Another police officer is left off the hook for the injuries that led to the death of Freddie Gray. The van driver Caesar R. Goodson Jr. is the third police officer to go under a high-profile trial and to be found not guilty. He was charged with criminal negligence, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and four other charges. All of which Judge Barry G. Williams dismissed this morning in his final ruling.
“The court finds there is insufficient evidence that the defendant gave or intended to give Mr. Gray a rough ride,” Judge Williams, said, adding that there had not been “evidence presented at this trial that the defendant intended for any crime to happen.”
Black Lives Matter activists are still speaking out, and the city is still grieving. The New York Times reported the people outside of the courtroom had much to say after the court ruling:
“Freddie Gray should be with us today.”
“It’s another dark day in Baltimore,” said Janea Rogers, 38, a homemaker from Northeast Baltimore and the mother of two teenagers.
“I can’t tell them, trust the cops,” she said. “I don’t know what to tell them.”
Tawanda Jones, 38, has worked for police accountability since her brother, Tyrone West, died after a struggle with the Baltimore police in 2013.
“I’m disgusted,” said Ms. Jones, standing outside the courthouse. “I’m sick of being disgusted. I’m starting to feel emotionless.”
“They sent a deadly message,” she added, “sent to communities all over the world, that black lives don’t matter.”
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.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
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.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
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.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
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.