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Meg O'Connor

Meg O’Connor is an award-winning Senior Reporter for The Appeal. She also runs our weekly newsletter.

Meg covers police, prosecutors, and the criminal legal system. She previously worked for the Phoenix New Times and the Miami New Times, where her reporting drew national scrutiny to misconduct from law enforcement officials and on six separate occasions led to the firing of five police officers and one prosecutor. Her reporting has twice caused some of the biggest police departments in the country to change internal policies and has helped spur Department of Justice investigations.

Her work has been featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO, The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, The Majority Report with Sam Seder, and several local news and radio stations. She also been published by VICE, CNN, The Houston Press, and Gotham Gazette, and others.

Police standing outside the Supreme Court.

What To Expect Now That Roe’s Been Overturned

Most abortion bans criminalize providers by making it a felony to perform an abortion. But experts say people who obtain abortions can and will be criminalized for their pregnancy outcomes — they already have been even while Roe was still in place.

Former Arizona prison director Charles Ryan and Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel

Ex-Prison Boss Drunkenly Pulls Gun On Cops, Shows Two Tiers Of Justice

On the night of Jan. 6, Arizona’s former prison director, Charles Ryan, drank half a bottle of tequila and got into a three-hour armed standoff that involved about 50 police officers. After a tense confrontation in which Ryan repeatedly pointed a gun at officers, Tempe police took Ryan into custody and brought him to a hospital — but he was never booked into jail. In the end, Ryan went back home like nothing had happened.

“Woman of the Year” Mariska Hargitay Should Quit “SVU”

Last month, Glamour magazine featured “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” star Mariska Hargitay on the cover of its “Women of the Year” issue. On Nov. 8, an avalanche of A-list celebrities — including “SVU” co-stars Christopher Meloni and Ice-T, actress Melissa McCarthy, and #MeToo co-founder Tarana Burke — honored Hargitay at the Women of the Year Awards which was held at the Rainbow Room, a ballroom that serves as one of the epicenters of New York City high-society.

NYPD car

America’s Largest Police Department Is Neglecting Rape Cases

The Appeal is back and we’re worker-run. We’re excited to bring you the fifth edition of our weekly newsletter as we continue to work toward an official relaunch. Today, we also published our first story in a series of pieces we’ll be publishing in the coming weeks as we continue rebuilding and working toward an […]