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Kentucky’s constables are gods unto themselves, armed with badges and guns but almost always with little or no formal training. And their actions have grave consequences.

KyCIR And WAVE-3 News Team Up For Joint Investigation

This story was reported in partnership between WFPL's Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit newsroom, and WAVE-3 NEWS in Louisville.

Learn more about our joint project in this WAVE-3 News video.

Later today, WFPL's Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and WAVE-3 News will roll out a co-reported investigation into constables across the commonwealth.

Our newsrooms worked together to bring you the story of the untrained and unaccountable elected officials who can carry badges and guns in your county. It's our first collaboration, and the product of a lot of hard work from two veteran investigative teams.

KyCIR's R.G. Dunlop scoured court files and public records throughout Kentucky. He and John Boel of WAVE-3 went to Laurel County to examine one particularly troubling case and caught up with a constable under indictment for manslaughter. Together, they met with the fiancee of the man slain by that constable's gun, and later grilled the head of the Kentucky Constable Association.

This reporting resulted in a series of stories we can now bring to you online at kycir.org, on 89.3 WFPL and on television with WAVE-3 News.

At KyCIR, we are always looking for ways to expand our investigative reporting and share our work with more concerned Kentuckians across the commonwealth. This latest investigation does exactly that.

Follow along with our reports through the week and let us know what you think.

- Brendan McCarthy, Managing Editor

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