Will Carless is a correspondent for Reveal covering extremism. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in Asia and South America. Prior to joining Reveal, he was a senior correspondent for Public Radio International’s Global Post team based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before that, Will spent eight years at the Voice of San Diego, where he worked as an investigative reporter and head of investigations. During his tenure in San Diego, Will was awarded several prizes, including a national award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has been a finalist for the Livingston Awards for young journalists twice in the last five years. He surfs, spends time with his family, travels to silly places and pretends he’s writing a novel.
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Hundreds of cops are in extremist Facebook groups. Why haven’t their departments done anything about it?
More than 150 law enforcement agencies were notified of their officers’ ties to extremist groups. Only one has publicly taken any significant action.
Not a single department has said it disciplined an officer for Islamophobic posts or membership in an anti-Islam group.
We downloaded data from Facebook and asked a question: How many people were members of at least one extremist group and at least one police group?
Our analysis includes some of the most extensive evidence yet that militias are drawing support – and membership – from within U.S. law enforcement.
Inside hate groups on Facebook, police officers trade racist memes, conspiracy theories and Islamophobia
Officers in law enforcement agencies across the country have joined private hate groups on Facebook, participating in the spread of extremism.
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