On the morning of Billey Joe Johnson’s death, crime scene tape separates the Johnsons from their son’s body. Their shaky faith in the criminal justice system buckles as authorities fail to follow up on inconsistencies in the official story.
Billey Joe Johnson Jr. was a high school football star headed for the big time. Then, early one morning in 2008, the Black teenager died during a traffic stop with a White deputy. His family’s been searching for answers ever since.
A murder conviction sent Myon Burrell to prison for life when he was a teenager. An investigative reporter dug into what seemed a hopeless case. What she found helped free him.
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Kids who cross the border alone are held in government-funded shelters. When they misbehave, staff sometimes call police. And kids are getting arrested, jailed – sometimes even tased.
Three stories from local reporters who uncovered injustice and inequality in their hometowns, from an Ohio eviction crisis to Kentucky state police training materials that quoted Adolf Hitler.
Six years after Ferguson, St. Louis hasn’t seen a single substantive police reform. A group of young Black leaders have instead set their sights higher: taking control of city politics.
Dozens of protesters who took part in the uprisings after George Floyd’s murder have faced prolonged detention despite COVID-19 outbreaks.
Millions of Americans have protested racism and police brutality. The federal government cracked down, filing charges against protesters in 31 states.
“When they are a victim of a crime, they need to know we’re going to help. We’re not going to be an obstacle,” says one police leader.
In police departments across America, Tasers aren’t always living up to their promise, sometimes with lethal results.