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Until recently, police in Columbus, Ohio couldn't differentiate between rape kits and shopping carts

Until recently, police in Columbus, Ohio couldn’t differentiate between rape kits and shopping carts

A public records request with the Columbus Police Department revealed that until a year ago, the department tagged rape kits in evidence as “other,” a designation also used for shopping carts and cell phones.

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In Massachusetts, laws intended to protect domestic abuse victims' privacy are being used to deny access to data about enforcement

In Massachusetts, laws intended to protect domestic abuse victims’ privacy are being used to deny access to data about enforcement

One of the frustrating ironies to come out of efforts to collect information on domestic violence is that sometimes the laws meant to protect victims get in the way of obtaining data that could be used to improve services to them.

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Boston Police release arrest reports from August's Free Speech Rally

Boston Police release arrest reports from August’s Free Speech Rally

Back in August, a handful of Nazis, White Supremacists, and “free speech advocates” came to Boston, where they were met by tens of thousands of counter-protesters. While the crowd was huge, only 33 people were arrested. And according to recently released incident reports, at least one of those was a photojournalist who tripped up a cop who might have taken the training wheels off too soon.

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"Don't commit crimes," and other highlights from Boston Police's personnel manual

“Don’t commit crimes,” and other highlights from Boston Police’s personnel manual

While in the process of asking police departments around the nation about their policies on off-duty officers, we received Boston Police Department’s Rule 102 - ”The Conduct and General Rights and Responsibilities of Department Personnel,” which contains all the rules and regulations that a BPD officer must live by. Apparently, naps were an issue.

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Follow our request for footage of this weekend's counterprotest on the Boston Common

Follow our request for footage of this weekend’s counterprotest on the Boston Common

After an exciting but relatively peaceful weekend of protesting, calm was restored to the city, and MuckRock awaits its latest requests for the official footage of the event.

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