Journal Sentinel Investigation into Milwaukee Cops Prompted Change Before it Was Published

By: Richard Prince | Poynter.org

After a two-year investigation, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday that 93 police officers have been disciplined for violating state laws or local ordinances, and that, among other things, “officers who abuse their spouses or romantic partners are allowed to keep their jobs, carry loaded weapons and respond when battered women call for help.”

“My work on this project had impact before it was published,” reporter Gina Barton wrote in a Nieman Watchdog post. One officer, accused of an on-duty rape, “dropped his appeal to get his job back and was later indicted by federal prosecutors for violating the woman’s civil rights.”

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