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Everything Pa. poll watchers can — and can’t — do on Election Day, explained

President Donald Trump called on his supporters to “go into the polls and watch very carefully.” But there are actually strict rules about poll watchers and what they can do.

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How Pa. state troopers seize big money from drivers, many of whom are never charged

Legal experts say civil forfeiture is a form of “highway robbery,” in which police take money — largely from people of color — to pad their yearly budgets and those of prosecutors.

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A changing story by police on a rural Pa. shooting helped fuel white vigilantes and misinformation

Video footage from the night of a shooting in Bedford County does not support State Police accounts that a confrontation preceded shots being fired at a group of civil rights marchers.

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Pa. inspector general reviewing legality of some state police traffic stops, searches

The action comes in response to an investigation by Spotlight PA and The Appeal that found a pattern of illegal searches.

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Highway ‘stop-and-frisk’: How Pennsylvania state troopers conduct illegal traffic searches

A review of five years of cases that arose from traffic stops in the south-central region of the state shows that police used underhand tactics to justify holding and searching drivers illegally.

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Civil rights marchers shot at in Pa. while on trek from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C.

The State Police said they recovered a second gun at the scene, but it's unclear if it belonged to one of the activists or who fired it.

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Review of COVID-19’s effect on communities of color largely ignores Pa. inmates

The report recommends greater flexibility to release people from state prisons after Gov. Tom Wolf’s reprieve program came up short.