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Ep. 127 & 128 Unknown Trouble

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

Part 1: "Who Do You Serve"

We had all hoped, perhaps with naive hearts, that the brutal murder of George Floyd, the protests that followed, and the new expectations surrounding inclusion and anti-racism by the ‘woke’ crowd would have meant the killing of Americans, especially of color, by police, would have been lessened if not nearly eradicated. Sadly, predictably, 2022 saw a record number of police-involved killings. Already in 2023, there seems to have been a rash of incidents. One killing in Tacoma, Washington, was lost to the news cycle and the sheer number of incidents. Today, in part one of two, I’ll be talking about just a few of the multiple officer-involved shootings so far this year.

Episode Host: Alisha Holland

Part 2: "Mental Condition Black"

Last week I told you about just a few of the incidents of officer-involved shootings so far this year. The first United States Climate Activist to be killed by authorities, Tyre Nichols, whose death and the subsequent charges to stem from it are being looked at as a blueprint for change. And the three men, Oscar Sanchez, Keenan Anderson, and Takar Smith, who were killed in Los Angeles within 48 hours of each other. Today, I’ll be focusing on one case, that of Manuel Ellis of Tacoma. His beating and restraint-induced death was horrific, but hope remains that the responsible parties will face justice.

Episode Host: Alisha Holland

Part 1

Manuel Esteban Paez Terán or Tortuguita as they chose to be called

Photo from The Guardian, Gabe Eisen

Tyre Nichols

Photos from the New York Post

The officers who were terminated after Tyre Nichols' death: from top left clockwise Preston Hemphill, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin III and Desmond Mills, Jr.

Photo from

Keenan Anderson

Photos from Wikipedia, BBC, CNN, and NPR

Oscar Sanchez

Photo from Fox 11

Takar Smith

Photos from Fox 11, WSWS, and Los Angeles Times

Part 2

Manuel Ellis

Mural of Manuel Ellis painted by Bryahna “Breeze” Coston and Christopher Paul Jordan

Photo from KIRO News

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