Reporter wins Black Journalists’ 2013 Excellence Award for police misconduct story

Reporter wins Black Journalists’ 2013 Excellence Award for police misconduct story

The Chicago Reporter won one of the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2013 “Salute to Excellence” awards during the organization's annual convention this year.

Reporter staff writer Angela Caputo, editor Rui Kaneya and intern Yisrael Shapiro took the top prize in the investigative reporting category for magazines under 1 million circulation for the story “Abusing the Badge,” beating publications such as The Texas Observer.

The story appeared in the May/June 2012 issue of the Reporter.

The annual "Salute to Excellence" awards recognize outstanding reporting. Winners were announced Aug. 3, at a gala celebration during NABJ's 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando, Fla.

Caputo spent months digging through settlements the City of Chicago has paid out for police misconduct. She found that between January 2009 and November 2011, the city paid $45.5 million for damages in lawsuits involving claims of police misconduct.

But the story didn’t end there. Caputo found 140 police officers, dubbed “repeaters,” who were named in at least two of the misconduct cases. These police officers represent 1 percent of the entire police force, but they accounted for more than a quarter—or $11.7 million—of the damage payments.

You can read the entire investigation here.

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