9 episodes

How do police get away with killing unarmed people? It’s because of a legal loophole called qualified immunity. If Black Lives really Matter, it’s time to stand up and be counted.


Join us in the campaign to hold the police accountable by ending qualified immunity. Aloe Blacc and Ben Cohen tell the stories of ordinary citizens whose rights have been violated, and speak to those on front line of the police reform.

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How do police get away with killing unarmed people? It’s because of a legal loophole called qualified immunity. If Black Lives really Matter, it’s time to stand up and be counted.


Join us in the campaign to hold the police accountable by ending qualified immunity. Aloe Blacc and Ben Cohen tell the stories of ordinary citizens whose rights have been violated, and speak to those on front line of the police reform.

    Gabriel Olivas

    Gabriel Olivas

    In the final episode of the series, Ben and Aloe speak to two serving police officers - Lt. Ray Rice and Officer Shanette Hall - to discuss how they are fighting racism both within their police departments and their communities.


    And, we tell you the shocking story of Gabriel Olivas who was murdered by police officers in Arlington, Texas in 2017 whilst suffering a severe mental health crisis.
     
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    • 56 min
    I.B and Jane Doe

    I.B and Jane Doe

    Today we are going to tell you the story of someone whose name we don’t know. someone whose rights were violated, who was denied justice because of qualified immunity, but who needs to remain anonymous... because they are only four years old.
     
    Aloe and Ben also speak to Mahogane Reed from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and recap the stories of both Khari Illidge and Shase Howse from a legal perspective.
     
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    • 34 min
    Art Tobias

    Art Tobias

    This episode features the interrogation of a 13-year-old child. Art Tobias was coerced into confessing to a murder and ultimately served three years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. And when he tried to sue, the officers involved were granted qualified immunity.


    Ben and Aloe also speak to Ohio State Senator Nina Turner on why the policing system was never designed to protect and serve the black community.
     
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    • 44 min
    Shase Howse

    Shase Howse

    In 2016 Shase Howse was standing on his front porch in Cleveland, Ohio, talking to him Mom on the phone. That’s when he was brutally assaulted by plain clothes police officers. But it was Shase who was arrested, and when all the charges were later dismissed, he moved to sue the officers involved. Those officers were granted qualified immunity.
     
    In episode five, Ben and Aloe speak to Brookings Insitution fellow Rashawn Ray about how police misconduct is currently bankrupting cities, and his solution for ending qualified immunity.
     
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    • 41 min
    Khari Illidge

    Khari Illidge

    Khari Illidge was killed by sheriff’s deputies in Lee County, Alabama in 2013. He was tased 19 times. But the case never got to trial, and the truth has never been told. Until now.


    In episode four, Aloe and Ben are also joined by civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt to find out why it’s almost impossible to hold police accountable in criminal court.
     
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    • 47 min
    Frasier v Evans

    Frasier v Evans

    Do you have the right to videotape the police?


    In this episode we explain the case of Levi Frasier, who recorded the police assaulting a man in Colorado in 2014. But the police demanded he hand over the video, and then deleted it. And when Levi tried to sue them, the officers were granted qualified immunity.


    Aloe and Ben are also joined by CNN political commentator Van Jones as we find out why taxpayers are footing the bill for bad cops.
     
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

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Policing

An excellent account of the underlying prejudice of the organization first established as Slave Catchers. Exemplary basis for the extraordinary Need for Equality Based non Violent Police Reform.

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Terrific and important podcast!

Couldn’t be more timely and is extremely well produced.

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Let’s abolish qualified immunity

Thank you so much for putting this podcast together and help us flip the script on police violence.

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