Every year, tens of thousands of police officers are investigated for serious misconduct — assaulting citizens, driving drunk, planting evidence and lying among other misdeeds.
The vast majority get little notice. And there is no public database of disciplined police officers.
To create the first, journalists at USA TODAY and its affiliated newspapers across the country – and media partners including the Invisible Institute in Chicago – gathered records from thousands of state agencies, prosecutors and local police departments.
Starting with lists of officers who lost their law enforcement certification in 44 states, we are making those records available here.