On today’s show, we begin with our weekly State Terror Roundup.
Then we transition to a conversation of the Oakland Police Departments brief consideration of acquiring robots that could shoot shotgun rounds. We are joined by the reporter who exposed this news in an article at The Intercept. Sam Biddle is a reporter focusing on malfeasance and misused power in technology for The Intercept whose work has also appeared in Gawker, Gizmodo, GQ, Vice, and The Awl.
Saturday, October 22 is National Police Brutality Awareness Day so we spend the rest of the hour with three families who have lost their loved ones to police violence, who are using grief as fuel to organize for safer communities.
We start with Taun Hall, mother of Miles Hall who was shot and killed by the Walnut Creek Police Department in the middle of a mental health crisis in 2019.
Then we move to Michelle and Ashley Monterosa, sisters of then-22-year-old Sean Monterosa who was shot and killed by the Vallejo Police Department on June 2, 2020.
Finally, we speak with Jeralyn Blueford, mother of then-18 year old Alan Blueford who was shot and killed by former Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso on May 6, 2013.
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