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When Shapearl Wells's son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder and teams up with journalists from the Invisible Institute to confront the cops and find the truth about Courtney's death. Somebody explores the racial disparities and turbulent relationship between law enforcement and citizens in one of America’s largest cities. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.

 

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When Shapearl Wells's son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder and teams up with journalists from the Invisible Institute to confront the cops and find the truth about Courtney's death. Somebody explores the racial disparities and turbulent relationship between law enforcement and citizens in one of America’s largest cities. A co-production of the Invisible Institute, The Intercept, Topic Studios, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Somebody: Coming Soon

Somebody: Coming Soon

2020-03-2702:552

Coming March 31, 2020. When Shapearl Wells's son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder and teams up with journalists from the Invisible Institute to confront the cops and find the truth about Courtney's death. Somebody explores the racial disparities and turbulent relationship between law enforcement and citizens in one of America’s largest cities. A co-production of the Invisible Institute, The Intercept, Topic Studios, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Episode 1: Courtney

Episode 1: Courtney

2020-03-3130:5411

On March 4, 2016, Shapearl Wells wakes up to a bamming at her door. It’s the police, telling her that her 22-year-old son, Courtney Copeland, has been shot. Detectives tell her Courtney drove his BMW to a police station for help. But Shapearl’s grief turns into suspicion when police start asking her questions. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
This Season on Somebody

This Season on Somebody

2020-04-0601:451

Chicago mom Shapearl Wells investigates her son Courtney’s murder on her own, teaming up with journalists to challenge the police’s story of what happened. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Episode 2: The Nurse

Episode 2: The Nurse

2020-04-0730:5811

Police promise Shapearl they’ll do everything they can to solve Courtney’s case, but the detectives won’t release the names of officers who interacted with her son. With nowhere left to turn, Shapearl begins her own investigation and has a serendipitous run-in with the nurse who treated Courtney the night he died. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Episode 3: The Police

Episode 3: The Police

2020-04-1401:09:437

Shapearl enters a legal battle with the City of Chicago, to get them to release videos from the night Courtney died. She contacts a journalism organization called the Invisible Institute and teams up with them to investigate the case. With this added pressure, the city releases the videos, and Shapearl and her family gather to watch. New information prompts the Invisible Institute and Shapearl to re-examine the case. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Shapearl and Alison sit down with Courtney’s secret girlfriend. Turns out, she knows more than she initially told Shapearl and provides new leads in the case. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
On the second anniversary of Courtney’s death, Shapearl holds a middle-of-the-night protest in front of the police station. She drives the exact route that Courtney took the night he was killed, and runs into the supervising officer from that night. Two witnesses show up at the protest to tell Shapearl what they know. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Episode 6: The Tipster

Episode 6: The Tipster

2020-05-0242:575

Shapearl receives a Facebook message from someone with crucial information, but police dismiss the tip. On Halloween night 2018, there’s a similar murder in the neighborhood where Courtney was shot. Shapearl and Alison decide to tell detectives what they know. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. For more information, go to somebodypodcast.com. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
After Shapearl and the Invisible Institute hand over all of their evidence to Chicago Police, the job is not done. In this Episode 7 season finale preview, Shapearl gives a glimpse into her life beyond Courtney's case as she advocates for reform and fights to preserve her son's legacy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Episode 7: Shapearl

Episode 7: Shapearl

2020-05-1231:134

Having taken her investigation as far as she can, Shapearl moves on to an even bigger fight: making sure this never happens to anyone else’s child. She travels to Brazil to speak at a summit of mothers of murdered children and works to honor Courtney’s legacy and advocate for police reform in new ways. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV. We want to hear from you, email us at info@somebodypodcast.com or leave us a voicemail at 773-270-0121. Host: Shapearl Wells Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy Story Editor: Sarah Geis Associate Producer: Ellen Glover Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson. Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Elizabeth Van Brocklin's original story, "Scoop and Run: Where Cops Cars Double as Ambulances" first appeared in The Trace. Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Comments (32)

Donna Smith

So brilliant. I just hope if I went through what she did I'd have the strength and courage to try to find my child's killer.

May 28th
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Donna Smith

Just finished watching this. It was so good. Such a strong, inspiring woman. I just hope if I went through what she did I'd have the courage and drive to find my child's killer.

May 28th
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Laura Eckmann

Their defensive is exactly the problem with police departments. They won't acknowledge there are bad cops. They won't acknowledge racism is a problem in the police department.

May 26th
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🍯 🐇

NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I'M SICK I'M SICK I'M SICK!!!!!!!! THIS CANNOT BE OVER. WE NEED JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!! Why won't SOMEBODY see this through to completion??? WHY??? ALL the evidence has been spoonfed by momma bear and her friends. FINISH THIS!!!!!!! 💔🤬💔🤬💔🤬💔🤬💔🤬💔🤬

May 26th
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Thehubangie

Right on

May 16th
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Marc Abrahams

I sympathize with everything this family went through but at no point during the podcast did they recognize the ungodly number of murders the city of Chicago deals with every year. I believe that should of been mentioned for context.

May 13th
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Lady Butterfly

Great Show No one can ever measure a mothers love & fight for her child. Looking forward to the conclusion.

May 13th
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Natasha Mitchell

Shapearl.... u got me crying on an off this whole episode. Grab ur tissue before you press play

May 12th
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BigPapaPump

skip this episode

May 12th
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

I'm ready to binge this podcast. I'm sensitive to the fact this is your life but an anxious to hear what you have to say. Thank you for recording this.

May 11th
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lisa bradford

Maybe they have to literally say, "The 2 shootings in BMW'S are related BECAUSE it was said by Elma's neighbor (otherwise picked out of the lineup as part of the trio in Grand Marquis) that "Courtney may have been shot in a case of mistaken identity". THAT IS WHY THEY ARE RELATED, POLICE!

May 5th
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lisa bradford

Omg!!! I have chills! when they revealed Randall was a COP! please, let this be proof that there ARE NOT ONLY GOOD COPS, BUT JUST GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE. THANK GOD FOR RANDALL .

May 5th
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Thehubangie

Absolutely riveting. I know how crooked Chgo cops are. As a Chicago Reader alum, I hope you nail these guys.

Apr 29th
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Erin Lovett

These cops are assholes to her. Most cops are to everyone really. They are NEVER told they're wrong they are NEVER policed themselves, so any time they are called out they are so angry. Police lie, they are told to lie, they are trained to lie. Just like they lied when they said it's illegal to record their conversation!!!! That is our ONLY power over them and that is the ONLY way we can get the police force as a whole to change- to work for the people as they're supposed to. We need policing of the police. It's so unfortunate. It is so sad for this grieving mother.

Apr 24th
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Karlie Solie

I am really enjoying listening to this. ❤❤❤ it's not often that you find a podcast that keeps you wanting more. I hope the mother finds the answers that she searching for. no mother should have to go through that.

Apr 22nd
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BC

The disrespect this woman faced is so disgraceful. In order to cover their own cowardly asses they gaslit a mother whose son had been shot.

Apr 18th
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ABR

Oh please, those cops are so full of it. There's a reason why the Chicago Police have always had such a terrible reputation, even among those who haven't been directly affected by their corruption and violence.

Apr 17th
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Daniel Hope

towards the end of this show it sounded like 2 audio's were playing at the save time. was it supposed to be like that? I would like to hear what was being said in the phonecall in the background, at least it sounded like a phonecall.

Apr 17th
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Thehubangie

Recording public servants like corrupt Chgo cops is perfectly legal. They work for us. Typical.

Apr 17th
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Thehubangie

Strong Momma❤️

Apr 17th
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