Embedded: Stories behind three shocking police encounters

May 29, 2017

Join us this Sunday for a one-hour special with "All Things Considered" host Kelly McEvers. In-depth reporting from the "Embedded" podcast will investigate videos of police encounters and how the proliferation of this kind of video has affected life in America.

Note: This hour contains graphic and sensitive subject matter and may not be appropriate for young children. Please read the summary that follows to determine if these are topics are something you'd be comfortable with younger listeners hearing.

The hour features three stories, each centering on a different incident. In one, an unarmed man is fatally shot by police. The dash-cam footage is subsequently used by both the prosecution and the defense as the officer stands trial. In another, a policeman's body-cam captures his own death at the hands of a suspect. That video goes on to become a big part of police training even as it raises many questions. Finally, a tense standoff between an officer and a murder suspect ends without a single bullet fired.

Together, the videos portray a vivid picture of the current cultural moment; one that some researchers say is prompting the most significant reevaluation of police-community relations since the videotaped beating of Rodney King in the early 1990s.

Join us on Sunday, June 4 at 7 p.m. on WRVO. All "Embedded" segments and podcasts are available at NPR.org.