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Know Your Rights: The power of public records when dealing with law enforcement

In our culture of expanding surveillance, we are constantly encouraged to report suspicious activity to authorities. What can be done when the people you want to hold accountable are the police themselves? This project means to subvert that attention from our fellow citizens towards law enforcement.

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Join MuckRock for our Sunshine Week Transparency Science Fair

Join MuckRock for our Sunshine Week Transparency Science Fair

To celebrate Sunshine Week, MuckRock is hosting our very own transparency-themed science fair on Saturday, March 16th at Oficio Back Bay! Come and explore the ways an open government is essential to an informed and engaged democracy.

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Anarchy in the U.S. (with a side of molasses)

Anarchy in the U.S. (with a side of molasses)

Boston’s Great Molasses Flood happened 100 years ago this month. While the cause of the accident turned out to be a faulty tank and warmer than average temperatures, initially reports blamed sinister anarchists intent on violence. A recent Federal Bureau of Investigation report on “Anarchist Extremism” shows just how little things have changed.

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The FBI and the case of Charlie Chaplin's stolen corpse

The FBI and the case of Charlie Chaplin’s stolen corpse

In late December 1977, Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, known to the world as “Charlie,” died in his home in Switzerland. A few months later, his body was stolen from its cemetery plot, kicking off an international corpse hunt that briefly - if dubiously - included the FBI.

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MuckRock's Dog or Hot Dog Challenge

MuckRock’s Dog or Hot Dog Challenge

It’s dog week here at MuckRock, and we’re kicking things off with a challenge to you, dear reader. We requested photos of mayors in major cities around the country with either dogs, or with hot dogs. Now it’s up to you to guess - are these mayors hanging with Shih tzus or sausages?

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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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Death of Christopher Thein

Sean Maloney sent this request to the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA

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Mayor Marty Walsh's Super Tuesday Plans

Kyle Clauss sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Boston, MA