Police shooting probes: Deputies shielded by the badge

• 'Disturbing' patterns and practices
• An unrivaled look at more than 250 shootings
The Palm Beach Post and WPTV NewsChannel 5 team up

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Man hops off his bike, is shot in 4 seconds

How a deputy pursing a bicycle violation is suddenly shooting

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Here’s what we found:

97% of fatal shootings cleared

Local deputies aren’t held responsible by the sheriff, much less the courts

Bradshaw sets the tone on investigations from the start

Probes are geared to pin blame on the 'bad guy'

Evidence ignored

Incomplete investigations: 153-word report about one killing


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Teen's joyride in mom's minivan: What are the facts?

A deputy shoots 17-year-old Jeremy Hutton, who has Down syndrome; video casts doubt on sheriff's conclusion.

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'We had to take this action'

Investigations fit the sheriff’s conclusions

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Sheriff Bradshaw knows the streets

He's shot at people three times himself

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Back to duty in days

Deputies resume patrol in days — sometimes at their own peril. How deputies can pay the price.

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What about your police force?

25 departments work here: How many shootings? How many officers? Report cards on each.

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Suspects, officers: Lives forever changed

The personal stories behind these shootings

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Fleeing suspects, shooting at cars

Examine the local shootings in your town, by race, any way you want.

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Policing the police?

No one. Really. Not the state attorney, not the state police agency, not the feds. How do police watch for troubling trends?

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What it’s like to pull the trigger

A deputy talks about his trial on charges of killing an unarmed black man. The emotional toll for officers.

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Training — What deputies learn about lethal force

Our reporters tried it.

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How we got the story

Meet Lawrence Mower and Katie LaGrone.

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