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The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

The Wash­ing­ton Post sent open records re­quests to the 55 mu­nic­i­pal and county po­lice de­part­ments that em­ploy the most sworn of­fi­cers, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est em­ploy­ment data from the FBI and the Bureau of Jus­tice Sta­tis­tics. Re­porters re­quested the names of of­fi­cers who were ter­mi­nated and those who were re­in­stated af­ter they con­tested their fir­ings through ar­bi­tra­tion or other ap­peals since 2006. In some cases, de­part­ments dis­closed only the to­tal num­ber of of­fi­cers they had fired or rehired. Some de­part­ments also pro­vided data that cov­ered only some of the years re­quested. Where de­part­ments dis­closed of­fi­cers’ names, re­porters re­quested cor­re­spond­ing in­ter­nal af­fairs records and records of the ter­mi­na­tion ap­peals. Some de­part­ments de­clined to pro­vide additional in­for­ma­tion; oth­ers dis­closed a wide range of doc­u­ments. Re­porters, work­ing with stu­dents at Amer­i­can Univer­sity, cre­ated a data­base of of­fi­cers who had been re­in­stated, which was the ba­sis of The Post’s anal­y­sis. This ar­ti­cle was pro­duced in part­ner­ship with the In­ves­tiga­tive Re­port­ing Work­shop at Amer­i­can Univer­sity. Stu­dents Tea­ganne Finn, Josephine Peter­son, Matt Hanan, Tay­lor Hartz, Jor­dan Hous­ton and Shaun Court­ney con­trib­uted re­port­ing.

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