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Some police departments say publicizing use-of-force policies builds trust. Others say the public can’t be trusted

Killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day heightens calls for transparency in how police in Pennsylvania are trained
By Joseph Darius Jaafari and Ed Mahon

Disbanding local police is common in Pa. But it’s caused larger problems for State Police

Pennsylvania State Police provide coverage for municipalities across the state that don’t have their own departments. That makes any talk of defunding police more complicated.

By Joseph Darius Jaafari

A Philly poll watcher got coronavirus, but the city isn’t notifying voters

Few counties in Pennsylvania report having a plan in place to alert voters, election workers, others of possible COVID-19 exposure at the polls.
By Emily Previti and Katie Meyer/WHYY

Top Pa. GOP lawmaker fast-tracking a lucrative gambling expansion that would benefit a major campaign donor

The maneuvering offers a window into the raw intersection between politics and policy-making in Pennsylvania, and how campaign dollars can drive the legislative agenda.
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Health officials failed to safeguard trust in Pa.’s coronavirus data, sowing confusion

The pandemic posed a massive challenge for an underfunded public health system, but experts say officials failed to heed best practices when presenting the numbers.
By Sara Simon/Spotlight PA

Three-day suspension for Erie officer who kicked protester

"In my view, it can’t be minimized and it can’t be justified. ...I think that he’s just going too far to protect one of his men.”
By Ed Mahon

The coronavirus exploited failure of Pa. health officials to improve long-standing problems with nursing home oversight

The Wolf administration was repeatedly warned of dangerously low minimum staffing and weak and inconsistent inspections, all problems that could have made the outbreak worse.

By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Why Gov. Tom Wolf’s big effort to grant coronavirus reprieves to Pa. inmates came up small

The Department of Corrections has defended its response, saying it was a cautious approach that included all relevant parties to represent the public interest.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari and Matt McKinney/Spotlight PA

Thousands of deaths later, Pa. finally mandates universal testing in nursing homes, but not for another month

The Wolf administration in May touted widespread testing, but its plan fell short and, as of early June, only 75 of about 1,900 facilities had done it.

By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA
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