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  • Unfit For Duty

    A nine-part series on how state and local officials handle police misconduct in the state of Florida. The newspaper analyzed more than 22,000 misconduct cases, uncovering that severely troubled officers are frequently still in duty.
  • Both Sides of the Law

    This series looks into the Milwaukee police department's policies for officers who break the law. They found at least 93 officers that have been disciplined for violating the laws and ordinances they were sworn to uphold.
  • The NYPD Tapes

    The series gives an unprecedented look inside the NYPD through the secret recordings documenting police misconduct made by Police Officer Adrian Schoolcraft. Evidence of civil rights violations, a severe staffing shortage, and downgrading of rape complaints are found within the 117 roll call recordings.
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Jails series

    The series examined individuals who have died suspiciously while in the custody of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who proclaims himself to be "America's Toughest Sheriff." Specifically, the stories examined the death of an inmate, Juan Mendoza Farias, who entered the county jail in good health and arrived at the county morgue two days later--covered with bruises and lacerations. The series also covered ongoing federal class-action lawsuit brought by the ACLU against Arpaio. During the process of that lawsuit, Arpaio lost his federal jail accreditation, which is require by Arizona law. Dickerson has been covering the lawsuit since 2007 and broke the story that the county's top lawman was himself breaking a state law by losing the accreditation of his jails. The series also investigated the care of pregnant inmates and their babies in the jail, finding that many women are malnourished and miscarry as a result of the jail conditions and food.
  • Rush to Judgment

    Without using anonymous or unnamed sources the News & Observer looks at the "phony rape charges" brought against the three Duke lacrosse players. The paper specifically looked at the "prosecutorial and police misconduct"
  • Elizabeth Police Misconduct

    The authors investigated beer parties held by on duty police officers on a deck just a few feet from their headquarters.Supervisors were aware of this activity, and occasionally participated. The investigation revealed other misconduct including vandalizing and intimidation.
  • Spotlight on False Confessions

    The Miami Herald found that at least 38 murder confessions were thrown out in Broward County courts by judges, juries, police or prosecutors. Suspects were jailed for confessions that incorrectly stated basic facts of a crime. Confessions were taken from suspects who asked for attorneys or asked to remain silent. Detectives forced confessions out of people under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Broward County detectives also took confessions from the mentally disabled, from minors, and from the homeless.
  • An investigation into race and crime

    A Toronto Star investigation finds that police officers have treated unfairly and unequally black offenders in traffic and drug cases. The findings are based on Toronto police department arrest data, which also shows violent crime appears to be a bigger problem among blacks than whites.
  • Fight Club

    Prison guards in the Florence federal penitentary administered beatings on prisoners and then blamed it all on the inmates. A two-year investigation by the US Justice Department discovered that the group of 12 guards, known as the Cowboys, dispensed their own brand of justice for over 18 months.
  • Police Misconduct in Philadelphia

    Through conversations with off-duty police officers and others willing to talk, the staff of the Inquirer discovered that in 1998 a Philadelphia Police chief of Homicide drove drunk, crashed his car, and went along with a cover up instituted by another officer. Captain James Brady was found by a patrol officer after an evening of drinking, having already crashed his car into another vehicle. When Lieutenant Joseph DiLacqua came to the scene he ordered two patrol officers to find out what Brady had hit, and later ordered one to make it appear as if Brady crashed into a pillar. The cover-up was eventually discovered by an internal investigation, but the officers only received the minimum punishment of a 20 day suspension without pay. After the Inquirer's story Brady was transferred to a night command, the commissioner changed disciplinary policy for top officers, and the district attorney began an investigation to see if criminal charges should be filed.