Friday, July 31, 2020
As hundreds of videos of police violence during protests have circulated, ProPublica wanted to see what happened to officers in the aftermath. We set out to see whether the incidents caught on camera were investigated, whether officers were named and what information we could get about any investigations or discipline. We found a widespread lack of transparency that made it difficult to find out even the most basic details about whether and what sort of investigations were taking place. ProPublica looked through hundreds of viral videos and focused on those that most clearly show an officer using apparently disproportionate force. We ended up with 68 videos involving more than 40 law enforcement agencies across the country, in both large cities and small towns. We asked each police department a few simple questions: Who were the officers in the video, were they under investigation and have they been disciplined? The departments mostly declined to give any specific information.
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