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October 22, 2020

Unqualified Impunity: When Government Officials Break the Law, They Often Get Away With It
By Katherine Hawkins

According to an investigation by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Justice Department declined to bring charges in 96% of the police misconduct cases it received from 1995 through 2015. For other crimes, the rate of declination was 23%. According to government statistics compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, from 1990 to 2019 the Justice Department filed civil rights charges against law enforcement an average of only 41 times per year. Last year, federal prosecutors brought just 49 criminal cases against law enforcement for violating civil rights out of a total of over 184,274 federal criminal cases.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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