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15 Stories About Justice That Outraged Us In 2017

From victims breaking their silence to cover-ups exposed, here are some of the most memorable, moving, and infuriating stories published by BuzzFeed News in 2017.

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A Murder In Berkeley Gave The Alt-Right Its Perfect Perp — Jessica Testa

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After Emilie Inman was stabbed to death in Berkeley, the online far-right seized on the case, not because of the brutality of the crime but because of the suspect’s gender identity, race, and leftist activism. “These are feral ‘people,’ prone to violence. Avoid!”

A Woman Who Had Underage Sex With R. Kelly Is Finally Telling Her Story — Jim DeRogatis

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Jerhonda Pace was just 15 when she met her musical idol, R. Kelly, outside his child pornography trial. The alleged underage sexual relationship with him that followed and subsequent payouts mirror decades of allegations against the star.

Here's What Happens When Someone Burns Down Your Mosque — Hannah Allam

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Hours after Trump’s travel ban took effect, someone burned down a small-town Texas mosque. Since then, the mosque has drawn $1 million in donations and countless rosy headlines — so why are its members still terrified?

Detective Guevara's Witnesses — Melissa Segura

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Chicago Police Detective Reynaldo Guevara is accused of framing at least 51 people for murder. When a group of mothers, aunts, and sisters found that no officials — not the state's attorney's office, not the mayor's office — wanted to take up their cause, the women went in search of justice themselves. Next week a man convicted in one of Guevara’s most dubious cases will be in court for what could be his last chance at freedom. Will prosecutors continue fighting to keep Roberto Almodovar behind bars?

Racist Vandalism In Oregon Is Pulling Residents Into A Free Speech Fight — Albert Samaha, Talal Ansari, and Mike Hayes

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Oregon was founded as a white haven, and its constitution banned black residents until 1926. A century later, swastikas and other racist vandalism are on the rise statewide, but police are struggling with a surprisingly complicated question: What makes a hate crime?

Inside The Pied Piper Of R&B's "Cult" — Jim DeRogatis

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As the R&B legend tours the country, parents have told police that R. Kelly is running an abusive "cult" that's tearing families apart. Three former members of Kelly’s inner circle told BuzzFeed News similar stories.

A Prescription For Violence — Rosalind Adams

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It was supposed to be a refuge for troubled adolescents and foster kids who had run out of other options. But at Hill Crest Behavioral Health — part of UHS, America’s largest psychiatric hospital chain — a culture of violence flourished. Internal videos show staff members beating and dragging their young patients. And many say the worst abuses happened beyond any camera’s view. A BuzzFeed News investigation.

This Teen Troll Fled To The US For Political Asylum. Now He's Stuck In A Detention Center. — Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

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Eighteen-year-old Amos Yee went up against the repressive Singaporean government with ideas and tactics he learned on YouTube. Then he fled to the US to seek asylum in the country that all but invented trolling. Now, he's stuck in an immigration detention center, in limbo. At a time when internet politics are global, which countries will defend the right to free speech?

From Russia With Blood — Heidi Blake, Tom Warren, Richard Holmes, Jason Leopold, Jane Bradley, and Alex Campbell

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Lavish London mansions. A hand-painted Rolls-Royce. And eight dead friends. For the British fixer Scot Young, working for Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic meant stunning perks — but also constant danger. His gruesome death is one of 14 that US spy agencies have linked to Russia — but the UK police shut down every last case. A bombshell cache of documents today reveals the full story of a ring of death on British soil that the government has ignored.

Marisa Carroll is the deputy national editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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