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  • Policing in America: Five Years after Ferguson

    CBS News’ “Policing in America: Five Years After Ferguson” is a first-of-its-kind investigation into changes that police departments across America say they're making regarding race and policing since the shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri five years ago.
  • FRONTLINE / ProPublica: I Don't Want to Shoot You Brother

    A young black man was dead. A young white cop was quickly fired. If that sounds surprising, you don’t know the half of it. This is a shocking story about police and the use of lethal force. Just not the one you might expect. In this episode, The FRONTLINE Dispatch teams up with ProPublica to investigate a fatal police shooting in Weirton, West Virginia and the ramifications of its shocking aftermath. Listen, and then read our in-depth story on what happened.
  • Unholstered - When Texas Police Pull The Trigger

    The Texas Tribune combed through six years’ worth of records from the state’s 36 largest cities to produce Texas’ first-ever accounting of its police shootings.
  • Suspect shootings

    After a series of fatal shootings by Philadelphia police that violated department regulations, The Inquirer began closely examining all big-dollar settlements of civil rights lawsuits to determine what went wrong. Reporters found officers persisted in shooting at moving vehicles, often with deadly results. They also uncovered patterns of shoddy investigations by police Internal Affairs investigators and by criminal prosecutors, typically acting with no public accountability.
  • Use of Force: How the courts respond to police violence doesn’t always lead to justice

    This story examines how law enforcement officers justify using deadly force through the lens of three questionable Houston-area police shootings and one Texas law enforcement official who routinely defends officers in court as an expert witness.
  • Over the Line: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV investigation of Georgia's police shootings

    The most comprehensive examination of fatal police shootings in Georgia history uncovered prosecutorial misconduct, police cover-ups and breakdowns in justice that prompted state leaders to take action. The year-long investigation identified 184 fatal shootings in Georgia since 2010, details of each case and its outcome in the courts. The series distinguishes itself by the scope of the data-driven reporting and the ability of reporters to encourage reluctant police officers, prosecutors and grand jurors to go on the record and break the code of silence that has kept questionable police shootings hidden from the public. http://bcove.me/tv4wuzmd http://investigations.myajc.com/overtheline/database/ https://vimeo.com/150303553
  • Shots Fired

    Shots Fired is The Post and Courier's investigation into every police shooting in South Carolina since 2009. Shots Fired exposed how the state failed to properly investigate numerous police shootings, especially when officers fired at vehicles. The series also exposed how minorities were disproportionately affected by police tactics that often lead to gunfire. http://data.postandcourier.com/shots-fired/page/6 http://data.postandcourier.com/shots-fired/data http://data.postandcourier.com/shots-fired/page/1 http://data.postandcourier.com/shots-fired/
  • Florida Police Shot 574 People: Were they all justified?

    These series were about police-involved shootings in Florida. The stories raise serious questions about abuse of power, excessive force and whether police are always given the benefit of the doubt even when the evidence points to the contrary. NBC 6 was able to give the public a rare look at actions by Miami-Dade Police Department. The series aired before the Ferguson shooting and began drawing national attention to the issue of police shootings when MSNBC rebroadcast part of it. It has helped change county laws. Miami-Dade Police will no longer investigate their own police-involved shootings.
  • Deadly Force: When Las Vegas Police Shoot, and Kill

    In the wake of two controversial officer-involved deaths in the summer of 2010, the Las Vegas Review-Journal asked a simple question: Are Las Vegas police too quick to shoot? What reporters Lawrence Mower, Brian Haynes and Alan Maimon found in a groundbreaking analysis of all police shootings in Clark County since 1990 stunned even veteran police administrators: Local cops had shot at people 378 times, resulting in 142 deaths. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department alone was involved in 311 incidents resulting in 116 deaths. By any measure, Nevada's largest law enforcement agency uses deadly force more often than counterparts in the region and in other major cities surveyed.
  • In deputy-involved fatal shootings, Riverside County tops LA County

    "Riverside County sheriff's deputies may fire their duty weapons less than their LA County counterparts, but they killed more people in 2006." Bjelland created and analyzed a database on police shootings and a story on the effectiveness of purchasing Tasers.