The 2020 police killing of Manuel "Manny" Ellis, a Black man in Tacoma, brought a reckoning to Washington State and has set up what promises to be one of the highest-profile trials in Pacific Northwest history. The story is profiled in a new podcast, The Walk Home, produced by KNKX News and The Seattle Times.
Prologue: The Walk Home
On the night of March 3, 2020 — three months before George Floyd was murdered — Manny Ellis encountered police while walking home in Tacoma, Washington. He died on that dark street corner. Officers say it was an accident brought on by Manny himself. The story almost ended there. Introducing a new podcast, The Walk Home, produced by KNKX News and The Seattle Times.
Episode 1: Two Seconds of Audio
A recording changes the trajectory of Monèt’s life.
Episode 2: Little Big Sister
In the stillness of the pandemic, Monèt hunts down crucial information.
Episode 3: Not Saying Anything
Investigators finish their probe into Manny’s death. Then, a revelation.
Episode 4: A Blessed Child
Manny’s walk home ended at 96th and Ainsworth. It started 33 years earlier.
Episode 5: The Other Side of the Line
Four Tacoma police officers each had their own journeys to 96th and Ainsworth. And so did the department they worked for.
This is an incredibly detailed report of not only what happened to Manny, but also the culture of police in Tacoma. I feel so much more informed and finally feel I understand what has been going on in my home.
Important Storytelling and Reporting
“The Walk Home” is a shining example of the best of new media genres: a podcast that tells an important real life / death story through deep reporting. You feel the impact that Manny Ellis’ death left on his family and the community. It’s been frustrating living in Tacoma and waiting for the officers involved to be held accountable. I’m grateful that TWH is filling out the story, reminding me what matters most—and keeping it in the public eye—as we await a trial.
On the short list of the best podcasts ever
Riveting, human, this podcast tells a story from all angles revealing one surprise after another. So impressive. I can’t believe I have to wait for the next episode!