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Politically Speaking: How young African-American officials are making mark after Stockley verdict

State Rep. Bruce Franks took part in the protests sparked by Michael Brown's death in Ferguson. He's now joined demonstrations against Stockley's not guilty verdict.
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State Rep. Bruce Franks took part in the protests sparked by Michael Brown's death in Ferguson. He's now joined demonstrations against Stockley's not guilty verdict.

On this edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum takes a closer look at how young African-American politicians are making an impact after a judge found former St. Louis Police officer Jason Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

It's a topic Rosenbaum explored in a feature that was published last week. St. Louis' black elected officials under the age of 40 are seeking policy changes in St. Louis and the Missouri General Assembly that would change how police interact with African-Americans. They’ve also joined people in the streets to protest Stockley’s acquittal.

This episode of Politically Speaking features interviews with:

  • St. Louis Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, D-21st Ward
  • State Rep. Bruce Franks, D-St. Louis
  • State Rep. Joshua Peters, D-St. Louis
  • St. Louis Alderwoman Sarah Martin, D-11th Ward
  • St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson
  • Former state Rep. John Bowman, D-Northwoods
  • St. Louis Alderman Terry Kennedy, D-18th Ward
  • Former St. Louis Alderman Mike Jones, D-21st Ward

You can read all of St. Louis Public Radio's coverage of the Stockley verdict and its aftermath by clicking here.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Music: "DNA." by Kendrick Lamar; "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash; "Sink" by Brand New; "Call it a Ritual" by Wolf Parade
 

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