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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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How Reuters used public information to build the most comprehensive database of Taser-involved deaths yet

How Reuters used public information to build the most comprehensive database of Taser-involved deaths yet

In a sweeping investigation, a team of Reuters reporters, editors, and data analysts raised serious questions about Taser’s manufacturer’s claim that no one has died directly from device’s shock. Reviewing the results of hundreds of autopsies, filing hundreds of public records requests around the country, and other painstaking open-source research made the investigation possible.

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Read St. Anthony Police Department’s Use of Force Policy

Read St. Anthony Police Department’s Use of Force Policy

As part of our collaboration with Campaign Zero, MuckRock requested use of force policies from the 100 largest police departments in the country, including St. Anthony PD. In the wake of the recent release of the dash cam video of the shooting of Philando Castile, we wanted to give you a chance to read the policy yourself.

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North Dakota justifies eviction at Standing Rock to prevent "environmental catastrophe"

North Dakota justifies eviction at Standing Rock to prevent “environmental catastrophe”

Governor of North Dakota Doug Burgum’s office has provided us with records about how they went about cleaning up the camps at Standing Rock. Included in the documents is letter from Governor Doug Burgum, in which he stressed the environmental necessity of removing the protestors, praised officer restraint, and warns of “the new normal of passionate causes, celebrity endorsements, and social media.”

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MuckRock's guide to protests and FOIA: The day of

MuckRock’s guide to protests and FOIA: The day of

In a democracy, the power of the people comes from the ability to hold their government accountable. We’re launching a project to provide a comprehensive list of FOIA resources that will help you to prepare, participate, and investigate protests. Today, we’ll be looking at what to look out for during a protest.

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North Charleston Police releases over 800 pages of civilian complaints

North Charleston Police releases over 800 pages of civilian complaints

The retrial of Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer who gunned down 50-year-old Walter Scott as he was running away and planted a taser on his body, was recently pushed back to August, but records released by his former department reveal a brutal and dysfunctional culture among the officers.

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