Reasonable Doubts, Part 5: Brockton Police Department

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Thirty years ago, Brockton was still known as "Shoe City USA" and "the City of Champions" though its fortunes were on the ropes.

Most of the shoe factories had closed and memories of prizefighter glory were about to fade as poverty, crime and drug use soared in Brockton. Business was booming for criminal defense attorney Kevin Reddington.

"In '85, '84, it was like the Wild West," he said. "It was quite an interesting time back then."

Cocaine and crime were destroying the community, and even the police force wasn't immune: Drug corruption reached the highest ranks.

This is the Brockton where alleged drug dealer Guillermo Rodriguez was murdered while awaiting trial. Darrell "Diamond" Jones, of Boston, then 19 years old, was convicted of the killing and is now 30 years into a life sentence without parole for a crime he insists he did not commit.

WBUR and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting present the final report of our week-long series: "Reasonable Doubts: Reopening The Case Of Darrell 'Diamond' Jones." Listen to Part 5 above, or you can read the digital version of our joint investigation here.

This segment aired on January 15, 2016.


Bruce Gellerman Senior Reporter
Bruce Gellerman was a journalist and senior correspondent, frequently covering science, business, technology and the environment.



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