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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.
  • Suspect City: Stop & Frisk in Miami Gardens

    Fusion’s investigative team spent six-months producing a fully digital, data-driven interactive story about a police department in Florida with a “stop and frisk” policy that may be unparalleled in the nation. One local public defender called it “stop and frisk on steroids.” Fusion analyzed more than 30,000 pages of police department data, showing how aggressive and far-reaching police actions were. Some residents were stopped, questioned and written up multiple times within minutes of each other, by different officers. Children were stopped by police in playgrounds. Senior citizens were stopped and questioned near their retirement home, including a 99-year-old man deemed to be "suspicious.” Officers even wrote a report identifying a five-year-old child as a "suspicious person.” Fusion also documented multiple instances of police officers falsifying reports, claiming to stop and question people who were actually already in county jail.
  • Known to police 2013

    An analysis of 1.8 million Toronto police contacts with over a million citizens, which typically involve no arrests or charges, shows black and brown-skinned people are stopped, questioned and documented at proportionally higher rates than whites. It also reveals there are hundreds of "outlier" officers who stop people of certain skin colours at much higher rates than their peers. The practice of stopping citizens and entering their personal details into a massive internal database has been going on for decades and has bears a striking resemblance to New York City's controversial stop and frisk program. In fact, a Toronto Star analysis finds Toronto police stop and document blacks, proportionally, at a rate higher than the NYPD. It also raises the possibility that police in certain neighbourhoods have, over a span of five years, documented every young man of colour who lives in those areas.
  • White Mayor's Burden

    In the summer of 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced he was starting the Young Man's Initiative, a multi-million dollar public-private partnership to "help" young black and Latino male New Yorkers. What he neglected to mention in the rollout was that under his tenure, New York City has arrested record numbers of black and Latino young men using the controversial "stop and frisk" technique, has suspended record numbers of black and Latino men from schools, and has actively fought a federal lawsuit to make the Fire Department comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Alleged Illegal Drug Searches and Unlawful Marijuana Arrests by NYPD

    A two-part investigative series on marijuana arrests and illegal searches by the New York City Police Department and a look into the city's "Stop and Frisk" policy.
  • Alleged Illegal Searches & Unlawful Marijuana Arrests by NYPD

    The story takes a look into the NYPD's "stop and frisk" policy. The "stop and frisks" are street encounters carried out almost exclusively blacks and Latinos in the city's poorest neighborhoods. The investigation shows that NYPD is likely making false arrests for marijuana possession after recovering marijuana through illegal searches during "stop and frisks."