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Saturday, May 4, 2019


WE FOUND 85,000 COPS WHO’VE BEEN INVESTIGATED FOR MISCONDUCT. NOW YOU CAN READ THEIR RECORDS - USA TODAY is leading a national effort to obtain and publish disciplinary and misconduct records for thousands of police officers.
[Excerpts] At least 85,000 law enforcement officers across the USA have been investigated or disciplined for misconduct over the past decade, an investigation by USA TODAY Network found... Reporters from USA TODAY, its 100-plus affiliated newsrooms and the nonprofit Invisible Institute in Chicago have spent more than a year creating the biggest collection of police misconduct records... SEARCH OUR EXCLUSIVE DATABASE BY OFFICER, DEPARTMENT OR STATE... They include 22,924 investigations of officers using excessive force, 3,145 allegations of rape, child molestation and other sexual misconduct and 2,307 cases of domestic violence by officers... The first set of records USA TODAY is releasing is an exclusive nationwide database of about 30,000 people whom state governments banned from the profession by revoking their certification to be law enforcement officers... The list is incomplete because of the absence of records from states such as California, which has the largest number of law enforcement officers in the USA... HELP US INVESTIGATE - The number of police agencies and officers in the USA is so large that the blind spots are vast. We need your help... SHARE YOUR STORIES OF POLICE MISCONDUCT WITH US - We want to hear from you if you believe you’ve encountered misconduct by a law enforcement officer or agency. EMAIL US - You can send tips and records about an officer or agency to policetips@usatoday.com - Need anonymity or security? Send records and tips to us via SecureDrop... Reporters need help getting documents – and other kinds of tips – from the public, watchdog groups, researchers and even officers and prosecutors themselves. If you have access to citizen complaints about police, internal affairs investigation records, secret settlement deals between agencies and departing officers or anything that sheds light on how agencies police their officers, we want to hear from you... [Full article here]
Contributing: James Pilcher and Eric Litke... Reporting and analysis: Mark Nichols, John Kelly, Eric Litke, James Pilcher, Aaron Hegarty, Andrew Ford, Brett Kelman, John Kelly, Matt Wynn, Steve Reilly, Megan Cassidy, Ryan Martin, Jonathan Anderson, Andrew Wolfson, Bethany Bruner, Benjamin Lanka, Gabriella Novello, Mark Hannan...
Updated 2:04 p.m. PDT May 1, 2019
Originally Published 6:15 p.m. PDT Apr. 24, 2019
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