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          Black and Blue: Race Relations in America

          December 12, 2014

          Racial tensions have reached a fever pitch across the nation after the officer-involved deaths of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland and Eric Garner, the unarmed father of six who died after being put in a chokehold by a police officer in New York. Dr. Phil examines the controversial cases and asks: What is the solution?

          A Nation in Turmoil

          On July 17 in New York City, Eric Garner, a black father of six was put in a chokehold by a police officer and later died from his injuries. No charges were filed against any of the police officers on the scene. Less than a month later, another unarmed man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Officer Wilson was also not charged. The cases have ignited racial tensions and sparked civil unrest in cities all across the nation.

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          Hear from Eric Garner’s sister, Ellisha, and daughter, Erica: “There was no need for them to use any kind of force.” Plus, Rev. Al Sharpton weighs in.

          Michael Brown’s mother, Lezley, recalls finding out about the grand jury decision: “I was devastated.”

          Tune in to hear from football player Benjamin Watson, whose Facebook post about the Ferguson case went viral. Why did he decide to speak out?

          Fist Fight with Police

          Brothers Tywonn and Naibon say they were going to pick up dinner for their family when they allege they were racially profiled by the police. They say two officers tailed them to the restaurant and followed them inside. “They immediately, aggressively, approached my brother asking him, ‘What did you say? I thought I heard you say something,'” Naibon claims. He says the officers asked to see their IDs, and he and Twyonn asked to know what they had done wrong. That’s when the brothers say the encounter turned physical. The fight was captured by security cameras.

          Tywonn and Naibon were arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer — charges that were later dropped. Dr. Phil discusses the incident with the brothers, along with football player Benjamin Watson, “News One Now” host Roland Martin and former detective Mike Brooks.

          “You get into a conflict with armed people with a badge — that’s dangerous.”

          A Race Issue?

          Are allegations of excessive force by police a black and white issue? Cody and Teesha say two days after Michael Brown’s death, their unarmed brother, 20-year-old Dillon Taylor, was shot and killed by police. There were no charges against the officer, who was one of several responding to a 911 call about an armed man in the area. The fatal encounter was captured on the officer’s body camera.

          Did Dillon pose a threat? “He lifted his shirt up … There was no visible gun,” Cody says.

          Tune in to hear from Michael Brown’s pastor, Carlton Lee. And, Dr. Phil takes a closer look at the Ferguson case.

          What can we learn from these tragic stories so no more lives are lost?

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