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Talking Heads: A Look Back at the Violence in Ferguson

In this episode of 'Talking Heads,' Darryl Pinckney discusses his experience in Ferguson following the grand jury announcement not to indict Darren Wilson.

VICE News and the New York Review of Books have partnered to create Talking Heads, a series about the big issues of the day as seen by the Review's distinguished contributors.

In this episode, Darryl Pinckney discusses his essay "In Ferguson." He visited Ferguson, Missouri, in November, when a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The dissatisfaction Pinckney felt as he followed news coverage of events in the area compelled him to visit and bear witness. Once on the ground, he discovered that despite sometimes violent expressions of anger within the community, the danger he felt was always from the police.


VICE News invited Pinckney to our studios to discuss the civil rights movement awakened by Ferguson.

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