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Arrested for allegedly stealing $5 of food, mentally ill Virginia man dies in jail

CBSNews.com, September 7, 2015

A Virginia judge order Jamycheal Mitchell to receive treatment at a hospital, instead he died in August after waiting 3 months for a bed to open up

Full article: Arrested for allegedly stealing $5 of food, mentally ill Virginia man dies in jail

CBSNews.com, Criminal Justice, Journalism, Selected

When is an “accidental shooting” really a crime?

CBSNews.com, March 16, 2015

One prosecutor told Crimesider that “if you’re just being careless with a gun and it goes off, that’s not a crime” – not not everyone agrees.

Full article: When is an “accidental shooting” really a crime?

CBSNews.com, Criminal Justice, Journalism, Selected

Apple’s Inside Job

Mental Floss, July 20, 2012

When his project was cancelled, an unemployed programmer kept sneaking in to Apple finish the job.

Full article: Apple’s Inside Job

Journalism, Mental Floss, News, Selected

“We Were The Wolf Pack”

Poynter Online, June 17, 2011

How the New York City tabloid media misjudged the Central Park Jogger case.

Full article: “We Were The Wolf Pack”

Criminal Justice, Journalism, Poynter, Selected

How To Stop Suicide By Cop

Pacific Standard, February 21, 2011

Every year police kill nearly 400 civilians, some of whom use officers as instruments of their own deaths. A growing movement is training police not to kill citizens — even when they seem to be asking for it.

Full article: How To Stop Suicide By Cop

Criminal Justice, Journalism, Miller-McCune, Selected

The Police Suicide Problem

The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, January 12, 2010

Being a cop is a dangerous job — and not just for the obvious reasons. Suicide kills more officers every year than homicides or accidents at work. But what does society owe the families of those for whom this high-stress job is too much to take? One widow answers: respect.

Full article: The Police Suicide Problem

Criminal Justice, Journalism, Selected, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine

The Lives of Others

The Columbia Journalism Review, July 16, 2009

The story of my involvement with Tyeisha Martin, a Katrina survivor and murder victim. Watch Tyeisha’s America’s Most Wanted episode.  Listen to me speak about Tyeisha on NPR’s “On the Media.”

Full article: The Lives of Others

Columbia Journalism Review, Essays, Journalism, Selected

The Killing of Jamie Dean

Salon, September 5, 2007

Police in rural Maryland staged a military stakeout and shot a troubled Army vet. As his family plans to sue, they are asking how a soldier being treated for PTSD could be shipped to Iraq.

Full article: The Killing of Jamie Dean

Criminal Justice, Journalism, News, Salon, Salon, Selected