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New Show Highlights Police Abuse

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Musician Aloe Blacc and Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s, have combined for a podcast that discusses the urgent need for an end to qualified immunity among police. Unaccountable will highlight stories of police abuse where they were not held accountable.

Produced by Crowd Network and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Michael Epstein, each episode will highlight the dramatic stories of victims of police violence and will also feature famous activists fighting to end it including former NFL star Anquan Boldin, rapper Killer Mike, Danny Glover, Van Jones, etc.

Unaccountable aims to give voice to a movement, and to educate the public in an accessible way about the troubling history of qualified immunity.

“These are the stories of Americans who have been brutalized and killed by the police,” said Ben. “Meaningful police reform is not possible without  ending qualified immunity.”

“This is not an anti-police podcast,” notes Aloe. “It is a podcast about accountability. Ending qualified immunity is the single most important thing that Congress can do when it comes to police reform.”

Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine that shields government officials from civil suits unless it can be shown that they knew they were violating someone’s Constitutional rights.

This is difficult to prove against police officers even in the most extreme cases which makes many of these cases extremely frustrating.

The first episode was released on May 18th and features the story of Muhammad Muhaymin, who was killed by Phoenix police in 2017.

Former NFL star Anquan Boldin, the co-founder of the Players Coalition, will guest on the second episode released on May 25th, the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.

A trailer is available here.

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