This is the story of Kijuan Byrd – he was shot to death by a private security guard with a history of substance abuse, who later was diagnosed with psychological disorders.
CIR’s study of the FBI data is among the first to measure how arming civilian guards affects public safety in the United States.
Lobbying by the security industry and big businesses has derailed attempts to require rigorous training standards for armed guards across the country.
CIR has identified dozens of armed guards who previously had been fired from or left law enforcement after being accused of offenses such as civil rights violations, excessive force and corruption.
Regulators have approved licenses for guards without conducting mental health evaluations or checking for evidence of substance abuse.
Regulators repeatedly ignore or fail to investigate guard-related shootings, leaving inadequately trained, traumatized or potentially dangerous guards on the job.
Across the U.S., a haphazard system of lax laws, minimal oversight and almost no accountability puts guns in the hands of security guards who endanger public safety.
Last week’s shooting at Florida State University was at least the 42nd U.S. school shooting since 2000. Here’s a look at the guns shooters used and how they got them.
Despite government efforts to stamp out abuses in America's visa program for highly skilled workers, unscrupulous job brokers continue to illegally sell visas – sometimes connected to jobs that don’t exist.
This documentary investigates a terrifying aspect of the drug wars along the U.S.-Mexico border: the recruitment of child soldiers by the notoriously violent Zetas gang.
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