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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.

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

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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.

The Case Of The Missing Wage Thief -- By David Noriega

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A restaurant company allegedly owned by the Chinese government was ordered to pay its workers millions in back wages. Then it completely disappeared.

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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

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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.

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Here’s What Happened When One Soldier Reported Sexual Harassment In The Military -- By Alison Vingiano

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Katie Rapp, a soldier who reported sexual harassment while she was deployed in Afghanistan in 2011-2012, recorded her four-hour interview with a sexual assault investigator and provided it exclusively to BuzzFeed News.

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?

Facebook For Felons -- By Joseph Bernstein

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Kamaal Bennett built a social platform for incarcerated gang leaders. It's already changing how they see themselves, and the outside world.

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