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Hands Up Don't Shoot

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A night out at the bar after work turned into a confrontation. The confrontation turned into a fatal shooting. Listen to the turn of events that ended in Patrick Dorismond’s death.  He intervened to protect and remove his girlfriend from a bad
He complied with officers when they asked him to move. An altercation with a bouncer made officers return to the scene. The partner of the officer said he did not know why his partner opened fire. Listen to the story of Brendon Glenn’s untimely
Corey Lamar Jones was a local drummer for a couple churches and a member of a band. After performing with his band, his car began having issues. Listen to how Corey Jones lost his life while awaiting roadside assistance. Support the show (https
Chinedu was a college graduate, father of a little girl, and brother to Facebook’s public policy director for Africa. Deputies of San Mateo County police didn’t know any of that when they tased him multiple times. The end result was his death i
A twin sister, a mother, and a friend. Yvette was being a peacekeeper when her life was tragically taken from her. Listen to the tragic story of Yvette Smith. A son, a brother, a football player. Jordan was doing what teenagers do -  partying w
A mother of four was executed while she slept, and an officer was to blame.  Listen to find out what happened to Dominique and the reasons behind her death.  Carlos, a husband and father of eight, was literally scared to death after police raid
In part two of my interview with Dr. Kimya, she talks about Black mental health and why cops are often found not guilty at their trials.Here is Dr. Kimya's call to action:I (Dr. Kimya) demand a 10-year process resulting in 95% reduction in poli
In part one of my interview with Dr. Kimya, she discusses her training background, why she no longer does equity training for police departments, and what 'defund the police REALLY means,' among a few other talking points.About Dr. Kimya Nuru D
A man was heading home with his family, when he was pulled over because he “looked like” a robbery suspect.  Listen to hear how a simple traffic stop ended with his death for all the world to see in real time.  A daughter, a mother, and a frien
On the evening of September 6, 2018, Botham Jean was sitting on his couch eating ice cream and enjoying TV.  At the same time, Amber Guyger was coming home from a 13 hour shift with the Dallas Police Department.  Listen to find out how a case o
Freddie McCollum Jr was attacked in his own home by police officers because he forgot his wallet while driving.  India was an innocent passenger in a bad situation.  It ended with a hail of bullets killing her, and barely missing her infant son
A teenager with dreams and hopes for the future. Those dreams and hopes shattered like the glass of her car window prior to officers taking her life. Listen to the story of how Tyisha Miller’s cousin's call for help ended in a tragedy. A father
A pair of friends were down on their luck.  They were followed in their car by a police officer, and that turned into a 62-car police chase.  At the end of the chase, 13 officers riddled their bodies with bullets.  Listen to the story of Maliss
A young black child who was labeled as a man and had his childhood taken from him by police. Listen to hear how a toy caused his death. A college-educated, professional woman who was full of life. Her death was an accident as a cop muttered, “D
Henry Dumas was an up and coming author and poet, with drafts of written work just waiting to be seen by the world.  But that opportunity was cut short when he was fatally killed by a police officer in a train station under mysterious circumsta
Both of these stories begin with mental illness and end with death.  Listen to find out how Daniel Prude and Natasha McKenna unconventional methods of being restrained led to brain damage and their eventual, untimely deaths.Police release video
A simple gas station trip turned traumatizing for Stephanie Washington. Innocent of this alleged crime, she became the target of gunfire due to incorrect information from the dispatch. Listen to how dispatch’s error resulted in her becoming par
A sleeping child with a love of fairy tales and princesses; reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty. On a tragic day, her dreams and her life were destroyed by a single bullet. Listen to learn how Aiyana Stanley-Jones was cast in a role that she couldn’
This week has been a tough one for me.  I wanted to go a little off schedule and share my sadness and frustration with what's been going on.  I briefly touch on what happened with Daunte Wright and Caron Nazario.Graphic: Body camera video shows
This name was in headlines all across the world: Sandra Bland.  Sandra Bland was a young woman from Illinois who decided to go back to her alma mater in Texas where she had graduated 6 years before.  Listen to find out how what was supposed to
Meet Anthony Parker, also known as: Wordsmith.  Wordsmith, a Baltimore native, is a hip hop artist, song writer, music label owner, and community activist.  He and his work have crossed international borders, spreading words of positivity.  A l
Amadou Diallo was a young man from Liberia, interested in continuing his education in America. After receiving his elders’ blessings, he traveled to New York City to pursue his dreams. His pursuit of the American dream turned into a nightmare w
Shem Walker was an Army veteran and family man.  In an effort to protect his family and community, he routinely removed individuals from his mother’s steps.   Protecting his family turned into losing his life by an undercover cop. Bettie Jones
Terence Crutcher was having car troubles and stuck in the middle of the road.  He was accused of looking like a “bad guy” and shot with his hands up.  Kendra James was riding with friends, when the car she was in was pulled over.  She tried get
On the evening of March 3, 1991, Rodney King’s life changed forever.  After being pulled over for speeding, Rodney was brutally assaulted by four members of the Los Angeles Police Department.  This assault was caught on film after being shared,
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