Police Violence | St. Louis Public Radio

Police Violence

Cheeraz Gormon is a poet, storyteller, award-winning advertising copywriter and St. Louis native.
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On the eve of the five-year anniversary of Michael Brown Jr.’s death, St. Louis Public Radio and poet and activist Cheeraz Gormon presented a live storytelling event featuring speakers whose lives changed drastically after Brown, 18, was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson. The stories featured in this edition of St. Louis on the Air include reflections on race, violence and community trauma.

Hear highlights from the event:

Commentary: Injustice for all

Mar 17, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 17, 2011 - My first published column was entitled, "Everybody Loves a Dead Cop." Written on the occasion of the 1997 Police Memorial Breakfast, it addressed a pet peeve of mine -- namely, that civic leaders tend to fall over each other to heap praise on a cop after he's been killed, but evince little interest about improving the plight of his living counterparts.