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Baltimore Sun's 'Shocking Force' Taser investigation earns Associated Press award

The Baltimore Sun's "Shocking Force," an investigation into Taser misuse in Maryland, has been recognized by the Associated Press Media Editors.

The investigation by reporters Doug Donovan and Mark Puente earned the Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Reporting. APME announced the award Friday in a news release.

"The Baltimore Sun combined database reporting, outstanding storytelling and clear delivery in this report, which has resulted in changes in Maryland and, likely, elsewhere around the country," the judges wrote.

After the initial articles ran, Baltimore police put new limits on when officers can deploy Tasers and cut their use nearly in half in 2016.

The Sun investigation was previously recognized by the Society for News Design and was a finalist in the Online News Association's explanatory reporting category.

In addition, The Sun won honorable mention in the Community Engagement category for "Collateral Damage," in which The Sun gave students at the Renaissance Academy video cameras to document their lives. After the project was started, the school was hit by tragedy as several students were killed and one student involved in the project was arrested.

Baltimore Sun staffers Andrea K. McDaniels, Erica L. Green, Diana K. Sugg and Christopher T. Assaf were contributors to the project.

"The staff should be commended for its dedication to serving the community in the strongest way possible – empowering people to tell their own stories. Watching the videos was a powerful reminder of how infrequently the voices of young black men are heard," the judges wrote.

Winners were recognized in other categories, including work advancing the principles of the First Amendment, public service, deadline news reporting and storytelling.

Winners will be recognized at a conference in October in Washington, D.C.

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