It’s inevitable that reporters will have to rely heavily on law enforcement sources in the first hours after a horrific crime. Amid chaos and wild speculation, the police may be the only ones with any hard information at that point. But sometimes their information is flawed. And sometimes the way they tell it reflects a damaging bias.
Wendi C. Thomas: I learned during a police surveillance trial that the Memphis Police Department spied on me and three other journalists. (Photo by Andrea Morales)