Blacks are 2.5 times more likely than whites to be shot and killed by police. In recent years, those statistics have roared into focus through the deaths of boys like Tamir Rice, women like Rekia Boyd, and men like Philando Castille. Their images fill the screens of our computers, televisions and phones, but we never learn what happens to those they leave behind.
As a journalist, I’ve spoken to the families of those who’ve died in high-profile police shootings. In doing so, I’ve learned about strength in the face of heartbreak. I’ve learned what it means to fight.
That’s why I began writing “Justice.” I wanted to bring humanity to the social media memes and hashtags that too often define this struggle. I wanted to give those families a voice.
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