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  • Dial M for Martyr

    Investigation of the slaying of Edwin Pratt, 38; Edwin was considered to be the Martin Luther King of the Northwest by President Richard Nixon.
  • Solving A 1964 Cold Case: Mystery of Frank Morris

    This investigation, partnered with the Concordia Sentinel, CBC Radio and NPR digs into the cold case of Frank Morris, thought to be murdered by Ku Klux Klan members, all for refusing to work on a deputy sheriff's cowboy boots.
  • Who Killed Leon Jordan?

    The story investigates Kansas City's longest running murder mystery -- the unsolved assassination of politician and civil rights leader Leon Jordan. The newspaper found that not only did the police lose the murder weapon, but they later recovered it in the trunk of one of their own police cars.
  • Double Exposure

    The author discovers that a celebrated civil rights photographer actually doubled as an FBI informant in the late 1960s. The author pieces together elements of his undercover work and finds that the informant's work included reporting on the activities of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike.
  • The NYPD Tapes

    The series gives an unprecedented look inside the NYPD through the secret recordings documenting police misconduct made by Police Officer Adrian Schoolcraft. Evidence of civil rights violations, a severe staffing shortage, and downgrading of rape complaints are found within the 117 roll call recordings.
  • The Texas

    Mentally disabled residents of a school in Texas were forced to be a part of a “fight club” run at night. The brutality of this was highly disturbing and it terrified these residents. Many of them tried to leave, but the staff members continuously forced them back and continued the abuse. Since all this information was revealed, these former staff members have been found guilty of felony charges of injury to the mentally ill and face time in prison.
  • No Buy List

    Similar to the No Fly list, the US Treasury department's No Buy List has over 7,000 names on it of people who they believe have terrorist or drug ties. The list is intended to keep banks and other businesses from doing business with people who poise a known threat to national security, and there are large fines, even jail time for not checking the list. However, the list is also keeping normal law-abiding citizens from making everyday purchases.
  • Police Complaints Rising

    Brutality complaints were on the rise at three area law enforcement departments; they had increased by 25 percent in the last five years. Complaints about other officer misconduct, such as rudeness or harassment, also were on the rise. Few citizen complaints were validated by the departments, which investigated the complaints themselves. The majority of complaints were deemed unsubstantiated and in many cases they were classified as false, which subjected the complainant to possible criminal prosecution.
  • A Troubled Diagnosis

    "Overcrowding, violence and drug abuse have made New Jersey's Ancora Psychiatric Hospital a place where no one is safe. The report triggered a U.S. Civil Rights investigation into the hospital, plus reform bills in the Legislature."
  • (Dis)Service, Fallen and Forgotten

    Families of immigrant service members who were killed were never told that they were eligible for immigration benefits among certain immediate family. The Department of Defense nor U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services were informing the relatives of the benefits.