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This report by the Washington Post investigates a police killing of a young boy last year.
Records obtained by the Post included previously closed police records, and officer and witness statements. The writers analyzed these documents and used them to piece their own story and investigation together.
I am not sure how the reported obtained the records, or what skills she had to use to get them. However, it is obvious the reporter had to do a lot of synthesizing and piecing together of a lot of information in order to create her own timeline of events, which discovered many police oversights and wrong-doings in this highly controversial case.