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  • WUSA 9 -- "DC Police: Stop and Frisk"

    Through analyzing more than 6 years of data WUSA 9's “DC Police: Stop and Frisk” series uncovered 8 out of 10 people stop and frisked by Washington, DC police are African-American, despite black people making up less than half the city's population. The year-long investigation, 20 part series and hour-long special that followed exposed shocking and systematic failures by the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department to follow its own laws. Laws designed to protect people from racial bias on the part of police officers.
  • Influence & Injustice: An investigation into the power of prosecutors

    When it comes to racial bias in Florida's criminal justice system, there's plenty of blame to go around. Judges say prosecutors are the most responsible because they control the plea negotiation process where 95 percent of cases are resolved, But while prosecutors are the most powerful people in the system, that power varies based on where they practice and the relative influence of other actors – judges, public defenders, private attorneys, law enforcement officers and even juries.
  • The Education of Edwin Raymond

    For a cover story in the New York Times Magazine, Investigative Fund reporter Saki Knafo uses exclusive, secretly recorded audio from one officer, Edwin Raymond, to expose the NYPD’s rigid insistence on fulfilling arrest quotas — and the racial biases behind them — despite public denials that such a quota system exists. The story sparked a follow-up investigation by NBC New York and coverage by several other outlets. Ultimately, the story resulted in the promotion of the whistleblowing officer.
  • 'Not Wanted': Racial Bias at Trump Properties

    In the weeks leading up to the presidential election, the NBC News Investigative Unit and MSNBC broadcast an in-depth report on the Trump family business’s racist practices in the 1960's through the early 1980's, when African-Americans seeking to rent apartments in New York City were turned away because of the color of their skin.
  • Machine Bias

    With our Machine Bias series, we are investigating the algorithms that are increasingly making decisions about our lives, from what news or ads we see online to what sentences are meted out for crimes. Algorithms are often proprietary "black boxes," raising important questions about transparency and due process. By collecting and analyzing the output of these systems, we set out to reverse-engineer and make accountable some of the algorithms that were having the biggest impact on people’s lives. Our investigative methods included linear regression, statistical analysis, and the creation of our own software. Among the series’ findings were evidence of racial bias in risk assessment systems, and the preferential treatment of Amazon’s own products in its so-called open market.
  • Deadly Decisions

    "Deadly Decisions" examines how capital juries unlawfully sentence people to death --including people who are innocent -- as a result of racial bias or misunderstandings of the law. In two cases, documented in this report, defendants in Virginia were executed because judges refused to clarify juror's questions about parole.
  • Black, White and Blue

    A Dallas Observer investigation explores the disciplinary practices at the Dallas Police Department in relation with an alleged racial bias. The story reveals "a stark contrast between the way badly behaved white and black officers were disciplined." The analysis of the police department's records shows that 38% of the allegations of misconduct involve black officers at the time when only 16% of the sworn officers at the department are African-American. The investigation also reveals that "white officers have better odds of getting the charges against them dropped" and "if allegation were sustained ... black officers faced a greater likelihood of getting punished more severely than their white counterparts." The reporter points to two examples - one involving a black officer who has been fired for allegedly sleeping while on duty and another involving a white officer who has only received a written reprimand for the same misconduct. The investigation details some questionable hiring practices at the police department. The story also reports on a continuing U.S. Department of Justice investigation of the alleged racial bias.
  • Stories on U.S. District Judge Alan McDonald

    "For years, U.S. District Judge Alan McDonald and his courtroom deputy in Yakima exchanged disparaging notes about people appearing in court -- a possible violation of conduct rules for federal judges." Copies of the notes were obtained by the Spokesman Review, and launched a nine-month judicial misconduct investigation and a reprimand by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Iowa blacks imprisoned at high rate, State to Examine justice for blacks

    A Des Moines Register investigation revealed that "at least 1 in 12 black Iowans is in prison, on parole or probation -- a ratio that surpasses most others across the United States... The ratio for whites is 1 in 110."
  • Well-Off Blacks Denied Mortgages

    The Detroit News investigates the lending practices of area banks. The results show that a racial bias exists among many financial institutions causing blacks to receive far fewer loans than whites. The investigation also reveals that although well-off blacks are often denied mortgages, poor whites are refused loans nearly twice as often as poor blacks.