The Brady list
During the summer of 2020, Crosscut went to every county prosecutor’s office in Washington state, asking for lists of police officers whose past actions could call their credibility in court into question. Prosecutors are required by law to keep track of cops with credibility issues so that, if those officers are asked to testify in court, the defendant's lawyers will be informed about the officers’ past actions.
At the time of this initial reporting, more than 800 officers appeared on county Brady lists, Crosscut found. Analysis showed 183 of those officers remained employed as police officers.
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