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Mental Health And POC: The Toll Of Seeing Continuous Acts Of Violence At The Hands Of Police

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 15: Chicago activist Ja'Mal Green (C) speaks outside the Chicago Police headquarters during a rally on April 15, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The rally is held in protest of the killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo by a Chicago Police officer on March 29th. The video of the fatal shooting was released on Thursday to the general public by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability more than two weeks after the incident took place. (Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/Getty Images)
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Chicago activist Ja'Mal Green (C) speaks outside the Chicago Police headquarters during a rally on April 15, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.

Disturbing bodycam video released Thursday after public outcry over the Chicago police shooting of a 13-year-old boy shows the youth appearing to drop a handgun and begin raising his hands less than a second before an officer fires his gun and kills him.

Disturbing bodycam video released Thursday after public outcry over the Chicago police shooting of a 13-year-old boy shows the youth appearing to drop a handgun and begin raising his hands less than a second before an officer fires his gun and kills him.

The footage of Adam Toledo’s killing comes during the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer charged in the murder of George Floyd.

This week also saw the killing of Daunte Wright, shot by another Minnesota officer during a traffic stop.

Many of these deaths were caught on camera... in videos that are traumatizing to watch, particularly for people of color.

We’ll get the latest on the ground in Chicago, plus we’ll talk to a mental health expert about how people of color can take care of themselves.

With files from the Associated Press

With guest host Austin Cross

Guests:

Chip Mitchell, one of the criminal justice reporters at WBEZ in Chicago who has been covering this story; he tweets

Ayana Jordan M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine; she tweets

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