Miami Police releases a single row of a nearly 100 page spreadsheet

Miami Police releases a single row of a nearly 100 page spreadsheet

A few weeks back, I filed with the ten largest police departments in the country for a list of all sexual harassment complaints or lawsuits from the past five years. The Miami Police Department was among the first to complete the request, releasing a single closed case from 2016. While that in itself is notable, what really stood out was they manner in which they released this information: a 96-page spreadsheet that was completely redacted other than the row containing what I asked for.

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The interagency CACTUS program served as the conduit between CIA’s Operation CHAOS and FBI’s COINTELPRO

The interagency CACTUS program served as the conduit between CIA’s Operation CHAOS and FBI’s COINTELPRO

A little known but extremely important part of the history of domestic surveillance by intelligence agencies is the CACTUS program. CACTUS was a highly classified channel used by agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to transmit information about “the New Left, Black Militants and related matters.” This channel was never disclosed in the Church Committee reports, even when the reports discuss information that was transmitted through CACTUS.

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MuckRock Release Notes: A new way to see and share data, plus nicer looking mail

MuckRock Release Notes: A new way to see and share data, plus nicer looking mail

This past week, we launched a new experimental feature that does a better job of displaying datasets. It isn’t widely rolled out yet, so see if you can spot it and let us know what you’d like to see happen with it. We also improved how we handled mail and forms, speeding up request processing.

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FBI leadership claimed Bureau was “almost powerless” against KKK, despite making up one-fifth of its membership

FBI leadership claimed Bureau was “almost powerless” against KKK, despite making up one-fifth of its membership

In testimony before the Church Committee, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Deputy Director acknowledged that the Bureau at one point made up as much as one-fifth of the Klu Klux Klan’s total membership - but were still powerless to curtail the KKK’s violence. His testimony also acknowledged police participation in Klan violence, and that the Bureau had three times as many “ghetto informants” as they did those targeting white supremacist domestic terrorists.

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North Dakota's domestic violence policies leave much up the discretion of the officer

North Dakota’s domestic violence policies leave much up the discretion of the officer

As part of a project to to shed light on how domestic violence is still treated differently from other violent crimes, we requested domestic violence response policies for state police departments in all 50 states. Today, we’re looking at North Dakota, where victims can be arrested, kicked out of their homes for, or even lose their children because they had the misfortune of being abused.

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