Why are so many of those killed by police young people of color? A recent ProPublica investigation found that a young black male is at twenty one times greater risk of being shot dead by police than his white counterparts. On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll hear from one of the reporters who analyzed the data on police killings to come up with that startling conclusion, as well as stories of family and community members who say the justice system itself needs to be put on trial.
Ryan Gabrielson, journalist, ProPublica; Walidah Imarisha, author and educator; Kristian Williams, author Our Enemies in Blue; Kent Ford, founder of the Portland Black Panthers; Shirley Isadore, mother of Kendra James; Joyce Harris and Baruti Artharee, co-chairs of the Black Justice Committee; Percy Hampton, distribution manager of the Portland Black Panthers.
Host: George Lavender
Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, George Lavender, Jasmin Lopez
Contributing Producers: Bryan Farrell, Nathan Schneider
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth