We Are The Cops
With a backstory worthy of a movie thriller, the London Free Press revealed the ugly truth about one night at a police station in 2016. The initial story was that a 24-year-old woman had assaulted police. The truth was that a sergeant had assaulted her while other officers watched. Only when her lawyer got the surveillance tape were her charges dropped — and laid, instead, against the sergeant. None of this became public until the Free Press tracked down the victim, her dying lawyer and the video and successfully fought a lawsuit to prevent publication. The series had impact: new “police culture” education, policies for mandatory reporting of officer misconduct, and whistleblower protection.