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Abbie VanSickle is a California-based staff writer for The Marshall Project. Previously, she worked as a reporter for the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley, the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law and has lectured at its Graduate School of Journalism. From 2011 to 2012, she was a Henry Luce Scholar in Cambodia, where she worked on behalf of survivors at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. She was the lead reporter on a year-long investigation into the injuries caused by police dog bites that won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting. She was a finalist in 2019 and 2021 for Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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Feature December 2
How an Alabama teen sought justice after a violent police encounter upended her life.
Feature June 23
That's probably an undercount. But data from San Jose offers a glimpse of what the national scale of police violence might be.
CLEVELAND, OHIO DECEMBER 4, 2014:..Kiara Jacobs, 8, hugs her brother Quentin Stamen, 13, at a makeshift memorial site dedicated to Tamir Rice at Cudell Coms Park, the park where the 12 year-old boy was shot to death by police, on Thursday, December 4, 2014. The memorial is made up of toys, a few pictures and letters and drawings from friends.
News March 4
Critics say a new policy for police encounters with children doesn’t go far enough.
Zoya Code said then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on her neck during an arrest in 2017, in Minnesota.
News February 2
They describe an officer quick to use force and callous about their pain.
Feature December 14, 2020
Police are allowed to use “pain compliance.” But experts say dog bites are too unpredictable and severe.
Feature November 17, 2020
Police dogs bite thousands of Americans each year, including innocent bystanders, children, police officers, even their own handlers. The Marshall Project—in collaboration with, IndyStar and the Invisible Institute—examined more than 150 serious cases nationwide.
The System November 4, 2020
“We put together the most cumbersome and expensive trial system that the world has ever seen, and then we decided we can’t do it for all but a tiny, tiny portion of people.”
Ayanna Brooks and her boyfriend, Joseph Burroughs, were walking her dog, Neptune, in their Washington, D.C., neighborhood in December 2018 when a police dog from the Takoma Park, Maryland, K-9 unit bit her.
Feature October 15, 2020
Growing up, few Black families in Ayanna Brooks’s neighborhood had dogs. A vicious attack reminded her why.
Feature October 15, 2020
A series on the damage police dogs inflict on Americans, published in collaboration with, IndyStar and the Invisible Institute.