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The Fourth Estate As The Final Check

November 22, 2016
By Delbert Tran

Beyond the three traditional branches of government, there is another that has often been described as a fourth branch: the free press.

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Pennsylvania’s HB 1538, Designed to Shield Police Officers’ Identities from the Public, Threatens Transparency

November 8, 2016
By Rumela Roy

In September 2015, Pennsylvania State Rep. Martina White introduced a bill designed to shield the names of Pennsylvania police officers that have been involved in shootings from the public.

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News Organizations Seek Outcomes of NYPD Disciplinary Proceedings

October 31, 2016
By Regina Wang

As the public becomes increasingly concerned with police accountability, news organizations play a crucial role in providing information about recent police misconduct-related incidents, from the use of excessive force to stop-and-frisk practices.

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New York’s Section 50-a Shields Law Enforcement Records

October 26, 2016
By Meenakshi Krishnan

In 2011, Rikers Island guard Aubrey Victor was videotaped repeatedly kicking and stomping on the head of a 16-year-old inmate as he lay on the floor. An internal investigation found that Victor had used excessive and potentially deadly force. This finding would normally have never become public because of Section 50-a, a provision of the New York State civil rights law that shields the personnel records of law enforcement officers from public disclosure.

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