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Charlottesville Transparency Project

Examining the transparency of the city of Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Recently released records show Portland Police Bureau targeted counter-protesters, ignored armed alt-right demonstrators at "Patriot Prayer" rally

Recently released records show Portland Police Bureau targeted counter-protesters, ignored armed alt-right demonstrators at “Patriot Prayer” rally

A rally held in Portland, Oregon last August by the far-right group Patriot Prayer turned violent after Portland Police Bureau began cracking down on counter-protesters with flash grenades and pepper spray. Newly released communication logs from that day show that while the PPB were aware of a much greater threat posed by “patriot” camp - which included many armed demonstrators, some with criminal charges and violent histories - they still chose to target the counter-protesters, leaving many injured.

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Revisiting Corey Stewart’s mailbag after Charlottesville

Revisiting Corey Stewart’s mailbag after Charlottesville

Last year, we filed a request for Corey Stewart’s various Confederate-related correspondence, and received it around the time Stewart voiced support for a white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Robert E. Lee statue. Three months later, a much larger rally dubbed “Unite the Right” saw Heather Heyer killed by a neo-Nazi. MuckRock duplicated the original request for emails, with the addition of keywords related to the rally. We received 21 pages of emails, none written by Stewart.

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Virginia’s Trump Winery inspections are a $38 empty glass

Virginia’s Trump Winery inspections are a $38 empty glass

MuckRock’s resident Virginian spent the cost of decent meal on inspection reports of the Trump Winery in Charlottesville - and got a costly reminder that just because records are hard to get doesn’t necessarily mean they’re worth getting.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: Millions spent protecting Confederate landmarks, conservation officials instructed to withhold records, and cops caught driving drunk allowed to Uber home

This week’s FOIA round-up: Millions spent protecting Confederate landmarks, conservation officials instructed to withhold records, and cops caught driving drunk allowed to Uber home

In this week’s FOIA round-up, public records show massive federal spending on protecting Confederate cemeteries post-Charlottesville, the Trump administration’s policy of withholding documents requested with FOIA at the Fish and Wildlife Service, and a police fraternity allowing cops to escape DUI charges in Illinois. Also, an extensive FOIA-focused report details systemic flaws in the Illinois state FOIA process.

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