Panel Discussion — They Killed Freddie Gray: The Anatomy of a Police Brutality Cover-Up - with Justine Barron, Wesley Lowrey, Chuck Modiano, April Goggans and Susan Simpson — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Thursday, September 7, 2023 - 7:00pm

When True Crime meets Police Brutality

They Killed Freddie Gray exposes a conspiracy among Baltimore leaders to cover up what actually happened to Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured in police custody in April 2015. After Gray's death, Baltimore became ground zero for Black Lives Matter and racial justice protests that exploded across the country. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby became a hero when she charged six officers in Gray's death, and the trials of the officers generated national headlines for two years.

Yet the cause of Gray's death has remained a mystery. A viral video showed an officer leaning on Gray's back while he cried out in pain. But the autopsy concluded he was fatally injured later that morning while the van was in motion--during a multi-stop "rough ride"--from sudden impact to his head. None of the officers were convicted of any crimes based on this theory.

They Killed Freddie Gray solves the mystery of Gray's death by uncovering new evidence of how he was killed by police and how his cause of death was covered up. In coordination with a documentary film now being produced, this book revisits a pivotal moment in US criminal justice history, providing new insight into what happened, the historical structures of power that allowed it to happen, and the personalities and dynamics involved--a story never told by the mainstream media. It includes a detailed map with annotations by the author, photographs, and a foreword by Rabia Chaudry.

Justine Barron is an investigative journalist whose work focuses on crime, corruption, and media criticism, with a special emphasis on Baltimore. She is also an acclaimed storyteller and four-time winner of the Moth storytelling competition. Her work has appeared in the AppealRolling StoneFairness and Accuracy in ReportingReal NewsJewish Journal, NPR-WLRN, Miami Herald, and numerous local independent outlets in Baltimore. In 2017, she co-investigated and co-hosted Undisclosed: The Killing of Freddie Gray. In 2021, she was honored with a Best of Baltimore Award for her work by Baltimore Magazine. Justine grew up in Maryland and attended Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She holds a master’s degree in English Literature from Duke University. She now lives in Miami, Florida.

Wesley Lowery is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a national correspondent for CBS News and 60 Minutes. Previously, he was a national correspondent for the Washington Post and the paper's lead reporter covering race, justice, law enforcement, and the Black Lives Matter protest movement. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Sports Illustrated. His first book, the New York Times bestseller They Can't Kill Us All, was awarded the 2017 Christopher Isherwood prize for Autobiographical Prose by the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Lowery, who also has been named one of Forbes's "30 Under 30" and an Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, lives in the Washington, DC area.

Susan Simpson is an attorney in Washington, DC, who turned to podcasting in 2015 with the launch of Undisclosed, which she co-hosted for six years. On Undisclosed, Susan investigated and reported on wrongful conviction, contributing to the exoneration and release of wrongfully convicted defendants around the United States. She also co-hosted the political podcast The 45th, which ran from 2017 to 2021, and she currently co-hosts the Proof podcast.
April Goggans is an organizer, disrupter, abolitionist, and single mother who lives in Southeast DC. She is a Core Organizer with Black Lives Matter DC, through which she has built and led local and national coalitions and direct actions. She also created #KeepDC4Me, a project committed to finding non-police solutions to intra-community violence and ending police brutality. April has a Masters Degree in Clinical Sociology and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Black Studies and  Sociology.

The conversation will be moderated by Chuck Modiano, a journalist, educator and sports columnist. He has been a contributing author to “Killing Trayvons”, "Football Culture and Power”; sports columnist including Deadspin, and the NY Daily News; and is a currently Co-host for “The Collision: Where Sports & Politics Collide” on WPFW Radio in DC.”

This event is free with first come, first served seating.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
They Killed Freddie Gray: The Anatomy of a Police Brutality Cover-Up By Justine Barron, Rabia Chaudry (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Justine Barron, Rabia Chaudry (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781950994250
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Arcade - August 15th, 2023