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Pulitzer Center Update June 20, 2019

This Week: Corrupt Cop Reigns Over Baltimore's Streets

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Jenkins and members of his squad were praised for their work getting guns off the streets in an October 2016 police department newsletter. Baltimore, Maryland. October, 2019. Image by Baltimore Police
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In 2016, in the midst of unrelenting violence in the city, the Baltimore Police Department brought...

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When seven officers from the Gun Trace Task Force were arrested in 2017, the sprawling case was shocking. Plainclothes officers targeted people, stole hundreds of thousands of dollars, lied about overtime and also conducted searches without warrants. Image by Kevin Richardson. United States, 2019.
When seven officers from the Gun Trace Task Force were arrested in 2017, the sprawling case was shocking. Plainclothes officers targeted people, stole hundreds of thousands of dollars, lied about overtime and also conducted searches without warrants. Image by Kevin Richardson. United States, 2019.

Cops and Robbers

Justin Fenton

In a story straight out of the popular 2000s television series The Shield, a Baltimore police officer named Wayne Jenkins led the special Gun Trace Task Force to citywide acclaim for his unorthodox methods of fighting crime, while secretly robbing suspects of money and drugs. In a new three-part Pulitzer Center-supported series from The Baltimore Sun, journalist Justin Fenton and a team of contributors chart Jenkins’ rise and fall, and the police establishment that turned a blind eye to his unit’s many excesses.

 

The names of deported veterans were painted in the wall that separates Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego. Image by Maria Ines Zamudio. United States, 2019.
The names of deported veterans were painted in the wall that separates Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego. Image by Maria Ines Zamudio. United States, 2019.

Deporting Veterans

Maria Ines Zamudio

The U.S. military has long attracted non-citizens to serve with promises of a path to citizenship, but the Trump administration is now breaking those promises to veterans. In the past six years, 250 veterans have been placed in removal proceedings, and 92 have already been deported without the government taking their service into account. Maria Ines Zamudio reports on the 1996 law the administration is using to justify the deportations in a Pulitzer Center-supported story for NPR and WBEZ.

Doctors lean over the operating table, cauterizing an incision on the patient's abdomen, during a kidney transplant performed at the private hospital Clínica Metropolitana, in Caracas. Image by Flaviana Sandoval. Venezuela, 2018.
Doctors lean over the operating table, cauterizing an incision on the patient's abdomen, during a kidney transplant performed at the private hospital Clínica Metropolitana, in Caracas. Image by Flaviana Sandoval. Venezuela, 2018.

The Quest for an Organ Transplant in Venezuela

Flaviana Sandoval

As Venezuela sinks further into its financial crisis, the Maduro government is struggling to provide its people with key services. One area that has thus far gone unreported is the country’s organ transplant system, which has almost completely collapsed. Boston University student fellow Flaviana Sandoval reports on how kidney patients are dying waiting for donor organs, while the wealthy buy access to transplants from private hospitals.

The border wall between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, United States. United States, 2019. Image by Maria Ines Zamudio.
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For the first time, the government tried to identify how many veterans have been deported. This...

Members of a surgical team prepare a donated kidney to be transplanted into a patient on June 27, 2018, at an operating room in the private hospital Clínica Metropolitana, in Caracas, one of the few health centers that still performs this complex medical procedure. Image by Flaviana Sandoval. Venezuela, 2018.
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Venezuela is currently undergoing one of the worst economic crises in its history, resulting in...

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