A.C. Thompson

'Dirtbag,' 'Savages,' 'Subhuman': A border agent’s hateful career and the crime that finally ended it

It was late November 2017, and Matthew Bowen, a veteran Border Patrol agent, was seething. A fellow Border Patrol agent in Texas had just been found dead in the field, and Bowen was certain someone who’d been crossing the border illegally was responsible for murdering him.

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Inside the secret border patrol Facebook group where agents joke about migrant deaths and post sexist memes

Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas on Monday and posted a vulgar illustration depicting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged in oral sex with a detained migrant, according to screenshots of their postings.

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He Is a Member of a Violent White Supremacist Group. So Why Is He Working for a Defense Contractor With a Security Clearance?

There likely isn’t such a thing as a “typical” violent white extremist in America in 2018. Still, Michael Miselis — a University of California, Los Angeles doctoral student with a U.S. government security clearance to work on sensitive research for a prominent defense contractor — makes for a pretty unusual case.

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Neo-Nazis Are Infiltrating the US Armed Forces

This story was co-published with Frontline.

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Marines Open Investigation into Active-Duty White Supremacist

The U.S. Marine Corps said it has opened a criminal investigation into the activities of Lance Corporal Vasillios Pistolis, 19, identified as a violent white supremacist in a recent report by ProPublica and Frontline.

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Notorious Hate Group Includes Active-Duty Military Among Members

This story was co-published with Frontline PBS.

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Racist, Violent, Unpunished: A White Hate Group's Campaign of Menace

It was about 10 a.m. on Aug. 12 when the melee erupted just north of Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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A New Generation of White Supremacists Emerges in Charlottesville

The white supremacist forces arrayed in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend — the largest gathering of its sort in at least a generation — represented a new incarnation of the white supremacy movement. Old-guard groups like the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nations and the Nazi skinheads, which had long stood at the center of racist politics in America, were largely absent.

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Police Stood by as Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville

There was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted today in this bucolic town in Virginia's heartland. At about 10 a.m. today, at one of countless such confrontations, an angry mob of white supremacists formed a battle line across from a group of counter-protesters, many of them older and gray-haired, who had gathered near a church parking lot. On command from their leader, the young men charged and pummeled their ideological foes with abandon. One woman was hurled to the pavement, and the blood from her bruised head was instantly visible.

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More Than 100 Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate Crimes to the FBI’s National Database

In violation of a longstanding legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to submit statistics to the FBI's national hate crimes database, ProPublica has learned.

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When the Government Really Did Fear a Bowling Green Massacre - From a White Supremacist

The year was 2012. The place was Bowling Green, Ohio. A federal raid had uncovered what the authorities feared were the makings of a massacre. There were 18 firearms, among them two AR201315 assault rifles, an AR201310 assault rifle and a Remington Model 700 sniper rifle. There was body armor, too, and the authorities counted some 40,000 rounds of ammunition. An extremist had been arrested, and prosecutors suspected that he had been aiming to carry out a wide assortment of killings.

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Seniors Paying $7,125 a Month to be Neglected? What Happened When Wall Street Got Involved in Assisted Living

The following story is original to ProPublica. This is part 1 and part 2 of a series on assisted living facilities. 

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Did Police Kill a Katrina Survivor and Torch His Body in a Massive Coverup?

When I began investigating the mysterious death of Henry Glover, one of the most notable aspects of the case was the lack of documents.

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Post-Katrina Shootings by Police Get Federal Attention

Federal agents have broadened their investigation of the New Orleans Police Department and are now looking into three post-Katrina police shootings detailed in a news series published by ProPublica, The Times-Picayune and the PBS series “Frontline” in December.

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Why Did the Government Wait Five Years to Release a Study on Suicides by Youth in Prison?

Earlier this month, with little fanfare, the U.S. Department of Justice released a new study on suicides in juvenile lock-ups -- institutions ranging from county detention centers to state correctional facilities to privately run boot camps and ranches.

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