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Deadly Force: Police Shootings in Black and White


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Photo of police lights is credited to Photo by Police Lights by JJ.

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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

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