A 16-year-old boy was shot and wounded by a homeowner after he went to the wrong home to pick up his siblings in Kansas City, Missouri, police said Sunday. Ralph Yarl was "shot twice and struck in the head and arm,” his family's attorney said in a statement. Protestors took to the streets in Missouri following the incident, chanting “justice for Ralph” and “Black lives matter." They carried signs reading, “Ringing a doorbell is not a crime” and “The shooter should do the time."
The homeowner was taken into custody and placed on a 24-hour hold. They were later released while police work to get a victim statement and gather more forensic evidence.
In January, the Department of Justice filed charges against four former and current Louisville police officers in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced. The charges included civil rights offenses, unlawful conspiracies, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction offenses.
Additionally, three men were sentenced to life in prison for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. The father and son who armed themselves and initiated the pursuit were denied any chance of parole. This sentencing occured after Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty in the fatal shooting of two men during protests in Kenosha in 2020.
George Floyd’s dying under Derek Chauvin’s knee led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in the U.S. in generations. People across the country continue to call for justice in the killings of Daunte Wright, Rayshard Brooks, Daniel Prude and many others. The case of the three white men accused of killing Arbery while he was jogging last year in Georgia drew national attention as well. Some states have been actively updating their policing protocols over the past year but the growing list of deaths is evident that, as a country, we still have a long way to go.
We’re continuing our commitment to highlight content that will continue the conversation, add historical context to these issues and enable change. Below you will find programs that profile police departments, specials that detail conversations parents of color have with their children, documentaries that cover the treatment of African Americans since slavery and films that shed light on both past and current civil rights activism.
These offerings are resources for everyone, regardless of race, to educate themselves on all of the ways inequality in America shows up in everyday life. We will update this page as programs become available for streaming online and on the PBS Video App. Check local listings for broadcast times.