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James Queally

James Queally writes about crime and policing in Southern California. Since coming to The Times he has also traveled to Ferguson, Mo., and Cleveland to cover large-scale protests involving police use-of-force and the 2016 election. A Brooklyn native, he came to The Times in 2014 after covering crime and police news for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey. In that time he profiled Frank Lucas, the drug kingpin who inspired the film “American Gangster,” and wrote a series of stories that revealed how the state’s largest police departments failed to solve thousands of nonfatal shootings, which led to policy changes.
Prosecutors drop all criminal charges against suspected 'Skid Row Stabber,' ending decades-old case

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office finally ended its pursuit of Bobby Joe Maxwell, the alleged "Skid Row Stabber," on Friday. Maxwell, who has been awaiting retrial since his convictions were overturned in 2010, has been comatose since late last year.

Arson suspect in 18,000-acre Holy fire makes brief court appearance; arraignment is postponed

Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, made several outbursts during the hearing in Santa Ana, calling the charges against him a “lie,'” and insisting again that he was being threatened.

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