Travis Perry is an investigative reporter covering news and politics for Watchdog.org's Kansas bureau. Before joining the organization, Travis graduated cum laude from Washburn University and cut his teeth as news editor for the Osawatomie Graphic, where he received numerous awards from the Kansas Press Association.

Police body cameras always on, but not necessarily recording

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Accountability, Kansas, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Law enforcement at the University of Kansas is implementing new technological measures to record video of all police interactions with the public.

There’s just one small catch: Officers wearing the cameras also control what – and when – it records.

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Kansas cops have few reservations about acquiring military hardware

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

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Video footage and photos depicting Ferguson, Mo., police acting more like soldiers on the battleground has catalyzed a national debate over the role of military hardware in local law enforcement. But while Kansas cops have received everything from grenade launchers to mine-resistant armored vehicles, few – if any – have an issue with it.

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School district blasted for adding $85,000 administrative position

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Education, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

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Redundant, wasteful and ridiculous are a few of the ways current and former school board members are describing the creation of a new administrative position within Liberal USD 480.

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Week in Review: Union bullying and police militarization

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Kansas  /  No Comments

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It’s finally Friday, right everyone? But before the weekend zips by, take a moment and glance backward. You know the drill, check out our week in review.

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By the numbers: Military hardware in the hands of Kansas cops

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

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The federal government’s now-infamous 1033 program has played a huge part it placing military surplus equipment into the hands of local law enforcement. But while the ramifications of such actions are on full display in Ferguson, Mo., the Sunflower State isn’t immune from the trend of police militarization.

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Teacher says union resorting to bully tactics in wake of decertification

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Education, Kansas, News, unions  /  No Comments

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The doom and gloom predictions of the state’s largest teachers union have not come to pass more than a year after Deerfield USD 216 faculty opted to boot out the Kansas National Education Association, according to teacher Doug Crandall.

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