Hands Up Don't Shoot

Hands Up Don't Shoot

In today’s world, virtually anything can be captured on video. But it hasn’t always been this way. Ashley France-Howell dives into the stories of Black victims of police brutality in the United States.

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August 25, 2021 17 min

A night out at the bar after work turned into a confrontation. The confrontation turned into a fatal shooting. Listen to the turn of events that ended in Patrick Dorismond’s death.  He intervened to protect and remove his girlfriend from a bad situation. His intervention resulted in her broken ankle. Her broken ankle resulted in the arrival of paramedics and police. That arrival resulted in his death. Listen to the tragedy of Jamar...

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He complied with officers when they asked him to move. An altercation with a bouncer made officers return to the scene. The partner of the officer said he did not know why his partner opened fire. Listen to the story of Brendon Glenn’s untimely death. Officers say that he was hit by a train which ultimately led to his death. He told his family that he was assaulted by police. Medical records support his story, but contradicts the s...

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August 11, 2021 16 min

Corey Lamar Jones was a local drummer for a couple churches and a member of a band. After performing with his band, his car began having issues. Listen to how Corey Jones lost his life while awaiting roadside assistance. 



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August 4, 2021 18 min

Chinedu was a college graduate, father of a little girl, and brother to Facebook’s public policy director for Africa. Deputies of San Mateo County police didn’t know any of that when they tased him multiple times. The end result was his death in October 2018. A city government employee of 29 years is startled when police raid the wrong apartment. Listen to how misinformation caused the death of Alberta Spruill.



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July 28, 2021 15 min

A twin sister, a mother, and a friend. Yvette was being a peacekeeper when her life was tragically taken from her. Listen to the tragic story of Yvette Smith. A son, a brother, a football player. Jordan was doing what teenagers do -  partying with friends when his life was taken. Listen to how Jordan’s age and the number 15 take on a new meaning for his family.

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July 21, 2021 14 min

A mother of four was executed while she slept, and an officer was to blame.  Listen to find out what happened to Dominique and the reasons behind her death.  Carlos, a husband and father of eight, was literally scared to death after police raided his home in the middle of the night looking for someone who wasn’t there.   

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In part two of my interview with Dr. Kimya, she talks about Black mental health and why cops are often found not guilty at their trials.

Here is Dr. Kimya's call to action:

  • I (Dr. Kimya) demand a 10-year process resulting in 95% reduction in police funds and 95% reduction in police officers. There must be annual financial audits and annual policies, practices, and behavioral assessments for the remaining 5% of police funds. The r...
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    In part one of my interview with Dr. Kimya, she discusses her training background, why she no longer does equity training for police departments, and what 'defund the police REALLY means,' among a few other talking points.

    About Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis:
    Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis is an activist, sociologist and criminologist, educator, and researcher. As  founder of 365 Diversity, Dr. Dennis provides results-based services for decis...

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    June 30, 2021 15 min

    A man was heading home with his family, when he was pulled over because he “looked like” a robbery suspect.  Listen to hear how a simple traffic stop ended with his death for all the world to see in real time.  A daughter, a mother, and a friend. A drug raid for her boyfriend with an unexpected end. Hear how a SWAT raid took the life of a mother of six and injured her 1-year old son.

    Facebook Video of Castile Shooting Reaches Millio...

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    June 23, 2021 14 min

    On the evening of September 6, 2018, Botham Jean was sitting on his couch eating ice cream and enjoying TV.  At the same time, Amber Guyger was coming home from a 13 hour shift with the Dallas Police Department.  Listen to find out how a case of being in the right place at the wrong time caused Botham to lose his life.

    RAW VIDEO: Dallas police officer bodycam of fatal Botham Jean shooting
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiYMwP5hg...

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    June 16, 2021 16 min

    Freddie McCollum Jr was attacked in his own home by police officers because he forgot his wallet while driving.  India was an innocent passenger in a bad situation.  It ended with a hail of bullets killing her, and barely missing her infant son.

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    June 1, 2021 17 min

    A teenager with dreams and hopes for the future. Those dreams and hopes shattered like the glass of her car window prior to officers taking her life. Listen to the story of how Tyisha Miller’s cousin's call for help ended in a tragedy. A father with two children and a new job. A man who loved his family and BBQ. Listen to how William Green’s death with all its inconsistency resulted in a Maryland county settling with his family...

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    May 26, 2021 13 min

    A pair of friends were down on their luck.  They were followed in their car by a police officer, and that turned into a 62-car police chase.  At the end of the chase, 13 officers riddled their bodies with bullets.  Listen to the story of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.

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    May 19, 2021 18 min

    A young black child who was labeled as a man and had his childhood taken from him by police. Listen to hear how a toy caused his death. A college-educated, professional woman who was full of life. Her death was an accident as a cop muttered, “Damn” at her mistake. Listen to how her life was taken from her during a routine traffic stop.

    Video release of Tamir Rice’s shooting

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    May 12, 2021 15 min

    Henry Dumas was an up and coming author and poet, with drafts of written work just waiting to be seen by the world.  But that opportunity was cut short when he was fatally killed by a police officer in a train station under mysterious circumstances.  Henry Dumas is a name we should all know, but unfortunately, he wasn’t given the chance to showcase his work himself.  With the help of fellow creative writers, his short stories and p...

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    May 5, 2021 21 min

    Both of these stories begin with mental illness and end with death.  Listen to find out how Daniel Prude and Natasha McKenna unconventional methods of being restrained led to brain damage and their eventual, untimely deaths.

    Police release video of Natasha McKenna death - full video 

    Virginia Sheriff Releases Footage of Natasha McKenna's Death - 8 minute video

    Mental Health Resource

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    A simple gas station trip turned traumatizing for Stephanie Washington. Innocent of this alleged crime, she became the target of gunfire due to incorrect information from the dispatch. Listen to how dispatch’s error resulted in her becoming paralyzed. Prince Jones was a father and a friend. His death came at the end of 16 miles. Listen to how he was tailed and gunned down by undercover cops.

    Videos of the Stephanie Washington Shooti...

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    A sleeping child with a love of fairy tales and princesses; reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty. On a tragic day, her dreams and her life were destroyed by a single bullet. Listen to learn how Aiyana Stanley-Jones was cast in a role that she couldn’t prepare herself for. The story of Timothy Thomas, Jr. is one of racial profiling. He became a target and the police hit the bulls-eye in his death. Listen to how his death sparked the Cinci...

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    This week has been a tough one for me.  I wanted to go a little off schedule and share my sadness and frustration with what's been going on.  I briefly touch on what happened with Daunte Wright and Caron Nazario.

    Graphic: Body camera video shows deadly shooting of Daunte Wright

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgAUrDTUk4Q


    Officer fired after drawing gun on Army lieutenant

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueeHKti5loA


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    April 7, 2021 28 min


    This name was in headlines all across the world: Sandra Bland.  Sandra Bland was a young woman from Illinois who decided to go back to her alma mater in Texas where she had graduated 6 years before.  Listen to find out how what was supposed to be a simple traffic stop ended with Sandra dying in her jail cell.


    Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
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    Sandy Speaks
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