The Killing of Stonechild Chiefstick is a 7-episode series about the shooting death of Stonechild Chiefstick, the search for justice, the effects on the community of Poulsbo, WA and the Suquamish Tribe. Documents from the investigation, city council meetings, social media, and interviews from witnesses and community members come together to tell the story of how a big event can shape a small town.
Episode 7 - Justice
The final episode of this series documents the use of force policy report considered by the Poulsbo Police Chief when he would make a determination on policy violations resulting from the incident on July 3, 2019.
Episode 6 - Perspectives
Since the day of the shooting there’s been a single version of the events of July 3rd, 2019. The prosecutor, in making his decision, relied mostly on witness statements. There are problems with that methodology. What story does the empirical evidence tell?
Episode 5 - The Decision
Nine months after the shooting, the prosecutor releases his decision on whether Officer Keller was justified in shooting Stonechild Chiefstick.
Episode 4 - Collision Course
How did these men come together on this fateful day? What in their histories brought them to be in the grassy area by the big rock on July 3rd, 2019. This episode gives us a glimpse into the backgrounds of the two men driving this story.
Episode 3 - The Playbook
Moments after the shooting, law enforcement from multiple agencies began insulating Officer Keller from culpability. In the days after, law enforcement engineered press releases to smear the victim of this crime. Meanwhile, the Kitsap Critical Incident Response Team undertook an independent investigation—an effort designed to clear Poulsbo PD Officer Craig Keller of murder.
Episode 2 - Community Response
Poulsbo, at this moment, is a microcosm of what is happening across the US. A race of people believes they are being treated poorly and are the victims of race-based violence. City officials meet them with denial. Constituents are voicing their concerns and instead of listening, officials are pointing fingers back at their accusers.
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Thank you for this insightful and thoughtful project. Everyone in Kitsap County, and Poulsbo specifically, needs to listen to this.
Amazingly informative and insightful
This podcast is a great primer on police misconduct and why we should always ask questions and dig deeper when there are officer involved shootings. Thank for this very thorough and thoughtful work.
Thank you for taking the time to make this.
I was in the area when it went down.
And he deserved so much more time in this world. Maybe his purpose was to help
Put a stop to all this.