For two nights now, the city of Charlotte has been churning with protests over the shooting death of Keith Scott, a black man who was gunned down by a police officer. Witnesses say he was just reading a book in his car when he was shot. Police say he was pointing a gun. At a press conference on Thursday, police admitted that dashcam video does not provide “absolute, definitive, visual evidence that would confirm that a person is pointing a gun.”
What does that mean? Well, it’s hard to say, because the dashcam footage has not been made public. If you’re wondering why it hasn’t been made public, you’re not alone. Kerr Putney, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, was asked that very question by a particularly livid reporter, and his response is something else.
“I never said ‘full transparency.’ I said ‘transparency,’ and transparency is in the eye of the beholder. The party right now who really is my priority in honoring their request is the victims of the shooting.”
Parsing the statement a bit here, it seems that Chief Putney wants to lower any expectations out there that might lead one to believe anyone besides the police themselves will be involved in investigating their own conduct. And, just in case it wasn’t entirely clear, he told the press that regarding the video, “you shouldn’t expect it to be released.” OK, then.
That said, it appears that Putney does plan to let Scott’s family see the dashcam footage, since they were the ones who are really “the victims of the shooting.” That’s fair enough, but it ignores the fact that every questionable use of lethal force by police damages the entire community’s relationship with police.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
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Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
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We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.