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Death by the State: ArchCity Defenders Introduces Fatal State Violence Project
In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., and ArchCity Defenders’ commitment to speaking truth to power, we invite you to the launch of our Fatal State Violence (FSV) project, an initiative that is rooted in the experiences of impacted families who have lost a loved one to a police killing or in-custody jail death, and the disturbing realities that follow.

During this virtual event, ACD will talk about the project and review the key findings in the policy report, “Death by the State: Police Killings and Jail Deaths in St. Louis,” which will be released the morning of January 18th. Attendees will hear about the realities of FSV on impacted families, data regarding people killed by police and people who died in jail custody from 2009-2019, an analysis of news media reporting of these incidents, and data on police who reportedly killed people.

ACD will be joined by guest panelists who will lend historical, community, and personal perspectives about Fatal State Violence. The program will conclude with ways for individuals to engage with the new information and support the initiative.


• Ashley Jackson, PhD Student, Chancellor's Graduate Fellow, Washington University of St. Louis
• Blake Strode, Executive Director, ArchCity Defenders
• Emanuel Powell, Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney, ArchCity Defenders
• Emma Klahr, Former ArchCity Defenders Intern and Researcher
• Inez Bordeaux, Manager of Community Collaborations, ArchCity Defenders
• John Chasnoff, Co-Chair, Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression (CAPCR)
• Marlene Gebhard, Grandmother of the late Tyler Gebhard
• Toni Taylor, Mother of the late Cary T. Ball, Jr., Co-Founder of "Cary on the Ball Organization"
• Z Gorley, Communications Director, ArchCity Defenders

To follow this conversation on social media, #FatalStateViolenceProject refers to ACD’s initiative, and #DeathByTheState corresponds with ACD’s report.

Jan 18, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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