At least 16 DeKalb County police officers have landed in handcuffs in the past 18 months, an embarrassing record that has eroded public trust in the force. In nearly every case, the officers’ previous records were littered with citizen complaints — signals that experts said should have prompted sterner responses by department officials.
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Data specialist Kelly Guckian and staff writer Marcus Garner contributed to this report.
How We Got The Story
After reporting on a number of arrests of police officers from DeKalb County, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution decided to dig deeper into what was happening in the department. The newspaper filed multiple open records requests to obtain internal affairs data spanning the last five years as well investigative files on officers who were either arrested or had multiple sustained internal affairs complaints. The newspaper analyzed data to isolate those officers with the most complaints.