Next Episode of Two Sides is
Two Sides is a landmark limited four-part docu-series exploring watershed moments for law enforcement and the Black community at the crossroads between life and death. Executive produced by Academy Award(R) winner Viola Davis, Julius Tennon and Lemuel Plummer with narration by Davis, each one-hour episode of Two Sides offers an in-depth, comprehensive look into disturbing cases of officer-involved deaths. Focusing on four headline-grabbing fatal police encounters during 2014 - 2015, the series analyzes and presents multiple points of view of the highly charged cases involving Eric Garner (New York), Ezell Ford (California), John Crawford (Ohio), and Sandra Bland (Texas). Their tragic deaths sparked grassroots social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter, inspired protests by high profile personalities, and immortalized their names as tragic figures in the polarizing debate on police brutality and race.
Eric Garner's last words, "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for a movement. His death, which was caught on camera by his close friend, Ramsey Orta, sparked national outrage.This episode will primarily focus on the aftermath of Eric's death and all those who were affected in its wake.
This episode will explore both the legal system (how does someone expunge their record/change the law's perception of them once they're in the system?) and the way in which the government, and police specifically, handle individuals with mental health issues. Ezell Ford grew up in a neighborhood where little to no opportunity was afforded to him outside of petty crime and gang activity. When a 25-year-old with schizophrenia and the mental capacity of a ten-year-old is targeted by police, we're left with the question - is proximity to crime a crime in itself?
This episode will dissect the concept of implicit bias (with expert Jeff Sherman of UC Davis) and the role it played the night a black man walked into a white town's Walmart and picked up a toy bb gun.
Sandra Bland was a 28-year-old woman from Chicago who was in Prairie View,Texas interviewing for jobs. On July 10, 2015, she was stopped by Officer Brian Encinia for not signaling during a lane change. The encounter escalated quickly, with Encinia ultimately throwing Bland to the ground and arresting her for "assaulting a public servant." Due to the violent nature of the charge, Bland was put in a solitary cell away from other inmates.
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