September 16th, 2014

newshour:

China consumes half of the world’s pork. And the country’s growing middle class — bigger than the population of the United States — wants more meat. The Center for Investigative Reporting looks at how China plans to meet that demand.

Reblogged from PBS NewsHour
September 12th, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol agents have responded to threats and assaults with escalating violence and lethal force. More than half of the 40+ deaths that happened at the hands of Border Patrol agents since 2005 occurred in the least 4 years. 

Our new investigation takes an in-depth look at one of those fatal shootings and the questionable investigation that followed. Read the full story

September 10th, 2014

"Did he need killing?"

In 2010, a U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a fleeing teenage drug smuggler twice in the back. Investigators deemed the shooting justified.

But was it? For the first time, we’ve pieced together a full account of the incident, and the questionable investigation that followed.

Read the full story, published in partnership with Medium. 

September 8th, 2014

Just days before video of NFL player Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee sparked outrage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some startling numbers on the prevalence of domestic violence:

More than 31% of women in the U.S. have experienced physical abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the new survey. Here’s Washington Post’s look at the stats

In South Carolina, the state’s domestic violence epidemic is particularly deadly. Read the chilling investigation from our partners at The Post and Courier for an in-depth look at the problems – and what can be done to address them.

August 26th, 2014
Every Arizona resident who had a driver’s license or state-issued ID card and all that identifying stuff is potentially compromised. That’s a huge breach.

Mikel Longman, former Criminal Investigations Chief at the Arizona Department of Public Safety, on a 2007 data breach at a major counterterrorism center that you’ve heard nothing about. Until now.

Our new investigation with ProPublica unravels the mystery of a Chinese national who had access to a wide array of sensitive intelligence info, then disappeared. Read it here

August 20th, 2014
18-year-old poet Unique Hughley of Kansas City, Missouri, wrote the above poem in response to what he witnessed at a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri. 
Now, it’s your turn. The Off/Page Project, our collaboration with Youth Speaks, is soliciting youth poetry in response to events in Ferguson. How do they compare to what you experience in your own community? 
Learn more and send us your poem here.

18-year-old poet Unique Hughley of Kansas City, Missouri, wrote the above poem in response to what he witnessed at a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Now, it’s your turn. The Off/Page Project, our collaboration with Youth Speaks, is soliciting youth poetry in response to events in Ferguson. How do they compare to what you experience in your own community? 

Learn more and send us your poem here.

August 18th, 2014
How local police are using military surveillance tech
Beyond armored vehicles and guns, local law enforcement agencies are also trying out war-tested surveillance tools to fight crime. One such technology, know as “wide-area surveillance,” functions like Google Earth with a rewind button, allowing police to track the movements of an entire city.  
Our investigation explores what these new tools mean for your privacy. 

How local police are using military surveillance tech

Beyond armored vehicles and guns, local law enforcement agencies are also trying out war-tested surveillance tools to fight crime. One such technology, know as “wide-area surveillance,” functions like Google Earth with a rewind button, allowing police to track the movements of an entire city.  

Our investigation explores what these new tools mean for your privacy. 

August 15th, 2014

How much military gear per officer has your state received from the Pentagon? Wonkblog charts the data.

To find out what kinds of equipment California police agencies have procured since 2011, search our database

August 14th, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Ousted internal affairs chief accuses Border Patrol of shooting cover-ups and corruption

In an unauthorized interview, the recently removed head of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol's internal affairs tells our reporter Andrew Becker that at least a quarter of 28 shooting deaths by CBP agents were “highly suspect.” 

Read the full story

August 11th, 2014

Drink bottled water? There’s a good chance that it’s coming from some of the most drought-ridden places in the U.S. Check out the full story from Mother Jones.

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