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16 Memorable Crime Stories We Published This Year

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.

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How A $50 Meth Deal And A Botched SWAT Raid Left A Baby Maimed -- By Michael Hayes

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When police raided a suburban Georgia home, looking for drugs and weapons, a stun grenade would leave a 19-month-old fighting for his life and his family facing more than $1 million in medical debt.

How Police Caught The Cop Who Allegedly Sexually Abused 8 Black Women -- By Jessica Testa

AP Photo / Via Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

Prosecutors say Officer Daniel Holtzclaw made a mistake after a series of sexual assaults on black women in Oklahoma City — he profiled the wrong woman. His family says he's a victim of "solicited testimony" from women who have "personal motives" to lie.


Ferguson’s Angry Young Men -- By Joel Anderson

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Dismissed as "agitators" and "fools," Ferguson's young protesters are actually ordinary young black men — and some women — who are leaderless but united by anger. And some don't think the old civil rights guard achieved much: "I feel in my heart they failed us."

The Life And Last Days Of Jordan Davis -- By Michael Hayes

Photos courtesy of Lucy McBath, Ron Davis, and Aaron Johnson / Justine Zwiebel / Via BuzzFeed

When Michael Dunn was on trial for killing a 17-year-old in Jacksonville, most didn't know much more about the victim other than that he was shot over a dispute over "loud music." But before Jordan Davis became another symbol of Florida's deeply divisive "stand your ground" policy, he was just a kid.


In West Virginia, Playing Hooky Can Get You Locked Up -- By Katie J.M. Baker

West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services

West Virginia has a juvenile incarceration problem that's costing one of the poorest states in the country millions of dollars. Families say it's because judges are too quick to take their kids away.

The Revenge Porn Fixers -- By Ryan Broderick

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This year's celebrity nude photo hack may be the most high-profile example of "revenge porn" — humiliating women by spreading private photos. A dedicated group of activists, led by the mother of a victim, has been pushing for more aggressive laws, but can this really be stopped?