In about 1 in 7 cases, the newspaper found police in Louisiana had disciplinary actions overturned through a special protection they would not have been offered in any other state.
More than 200 law enforcement officers in Louisiana were fired or convicted over serious offenses in the last decade. The vast majority flew below the radar of state oversight officials.
The newspaper identified officers in 39 parishes who were convicted of serious crimes but have not had their licenses revoked.
Georgia gives state oversight officials the authority to investigate police on their own and hand down permanent bans for a wide range of offenses.