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Resource ID: #29060
Subject: Black Student Death
Source: Al Letson, Jonathan Jones, Kevin Sullivan, Michael Schiller, Steven Rascón, Amy Mostafa, Sarah Mirk, Rosemarie Ho, Nikki Frick, Ko Bragg, Michael Montgomery, Laurel Hennen Vigil, Melissa Lewis, Jim Briggs, Fernando Arruda, Claire Mullen, Najib Aminy, Kath
Affiliation: Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
Date: 2021-12-02



“Mississippi Goddam: The Ballad of Billey Joe,” created by reporter/host Al Letson and reporter Jonathan Jones, investigates the 2008 suspicious death of Billey Joe Johnson Jr., a 17-year-old Black high school student in Lucedale, Mississippi. This seven-part series examines how law enforcement officials in Mississippi and at the federal level did not conduct a thorough investigation into Johnson’s death. In an extraordinarily intimate and detailed account of how justice failed, the story shows how the inadequacy was so problematic that the public cannot be confident in the official findings that Johnson accidentally shot himself.
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