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Opening the Chicago Surveillance Fund

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is using its Narcotics asset forfeiture funds to purchase controversial surveillance equipment. Help Lucy Parsons Labs and MuckRock conduct an independent audit of this fund to find out how this forfeiture money is being spent. We need to find out what new surveillance technologies are being used in Chicago - one of the most heavily surveilled cities in the United States.

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From the Pentagon to the Police: The 1033 Project

As we saw in Ferguson, and most recently in Dallas and Baton Rouge, every day American police look less like a neighborhood watch and more like a paramilitary force. Here's how and why that happened.

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Use of Force Policy Project

As part of our collaboration with Campaign Zero, MuckRock requested use of force policies from the largest police departments in the country.

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The Weapons of Safety and Security in Massachusetts

Weapons are a ubiquitous tool for any police department in the United States. In Massachusetts, the choice of police weapons is delegated to the more than 340 individual police agencies within the state. What weapons have been chosen to provide safety and security to their operating areas?

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Cell Site Simulator Census

A nationwide census of cellphone surveillance equipment use and policy.

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How does your local law enforcement monitor your social media?

How does your local law enforcement monitor your social media?

Nearly 300 people have submitted their local police, Sheriff, or school to our social media surveillance survey. Have you added yours?

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Public records help expose DUI cover ups, killer EpiPens, and dangerous drivers

Public records help expose DUI cover ups, killer EpiPens, and dangerous drivers

A lot of stories would just never come to life unless someone thought to request information about it. Sometimes those requests are inspired by a tip from a source or just a hunch a reporter has. Sometimes its filing just to see what comes back.

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Exploring the future of policing at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Expo

Exploring the future of policing at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Expo

Last week, Curtis Waltman was given the opportunity to travel to Philadelphia, where the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference was being held. If you’ve ever wondered what a police trade show is like, you’re about to find out.

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Short horror stories from the "Clownpocalypse" police logs

Short horror stories from the “Clownpocalypse” police logs

Amid the spate of random clown sightings around the country that made up the 2016 “Clownpocalyse,” Allan Lasser began filing for police incident reports regarding clowns. For Halloween, we’ve compiled a list of the most disturbing details to come out of those requests.

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How journalists can get around FOIA's waiting game

How journalists can get around FOIA’s waiting game

Public records aficionados know they’re in for a waiting game - requests can take weeks or years to get a response. In a 24-hour news cycle, how are last week’s documents still relevant?

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ALPR data review request log

Phil Mocek sent this request to the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA

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No response from State Department in two years