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This Month In America | April 2022
We've been in the weeds this month- literally.
Hi, everyone! Welcome to VNN’s This Month in America. I’m Brittany Harlow.
We’ve been going more in-depth than ever this month. Let’s start with VNN Michigan Journalist Rachael Schuit’s coverage of the death of Patrick Lyoya in Grand Rapids.
Lyoya was shot in the back of the head by law enforcement after running from a traffic stop in early April.
Hundreds of people protested and rallied at community events following his death.
The police chief identified the officer who shot Lyoya earlier this week.
The Michigan State Police are still investigating the shooting.
In Oklahoma, our coverage of Freedmen history could lead to its own criminal investigation.
We spoke with a Freedmen historian who explained who these people are and why they should not remain forgotten.
Angela Walton-Raji also told us about an abandoned historical cemetery that is so neglected relatives of deceased Freedmen can’t even pay their respects, and it may even be the final resting place of nationally renowned lawman Bass Reeves.
We’re looking into why no one is taking care of this property – or even allowing others to – and will have those answers for you coming next month.
And a great story by one of our affiliates Big If True.
They explain five ways communities can use jails less and all the potential benefits that come along with it.
We’re looking forward to bringing you more local stories no one else is telling in May.
Also in May, be on the lookout for VNN’s biggest fundraising event to date. We’re working hard to lifting up our communities through news and information, but we can’t do it alone!
Keep your eyes on the VNN app and our other social media channels to stay connected. And don’t forget to subscribe to our email list if you have not already!
We’re so excited for what’s in store for you in May. See you then!