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  • Cruelty to Owners

    The 20/20 investigative team found animal protection groups (SPCA's) that unlawfully seized animals from owners and sold them for profit. One SPCA director was caught petitioning a judge for a search warrant. Following the story, an animal rescue group's leader resigned and was banned from serving as a witness in animal abuse cases.
  • A Pattern of Suspicion

    This fourteen month investigation into racial profiling began with the 2001 death of Timothy Thomas, an African - American teenager in Cincinnati. Thomas had fourteen police warrants before he was killed, all of which stemmed from unpaid traffic tickets for non-moving violations. These sorts of violations are often used as a pretext for seeing if suspicious motorists have drugs or guns. In nearly every city Dateline looked at, blacks were stopped or ticketed for non-moving violations at least twice as often as whites.
  • On the Run. Atlantic County Criminals Walk Away from Justice Four Times More Often that the Statewide Average.

    "More and more fugitives are willing to take the chance that law enforcement will never find them. All too often, that's the case. Fugitive units have been shortchanged - thanks to budget cuts and losses to the war on terrorism. Prosecutors, for economic reasons, sometimes won't even bring them back after they've been arrested in another state. And judges let them out on bail after they've pleaded guilty to offenses that will result in them serving a substantial prison term."
  • Surrounded by Fugitives

    Reader's Digest reports that "we are all at risk from the millions evading arrest." A look at the arrest-warrant system and fugitives.
  • Judges rubber-stamp no-knocks: Easy approval among flaws in process, records show

    An investigation by the Denver Post revealed that no-knock search warrants are so routinely approved that Denver judges issue them even when police ask for regular warrants. "In fact, The Denver Post has found, more than one of every 10 no-knock warrants issued over the past seven months was transformed from a regular warrant with just a judges signature."
  • Criminals Among Us

    A WMMT-TV investigation reveals that there are 5000 wanted criminals in Kalamazoo County who are walking free because the local law enforcement agencies aren't doing their jobs.
  • A Fatal Raid: Coverage of the death of Carl Ray Wilson

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette chronicles its court battle to unseal the federal search warrant that led to the raid of Carl Ray Wilson's home. Wilson, an "aging outlaw", was killed during the raid, which was conducted by an area SWAT team and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
  • The Siege

    Westword reports on the misuse of power by sheriff John Mestas and his overzealous deputies in Costilla County, Colorado. The story points to multiple incidents in which law enforcement officers gave tickets to good drivers, attempted to kick in residents' doors without search warrants, and handcuffed or threatened at gunpoint children and elderly people. The reporter finds that the sheriff, a former owner of a liquor shop, has "vowed to clean up the town of San Luis," and has been inclined to overaggressive enforcement of DUI laws. A major finding is that some of the deputies have been dismissed by other agencies, or have had disciplinary problems related to undue aggressiveness.
  • Unlawful Entry; A State of Denial

    "On September 29, 1999, Denver's war on drugs claimed its latest casualty- a Mexican national named Ismael Mena, who was shot by SWAT officers who'd burst into the wrong house. Mena's death triggered a 'Westword' investigation of police policies regarding no-knock warrants, revealing how easily warrants could be obtained on minimal evidence, with little review, producing arrests that yielded scant drugs or convictions but frequently risked the lives of innocent bystanders. A sidebar presented an exclusive interview with the key informant in the case, explaining how he was recruited into the drug war, functioned as an ambitious officer's primary (and possibly only) informant, and made the error in identification that proved fatal to Mena."
  • Unlawful Entry

    The Westword reports on how some of Denver police's reliance on no-knock warrants and confidential informants for drug busts led to the death of an innocent man.