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This year, WhoWhatWhy launched a Government Integrity unit to dig into the powerful but poorly monitored functions of the permanent government: health and interior departments and regulatory agencies in Washington and across the country.  

Here are some of our favorite stories from that new team. 


Minneapolis Police, National Day of Protest

Minneapolis police held the line to box in protesters on I-94 during the National Day of Protest rally and march in Minneapolis in November 2020. Photo credit: © TNS via ZUMA Wire

Here’s What’s Wrong With How Minnesota Trains Its Officers

Could the way Minnesota police officers are trained play a role in the number of deadly police incidents? Police educators think so. 

 


Ron DeSantis, West Palm Beach

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) leaves a West Palm Beach rally where he appeared live on ”Fox and Friends” to sign a voting reform law on May 7, 2021. Photo credit: © TNS via ZUMA Wire

The Sunshine State’s Dark Vision of the GOP’s Future

The Florida governor is Donald Trump with a Harvard JD. Now he’s riding the wave of COVID-19 denial, voter suppression, and authoritarianism to a White House bid. 

 


George Floyd, mural, Minneapolis

The George Floyd mural outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, MN, on June 4, 2020, following a memorial service. Photo credit: Lorie Shaull / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

It’s Been a Year — Where Is the George Floyd Policing Act?

You might be surprised what Senate Democrats and Republicans agree on when it comes to police reform. So why can’t they reach a deal?


Police, body camera

In 2016, 47 percent of general-purpose law enforcement agencies in the country had acquired body-worn cameras. Photo credit: Utility, Inc. / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Feds Finally Following Local Lead in Use of Body Cameras

The Justice Department is only now catching up with local law enforcement, which has steadily increased the use of body-worn cameras in the last decade. 

 


Memphis, police, body camera

A Memphis police officer wearing a body camera makes an arrest on August 20, 2019. Photo credit: Office of Public Affairs / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Body Cameras Don’t ‘Fix’ Policing, but Lawmakers Keep Trying

It’s often thought that the addition of body-worn cameras will hold law enforcement accountable when interacting with the public. But do they actually make cops better? 


Minneapolis Police Department, body camera

A Minneapolis Police Department officer wearing an Axon body camera during his regular duties in downtown Minneapolis on December 26, 2019. Photo credit: Tony Webster / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Profiting on Police Reform: Can the Feds Break up Axon’s Body Camera Monopoly?

The top provider of body-camera equipment to American police is using Silicon Valley tactics to dominate the market. 

 


Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, testifies

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies before a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on slowdowns at the Postal Service in Washington, DC, on August 24, 2020. Photo credit: © Pool/Abaca via ZUMA Press

Will Joe Biden Save the Mail?

To rescue the US Postal Service, Joe Biden may need to abandon his commitment to institutional norms. 


facial recognition, airport, CBP

A facial recognition tablet takes a photo of a passenger boarding an international flight at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, VA, September 6, 2018. Photo credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection / Flickr

ICE Doubles Down On Controversial Facial Recognition Technology

As other nations say the technology broke national privacy law, ICE signs a new contract with Clearview AI to access the largest facial recognition database on earth.