TRUE CRIME

Tom Jackman on crime and justice across the nation.

Local police say they’ve already implemented many of Biden’s reforms

Many of the 21 points ordered by President Biden for federal law enforcement agencies, such as body cameras and banning no-knock warrants, have been adopted by large police agencies.

By Tom Jackman and Peter HermannMay 25, 2022

Advocacy groups ask Garland to revisit police slaying of Bijan Ghaisar

Dozens of groups, including Amnesty International, asked the attorney general to reconsider the Justice Department’s decision to close the federal civil rights investigation into the 2017 slaying of unarmed motorist Bijan C. Ghaisar by two U.S. Park Police officers.

By Tom JackmanMay 19, 2022

Lawmakers call on Justice Dept. to reopen fatal Park Police shooting case

After the Virginia attorney general dismissed the state criminal case, members of Virginia's congressional delegation and others are seeking reconsideration by the Justice Department.

By Tom JackmanMay 5, 2022

Oath Keeper details pre-Jan. 6 planning, pleads to seditious conspiracy

A North Carolina man says he brought guns to a Virginia hotel as one of several "quick reaction forces" to be summoned by the Oath Keepers on Jan. 6, 2021.

By Tom JackmanMay 4, 2022

Guest Post: Raise, not lower, police hiring standards to restore public trust

The former police chief and state administrator says bringing in officers with critical thinking skills will improve community relations better than just hiring more officers.

By Tom JackmanApril 29, 2022

Ghaisar family urges Justice Dept. to revisit slaying by Park Police officers

Reeling from the sudden dismissal of manslaughter charges against officers in the death of their son, the Ghaisars plead for the attorney general to get involved

By Tom JackmanApril 24, 2022

Va. Attorney General Miyares ends prosecution of U.S. Park Police officers in Ghaisar case

Virginia initially appealed the dismissal of manslaughter charges against two U.S. Park Police officers, but a new attorney general has ended the appeal.

By Tom JackmanApril 22, 2022

Loudoun rejects new police department, seeks minimum sheriff standards

The high cost of creating a new police department trumped concerns over the sheriff's power and a lack of transparency in Loudoun.

By Tom JackmanApril 15, 2022

Proud Boys leader admits plan to storm Capitol and will testify against others

Charles Donohoe admitted that he was part of the plan to attack the Capitol.

By Tom Jackman and Spencer S. HsuApril 8, 2022

‘How to Murder Your Husband’ writer on trial for allegedly killing husband

Jurors in Nancy Crampton Brophy's murder trial are unlikely to hear about her 2011 essay, in which she wrote that she thinks a lot about murder because she’s a romantic suspense writer.

By Marisa IatiApril 6, 2022

Who is the ‘Christmas Tree Lady’? Lab seeks to ID woman in 1996 suicide.

The woman left typed notes signed 'Jane Doe' and defied police investigators for 25 years. New technology may end the mystery.

By Tom JackmanApril 1, 2022

Charges dropped against former State Department official arrested on child molestation charges

J. Scott Moretti, who oversaw diplomatic security training, had been charged on allegations from 2011 to 2013.

By Tom JackmanMarch 22, 2022

Texas man, temporarily lost in system, pleads guilty to assaulting police on Jan. 6

After the Texas man was arrested in December, he didn't have another hearing for nearly three months, causing prosecutors to quickly indict him on one count after he initially faced eight counts.

By Tom JackmanMarch 17, 2022

Va. seeks records law change to require victim notification before releasing crime files

After the state opened up all closed criminal case files to any requester, the legislature limits unlimited access to victims and requires victims to approve any case file releases.

By Tom JackmanMarch 11, 2022

Idaho man sentenced to 51 months in prison for assaulting police in Jan. 6 riot

Capitol Police Sgt. Gonell said he vividly remembered being punched and attacked by Duke Wilson of Nampa, Idaho. Wilson got one of the stiffest sentences yet for assaulting the police.

By Tom JackmanMarch 4, 2022

Victims of Va. Tech, Va. Beach mass shootings seek to create permanent fund for survivors, families

The impact of a mass shooting lasts a lifetime, experts say, and victims often need help with therapy or medical bills that aren’t covered by insurance.

By Tom JackmanFebruary 22, 2022

Thieves smash-and-grab expensive eyeglasses at six D.C.-area stores in recent weeks

Stores selling designer eyeglasses such as Cartier and Dior are being victimized locally and nationally, police say

By Tom Jackman,  Dan Morse and Peter HermannFebruary 5, 2022

Ten attorneys general file support for Va. prosecutors in Bijan Ghaisar case

As Virginia prosecutors appeal the dismissal of manslaughter charges, the D.C. and state attorneys general want clarity on when they can prosecute a federal officer.

By Tom JackmanJanuary 18, 2022

Capitol Police see sharp increase in threats to Congress, departure of dozens of officers

The new Capitol Police chief acknowledged department morale remains low but said he's taken important steps with intelligence and preparation for future incidents.

By Tom JackmanJanuary 3, 2022

Fla. man sentenced to 5 years for attacking police, the longest Jan. 6 riot sentence yet

Video showed Robert S. Palmer cheered on rioters, then joined the mob and hurled a plank, a fire extinguisher and a pole at police

By Tom JackmanDecember 17, 2021