In part one of our season finale, we hear the story of Samuel Celestin, who was killed by the police while experiencing a mental health crisis. Sammy’s sister, Joanne, and brother, Jean, join us to describe how a 911 call for medical transport to psychiatric treatment was answered by police brutality and death. Why weren’t the police ever held accountable for causing Sammy’s death? Would Sammy have been treated differently if he was not a Black man?
We’ll also speak with DeRay McKesson, a civil rights activist, author, podcaster, and educator who is often associated with the Ferguson protests and Black Lives Matter movement. He co-founded Campaign Zero, a campaign to reduce police violence through policy reform that is helping to bring attention to the Samuel Celestin case.
“Faster Bassier” (theme song) by DJ Fatha Julz
“Sunset” by Podington Bear // From Free Music Archive // CC BY NC
“Between Four Eyes” by Czar Donic // From Free Music Archive // CC BY NC