Hour Explores Policing in America & Why Homicides Involving Black Victims Are Less Likely to Be Solved
‘The Story of Somebody’ Airs Friday, June 25 at 10pm ET/9pm CT
June 22, 2021 – In a special Dateline NBC airing this Friday at 10pm ET/9pm CT, Dateline correspondent Josh Mankiewicz will report on Shapearl Wells’ journey to find answers after her son was shot and killed in Chicago. During the one-hour broadcast, Wells opens up about her son’s murder, as well as her podcast Somebody, which documented her own investigation into whether Chicago police detectives did enough to try to solve the case.
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During the special hour, The Story of Somebody, Dateline will also investigate why homicides involving Black victims are less likely to be solved, and look at the state of policing in America, including the relationship between the Chicago cops and the communities they police.
Additionally, the broadcast will feature Mankiewicz’s interviews with Alison Flowers, the Director of Investigations at the Invisible Institute and a producer of the Somebody podcast, Thomas Hargrove, founder of the nonprofit Murder Accountability Project and Dr. Cedric Alexander, former director of public safety for DeKalb County, Georgia.
The one-hour Dateline is part of NBC News’ The Future of the Force series this week on policing, with in-depth reports airing on TODAY, NBC Nightly News, NBCNews.com, NBC News NOW and MSNBC.
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Dateline NBC is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is in its 29th season. Dateline is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Natalie Morales, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy. Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, Dateline reaches more than 17 million people every week through its broadcast, and millions more through its social media platforms and podcasts. Additionally, Dateline closed out the 2020-2021 primetime season as the #1 Friday newsmagazine. David Corvo is the senior executive producer, and Liz Cole is the executive producer.