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  • The Siege

    Westword reports on the misuse of power by sheriff John Mestas and his overzealous deputies in Costilla County, Colorado. The story points to multiple incidents in which law enforcement officers gave tickets to good drivers, attempted to kick in residents' doors without search warrants, and handcuffed or threatened at gunpoint children and elderly people. The reporter finds that the sheriff, a former owner of a liquor shop, has "vowed to clean up the town of San Luis," and has been inclined to overaggressive enforcement of DUI laws. A major finding is that some of the deputies have been dismissed by other agencies, or have had disciplinary problems related to undue aggressiveness.
  • Crossing the thin blue line

    Washington City Paper investigates cases of excessive use of police force on civilians, and exposes cops with credibility problems. The story focuses on Lt. Keith Perry of the D.C. Police, known "as an overly aggressive cop who sometimes tiptoed on the line between a clean arrest and a shitkicking." The reporter reveals an incident, in which Perry has beaten a drug deal suspect in the head with a baton. Two police officers under Perry reported their superior for alleged brutality. He only took sick leave and continued to get his salary after the incident, the City Paper reports. The article includes statistics on excessive force use from 1994 to 1999.
  • Hit Man

    Texas Monthly reports on the undercover murder-for-hire investigations of Gary Johnson, a Houston psychology teacher who works for the cops. The story reveals the techniques used by Johnson to convince people that he is an experienced professional killer and "their one best hope for a better life." The article follows Johnson's start and development in his career as an investigator. "Although the professional hit man is a staple of detective fiction, no one is really certain if there is someone in this country who makes a living as a hired gun," reports the magazine.
  • Crack Down

    New York Magazine reports on the use of conspiracy laws, usually used in the prosecution of Mafia businesses, to unseat an entrenched crack cartel. The cartel had managed to keep one step ahead of the officers of the 26th precinct with organized operation and security measures; they were also careful who they dealt to and how much. No matter how many arrests were made, the operation wasn't hurt. Using a strike force and conspiracy laws, the New York Police Department was finally able to shut down the operation.
  • Under 12/Under Arrest

    "Grade school felons sound like anomalies or misprints. They are neither," reports the St. Petersburg Times. The story reveals that "elementary school kids who once got a stern lecture from a cop or a store clerk now are regularly arrested on felony charges" and "saddled with permanent criminal records." The investigation cites data that "more than 4,500 kids 11 and under were charged with crimes in Florida during the fiscal year that ended in June," 2000. It also reveals statistics showing "that disproportionately large number of African-Americans come in contact with the juvenile justice system." The reporter points to examples of children hurting their teachers or raping their classmates, but finds at the same time that "overall the system is not geared to handle very young kids." A major question risen by the investigation is whether Florida needs to adopt a law that prevents very young children from being formally charged and tried.
  • What's Race Got To Do With It?

    "Despite a crime wave, Cincinnati's cops pull back, underscoring the stakes in the conflict over racial profiling," reports Time Magazine. The story points to figures that show similar number of arrests before and after the "violent confrontation in April [2001] between mostly black protesters and mostly white police." The analysis looks at a dilemma: "Are we to have a low-crime society, in which cops are violent cowboys, or a high-crime culture, in which cops can't stop a mob without written Justice Department approval?" A major finding is that frequency of racial profiling is difficult to be determined, since most cities do not collect traffic-stop data, and other are reluctant to make it public.
  • Undercover High

    San Diego Magazine reports on two cops who went undercover in two San Diego schools to investigate the rise in teenage drug use. For months the officers pretended to be students and befriended many kids from the drug subculture. Their findings: easy access to drug activity- in and out of the classroom, little teacher/parent interaction with students and students with a general lack of respect for faculty. Their efforts resulted in 22 arrests and illustrated the high drug activity in these schools, which many faculty and parents denied. Kevin Brass reports more.
  • Good Cop, Bad Cop

    "The arrests of four homeless men ... all with past histories of drug problems and arrests, led to the suspension and ultimately, termination of the two officer, the case illustrates how hard it is to get the criminal-justice system in Los Angeles -- from police investigators to prosecutors and judges -- to takes seriously the claims of suspects who swear they are innocent. "
  • Reservation Crime is Out of Control

    The Argus Leader reports on the increasing crime rates on several South Dakota Indian reservations, rates that "surpasses crime in some of America's major metropolitan cities." Officials believe most of the crime is due to alcohol abuse. "In 1998, Pine Ridge authorities made 9,000 arrests for public drunkenness-roughly one for every five residents and made another 780 arrests for drunken driving. . .Tribal, state and federal officials stress that two other key factors contribute to crime: Extraordinarily high unemployment rates . . . and huge numbers of people living in poverty." Reporter Lee Williams examines these issues along with how local police officers and the community are trying to stop it.
  • Captain Midnight

    Donaldson profiles Mike Marino, commanding officer of the 77th Precinct in Crown Heights, and shows how Marino deals with the stress of the different aspects of his job. "... during the two years Mike Marino has been CO, arrests are up, crime is down, and, for the first time in memory, the Crown Heights community and the police seem to be on the same page."