• Deb Roschen goes through notebooks of evidence of how authorities accessed information about her through law enforcement databases, during an interview in Rochester, Minn., on July 11, 2016. The former county commissioner alleged in a 2013 lawsuit that law enforcement and government employees inappropriately ran repeated queries on her and other politicians over 10 years. The searches were in retaliation for questioning county spending and sheriff’s programs, she says. "Now there are people who do not like me that have all my private information ... any information that could be used against me. They could steal my identity, they could sell it to someone," Roschen said. "The sense of being vulnerable," she added, "there's no fix to that." (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

    A look at police abuse of confidential databases nationwide

    An Associated Press investigation found police officers across the country abuse sensitive law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons totally unrelated to police work. In the worst cases, officers have stalked, harassed and tampered with or sold information they obtained through criminal history and motor vehicle databases. Those resources give officers vital information about people they encounter on the job, but they can also be misused.