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The investigative team at KNXV obtained body camera footage of a 2017 incident involving the Glendale Police Department and Johnny Wheatcroft. Wheatcroft was tased 11 times by officers. Experts called the conduct “sadistic” and “outrageous.” Since the station first reported this story, the Maricopa County Attorney has asked the FBI to review the actions of the officers involved. Gov. Doug Ducey also called for the investigation to be reopened.
Case Cleared” uncovered how dozens of cities in America are making many rape cases look as if they are solved without actually arresting a suspected rapist. It found that in those cities, exceptional clearance, a type of clearance intended to be the exception, has instead become the rule for closing rape cases. The investigation has led the FBI to expedite a process to reform its national system for tracking crimes in order to require the nation’s police agencies to report unfounded crimes.
As a result of the WKBW investigative team’s initial reporting into child sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church in Western New York, a source within the Buffalo diocese agreed to work with investigative reporter Charlie Specht and photojournalist Jeff Wick, providing evidence of a church cover-up. The Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a criminal investigation centered on the leadership of the diocese, and more victims have come forward to tell their stories.
WTVF’s yearlong investigation of lead contamination issues in the drinking water of Nashville schools revealed that officials in Metro Nashville Public Schools were keeping test results showing toxic lead in schools’ drinking water from parents, principals and the public. As a result of WTVF’s reporting, state lawmakers passed a law that will require every school district in the state to test for lead in its drinking water.
KMGH’s award-winning reporting followed a Denver man, Ryan Laber, who lost his wife and two young sons in a murder-suicide in 2016. Laber told KMGH that he broke his silence in hopes that coming forward would bring awareness to the topic of depression.
“Sold in America,” a 2018 podcast series hosted by Noor Tagouri, investigated the billion-dollar sex trade industry, taking listeners on a journey across the country into the world of selling sex in America. This deeply personal, deeply reported series uncovered misconceptions surrounding the sex industry through perspectives from those working in and around it. The podcast was a follow-up to the documentary of the same name that aired in 2018 on Newsy, Scripps’ national news network.
The Scripps Florida investigative team uncovered how some teachers are failing state certification tests at unprecedented rates. Changes to the state tests were made in the past few years to make it more rigorous. Questions continue to mount over the exams’ validity and fairness, as well as the costs involved to take the test. Many are concerned the testing is forcing good and intelligent teachers out of the classroom and classes are now often being taught by long-term substitutes. After the investigation began the Florida Department of Education proposed millions of dollars approved by the state legislature to help pay for initial teacher certification and renewal certification fees.