Police Use of Deadly Force Against Animals
Documents obtained through an open records request showed Buffalo Police had opened fire on 92 dogs between 2011 and 2014, a rate far outpacing many other departments across the country. One officer individually had killed as many dogs as the entire New York City Police Department in 2011 and 2012 alone, according to the records. Based on a review of these public records, this in-depth piece examined police protocol and training procedures. The story quickly prompted department-wide training for aggressive animals and later led to new tactics for SWAT and narcotics officers.
Tracking Use of Force
In Nov. 2016, I continued to track use of force by obtaining every weapons-discharge record over a five-year span. The television story can be seen below.
In Nov. 2017, I filed a fourth Freedom of Information request with the Buffalo Police Department to obtain additional use of force records. After the department initially denied access, we mounted a legal challenge and won on appeal. The records revealed that police shootings, while rare, were not always reported to the public.
The Stories of the Survivors
The Stories of the Survivors: (Click For Link)
Through interviews with family members, friends, students and experts, we explore the emotional and psychological impact of the cycle of violence in Buffalo. One survey of high school students in the Buffalo Public Schools revealed 35 percent had seen someone shot, robbed or beaten in their neighborhood.
In Part Two of the series, three young women from Buffalo hold a roundtable discussion about violence and potential solutions in their neighborhoods.
Steven Rios Series: Part 1 (Feb. 2013)
For the first time since his second murder conviction, Steven Rios publicly maintained his innocence in an exclusive interview with myself and another reporter. We produced a three-part series on Rios, a former Columbia police officer convicted again in 2008 of murdering 23-year-old University of Missouri student Jesse Valencia after a judge threw the first verdict out. We drove eight hours to Sioux Falls, S.D., to visit Rios in prison, and our interviews with his ex-wife and former in-laws broke almost a decade of silence. Full web story can be found here.
Target 8: Digging Into Law Enforcement Homicide of Timothy Simpson (May 2013)
Full web story can be found here.
A review of police records in a fatal officer-involved shooting reveals that officers fired 20 shots at an armed subject in a heavily residential trailer park.