Day 6

Applying Truth and Reconciliation to US police violence

A mistrial was declared this week in the Freddie Gray trial. We talk to civil rights lawyer Fania Davis about applying a truth and reconciliation process to the issue of police violence against black communities in the U.S. She believes this offers the greatest hope for change.
Faith and community leaders in Baltimore view a mural of Freddie Gray on May 7, 2015. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

A mistrial was declared this week in the Freddie Gray trial against William Porter, the first Baltimore police officer charged with manslaughter in Gray's death. Gray was a 25-year-old black man who died in April after suffering a severe spinal cord injury while being transported in a police van.

Civil rights lawyer and anti-racism activist Fania Davis doesn't think a guilty verdict would have changed anything. Instead, she think the U.S. needs to address the ongoing issue of police violence against black communities with a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and she's looking to places like Canada to figure out how.