Legally and ethically, prosecutors are required to turn over evidence — even when it could hurt their case. Those who don’t, however, face few consequences.
The state Criminal Justice Training Commission made the decision Wednesday, resolving a dispute about how far back the new law could reach.
In response to our reporting, some prosecutors flagged more cops as having credibility issues. Others fixed gaps in their systems.
Legislators say they didn’t mean for past misconduct to be off-limits, but that’s how a state commission has interpreted the new law.
Terry Carter was suspended by the Pacific Police Department earlier this year after he failed to report suspected child abuse.
Prosecutors must flag officers who have known incidents of dishonesty or other misconduct. A Crosscut investigation found at least 22 officers with such issues still found new jobs at other agencies.
Being home on maternity leave during last year's Black Lives Matter protests got a reporter thinking about how to look deeper into police misdeeds.
A Crosscut investigation found at least 183 police officers flagged for issues such as dishonesty, bias and excessive force remain in law enforcement.
In Washington state and around the nation, some cops fired for dishonesty or misconduct remain on the beat because private arbitrators gave them their jobs back.
Nine months of reporting and more than 100 records requests formed the basis of our look at police officers placed on so-called ‘Brady’ lists.