On 16th June, just a few weeks before the one-year anniversary of the killing of Philando Castile, a jury acquitted the police officer who, after an interaction that lasted precisely 74 seconds, shot him dead. But that verdict does not explain what happened to Phil, a gentle, smart, beloved cafeteria worker. The impossible facts remain, and still demand a reckoning: the awful, eerie politeness of Diamond Reynolds' live stream after the shooting; her four-year-old daughter reassuring her, "I'm here with you"; the 74-second route from life to death. This immersive series from Minnesota Public Radio gives a blow-by-blow account of the events that led up to Philando's death and the recently concluded trial, and examines the case through the wider lens of police killings and race in America. Twenty 10- to 30-minute episodes comprise this essential series to date.
Gateway episodes: 1. The Driver (25 May 2017) / 3. The Traffic Stop (25 May 2017)