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  • Date Rape Drugs

    WPIX-TV examines the ease with which many people can buy GHB, commonly known as the date rape drug. This investigation finds that "thousands of recorded overdoses and several deaths and 'date rapes' have resulted from the use in nightclubs and at parties of dangerous liquid chemical compounds, such as GHB. After several high profile arrests and a tragic nightclub death here in New York, we were still able to go into a drug store and buy this substance over the counter."
  • Unlawful Entry; A State of Denial

    "On September 29, 1999, Denver's war on drugs claimed its latest casualty- a Mexican national named Ismael Mena, who was shot by SWAT officers who'd burst into the wrong house. Mena's death triggered a 'Westword' investigation of police policies regarding no-knock warrants, revealing how easily warrants could be obtained on minimal evidence, with little review, producing arrests that yielded scant drugs or convictions but frequently risked the lives of innocent bystanders. A sidebar presented an exclusive interview with the key informant in the case, explaining how he was recruited into the drug war, functioned as an ambitious officer's primary (and possibly only) informant, and made the error in identification that proved fatal to Mena."
  • Extreme Aspen

    "..the citizenry of Aspen was stunned by the arrests of twelve teenagers for a string of burglaries, armed robberies, car thefts and home invasions...the robbery spree was relatively tame. No shots were fired, and the weapons used in the robberies were apparently unloaded...But the real shock was the identity of the thieves. They were Aspen's own - familiar faces from the slopes, the pedestrian mall, the bike trails. They were popular students or recent graduates of Aspen High, for the most part, including some star athletes and scholars thought to have exceedingly bright futures. One was the mayor's son."
  • Busted Justice: Drugs, the Law and Bristol County

    "The series looked at how defendants arrested by New Bedford Police and charged with drug crimes fared in New Bedford District and Superior Courts." The reporter found that a congested court system was leading to a "50-50 chance of conviction, and once convicted, a less than 50 percent chance of going to jail." The reporter documented 600 cases of drug-related arrests in New Bedford in 1999.
  • Fatal Flaws: The District's Homicide Crisis

    The Washington Post investigates homicide investigations by the D.C. police. The investigation reveals that as the number of homicides in the city have fallen each year, so have the number of arrests in connection with those homicides. In 1999 the D.C. chief of police decided to decentralize the homicide unit, which has caused the unit to fall into disrepair. The Washington Post discovered that the units' files routinely are missing critical documents, and unsolved cases are being ignored.
  • Sons and killers

    Horowitz takes a look at the murder case of Heyward and Ellen Brown, an affluent couple from Long Island. Two and a half years since the murder, no arrests have been made and the chief suspect is the Brown's oldest son Harvey.
  • Partners in peril

    This series of articles tells the story of two rookie police officers who met and bonded in the police academy. Quickly earning the respect of their superiors, the two officers worked the most demanding shifts and made many arrests. Their ambitious attitudes got them assigned to a night shift in an unmarked car and into a surveillance job that would cost one of the officers his life.
  • "A Deadly Exercise"

    This report gives the inside story to what is shaping up to be one of China's most volatile political issues: the dissident religious group Falun Gong, unknown to the world until it was banned as an "evil cult" by the Chinese government in July of 1999. Despite corroborated reports of detentions, arrests, beatings and now deaths, the group continues to stand up to the regime.
  • Path to cop killer littered with errors

    The Star-Ledger reports that "In the nine days between (policewoman) Joyce Carnegie's murder and the arrest of (Condell) Woodson on April 17, an innocent man was arrested and his alibi checked halfheartedly. Two other suspects were arrested, one of whom died mysteriously after being taken into custody.... Federal investigators are reviewing whether civil rights were violated in two of the arrests. Wrongful-arrest and wrongful death lawsuits are expected. .... 'A fiasco' is the way County Executive James W. Treffinger described the handling of the case...."
  • Racial Profiling by State Police

    A Star-Ledger investigation of the claim that State Troopers practiced racial profiling --" stopping vehicles solely because their drivers were black or Hispanic" -- revealed that 75 percent of New Jersey Turnpike arrests were of minorities. While state authorities downplayed this statistic, the Star-Ledger discovered a number of other statistics and individual stories that pointed to racism among the troopers.