime rate among cities with more than 1 million people”. Many people were worried with distinction, so the police came up with a better system to record and report these statistics. Now that Dallas isn’t known to have the highest reported crime rate, it has come to attention that the rates being presented to the public are creating “an artificial image of crime in Dallas”.
  • Rat Trap

    In the story, an FBI informant has been known to hound the targets of the investigation with money and gifts, but also “led them by the nose”. He has also “prodded, persuaded and cajoled the targets to advance plans to launder money supposedly used to purchase an anti-aircraft missile”. So this article brought up the FBI’s use of informants and the ethical lines crossed by some of them.
  • WAMU: Inside The Collapse

    It's October 2008: major banks are failing, Congress is bailing them out with taxpayer dollars. The public deserves to know how we got into the mess. ABC News Nightline's "Inside the Collapse" was first to expose a top-down, company-wide reckless lending strategy that led to the biggest bank failure in U.S. history: Washington Mutual Bank. Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas got inside Washington Mutual's culture and uncovered what really went wrong using original reporting, an exclusive whistleblower interview, a video of a jubilant company party, exclusive internal company documents, former employee interviews and victim interviews. His piece, as well as a follow-up on World news with Charles Gibson and articles on ABCNews.com, caught the attention of law enforcement. Two days after the piece aired, federal prosecutors announced that because of "intense public interest" they were investigating the bank's activities with assistance from the FBI, FDIC, SEC and IRS. The story was widely reported in the national media in the following weeks.
  • The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

    This book is Bamford's latest expose' of the National Security Agency. Among his findings, Bamford reveals that the agency had been targeting the Yemeni home that served as Osama bin Laden's operations center prior to 9/11 but had never told the FBI that the al-Qaida terrorists were there. Bamford's book demonstrates an unparalleled ability to penetrate the most secretive of institutions.
  • Pittsburgh Terror Plot

    In October 2001, it was made known that Pittsburgh was on a list of seven US cities cited as possible targets for terrorism. The WTAE-TV investigation confirmed with sources inside the US Justice Department that in the days following the attacks of 9/11, American intelligence agents in Hamburg, Germany, discovered plans for a possible Al Qaida assault in Pittsburgh. The target was the US Post Office and Courthouse in Pittsburgh.