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  • 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.
  • 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. "
  • Cell Extractions

    A KTVT-TV investigation exposes "the violent way some correction officers handle inmates in North Texas jails." The investigation dociments the "overuse of pepper mace and excessive force," and details a case, when an inmate "died at the hands of the correction officers." The story features a letter from an Amnesty International expert, "stating the treatment of the inmates ... was tantamount to to torture and cruel punishment."
  • Supermax Prisons

    Roanoke Times investigations of the Wallens Ridge and Red Onion state prisons reveals that guards at both supermax facilities use excesive force in dealing with inmates. The Times also discovered that inmates at these facilities receive poor medical treatment.
  • Use of Force

    An investigation by the Courier-Journal reveals that most Louisville police officers "don't fully report the force they use against suspects." The newspaper also learns that citizen complaints about excessive force almost always are decided in favor of the officers.
  • Bad Records Taint S.F.'s Cop Trainers

    The Chronicle investigates the police officers who train rookie cops and finds an alarming number of these officers have been sued for assault, reckless driving and wrongful shooting. Several of the field training officers were also disciplined by the police commission for committing violent acts. Their lawsuits settlements alone have cost taxpayers nearly $1.4 million.
  • Power Play

    CNN investigates allegations of abuse raised against the Inspector General and police forces of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The series finds that the TVA IG probably operated outside its mandate to investigate "waste, fraud and abuse" by agency employees and contractors, when it launched an investigation into the events surrounding a protest by environmentalists at one of its nuclear power plants.
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    The Honolulu Advertiser finds that Hawaii prisons are awash with drugs and violence, with prison gurads actively participating in both activities. The investigation reveals that the state did not drug test gurads or conduct criminal background checks before hiring. (Aug. 23 - Dec. 12, 1995)
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    San Francisco Bay Guardian reports on San Francisco's Youth Guidance Center and the reports of child abuse and the use of excessive force by the center's staff; staff members accuse other staff members of abuse, May 13, 1992.
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    Miami Herald reports that the Miami police department does not take seriously complaints against officers who use excessive force upon suspects; three officers under investigation in the fatal beating of a suspected drug dealer had been named earlier in a department memo listing officers cited for unnecessary aggression, Dec. 19, 30, 1988, Jan. 15, 1989.