An exoneree trying to rebuild his life. A woman arrested for reporting her rape. Illegally imported execution drugs. The charismatic leader of a shady religious group. A cop accused of sexually assaulting a dozen women. A black man beaten in an Oakland Whole Foods. Bongs as the new banks. The mystery of an epidemic of murder in Detroit. Here are 15 of the most moving, unnerving, infuriating, revelatory, and memorable crime stories published by BuzzFeed News in 2015.
The Republican Party’s lack of diversity is the reason the party leadership has struggled to neutralize Donald Trump.
The first trial against a police officer associated with the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man from Baltimore who died in police custody last April, came down to the prosecution’s word against Officer William Porter’s.
GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump cited an unreliable poll from a famously anti-Muslim think tank in his call to ban Muslims entry into the United States.
Trump adviser Daniel Scavino Jr. suggests Obama give an important televised speech during Shabbat instead of Hanukkah.
A decade ago Cosby gave a speech excoriating poor blacks for not living up to the promise of the civil rights movement. Here’s a look back based on what we know now.
Our understanding of the Confederate flag has changed because our understanding of the Civil War and its aftermath has changed. The “Lost Cause” is finally losing.
In order to pass as black, Dolezal took advantage of the black community’s long tradition of inclusion regardless of skin tone.
Wayne Trotman, a former JP Morgan Chase executive, filed a lawsuit Monday saying he was fired for not preventing a settlement that stopped a major fair housing case from coming before the Supreme Court.
How did a city where blacks are well-represented among the city government and police erupt in riots not seen since Martin Luther King Jr. was killed?
Ferguson’s exploitative municipal court system echoes the South’s history of trumped-up legal charges designed to force blacks back into servitude.
Hint: It can be a convoluted and expensive process in a city where, according to the Department of Justice, officials have consistently set maximizing revenue as the priority for law enforcement.
Ferguson police “have exclusively set their dogs against black individuals, often in cases where doing so was not justified by the danger presented,” according to a Department of Justice report investigation released Wednesday.
Paul Elam became the face of the modern men’s rights movement by rallying against false rape accusations and divorce courts that favor mothers. But exclusive BuzzFeed News interviews with his estranged daughter and ex-wife show that his pet causes are very, very personal.
A high school teacher who abused his students. A Georgia prison allegedly covering up the rape of a trans inmate. The chaotic aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. The brief life and baffling death of an unarmed man shot dead by police in a Wal-Mart. A disappearing wage thief. The downfall of Mississippi’s most progressive prison reformer. Here are a few of the most memorable crime stories published by BuzzFeed News in 2014.
The Senate’s long-awaited report on Bush-era torture techniques puts too much blame on the CIA, and not enough on the American political leadership.
The long-delayed report details the CIA’s detention and interrogation policies during the Bush administration.
Police are allowed to use lethal force under specific circumstances, when it’s reasonable to do so. Especially when it comes to black suspects, that means almost anytime.
The late mayor was a very flawed man. But he also gave Washington, D.C.’s working-class black residents a taste of the economic prosperity that racial apartheid had long denied them.
Lawyers for California Attorney General Kamala Harris argued releasing non-violent inmates early would harm efforts to fight California wildfires. Harris told BuzzFeed News she first heard about this when she read it in the paper.