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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.
  • Investigations following Philando Castile shooting

    On the night of July 6, 2016, 32-year-old Philando Castile was shot dead by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed the aftermath on Facebook. Video of a dying, blood-soaked Castile, who is black, with Yanez’s gun trained on him was viewed by millions, and sparked outrage across the country. These five stories investigate the officer, his training, and the multitude of traffic stops Castile encountered before his death, despite not having a criminal record
  • 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.
  • Fatal Shootings by Police

    The FBI keeps flawed data on people killed by police. So The Post logged every fatal shooting in 2015 -- and embarrassed the FBI into action
  • Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence and Cover-Up in the Wake of Katrina

    Six days after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in New Orleans, New Orleans Police Department officers opened fire on residents crossing the Danziger Bridge. When the shooting stopped, a mentally challenged man and a seventeen-year-old boy were dead, riddled with gunshot wounds. A mother’s arm was shot off, her daughter’s stomach gouged with a bullet hole, and her husband’s head pierced by shrapnel. Her nephew was shot in the neck, jaw, stomach, and hand. All six of the victims, along with two others arrested at the scene, were black and unarmed. Before the blood dried, the shooters and their supervisors had hatched a cover-up. They would plant a gun, invent witnesses, and charge two of their victims with attempted murder. The NOPD hailed all the shooters on the bridge as heroes. Shots on the Bridge explores one of the most dramatic cases of injustice in the last decade. It reveals the fear that gripped the police of a city fallen into anarchy, the circumstances that led desperate survivors to go to the bridge, and the horror that erupted with the gunfire. It dissects the cover-up that nearly buried the truth and the legal maze that, a decade later, leaves the victims still searching for justice.
  • Armed and Dangerous

    This article investigated the rise of police shootings in Chicago over the past four years. The analysis revealed several patterns, including that the shootings tend to happen in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.
  • "The Good Shoot"

    When Dominic "Buddy" Defino lifted a gun toward Baltimore police officers Mike Caperoon and Derek Phyall, they shot him nine times. A few minutes later, Defino was dead. His death was ruled a justifiable homicide, but that didn't make it any less painful for his family, his neighbors -- or the cops who killed him.
  • "The Color of the Day"

    New York Transit Police Officer Peter Del-Debbio claims he didn't didn't know Desmond Robinson was an off-duty cop when he shot him five times in the back. Del-Debbio said he was just trying to defend himself -- amidst reports that two black teenagers carrying guns were wandering around a nearby subway station. Del-Debbio, who is white, claimed he thought Desmond, an African American, was one of the "perps". A New York jury didn't see it that way, convicting him of "reckless assault," which carries a sentence ranging from probation to seven years.
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    Penthouse tells the story of the secret relationship between a mob killer an a top F.B.I. agent. The article provides a peculiar view of organized crime in the 1990's.