PBP Radio – Why Mentally Ill Black Men Continue To Be Shot, Shot At, Or Killed In New York


The powerful duo of Damon K. Jones and AJ Woodson hosted the discussion of the recent shootings of mentally ill Black men in New York. These heartbreaking incidents have left us questioning the systems that should protect and serve us all.

On May 30, we mourned the tragic loss of Sean Harris, an autistic man who called Central Nyack home. And just a few days ago, on July 3, our hearts were shattered once again as we learned of the shooting of Jarrel Garris by the New Rochelle Police. These incidents demand our attention and action.

Are these incidents indicative of a broader failure? Are our elected officials, police management, and the New York State Attorney General’s Office neglecting the urgent need for a comprehensive plan to address how police interact with individuals in mental crisis? We refuse to stand idle while these questions go unanswered.

Check out this powerful episode of Black Westchester Presents The People Before Politics Radio Show that aired Sunday, July 9, 2023, from 6 to 8 p.m. as we delved into these critical issues, seeking truth, demanding accountability, and envisioning a better future for our communities.

The show was live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, ensuring that our voices are heard far and wide. Check out this important conversation by listening to the show, sharing your thoughts, and making your voice heard. Together, we can ignite the change that our communities desperately need.

#PeopleBeforePolitics #BlackWestchester #RadioShow #CommunityDiscussion #DemandingAccountability #JusticeForSeanHarris #JusticeForJarrelGarris #MentalHealthMatters #AmplifyBlackVoices #UnitedForChange

AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief and co-owner of Black Westchester, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Rap Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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