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Baltimore Sun reporter wins award for police brutality series

The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun reporter wins award for "Undue Force" series.

The Baltimore Sun's Mark Puente has won the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for a series on allegations of police brutality in Baltimore, the Institute on Political Journalism announced Thursday.

"Undue Force," published last fall, revealed that the city paid $5.7 million in settlements and court judgments in more than 100 civil suits alleging police misconduct since 2011. It also showed that the city lacked a comprehensive system to monitor such allegations, which have received renewed attention in the wake of Freddie Gray's death in police custody.

The Fund for American Studies, which sponsors the institute, noted in a statement that Puente's "hard-hitting series … was the first news report to reveal the scope of the problem."

The series previously won the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award for reporting on racial or religious hatred, intolerance or discrimination in the U.S. It also won a "Best in Show" award for daily series from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, won second place in the National Headliner Award's investigative category and was a finalist in the Investigative Reporters and Editors contest.

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